Saturday, January 20, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 10

Marvel Universe Live!: Marvel superheroes from the Avengers to Spider-Man and Wolverine come to life in this action-packed arena extravaganza including special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It's at 7 p.m. at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40-$120. (813) 301-2500.

Ray LaMontagne: The folk singer-songwriter will grace the Clearwater stage yet again, this time alongside Jenny Lewis. The L.A. indie duo Belle Brigade will open. Show is at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $53.25-125. (727) 791-7400.

Tampaworks 2014: Play Local: This week, Stageworks and Tucker Hall present nine short plays with local flair. Catch the first ones at 8 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $20. (813) 374-2416. See a list of the plays at stageworkstheatre.org.

Ian Bagg: Fun fact, the Canadian comedian jokes: He's the only comic to have worked for famed director-producer Judd Apatow and not become a multibillionaire. Catch him at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Yappy Hour: You and your dog can sit on the patio and enjoy games, prizes, food and drink specials. Adoptable pets on site at 6 p.m. at World of Beer Downtown St. Petersburg, 100 Fourth St. S. Free. (727) 823-2337.

Matt Davis: This comedian is known for his dark and dirty humor, as a firm believer that nothing is sacred and nothing is safe. At 8:30 p.m., he's at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$20. (813) 960-1197.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Free Golf: Kids ages 5 to 15 can get out of the house and onto the putting green with a free small bucket of range balls to hit on the Ace Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview, or at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa, Wentworth Golf Club or Crescent Oaks County Club in Tarpon Springs. Starts at 8 a.m. at Ace Golf Brandon, 820 S Kings Ave., Brandon. (813) 651-4653.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Welcome to Sweden, 9 p.m., NBC This semi-autobiographical comedy, a huge hit in Sweden, was created by (and stars) Greg Poehler, Amy's brother.

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COMING UP

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Did you know we're "Half Way to Gasparilla"? The Trop sure did. So air out your pirate gear Saturday and get a lower-level seat and Gasparilla beads for $35 with promo code Krewe1 by Thursday. After the game, catch Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing.

Dunedin Orange Festival: The fruit did make Florida famous, so celebrate with juice samples, family fun zone, live music and best of all: mojo cookoff competition. Admission is free, but you can taste the mojo for $10 Saturday at Edgewater Park. (727) 330-4888.

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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...
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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