Monday, December 18, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 3

Coffee with a Curator: A special monthly talk presented by one of the Dali Museum's curatorial/education team. In this portion, Craig Petersburg investigates how our brain receives and interprets information gathered by our senses, especially vision. It's at 10:30 a.m. at Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Patrick Melton: He's been making folks laugh as creator and host of the Internet comedy show Nobody Likes Onions. See him at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $8. (813) 864-4000.

The Chosen: Tonight is a preview for this play opening Friday about two Jewish boys growing up five blocks and a world apart in 1944 Brooklyn. Through Sept. 28. Showtime is 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $14. (727) 823-7529.

Apron's Classes: Gluten Free Flour Power: Design a wheat-free pantry, with quinoa, arrowroot, teff and other flours, to make everything from gluten-free pie crusts to pancakes. It's at 6 p.m. at Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $40. (813) 926-4465.

Dunedin Blue Jays: In this playoff game, the Blue Jays add a lemonade stand by T.J. Guerrero, a Dunedin 12-year-old making headlines, first reported in the Times, because his neighborhood lemonade stand made a neighbor sour. Tonight, his stand moves to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, with proceeds donated to the Children's Organ Transplant Association. Also, the first 250 fans with a paid ticket will receive a limited-edition playoff T-shirt and everyone in attendance will receive a free movie ticket to Cobb Theatres in Clearwater if the Jays win. It's at 6:30 p.m. at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Food trucks line up for this monthly lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. Eight food trucks are on hand this month, including newcomer Ninja Noms, as well as Rollin Zoinks, Kool Breeze Food Truck and the Cheesesteak Truck. It's at 11 a.m. at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. Menu prices vary.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m., Fox

With no elimination last week, all four remaining contenders — Zack, Ricky, Jessica and Valerie — head into the season finale. Unlike last year, this year there’s room for just one winner. Jenna Dewan Tatum pops up again as guest judge.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find a new #CookClub recipe at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Drake vs. Lil Wayne: Will it be Weezy or Drizzy? We think fans win in this hip-hop team-up Thursday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. $35-$145. If you've had enough with the duels, Friday at the same venue features the undisputed Kings of Leon with Young the Giant and Kongos. $29.50-$59.50.

Loomis Brothers Circus: Acrobats, aerialists, clowns, lions, tigers and elephants — oh my! It's Thursday-Friday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, benefiting the Florida International Teaching Zoo. $20 for adults, $8 for ages 2-12.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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Top things to do on Dec. 17

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Published: 12/15/17
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Gasparilla Bowl: The postseason college football game at Tropicana Field on Thursday brings Florida International University from Conference USA to play the Temple Owls from the American Athletic Conference. ($40-$80). gasparillabowl.com. The 8 p.m....
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Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that Tavis Smiley was slated to bring to Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled in the wake sexual misconduct allegations against the broadcaster.Death...
Published: 12/14/17
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This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

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Published: 12/14/17
Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress is ready to Roar as she sets off on a tour in support of the album, Witness. Synth-pop duo Purity Ring opens. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$195.75. (813) 301-2500.John Prine: T...
Published: 12/14/17
From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

You don’t have to stare at a greeting card to picture a bustling old main street lined with decorated shops and lampposts. Historic small-town shopping districts are easy to find, and more charming than Walmart. Beyond the downtowns of St. Pet...
Published: 12/14/17
New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown Tampa will be a little different this year, as free, public viewing moves from Channelside Bay Plaza to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena due to ongoing construction. Meanwhile, the Pied Pipe...
Published: 12/14/17