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Courtesy of St. Petersburg Opera Co. The cast of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio includes (from left) Alexandria Batsios as Konstanze, Wesley Morgan as Belmonte, Marielle Murphy as Blonde,and Scott Joiner as Pedrillo.

Courtesy of St. Petersburg Opera Co. The cast of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio includes (from left) Alexandria Batsios as Konstanze, Wesley Morgan as Belmonte, Marielle Murphy as Blonde,and Scott Joiner as Pedrillo.

The Abduction from the Seraglio: Mozart's homage to the Turkish craze of the 18th century stars tenor Wesley Morgan and soprano Alexandra Batsios. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 822-3590.

Mardi Gras at Ricky P's: Fat Tuesday: Fat Tuesday means free king cake with the purchase of any meal. There's also food/drink specials all day and music by Joe Farren at 6 p.m. 11 a.m., Ricky P's Orleans Bistro, 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. No cover. (727) 821-4061.

Dunedin Mardi Gras: One of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the state in its 25th year. It kicks off at 4 p.m. with music by Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band, Waylon Thibodeaux, the Soul Circus Cowboys, Cajun Dave and the N'awlins Po Boyz and Ben Bryan Band in Pioneer Park. There's also street entertainers, wine, beer and a parade starting at 7:30 p.m. 4 p.m., Downtown Dunedin, along Main Street, Dunedin. Free, $55 VIP. (727) 437-3569.

Oscar Shorts: Animation: View this year's Oscar-nominated short animated films, including Sanjay's Super Team, World of Tomorrow and Bear Story. 4:45 p.m. and Live Action shorts start at 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11, $9 Members. (813) 274-8982.

Pedals and Pints: Ride approximately 10 miles from Ferg's to Davis Island and back for a post race party with drink specials, raffles and giveaways. 6:30 p.m., Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free (food/drink additional). (813) 443-8403.

Sunshine City Songwriters Festival: Festival kick-off Party : The event will bring 8 singer-songwriters to 7 different venues throughout downtown St. Petersburg. Concerts and workshops included. Takes place during WMNF's Florida Folk Night. 7 p.m., Butler's Old Key West Bar & Grill, 2451 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787.

Rita Rudner: The comedian who has become the longest-running solo show in the history of Las Vegas brings her one-liners to Clearwater. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$49. (727) 791-7400.

The Lion King: Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor bring to life Disney's popular story of hope and adventure through visuals, puppets and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Through Feb. 14. 7:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$195. (813) 229-7827.

Children of Bodom: The death metal outfit will be joined by Havok. 8 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$45. (813) 248-9500.

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic: The Homemade Broadcast invites amateur comedians to compete for a $50 cash prize, picked by audience participation. Free pizza is provided by Angelo's. 8:30 p.m., Sly Bar, 2061 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-2971.


Chinese New Year at Glazer: Children can learn about Chinese culture and welcome the Year of the Monkey. 10 a.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.


SERIES PREMIERE Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central. Nothing seems to be off limits on a bawdy new show in which the comedian discuss sex and relationships.


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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 9 02/08/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:41pm]
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