Monday, December 11, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 9-15.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic: Thousands of children will be squealing with delight when Mickey Mouse, other Disney characters and princesses take the ice at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Thursday through Sunday, going through 14 classic and modern stories set to popular songs including Let It Go!, You've Got a Friend in Me and Hakuna Matata ($16-$85). amaliearena.com.

Mercury Transit: Today brings a daytime attraction for astronomy fans when Mercury passes across the face of the sun. You won't be able to see it with only your eyes, so get a good look for free at St. Petersburg College's Planetarium on Fifth Avenue N in St. Pete. It's setting up solar telescopes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to safely watch with special filters. The observatory is best accessed from 69th Street at Fifth Avenue N. (727) 341-4320.

Date night

Music: Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies brings a trippy flavor to St. Pete's State Theatre on Tuesday ($22-$25). Ten-time Grammy-winning pop and jazz legend George Benson plays at Clearwater's Capitol Theater on Wednesday ($82.50-$92.50). On Friday, Styx is at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall with 38 Special opening ($48.75-$98.75). The Florida Orchestra Pops Series spices up the Straz in Tampa on Friday with Tango Caliente ($15-$45). Apocalyptica takes the Ritz Ybor on Saturday ($25-$40). Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg finishes its Guitar Festival with Grammy-winning guitarist Andrew York ($10-$20).

Comedy: Two stars of truTV come to town this week. World's Dumbest star Sean Donnelly performs Thursday through Sunday at Tampa's Side Splitters Comedy Club ($10-$12) and comedy magician Michael Carbonaro of The Carbonaro Effect plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($36.50).

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons: The Ritz Ybor will host a show Sunday with Michelle Visage and a lineup including Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Ginger Minj, Miss Fame and Phi Phi O'Hara ($37.50-$299).

Kids and family

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live: The award-winning PBS series that continues the legacy of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood visits the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday ($22.50-$42.50).

National Train Day: Started by Amtrak in 2008, Tampa's Union Station celebrates Saturday with model train displays and historical exhibits. Free. (813) 445-3493.

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