Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 4

Localtopia: Nearly 200 St. Petersburg area independent businesses present "A Community Celebration of All Things Local" with representation of arts, culture, shopping, food, drinks, health, wellness and sports. 10 a.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (813) 500-7708.

Rays Fan Fest: This year, Tampa Bay Rays players and coaches will be on hand to meet and take photos with season ticket holders only. Former major leaguers will be available to all other fans. This year's free activities include clubhouse tours, dugout photos and tailgate style games. Kids can run the bases, high five players, have a story read to them and participate in interactive baseball activities. 11 a.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free, $100 three autographs (season ticket holders with Rays players); free (general public with former players only). Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Mardi Gras at Universal: Trace Adkins: For 12 nights during the festival, enjoy a free concert by nationally known pop and rock acts. Included with admission. Also hear the Young Pinstripe Brass Band in the French Quarter courtyard. 9 a.m., Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. $105, $100 child. 1-800-837-2273.

Winter the Dolphin's "Tail-Gate" Weekend: Wear your Super Bowl team gear to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and get in to all the exhibits and movies for just $9.99. 10 a.m., Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. $9.99 (anyone wearing logo of New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcons), $21.95 (adults), $19.95 seniors, $16.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. (727) 441-1790.

2Cool Art Show: PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, present their annual juried fine art and craft show featuring 38 artists. 10 a.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 916-0105.

In the Mood Big Band Review: A fully staged tribute to the Big Band era. Complete with authentic costumes, music arrangements and choreography, the show has a cast of 19 on stage performing more than 50 hits. 2 and 8 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $39.50-$59.50. (813) 274-8982.

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. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40. (813) 229-7827.

Tampa International Fringe Festival: A lottery drawing will reveal the participants of the first uncensored, non-juried performing arts festival in Tampa this May. 2 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (727) 513-8433.

Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium to run the specially built track. 7 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

Florida Orchestra Gala With Itzhak Perlman: Under the direction of Michael Francis, Itzhak Perlman joins the Florida Orchestra to present movie favorites including the theme from Schindler's List, As Time Goes By from Casablanca and the love theme from Cinema Paradiso, Benefits the Florida Orchestra. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $50-$150. (727) 892-3337.

Katt Williams: Often clad in silk shirts and snakeskin boots, he aims for raw truth-telling about politics and race relations. 8 p.m., University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $52.75-$102.75. (813) 974-3004.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Canopy Tree Climbing: Climbers ages 6 and older can ascend into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system. 10 a.m., Pathfinder Outdoor Education, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 328-0300.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Plan date night at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Comments
Amy Hill Hearth’s ‘Streetcar to Justice’ brings back a forgotten story of black history

Amy Hill Hearth’s ‘Streetcar to Justice’ brings back a forgotten story of black history

During Black History Month, many students learn about Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist who in 1955 refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white passenger — and rode into history.A century before that, another black woman mad...
Published: 02/20/18
Notable: Five new books for young readers for Black History Month

Notable: Five new books for young readers for Black History Month

NotableBlack History MonthHere are five more newly published books for young readers, for Black History Month or any time.Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin (Scholastic Press, ages 12 and up) by James L. Swanson, w...
Published: 02/20/18

Haven’t made it out to the county fair yet? There’s still time

DADE CITY — There’s still more to take in before the Pasco County Fair wraps up this weekend. The midway rides are still running, popcorn will be popping and students will be showing their exhibits, including local FFA students showing plants and liv...
Published: 02/20/18
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 ...
Published: 02/19/18

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 ...
Published: 02/19/18
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

Ordinary dogs take to the Derby Lane greyhound track for the Mutt Derby

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...
Published: 02/18/18
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 ...
Published: 02/16/18
Updated: 02/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Mutt Derby: Bring your non-aggressive dog for a day of dog races and other doggie games. Races will be done in weight divisions. All dogs racing must have proof of vaccinations. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound ...
Published: 02/16/18
‘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...
Published: 02/16/18