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Mike Osborne of Idaho Falls Idaho works on MADUSA the monster truck  in preparation for this weekends Monster Jam. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Saturday and tickets in advance are as cheap as $15.00. The event is held in Raymond James Stadium where close to 350 truckloads of dirts where place on the stadium floor.

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Mike Osborne of Idaho Falls Idaho works on MADUSA the monster truck in preparation for this weekends Monster Jam. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Saturday and tickets in advance are as cheap as $15.00. The event is held in Raymond James Stadium where close to 350 truckloads of dirts where place on the stadium floor.

Monster Jam: Giant custom-designed trucks crush lesser cars and even school buses in competition. This year, expect to see Grave Digger, Lucas Oil Crusader, Max-D, El Toro Loco, Monster Energy, Soldier Fortune, Avenger, Brutus, Overkill Evolution, Black Stallion, Stone Crusher, Hooked and King Krunch. Get a view of the trucks and meet the drivers at a Party in the Pits from 1:30-5 p.m. 7 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$125. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000. Paul Anka: The legendary singer-songwriter was one of the biggest teen idols in the late '50s with songs, including Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Heard on My Shoulder. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala: Dismantling Ceremony: Losang Samten, renowned Tibetan scholar and monk, and former attendant to the Dalai Lama, has spent nearly two weeks at the museum creating a sand mandala. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 896-2667.

Jane Lynch: The wise-cracking Emmy and Golden Globe winner does a stage stand-up show, fresh from portraying one-liner coach Sue Sylvester on Glee and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400.

Brooksville Raid Re-enactment: With more than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers, this group claims to be Florida's largest Civil War re-enactment. Bring your own chair. 9 a.m., Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. $8, $4 ages 6-12, 5 and younger and scouts in uniform free. (352) 799-0129.

Suncoast Arts Fest: More than 125 juried artists present their creations at this annual festival with live music, sidewalk chalk art, an interactive youth art area and a maker space. 10 a.m., The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free. (863) 337-4256.

Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show and Sale: More than 50 dealers from around the U.S. sell crystals, minerals, beads, gems and jewelry. Pay once and get re-admission all weekend. 10 a.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5, 15 and younger free. (727) 892-5202.

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest: In part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration, this weekend celebration features music by national, local and regional acts including Jonathan Butler and Angie Stone, health and wellness seminars and more. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. 1-888-224-1733 ext. 3143.

Sunshine Music Festival: This year's diverse lineup includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Revivalists, the Jerry Douglas Band and more. 11:30 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $49.99-$189.99.

Winter Jam : Grammy-winning duo For King and Country and singer-songwriter Matthew West headline Christian music's biggest annual tour. Evangelist Tony Nolan will host, and the Pre-Jam Party at 5 p.m. will showcase Stars Go Dim and We Are Messengers. 6 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10 door only. (813) 301-2500.

Vocalosity: The Aca-Perfect Concert Experience: Twelve a capella singers perform oldies to the most current hits. 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45-$55. (813) 229-7827.

Tony Milio: Childhood friends with super stars like Frankie Vallie, Milio carries on the Jersey Boy's traditional melodies of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Dinner is available. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $5 with 2 item minimum. (813) 963-0578.

Peter Yarrow: A performance by the founding member of the multi-platinum and gold selling trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $24.50-$39.50 advance, $29.50-$44.50 at the door. (727) 587-6793.

Our Town: Since its premiere in 1938, Thornton Wilder's play has remained one of the most often performed works in the American canon. Its longevity is a testament not only to Wilder's words, but the questions it ponders. Through Feb. 14. 2 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$43. (727) 498-5205.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Treasure Island Kite Festival: Competitors send their kites to the sky in this Martin Luther King holiday weekend salute featuring dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying set to music. Bring your own kite to join the fun or vendors will be on site selling kites and supplies. 10 a.m., Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 320-9463.

TO WATCH

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC. Returning from its holiday break, the new year's first host is Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren in that little space movie you might have heard of.

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