Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Jan. 25-31

Gasparilla: Arr, mateys, it be that time again for the booze and the beads and that pirate costume hiding in your closet for the rest of the year. Festivities include Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday in Curtis Hixon Park with The Voice winners the Swon Brothers ($20), the Pirate Fest Street Festival with entertainment throughout downtown Tampa Saturday (free), the Invasion Brunch on Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center ($75-$95; parade combo $105-$125), and of course the Parade of the Pirates, led down Bayshore Boulevard by grand marshal wounded Army veteran Romula "Romy" Camargo (free, $45 reserved seating). gasparilla piratefest.com.

Food For Thought Lecture Series: Tonight's installment at USF St. Petersburg features "Omnivore's Guide to Sustainable Meat" with Barry Estabrook, author of James Beard award-winning Tomatoland. Free (registration preferred at usfsp.edu/foodforthought).

Date Night

Florida Orchestra: Appreciate the breadth of the orchestra's abilities as the rock series continues Friday night with a tribute to the music of U2 at the Mahaffey Theater ($35-$65), followed Saturday in the same spot by the fundraising gala, featuring multiplatinum-selling artist Michael Feinstein singing straight from the Great American Songbook ($50-$150).

Jim Jefferies: The Australian comedian behind the FX sitcom Legit comes to the Tampa Theatre on Friday with the Freedumb Tour. $39.50-$49.50.

Dancing with the Stars: Pros from the TV show, including Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd perform at two shows Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $38.75-$78.75.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dinosaurs in Motion: An interactive dinosaur exhibit opening Saturday at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry uses gears and levers to let visitors take control of life-size, massive metal skeletons, including a 44-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex. Admission is $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free.

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