Monday, December 18, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 20

DNCE: Tampa pop station 93.3-FLZ is throwing a free concert by the new dance-rock band starring the Jonas Brothers' Joe Jonas. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.

Chris Mann: The crooner's breakout performances on The Voice established him as a powerful voice in classical crossover. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$45. (813) 229-7827.

Gasparilla Distance Classic: 5K, Stroller Roll and 15K: The chief attraction is the 15K on Saturday, which takes runners along an out and back course from downtown Tampa, out just across Gandy Boulevard and back again alongside the mansions and water views of Bayshore Boulevard. The 5K and 15K is Saturday, and Sunday features an 8K and a half marathon. 6:30 a.m., Downtown Tampa, Intersecton of Twiggs and Tampa streets, Tampa. (813) 254-7866.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: With Highland heavy games, junior caber toss, a Celtic village, kilt competition and more. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Toll-free 1-800-966-8215.

Clearwater Sea Blues Concert Festival: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: With a medley of seafood and blues music by notable national artists, what makes this annual festival even better? It's free. Headliner is the beloved retro soul powerhouse Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, along with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Davy Knowles, Patrick Sweany, KG and the Girls, Franc Robert. Noon, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free general admission; $40-$45 reserved seating; $120-$130 VIP. (727) 562-4700.

The Book of Mormon: The critically-acclaimed, religious satire musical written by the creators of South Park has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Through Feb. 21. 2 and 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38-$98; same day tickets available by lottery, call the box office for details. (727) 791-7400.

100 Artists Show: The two-day, outdoor event features a juried showcase of national and local fine art and craft artists, live demonstrations, food, and music by the Dave Williamson Band. 10 a.m., St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 367-3818.

Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: Peter and the Wolf: Prokofiev's classic tale will be performed by a woodwind quartet. Before each concert, Musical Playtime lets kids explore the Instrument Petting Zoo. Includes 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. performances. 10 and 11:30 a.m., Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. $5. (727) 892-3337.

Dogapalooza: A day for the entire family, including the dog, features a dog wash, pet adoptions, bounce house, dunk tank, face painting, a beer truck, raffles and live music by the 3 Stooges, Steve McNulty and Lie Now. Benefits the Suncoast Animal League. 2 p.m., Peggy O'Neills Irish Pub, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-7734.

Coo Coo Ca Choo : The '60s rock group's song list includes music by The Beatles, The Animals, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Reed, The Walker Brothers, The Fortunes, Hendrix, Cream, Sly and the Family Stone and more. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$30. (727) 822-3590.

Mutemath: The New Orleans rockers come to the State Theatre in support of their forthcoming album Vitals. 8 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22.50. (727) 895-3045.

Cirque du Chill: Chillounge: The upscale outdoor lounge party with a Cirque du Soleil twist. 6 p.m., Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. $25, $120 VIP. (941) 448-0995.

Arenacross: All the high flying dirt bike action of motocross moves inside the confines of an arena. Nashville-based country rapper, remixer and producer, DJ KO performs. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10-$50. (813) 301-2500.

Shemekia Copeland and James Hunter: The Grammy-nominated Rolling Stones opener performs with rhythm and blues sensation from the U.K., the James Hunter Six. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$47.50. (727) 791-7400.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Kick-Off: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg brings an official show car for meet and greets with drivers, autograph session, photo opportunities and giveaways. 10 a.m., Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free. (727) 821-8992.

TO WATCH

MythBusters, 8 p.m., Discovery. The explosive final season of continues as Adam and Jamie try to determine whether or not gummy bears can be used as rocket fuel.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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