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Photo by Errisson Lawrence, costumes by Kym Barrett. Cirque de Soleil's Toruk -- The First Flight was inspired by the film, Avatar.

Photo by Errisson Lawrence, costumes by Kym Barrett. Cirque de Soleil's Toruk -- The First Flight was inspired by the film, Avatar.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk: An immersive multimedia spectacle brings to the stage the world of James Cameron's Avatar through the signature style of Cirque du Soleil. 4 and 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40-$110. (813) 301-2500.

Runaway Country Music Festival: About 90 minutes east of Tampa, top country names will take the stage including headliners, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Jake Owen. Camping is available for small tents to RVs. 11 a.m., Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. $89 per day, $159-$189 reserved seating; $129, $299-$319 weekend. (321) 697-3495.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: Back to the Couch: Opera Therapy 2: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 896-2667.

Chili Blaze: Get a taste of the blazing chili at the Pinellas Park Firefighters' annual chili cook-off with live entertainment, arts and craft show, children's activities and fireworks. Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free, $10 tasting. (727) 687-4494.

Tampa Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing: The comedic war of the sexes. Through April 3. 6 p.m., Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 551-1564.

Country in the Park: Carnival: The city of Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music, an arts and crafts show and carnival rides. No coolers allowed. 6 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895.

Bloom N Chalk Festival: Stroll Main Street and check out historical landmarks as artists from around the world create sidewalk chalk masterpieces. 6 p.m., Safety Harbor, Main Street between Bayshore Boulevard and Seventh Avenue, Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 215-6015.

Los Lobos: Much more than La Bamba, the Latin rock legends have defined the east Los Angeles music scene for more than three decades with a fusion of Mexican music, with punk's reverence for rockabilly and roots. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $36-$56. (727) 791-7400.

4000 Miles: Amy Herzog's Obie Award-winning drama, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, charts the relationship between a grandson and his feisty grandmother in her Greenwich Village apartment. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$59. (727) 823-7529.

Black Coffee: When a physicist dies after consuming a poisoned beverage, sleuth Hercule Poirot must solve the mystery, in this Agatha Christie tale. 8 p.m., St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $22, $10 students. (727) 866-1973.

We the Kings: Bradenton-based pop-punk heroes. 8 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.

Saturday Night Fever: The new production of the beloved dance story is packed with legendary hits by the Bee Gees. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

The Hip Abduction: St. Petersburg's indie pop sextet are known for playing African stringed instruments. 10 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 565-0550.

Felipe Esparza: The 2010 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

CORRECTION

Corey Taylor of the band Slipknot will perform solo at the Captiol Theatre in Clearwater on April 24. A story in Thursday's Times incorrectly described the lineup.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Drive-In Movie: Sandlot: Families can enjoy a night of trivia, music and a viewing of The Sandlot all from the comfort of their car. 5 p.m., Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. $10. (727) 812-4530.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Yukon Men, 10 p.m., Discovery Channel. Another season of harsh living and icy danger, we find ourselves wondering: Is there anyone left in Alaska who hasn't been on a reality TV show?

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 18 03/17/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 2:54pm]
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