Thursday, May 24, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 23

Our Town: Tells the story of the fictional town of Grover's Corners from 1901-13 through the lives of its citizens. Through Feb. 14. 2 and 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$43. (727) 498-5205.

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

42nd Street: The musical comedy features the songs We're in the Money, I Only Have Eyes for You and 42nd Street. Part of Ruth Eckerd Hall's Broadway Series. 2 and 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$150. (727) 791-7400.

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. 10 a.m., Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St N, Clearwater. Free. (813) 814-1424.

Winter Beer Fest: With live music, bring your dog for a photo shoot with a professional photographer ($5 donation). Play giant Jenga, corn hole and giant checkers. Benefits the Pinellas District of Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. 3 p.m., Sea Dog Brewing Co., 26200 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Free. (727) 466-4916.

East-West Shrine Game: See some of the best college players and coaches in the NFL as scouts spend the week in St. Petersburg to review the players and enjoy great tailgating. 4 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $15. (813) 281-8642.

Gasparilla Fireworks Cruise: Cruise along the Jose Gaspar at it attacks the Bayshore area producing a giant fireworks display. The 2.5-hour adventure Includes a three-course seated meal and DJ dancing. Pirate attire recommended. 5:30 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $79.95, $39.95 children. (813) 223-7999.

Jitney: A taxi dispatch business serving African-Americans in 1977 Pittsburgh. Through Feb. 21. 3 and 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$59, $20 students. (727) 823-7529.

True West: 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.

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 triumphs. Through Jan. 24. 8 p.m., Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. $26; $15 for students. (727) 784-3322.

I Love St. Pete Art Show: The vintage shop's annual celebration of everything that makes St. Pete great. 8 p.m., ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10, $15 VIP. (727) 324-3878.

The Hot Sardines: Hailed by Forbes as "One of the best jazz bands in New York today." 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: The alcohol-free event welcoming the Gasparilla season includes a preschooler's stroll, family activities more than 100 units with dance groups and more. 11 a.m., Gasparilla Parade Start Point, Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa. Free. Reserved seating $35-$49. (813) 251-8844.

Correction

Veg Out! 2016, hosted by Creative Loafing, is from 11 to 3 p.m. today at the Creative Loafing Event Space, 1911 N 13th St., Tampa. Visit cltampa.com/vegout. Thursday's Weekend section listed an incorrect name and website for the event.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Beowulf, 10 p.m., Esquire. This brings the classic epic poem to life in a new drama series. Kieran Bew (Da Vinci's Demons) plays the disillusioned title character who returns to his home, Herot, to make peace with his past.

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