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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 12

Lewis Black: The stand-up comedian came into national prominence with his appearances on The Daily Show in 1996. Those appearances led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and Epix. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $59.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.

All Breed Dog Confirmation Shows: Watch the dogs and their handlers compete. 8 a.m., Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. Free admission, parking is $5. (352) 799-5180.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts: Taste of Russia: Enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts as Stuart Malina conducts the orchestra through a performance. 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 893-7832.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. 6 p.m., Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 530-3304.

Happy Hour with the Historian: Enjoy an evening of wine, words and the wisdom of historians. January features author Lyn Millner discussing "The Illure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp and a Renegade Prophet." 7 p.m., St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $5, members free. (727) 894-1052.

Smithereens: The group will perform all the hits from their 30 year career including A Girl Like You and Only A Memory. Four Star Riot opens. 7:30 p.m., Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24.50-$39.50; add $5 at the door. (727) 587-6793.

Lectores Speaker Series: The series ends with readings by poet Aimee Nezhukumatatathil and MFA alumnus Steven Thomas Howell. 7:30 p.m., University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 257-3514.

Shut Up and Laugh: What started as a one-off comedy show has become a solid, bankable brand for hip-hop radio station Wild 94.1. This year's line-up features Carlos Mencia, Jo Koy, Robert Kelly and Leonard Ouzts. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$69. (727) 893-7832.

Joe Torry: He was the host of and appeared as a comic on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

John Reep: He won the fifth season of Last Comic Standing and has his own Comedy Central special, but he's probably most widely recognized the. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $18-$20. (813) 960-1197.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Free Monster Trucks Displays: Monster Energy: Before Monster Jam invades Raymond James Stadium, some of the show's biggest stars will be on display across the bay area. Come see and take pictures with the 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound trucks. Visit monsterjam.com for a full list of locations and times. Noon, Walmart Supercenter, 1505 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 872-6992.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE: My Kitchen Rules, 9 p.m., Fox: Curtis Stone hosts this reality cooking competition, bringing the total of reality cooking shows to way too many.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 22

Air Supply: The legendary Australian soft rock duo are known for Lost in Love, All Out of Love and Making Love Out of Nothing, 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $65-$89. (727) 791-7400.Andrew Schulz: The former star of MTV’s Guy...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 21

Mary J. Blige: Iconic Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philantrophist is on her Strength of a Woman tour. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $47.25-$247.25. (813) 301-2500. The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Willia...
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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

Hernando Events for Feb. 23

Events23 FridayBeginning Birding with the Audubon: Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. Binoculars and field guides available to use. All skill levels and ages welcome. Call or text to RSVP. 8:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservati...
Published: 02/20/18

Pasco Events for Feb. 23

23 FridayFree Hearing Evaluations: Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation now offers free hearing evaluations with an audiologist on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. If it is determined that a hearing aid is needed, financial assistance is ...
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 ...
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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