Monday, September 24, 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.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find TV recaps at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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