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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 31

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The Lion King

Chantel Riley Gareth Saxe Alton Fitzgerald White Jeffrey Kuhn Aaron Nelson

The Lion King: Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor bring to life Disney's popular story of hope and adventure through visuals, puppets and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Through Feb. 14. 1 and 6:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$195. (813) 229-7827.

My Life On a Diet: Renee Taylor, Broadway and Hollywood star, known as Fran Drescher's character's mom on The Nanny, delivers gossip and lots of laughs. 3 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$39. (727) 791-7400.

2Cool Art Show: PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, present their fourth annual juried fine art and craft show featuring 38 artists. 10 a.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 916-0105.

Israel Horovitz's Lebensraum: 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. 4 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Art Festival Beth-El: This 43rd annual fine art exhibit and sale features more than 170 local and international award-winning artists. 10 a.m., Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $25 at the door Saturday. Free Sunday and Monday. (727) 347-6136.

"Best Picture" Classics Series: The Artist: Honoring the motion picture awards season, this series features seven Best Picture winners spanning 10 decades. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members; $12, $10 members (silent film accompaniment). (813) 274-8982.

Tournees Film Festival: Hiroshima Mon Amour: The University of Tampa is hosting this six pack of award-winning French productions. 3 p.m., Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-6243.

Fil Pate: The Tampa guitarist plays a variety of music including jazz, rock, blues and Americana. Chris Sgamatto of Displace also performs. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

Oscar Shorts: Live Action: View the 2015 Oscar nominated best live action short films including Ave Maria, Shok and Everything Will Be OK. All films are appropriate for ages 13 and older only. 6:15 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11, $9 members. (813) 274-8982.

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. 2 and 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$43. (727) 498-5205.

Dale Jones: The comedian delivers an animated stage character with high energy and some pretty remarkable facial contortions as seen on TBS's The Very Funny Show, Last Comic Standing and Fox's 30 seconds to Fame. 7 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Sunshine Sunday: This special day for children with special needs includes reduced lighting and sound, special programing and resources for children and families with special needs. 10 a.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $5, members free. (813) 443-3861.

TO WATCH

Grease: Live, 7 p.m., Fox. We've got chills, and they're multiplying for this exuberant musical that whisks viewers back to Rydell High and rekindles the romance between Sandy (Julianne Hough) and Danny (Aaron Tveit). With a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen, this adaptation takes "the spine" of the 1978 film and melds it with pieces of the stage play. Hopefully, they'll go together like a wop-bam-boom.

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