Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 11

Metrocon: The focus is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork, but the event covers elements of anime-influenced pop culture, from video games to pop music. It opens at noon, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $10-$100. (813) 898-1310.

Morris Day & The Time: Formed in 1981 by Prince, the Time went on to release four jammy, rock-infused '80s funk albums. Comedian Mark Curry opens at 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$59.50. (727) 893-7832.

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day: Visit any Chick-fil-A restaurant dressed as a cow from head to hoof and you'll be rewarded with a free meal. A partial costume receives a free entree. Find restaurants at chick-fil-a.com/Cows/Appreciation-Day or call (813) 286-0534. Hours vary by location.

Sarasota Improv Festival: The annual funny fest brings 17 of the hottest groups on the national improv scene. See floridastudiotheatre.org/ for a full lineup. 6 p.m., Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. $59 weekend pass, $49 night, $10-$25 per event. (941) 366-9000.

Clearwater Threshers vs. Palm Beach Cardinals: Pitch 4 Pink with an Old School Show by Coolio and Slick Rick. 6:30 p.m., Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.

Hair: In the Broadway musical, a group of hippies searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era America. 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $25.50, $12.50 students. (727) 587-6793.

Inventing Van Gogh: It's opening night for this Jobsite Theater production about a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait. Through Aug. 3. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dive-In Movies: Catch Disney's Cars 2 at the St. Pete Beach city pool with Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. $4. (727) 363-9264.

TO WATCH

Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize, 9 p.m., PBS Comedy icon Carol Burnett becomes the 16th person to win the prestigious humor prize, and pals Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Julie Andrews are there to cheer her on.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

TAMPALife’s quite different at the tail end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade than at the launching point.The funnel cakes and corn dogs are a bit less omnipresent. When the first cars and floats begin to journey down Bayshore Boulevard, you’re onl...
Published: 01/20/18
Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

SOUTH TAMPA Charles P. Hessemer, 90 years young and about as sharp as the palette knives he paints with, finds artistic inspiration in the costumed-clad revelers of Tampa’s favorite annual event. The details in Hessemer’s oil painting s...
Published: 01/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Tweed Ride: This popular leisurely bike ride around downtown St. Petersburg brings out ladies and gents in derby hats, vests, petticoats, lace-up boots and other fashionable vintage choices. Tea and scones served before the ride. After the ride, gath...
Published: 01/19/18
Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Fans of notorious street artist and activist Banksy won’t have to travel too far to see one of his original pieces, thanks to an exhibit opening on Jan. 27 at the Outer Space Gallery in Winter Haven. The "Haight Street Rat" will be on display, on the...
Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

Peter Mayle, whose international bestseller A Year in Provence sent countless tourists to the vineyards and lavender fields of Southern France, has died.In an email, Mr. Mayle’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, reported that he died Thursday in a hospital...
Published: 01/18/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Jan. 19

FestivalsFlorida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo and Rodeo: The three-day event will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport, 2495 Broad St., south of Brooksville. Features ...
Published: 01/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
Published: 01/18/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

On Saturday, the kids get first crack at the booty from the pirates at the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the annual alcohol-free party on Bayshore Boulevard. To kick off the season of Jose Gaspar, the fictitious marauder whose legend has...
Published: 01/18/18
‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

TAMPA — Jose Gaspar, mythical pirate, meet Lord Stanley of Preston. Hang out, get to know one another, have as much fun as possible during the wrinkle in time that makes possible what will likely be a one-time-only encounter. Next weekend, th...
Published: 01/18/18