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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 23

Photo courtesy of the Straz Center. The Broadway cast of Matilda the Musical.

Photo courtesy of the Straz Center. The Broadway cast of Matilda the Musical.

Matilda the Musical: Based on the book by Roald Dahl, this Tony Award winning musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and take charge of her own destiny. Through Feb. 28. The performance on Feb. 25 is sign language interpreted. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $50-$120. (813) 229-7827.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's enduring musical is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Hernando County Public Library System Black History Program: Author talk and book signing event with Johnny Lee Gaddy who will discuss his newest book They Told Me Not To Tell: Dozier Reform School was a Living Hell. Gaddy will share stories about The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a reform school that operated from Jan. 1, 1900 to June 30, 2011. 4:30 p.m., West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6395.

Underground Digital Railroad Project: '70 and '80 themed benefit parties. Disco the night away at this '70s party hosted by the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon with part of the proceeds going to KOA charities. 6 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College: Climate Courage: This Changes Everything: Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in discussions of the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. An attempt to re-imagine the challenge of climate change. 7 p.m., Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 864-7979.

Stranger in a Strange Land: A retrospective of National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb's four decade long career. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25. (813) 229-7827.

Dark Wave Yoga: Vinyasa Yoga set to dark and melancholy variant of new wave, post-punk, gothic rock, dark synthpop, ambient, industrial, trip-hop music. Bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division, The Sisters Of Mercy, Portishead, Morrissey, Nine inch nails, Dead Can Dance. 7:15 p.m., Tempus Projects, 4636 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $12; $10 students & military. (813) 340-9056.

Tampa Bay Symphony: "Romantic Masterpieces" is the theme of the Winter Concerts which feature Grigorios Zamparas, piano soloist, in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. and a composition by Mark Sforzini, Theme and Variations on a Slavic Folk Song, Also on the program is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 ("Reformation"). 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20, students free. (727) 522-8459.

TO WATCH

Forged in Fire, 10 p.m., History Channel. Don't try this at home: a cutting-edge competition series has world-class bladesmiths testing their mettle by creating sharp objects like the Japanese katana and the medieval broadsword.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 23 02/22/16 [Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2016 10:58am]
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