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.
KIDS AND FAMILY
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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