Saturday, February 17, 2018
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The Mikado: Gilbert & Sullivan's satire on imperialism and bureaucracy is peppered with songs such as A Wand'ring Minstrel, Three Little Maids and The Sun Whose Rays. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$44. (727) 498-5205.

Rays Trolley: Don't worry about driving or parking when you take the Gulfport Trolley to tonight's Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles. Ticket packages for $25 include a lower level seat, transportation to and from the game and a Rays hat. If you already have a game ticket, show it as you board the trolley and you'll still get a free ride. Trolleys depart at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. from the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1070.

Music and Movies in the Park: The weekly series features Florida musicians before a classic movie screening. This portion features Dial M for Murder, with music by Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association. It all starts at 7 p.m. at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 463-4612.

Blitzen Trapper: Hear songs from the experimental country band's latest album VII and more when they perform with special guests Lauris Vidal and Redfeather at 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $13-$16. (813) 241-8600.

Apron's Cooking Classes: Spring's Bounty: Celebrate the season by learning how to cook with fresh flavors like crab, corn fritters and watermelon sorbet. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $45. (813) 926-4465.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Wee-time at Weedon: The program for kids ages 3-5 includes story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. It starts at 10:30 a.m. at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6500.

TO WATCH

American Comedy Awards, 9 p.m., NBC Nope, we've never heard of these awards either, but get a load of the comics nominated: Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt and Amy Schumer. Surely a few of them will show up.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in 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 ...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

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‘Hello, Universe’ and ‘Wolf in the Snow’ top American Library Association awards for books for young readers

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The American Library Association announced its 2018 Youth Media Award winners Monday during its midwinter meeting in Denver.The annual awards honor books, video and audio for children and young adults and are highly regarded guides for booksellers, t...
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Review: Paul Goldberg’s ‘The Chateau’ sets sharp political satire in a Florida condo

Review: Paul Goldberg’s ‘The Chateau’ sets sharp political satire in a Florida condo

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

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Pasco County Fair kicks off with parade and plenty of family fun

Pasco County Fair kicks off with parade and plenty of family fun

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Bar review: Valenty’s Lounge, part of Pasadena Liquors in St. Pete — who knew?

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Once, if I’d received a recommendation to check out a lounge attached to a liquor store near the beach, I wouldn’t have been in much of a hurry to check it out. But I’ve learned that there’s frequently magic in these places. ...
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Local craft beer of the week: Process IPA, Calusa Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Process IPA, Calusa Brewing

Not long ago, it was all about the West Coast IPA. California breweries like Stone, Russian River and Bear Republic built empires on the style, favoring a dry IPA base and mountains of resiny, intensely bitter hops to craft aggressive brews that laug...
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Dance Moms star Chloe Lukasiak to appear at Florida State Fair on Saturday

Dance Moms star Chloe Lukasiak to appear at Florida State Fair on Saturday

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I sat through Disney's Hall of Presidents five times. It says more about us than Trump.

I sat through Disney's Hall of Presidents five times. It says more about us than Trump.

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