Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 22

Billy Joel: The legendary Piano Man has produced some of the most popular music in the world, holding the titles of sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. 8 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $39.50-$119.50. (813) 301-2500.

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.

David Bowie Tribute: The Hunger: In tribute to the creativity and life of David Bowie, Tampa Theatre presents a free screening of The Hunger, in which he plays the husband of a vampire who tricks him into believing he will live a blissful immortal life, when she seeks a new love and leaves him stuck in a horrible living death. 9:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8982.

True West: Tampa Repertory Theatre presents Sam Shepard's comedy about two very different brothers who fight over writing a screenplay. Through Jan. 24. 8 p.m., University of South Florida Theatre Center Studio Theater (TAR 120), 3837 USF W Holly Dive, Tampa. $20; $15 students, seniors and military.

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. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 896-2667.

Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builder Invitational: Motorcycle builders from across the country compete for best bike at this event with a giant ride-in motorcycle show, wing eating contest and more. 5 p.m., Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St N, Clearwater. Free. (813) 814-1424.

Slocan Ramblers: The Canadian bluegrass quartet has received critical acclaim for their debut album, Shaking Down the Acorns. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 229-7827.

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. 8 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$195. (813) 229-7827.

Wynonna and The Big Noise: Stories And Song : The five-time Grammy Award-winner's journey began as one half of the legendary duo The Judds with her mother, Naomi Judd. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Mozart and More: Pianist Gilles Vonsattel makes his orchestra debut in a program that offers a mix of musical complements and contrasts Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 39. with Stravinsky's charming chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Guitar Concert Series: Benjamin Pila : The Juilliard-trained classical guitarist has performed six times at the national Sept. 11 ceremony held annually at the World Trade Center site. 8 p.m., Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus Student Services Building Auditorium, Room 111, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. $10, free students and faculty. (813) 253-7201.

KIDS AND FAMILY

New Year's Extravaganza: Kids ages 8 to 13 can make some new friends at this celebration with games, contests, crafts and a balloon drop. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. $10 advance, $15 day of. (727) 738-2920.

TO WATCH

Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS. A well-regarded, newly retired NYPD lieutenant is accused of shooting a group of potential muggers on the subway and then disappears. That leaves Frank (Tom Selleck) to deal with the fallout.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Plan ahead for date night with our latest edition of the top 50 restaurants of Tampa Bay at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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Pasco Events for May 25

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Hernando Events for May 25

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