Monday, April 23, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1

New Year's Eve: There are loads of parties and fireworks on Saturday. Check out our list at tampabay.com/holiday. Tampa Theatre has an Animal House-inspired NYE Wrap Party, where togas or movie-inspired costumes are encouraged. It's $99 to attend from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 711 Franklin St. ; tampa theatre.org. St. Petersburg rings in the new year with its First Night, a family-oriented celebration of the arts that includes entertainment at more than 25 venues. You'll need a button to take part in activities and enter venues ($5-$15). (727) 823-8906; firstnightstpete.com.

Outback Bowl: The big game doesn't happen till next Monday, but there are fun events leading up to it this weekend. Friday is the Outback Bowl Beach Day, when players, marching bands and cheerleaders hit the beach adjacent to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's free for spectators. Saturday brings the Outback Bowl Parade to Ybor City, with marching bands and cheerleaders combining forces for this event, which steps off at 5:30 p.m. and runs along Seventh Avenue. Free. 1700 E Seventh Ave.

date night

Music: Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels rocks Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday in Clearwater ($45-$103.75). Friday, Allman Brothers founding member/ drummer Butch Trucks performs with his new Freight Train Band at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($39-$49). Saturday, it's a rockabilly riot at St. Petersburg's State Theatre, with Reverend Horton Heat and the Legendary Shack Shakers, and a special solo set by Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys ($27 and up).

Comedy: Thursday brings Michael Carbonaro and his blend of magic, antics, audience interaction and funny videos to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. From Thursday-Saturday, Last Comic Standing alum Ralphie May takes Tampa's Side Splitters ($25 and up), while Comedy Central fixture Christian Finnegan works the Tampa Improv ($15-$45). Both will help you ring in the new year in with special performances Saturday.

Dancing With the Stars: Live! We Came to Dance: Friday, watch some of the hit show's best dancers, including Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev and Keo Motsepe at 3 and 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($38.75-$78.75).

Kids and family

Snow Days: Enjoy the snow play area at the Florida Aquarium through Saturday. With admission. (19.95-$24.95); flaquarium.org.

Comments
Blueberry Festival returns with special Brooksville touches

Blueberry Festival returns with special Brooksville touches

When the Florida Blueberry Festival made its debut in downtown Brooksville in 2012, it drew both praise and criticism. When state organizers pulled out last June, that also drew both sneers and cheers.But when the Brooksville Blueberry Festival debut...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 24

Waitress: The Broadway hit musical based on Adrienne Shelley’s film follows Jenna, a waitress stuck in a bad marriage and a small town. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45-$128....
Updated: 1 hour ago
Review: American Stage hits ‘The Producers’ out of the park

Review: American Stage hits ‘The Producers’ out of the park

ST. PETERSBURG — Without question, Mel Brooks’ The Producers carved a more indelible mark than most of the musicals in the entire genre of throwaway musicals it parodied.The creator of Get Smart and Blazing Saddles not only co-wrote the adaptation of...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Black Maria Film Festival brings 10 short films to Richey Suncoast Theatre

Black Maria Film Festival brings 10 short films to Richey Suncoast Theatre

NEW PORT RICHEY — The world-renowned Black Maria Film Festival returns to the Richey Suncoast Theatre April 27, giving the usual nod to the creator of motion pictures, Thomas Edison, as well as the diversity of 10 award-winning short films.Now in it’...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Pasco Events for April 27

27 FridayIQuit Smoking Cessation: Learn strategies for quitting all forms of tobacco. Learn about Nicotine Replacement Therapy and get free NRT patches, gum and lozenges while supplies last. Reservations required. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Zephyrhills Librar...
Published: 04/23/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting April 27

FestivalsOld Time Jamboree: The Florida Fiddlers Association hosts this three-day jamboree, kicking off with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. April 27 and continuing through April 29 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake, on the H...
Published: 04/23/18
Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain talks breakup, reunion, getting sober and returning to St. Petersburg

Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain talks breakup, reunion, getting sober and returning to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — HGTV fanatic that he is, Spencer Chamberlain sees a metaphor for his band in the ever-evolving St. Petersburg skyline."When you go downtown and you look at the ONE, that used to be a dirt parking lot," said the singer, referring to a...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

Local hip-hop artist Dynasty is on her way to Hollywood, but before she goes she will grace Tampa with one more performance.Originally from New York, Diana "Dynasty" Hardy came to Tampa in 2004 and quickly became acclimated to the area’s underground ...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy sees a down-and-out producer and his accountant scheme to produce the most notorious flop in theater history. Through May 13. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Pe...
Published: 04/20/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 21

Kenny Chesney: The tight-jeaned country superstar is making his first return to Tampa in five years and will be joined by country music’s hottest, new act Old Dominion after the release of their sophomore album Happy Endings which debuted No. 1 on Bi...
Published: 04/20/18