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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 13

Florida RV SuperShow: The 31st annual outdoor recreation event includes representation from every major RV manufacturer as well as hundreds of accessory booths exhibitors, outdoor kitchens, seminars and free shuttle service. A favorite of all visitors is the free entertainment, from clowns and unicycle riders, to barbershop quartets and bagpipe bands. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10; 15 and younger free. (813) 741-0488.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: A Tchaikovsky Celebration: There's complimentary coffee and doughnuts served before these morning performances, with a pre-concert conversation one hour before each show. 11 a.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $24-$42. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

USF Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series: The series presented by Fox Sports Florida and the Tampa Bay Lightning will feature top executives in the sport and entertainment industries. RSVP to reserve a seat. The CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center arena will speak about creating a competitive advantage through talent and culture at 4:30 p.m. Pizza mogul Papa John will have a conversation with Abe Madkour, who is editor of the SportsBusiness Journal at 7 p.m., University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-3180.

Dirt Nasty and Mickey Avalon: After a falling out, the comedic rappers have squashed their beef and will embark on the Married to The Game Tour in support of their new album, Netflix and Chill. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 248-9500.

Think + Drink (Science) Cafe: Grab a beer or glass of wine and join a forum about cutting edge science. Join photographer Lynn Buchannan for a photographic journey of Cuba. 7 p.m., South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $5, $3 members. (941) 746-4131.

Lectores Speaker Series: Stefan Kiesbye and Joe Oestreich: The University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA Program's series presents readings and book signings by program authors. Kiesbye is known for the novel, The Staked Plains. Oestreich is a non-fiction writer of Lines of Scrimmage: A Story of Football, Race, and Redemption. 7:30 p.m., Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333.

They're Playing Our Song: Premiere Benefit: Neil Simon's romantic musical comedy in which a courting composer and lyricist are not a match made in heaven, but love eventually triumphs. Through Jan. 24. $30. Benefits the Palm Harbor and East Lake Community libraries. 8 p.m., Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. $26, $15 for students. (727) 784-3322.

Shen Yun: Classically trained dancers and a full orchestra weave ancient legends and modern heroic tales to take audiences on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $62.50-$202.50. Toll-free 1-888-974-3698.

Marco Benevento: The pianist performs in a show that will feature Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz backing him up. 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 241-8600.

TO WATCH

Second Chance, 9 p.m., Fox. In this new futuristic drama, a 75-year-old disgraced sheriff dies while trying to stop a crime and is resurrected by a couple of tech billionaires. Now, a younger version of himself (Rob Kazinsky) has another chance at life - but it comes at a cost.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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