Saturday, February 24, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 8

Repticon: Everything at Repticon slithers or crawls: reptile pets and everything related to amphibians and exotic animals, too, as well as raffles, seminars and children's activities. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (863) 268-4273; www.repticon.com/tampa.html.

Brew Bus: Ride Around St. Pete: Enjoy complimentary craft beer on the bus as you travel to St. Petersburg to visit Rapp Brewing, Green Bench Brewing Co. and St. Pete Brewing. Includes round trip transportation. Leaves 12 p.m. from Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room, 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa. $30. (813) 990-7310; cigarcitybrewing.com.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners: The Rays are out of town next Sunday, so they're celebrating Father's Day a bit early with a special Father/Daughter Day ticket package and the first 10,000 men getting a free James Loney Grill Set. 1:40 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297; tampabay.rays.mlb.com.

Church Basement Ladies: A musical comedy about the ladies that work in the church basement cooking meals for church functions. 2 p.m., Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. $23.36. (727) 409-0293.

Norma: St. Petersburg Opera performs the story of a Druid priestess is in love with a Roman governor, featuring one of the most famous duets for soprano and mezzo soprano. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. 2 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $21.50-$64.50. (727) 823-2040.

Putting for a Purpose: The hallways of the hospital convert into a make-shift putting green for this indoor miniature golf tournament. 2:30 p.m., Tampa Shriners Hospital, 12502 Pine Drive, Tampa. $25, $40 two, $75 four. (727) 345-6782; www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Road Trip U.S.A.: Without leaving Glazer Children's Museum, travel the country's famous cities and national landmarks with a collection of interactive installments on National Parks, Mount Rushmore, Interstate System, Roswell Invasion and Roadside Attractions. Runs through Aug. 10. It's open 1 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861; www.glazermuseum.org.

TO WATCH

The 68th Annual Tony Awards, 8 p.m., CBS Hugh Jackman returns for his fourth turn as host of Broadway's big night. Uh, was the always-excellent Neil Patrick Harris busy? Indeed. This year NPH is nominated for a Tony.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Your 4-year-old daughter could land a role in ‘Waitress’ at the Straz

Your 4-year-old daughter could land a role in ‘Waitress’ at the Straz

TAMPA — Could your 4-year-old be the next Lulu? A touring Broadway show wants to find out. Waitress, which runs April 24-29 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, is looking for a local 4- to 5-year old to play a small but c...
Published: 02/23/18
Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

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Published: 02/23/18
The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

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Published: 02/23/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 24

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Pirates and Pets: A time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $21.95...
Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/23/18
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Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a bracing blend of cerebral sci-fi and grindhouse terror, a genre movie that’s more, maybe too much for some viewers.Based on Tallahassee author Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation on the surface is a dead-ducks missi...
Published: 02/22/18
Review: John Dufresne gives an entertaining short course in ‘Flash! Writing the Very Short Story’

Review: John Dufresne gives an entertaining short course in ‘Flash! Writing the Very Short Story’

Don’t tell John Dufresne you don’t have time to read.In fact, don’t tell him you don’t have time to write. Instead, spend a little time with his new book, Flash! Writing the Very Short Story. You’ll find a treasure trove of stories you can read in th...
Published: 02/22/18
Plan your weekend: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Plan your weekend: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Extreme Monster Energy Supercross Championship: The action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing returns to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Each track in the 16-city series is different, so competitors will ride between 15 and 20 laps around t...
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

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Published: 02/21/18
An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

ST. PETERSBURG — After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony."This piec...
Published: 02/21/18
Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

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Published: 02/21/18