Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 21

The Lion King: Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor bring to life Disney's popular story of hope and adventure through the use of an amazing backdrop of visuals, puppets and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Through Feb. 14. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$153.50. (813) 229-7827.

Plumb House Museum Tours: Clearwater Historical Society offers tours of the historic Plumb House Museum, a two-story, cracker-style wood house (circa 1896) showcasing a variety of antiques and vintage items including uniforms and photos of the Clearwater Bombers champion men's softball team. Also open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday November 2015 through May 7, 2016. 8:30 a.m., Plumb House Museum, 1380 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Free, but donations welcome. (727) 399-1412.

Real Music Series: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone: The series features live mixed music from the 1950s to today. Performances held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Included with daily admission. 11:30 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated): Renowned African American contemporary artist Kara Walker became well known for her groundbreaking exhibition of life-size silhouettes that depicted the racial tensions in America and expose the myth of the "romantic South." In this exhibition of large-scale prints, she superimposes these silhouettes over illustrations from Harper's, challenging the racial history and historiography of the United States. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. Remains on display through March 3. 5 p.m., Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-7386.

Palm Harbor Citrus Festival: This year's festival brings back all the favorites including carnival rides, games, a Festival Queen Pageant, demonstrations, kids crafts and live music. 5 p.m., Historic Downtown Palm Harbor, along Florida Avenue, Palm Harbor. Free (games/rides additional). (727) 784-4287.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: Harem Today, Gone Tomorrow: Preview to Abduction from the Seraglio: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. Programs are Thursday nights at the Music Gallery of Clearwater and Friday mornings at 11 a.m. at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts. 6 p.m., Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 530-3304.

Lecture: Russell Young: In conjunction with his "Forever Young: A Retrospective" exhibition, the artist, who is best known for his enamel, screen-print paintings of celebrities on linen, and his technique of pressing diamond dust onto them, will speak. 6 p.m., Polk Museum of Art, 800 E Palmetto St., Lakeland. Free. (863) 688-7743.

Heritage Evening Gala with Avery Sunshine: Part of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, this elegant evening celebrates with a vocal performance by Avery Sunshine and comedy by Jay Lamont, Cecil "Shuckey Duckey" Armstrong and Laughin Lenny. Formal attire required. 6:30 p.m., TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. $55, $100 two. 1-888-224-1733, ext. 3143.

Our Town: Since its premiere in 1938, Thornton Wilder's play has remained one of the most often performed works in the American canon. It tells the story of the fictional town of Grover's Corners from 1901-13 through the lives of its citizens. Through Feb. 14. 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$43. (727) 498-5205.

Ybor Ghost Tour: Find out what ghosts haunt the historic Cuban Club. Ghost meters supplied. 7:30 p.m., King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $25, $10 ages 11 and younger. (813) 386-3905.

True West: Tampa Repertory Theatre presents Sam Shepard's comedy about two very different brothers who fight over writing a screenplay. Through Jan. 24. 7:30 p.m., University of South Florida Theatre Center Studio Theater (TAR 120), 3837 USF W Holly Dive, Tampa. $20; $15 students, seniors and military.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Chicago Blackhawks: 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices vary by game. (813) 301-6600; lightning.nhl.com.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Concert: The concert tour brings a symphonic experience to the science fiction favorite, bringing together music and scenes from the iconic franchise. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $40-$70. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

They're Playing Our Song: 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. 8 p.m., Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. $26; $15 for students. (727) 784-3322.

Jitney: The ninth installment in August Wilson's Century Cycle tells of a taxi dispatch business serving African-Americans in 1977 Pittsburgh. Through Feb. 21. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$59, $20 students. (727) 823-7529.

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series: Laura Williams McCaffrey and Peter Meinke: Authors present readings from their works followed by book signings. All readings include a light reception and book sale in the lobby from 7:30 to 8 p.m. McCaffrey will read from Water Shaper and Meinke will read from Lucky Bones. 8 p.m., Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 864-7994.

Israel Horovitz's Lebensraum: For his second residency with Jobsite Theater, Horovitz brings a full production, using three actors performing quicksilver changes to play dozens of characters. This work is based on the idea that a German chancellor might, as an act of redemption, invite 6 million Jews to Germany with a promise of citizenship and jobs. through Jan. 31. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE DC's Legends of Tomorrow, 8 p.m., The CW. TV's infatuation with superheroes continues with a fun and rollicking new series about time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who recruits a ragtag team of heroes and villains in an effort to save the planet.

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