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

Photo courtesy of the Straz Center. The Lion King is the longest-running Broadway musical of the season at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo courtesy of the Straz Center. The Lion King is the longest-running Broadway musical of the season at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Today features several ways to celebrate the civil rights icon, including parades in Tampa and St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Third Avenue S and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and goes to Vinoy Park, while the Tampa parade at noon goes from Cuscaden Park to Middleton High. See for more events in Tampa Bay.

The Lion King: Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings Disney's popular story to life on stage at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts starting Wednesday and running through Feb. 14. $35-$195. (813) 229-7827.

Where the Wild Things Live: National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi shares the humorous stories behind his extraordinary collection of animal portraits Tuesday at the Straz. $25.

Date Night

Florida Orchestra: This week's concerts feature pianist Gilles Vonsattel contrasting Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 39 with Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks as well as composer John Cage's revolutionary Third Construction with percussionists using strange instruments. Concerts are Friday at the Straz, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Music: This week features plenty of throwback fun: The Temptations and the Four Tops on Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($45-$89), Arlo Guthrie the same day at the Capitol Theatre ($45-$75), Wynonna on Friday at the Capitol Theatre ($39.50-$69.50), Piano Man Billy Joel on Friday at Amalie Arena ($39.50-$119.50) and Engelbert Humperdinck on Sunday at the Capitol Theatre ($79-$100).

Kids and Family

Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: The alcohol-free event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and includes a preschooler's stroll, family activities, more than 100 parade units with an air invasion and fireworks at 7 p.m. Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. Free. Reserved seating $35-$49. (813) 251-8844.

Peppa Pig's Big Splash: In the live-action adventure from Nick Jr.'s hit kiddie show, the nursery roof has sprung a leak and all the animals scramble to raise money so Mr. Bull can do the repairs. Two shows Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $33.25-$43.25.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Jan. 18-24 01/17/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 17, 2016 10:07pm]
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