Monday, February 19, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 15

Florida State Fair: Highlights this year include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, lawnmower races, rodeos and a candy exhibition. $10 general, $20 reserved. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $11, $6 for kids; $13, $7 for kids Fridays through Sundays. $7 seniors (Feb. 13-17 only). (813) 627-7821.

Empire Cinema: The Tampa band blends the sounds of late '70s post-punk, '90s alternative and modern indie rock. Teen Divorce and Blacksmith open. 7 p.m., Microgroove Records, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 667-7089.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone: The last of August Wilson's Century Cycle, owners of a boarding house play host to a makeshift family of people with connections to slavery. Some stay days, some longer. Through Feb. 26. 7 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. (727) 823-7529; americanstage.org.

Wicked: The multiple Tony award-winning musical tells the untold story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy arrived. Runs through Feb. 26. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31.50-$125. (813) 229-7827.

Made in Venice: Follow the skateboarders of Venice Beach as they grow from beach Hell raisers to professional skaters who put skateboarding on the global map. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Adults: $9, Seniors: $7, Children: $7. (813) 274-8982.

Nicki Parrott: The bassist and vocalist will be joined by fellow legendary jazz performers, Rossano Sportiello & Ed Metz. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28, $23 advance. (727) 822-3590.

Forbidden Broadway: Dubbed the "funniest show in New York" by the New Yorker magazine, the show spoofs characters, plots and show tunes of contemporary and classical Broadway musicals. Through March 12. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40. (813) 229-7827.

Cirque D'Or: Acrobats, aerial artists and contortionists from around the world perform stunts. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $32.75-$62.75. (727) 791-7400.

KIDS AND FAMILY

KidX Club Valentine's Day Bash: Little cherubs can enjoy treats from Chick-fil-A as they sing, dance and play games. 10 a.m., Westshore Plaza Mall, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 286-0790.

TO WATCH

Navy Seals: America's Secret Warriors, 8 p.m., History: Part 2 explores how SEALs were instrumental in the battle of the War on Terror.

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Review: A seemingly inexhaustible shelf life continues in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Review: A seemingly inexhaustible shelf life continues in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

TAMPA Apparently, the Phantom lives forever.Thirty-two years after its premiere, one of the top-grossing musicals of all time is still packing ’em in. Sunday’s matinee at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts showed why Andrew Lloyd ...
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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 23

FestivalsFlorida Bluegrass Classic: The event continues through Feb. 25 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Featuring live entertainment on the stage from 1 to 10 p.m. daily, as well as arts and crafts, workshops, a car ...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

The Phantom of the Opera : Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit returns to Tampa. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of Phantom is performed by a cast and orches...
Published: 02/19/18
Ordinary dogs take to the Derby Lane greyhound track for the Mutt Derby

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Some stopped midway, some turned around and ran the wrong way and some dashed to the arms of their owners as more than 300 average house pets took to the track at Derby Lane on Sunday for the Mutt Derby. The popular fundraiser for the Jaycees died o...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and ...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

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‘Hello, Universe’ and ‘Wolf in the Snow’ top American Library Association awards for books for young readers

‘Hello, Universe’ and ‘Wolf in the Snow’ top American Library Association awards for books for young readers

The American Library Association announced its 2018 Youth Media Award winners Monday during its midwinter meeting in Denver.The annual awards honor books, video and audio for children and young adults and are highly regarded guides for booksellers, t...
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Review: Paul Goldberg’s ‘The Chateau’ sets sharp political satire in a Florida condo

Review: Paul Goldberg’s ‘The Chateau’ sets sharp political satire in a Florida condo

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 19-25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 19-25

Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa’s best known road races returns to downtown, with a 5K and 15K Saturday and an 8K and half marathon on Sunday. The chief attraction is the 15K on Saturday, which takes runners out and back along the man...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

Kelsea Ballerini: Grammy-nominated country music star on tour with special guest Walter Hayes. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.25-$125. (727) 791-7400. Volta: The bendy people of Cirque du Soleil. Through Mar...
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