Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 24

The Lion King: Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor bring to life Disney's popular story of hope and adventure through the use of an amazing backdrop of visuals, puppets and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Through Feb. 14. 1 and 6:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$195. (813) 229-7827.

Our Town: Since its premiere in 1938, Thornton Wilder's play has remained one of the most often performed works in the American canon. It tells the story of the fictional town of Grover's Corners from 1901-13 through the lives of its citizens. Through Feb. 14. 2 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21-$43. (727) 498-5205.

Epicurean Education: Vegetarian Thai Cuisine: Petta Brown, Chef/owner of Thai Gourmet Cuisine, shares some of her favorite recipes in hands-on class with wine pairings and three course meal. $150. 12 p.m., Epicurean Theatre at the Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-8735.

They're Playing Our Song: Neil Simon's romantic musical comedy in which a courting composer and lyricist are not a match made in heaven, but love eventually triumphs. Through Jan. 24. 2 p.m., Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. $26; $15 for students. (727) 784-3322.

"Best Picture" Classics Series: My Fair Lady: Honoring the motion picture awards season, this series features seven Best Picture winners spanning 10 decades. The series continues with the 1964 smash musical/comedy My Fair Lady, which was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won eight including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rex Harrison. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members; $12, $10 members (silent film accompaniment). (813) 274-8982.

True West: Tampa Repertory Theatre presents Sam Shepard's comedy about two very different brothers who fight over writing a screenplay. Through Jan. 24. 3 p.m., University of South Florida Theatre Center Studio Theater (TAR 120), 3837 USF W Holly Dive, Tampa. $20; $15 students, seniors and military.

Jitney: The ninth installment in August Wilson's Century Cycle tells of a taxi dispatch business serving African-Americans in 1977 Pittsburgh. Through Feb. 21. 3 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$59, $20 students. (727) 823-7529.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: The Tony Award-winning actor, known for his work on stage in Cabaret and on screen in The Good Wife, sings songs from Annie Lennox, Adele, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga,Stephen Sondheim and more. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827.

Wynonna and The Big Noise: Stories And Song : The five-time Grammy Award-winner's journey began as one half of the legendary duo The Judds with her mother, Naomi Judd. She rose to superstardom in the early '80s on the strength of country chart toppers like Mama He's Crazy and Why Not Me. 7 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $39.50-$69.50. (800) 826-9303.

Will Hoge: The country singer-songwriter comes to Tampa in support of his tenth album, Small Town Dreams, a genre-defying record that's both gritty and radio-friendly. 7 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. TBA. (813) 229-7827.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Mozart and More: Pianist Gilles Vonsattel makes his orchestra debut in a program that offers a mix of musical complements and contrasts Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 39. with Stravinsky's charming chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Bolts Family Carnival: Amalie Arena serves as a big top for the second annual carnival themed celebration with carnival games, meet and greets with players, special photo opportunities and more. Benefits the Lightning Foundation. 1 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40, $20 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free. (813) 301-2500.

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