Monday, January 22, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 11

Tracy Morgan: Two years after a horrific car crash nearly cost him his life, the Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star brings his aptly-named Picking Up the Pieces one-man show. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$65. (727) 893-7832.

Ribfest: This annual festival by the bay features music, delicious ribs and carnival cuisine like funnel cakes, pretzels and more. Headliners include Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Brothers and Chris Young. There will be a free shuttle running from Sundial, Al Lang Field and the Vinoy. Friday features live music by the Millennials, Greg Billings Band and Huey Lewis and the News. 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $30-$35. (727) 528-3828.

Blue Ocean Film Festival: The film festival and conservation summit will offer more than 90 films from 24 countries, and scientific talks over four days in venues throughout the city of St. Petersburg. See the website for lineup at blueoceanfilmfestival.org. 8:15 a.m., BLUE Festival Office, 646 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $12.50 and up, $6.25 for ages 4-10. Passes $135-$725. (727) 388-6682.

Holiday Gift Market: More than 150 specialty merchants offer unique jewelry, clothing, handbags, home goods and much more. Benefits the Junior League of Tampa. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $8, $5 Junior League of Tampa members. (813) 760-9273.

Veterans Day at the Florida Aquarium: All Veterans, active duty or drilling reservist or National Guard members and dependents get one free ticket to the aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) get $15 general admission. 9:30 a.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site. (813) 273-4000.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. Programs are Thursday nights at the Music Gallery of Clearwater and Friday mornings at 11 a.m. at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts. Opera's Top Ten. 11 a.m., Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 530-3304.

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival: The three-day, outdoor seafood festival features fresh local seafood, arts and crafts show, continuous live music, retail shops and family activities. New this year, free shuttle service from the city's splash park at Live Oak Street and Safford Avenue. 12 p.m., Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 322-5217.

Greater Pinellas Country Fair: A country-themed fair with animal shows, 4-H group activities, plant sale, midway rides, wood working, quilt show and baked goods. 12 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $8, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. (727) 369-0700.

Dunedin Wine and Art Walk: Celebrate the second Friday of the month with art exhibits, wine tastings, food samples, live entertainment and a drawing. 5:30 p.m., Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. $10 wristbands to get discounts and be eligible for prize drawing (valued at $150 or more). (727) 647-8181.

An Evening with Dan Rather: One of America's best known journalists shares his insights on the current state of the media. 6 p.m., Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $100. (727) 894-5000.

Carcass and Deafheaven: The late '80s Liverpool metal band co-headline a tour with the San Francisco rockers along with opener, Inter Arma. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $26-$27. (727) 895-3045.

Rock Hard Revue: Featured on America's Got Talent season 9, the ripped beefcakes of Rock Hard Revue present a 90-minute fully costumed and choreographed production including dancing, live vocals and audience participation. 7 p.m., Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (407) 347-5035.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Tony Award-winning production about an extraordinary 15-year-old who falls under suspicion for killing the neighbors dog and sets out to clear his name. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31-$90. (813) 229-7827.

Bill Wharton: The "Sauce Boss" brings his own hot sauce to the gig, and he cooks gumbo while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the show, everyone gets a bowl. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. (813) 971-0666.

Kansas: The progressive rock band celebrates the 40th Anniversary of their breakthrough album Leftoverture by performing the album in its entirety for the first time in history. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.75-$128.75. (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Songs of the Sea: Featuring Britten's Four Sea Interludes, Elgar's Sea Pictures and Debussy's La Mer. It also dives into TFO premiere The Work at Hand by American Jake Heggie, 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. (813) 229-7827.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: The Tony Award-winning musical follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch as climbs his way to the top, avoiding the pitfalls of big business along the way. Through Nov. 13. 8 p.m., Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $26.50, $12.50 students. (727) 587-6793.

Olivia Holt: The Southern belle can be seen singing pop songs, Fearless and Had Me at Hello on the stage, or as karate expert Kim on the hit Disney XD series, Kickin' It. Special guests Ryland and Isac Elliot open. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $20-$29.50. (727) 791-7400.

CORRECTION

Landscape artist Taylor Ikin will give a demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nuance, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Thursday's Weekend had an incorrect date.

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