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Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018.

Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus: Legends, an all-new show, will feature circus artists from around the globe. And this may be one the last times the Asian elephants will appear in Tampa. After 145 years of featuring elephants in its circus acts, the 13 Asian elephants still traveling with the circus will be moved to a conservation center in 2018. Each trainer will show off individual elephants' natural skills and abilities. The show will also feature Alexander Lacey, trainer of lions, leopards and tigers, the Solar Hawks acrobats and the Riders of the Wind trick-riders on thoroughbred horses. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $16-$70. (813) 301-2500.

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.

ArtFlix: Slaphappy Vol. 8: A film series that features art-related documentaries and feature films. Features Buster Keaton, Billy Bletcher and Bobby Duncan in The Balloonatic, A Trip to the Moon, Dream of a Rarebit Fiend and many more. 6 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala: Screening of Kundun: Losang Samten, renowned Tibetan scholar and monk, and former attendant to the Dalai Lama, will spend nearly two weeks at the museum creating a sand mandala. He will work on the mandala every day the museum is open, from Jan. 4-15, from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1-4 p.m., and there will be a number of events in conjunction with it. Losang served as the technical advisor on this Martin Scorcese film about the Dalai Lama. 6:30 p.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.

True West: Tampa Repertory Theatre present 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.

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 Shades of Blue, 10 p.m., NBC. Whether you're drawn to the new crime drama probably depends on how seriously you take Jennifer Lopez as a hard-nosed Brooklyn police detective. … Yeah, that's what we thought.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 7 01/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 1:23pm]
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