Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 28

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Time Travelers: Week four of the festival bring a "Time Travelers" theme with a belly dance competition, steampunk invasion and costume contest, Dr. Who costume contest, fantasy market, wine and beer tasting. 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.

Richard Marx: The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician and producer. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $44.50-$59.50. (727) 791-7400.

Flan Fest: In conjunction with Fiesta Day in Ybor, sample traditional and not-so-traditional flavors of flan, along with flan cupcakes, flan pie, and more. 11 a.m., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free admission (food/drink additional). (813) 241-2442.

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. 2 and 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;.

Jitney: The ninth installment in August Wilson's Century Cycle tells of a taxi dispatch business serving African-Americans in 1977 Pittsburgh. Through Feb. 28. 3 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49, $20 students. (727) 823-7529.

Tampa Bay Symphony: "Romantic Masterpieces" is the theme of the Winter Concerts. 4 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20, students free. (727) 522-8459.

Shoeless Soul: Feel-good pop-fusion and jazzy-reggae jams. NoNeed, The New Rulers and The Reality open the show. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $6. (813) 971-0666.

Joe Machi: The Last Comic Standing finalist has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and was a NY Comedy Festival Funniest Comedian Competition winner. 7 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 960-1197.

Hollywood Awards Night: Dress in a movie themed costume or Hollywood inspired attire and head over to this Tampa Bay slice of Hollywood glitz and glamor. "Roan Jivers" announces your arrival as you exit your complimentary limo for "red carpet" festivities and a large-screen viewing of Academy Awards telecast. 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $20, $15 members. (813) 274-8982.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Ravel and Brahms: Under the direction of Michael Francis and accompanied by pianist Javier Perianes, the orchestra presents Unstuck (Norman), Piano Concerto in G Major (Ravel) and Symphony No. 1 (Brahms). 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

TO WATCH

The 88th Annual Academy Awards, 8 p.m. (Red Carpet at 7), ABC. Comedian Chris Rock is our host for Hollywood's annual orgy of self-indulgence. Expect him to throw a few jabs at the academy for its startling lack of diversity. As for the movies that did make the cut, The Revenant heads the list with 12 nominations, but, alas, none for the burly bear that turned Leonardo DiCaprio into a chew toy.

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