Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Tony Bennett: The quintessential American crooner mines the Great American Songbook. He's sung with the best in Broadway, pop and jazz, from Sinatra to Amy Winehouse. The 87-year-old charmer performs at 7:30 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $65-$150. (727) 893-7832.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: A variety of classical music is served with complimentary coffee and doughnuts. James Feddeck conducts pieces including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Allegro and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons — Spring. It's at 10 a.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Jon Shain: The songwriter and acoustic picker will play a mixture of his own latest cuts as well as some classic blues and American folk classics. It's at 7 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (727) 821-2533.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Florida State Fair: Today is one of the better deals in the fair's two-week run: Everyone gets in for only $5 after 5 p.m. Plus, there's an unlimited ride armband for $15 at 3 p.m. at the gate only. Boasting the largest independent midway and the largest traveling roller coaster in North America, the fair also offers animals, shows livestock and plenty of food. It opens at 10 a.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $11-$13 adults, $7 seniors, $6-7 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. (813) 621-7821.

TO WATCH

XXII Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC Tonight, the reigning world champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov look to reinstate Russia's dominance in pairs figure skating.

Nova, 9 p.m., PBS How did the enormous dome atop Florence's Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore get built? Modern engineers explore this mystery.

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Looking for date night ideas? We have lots of them at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Coming up

Nicholas Sparks: Who knows romance better than the author of the weepy romance novels The Notebook and Dear John. He speaks Thursday night at the University of South Florida in Tampa; a book signing follows the free lecture.

DanceSport Championships: The huge ballroom competition draws dancers from all over the world, this year including Louis van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars. It runs Thursday through Saturday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg. Friday includes a Valentine's Day masquerade dinner. $25-$110. flsuperstars.com; (863) 668-9668.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 21

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