Katie Manfred, Times Staff Writer

Katie Manfred

Katie Manfred is part of the Things to Do crew and co-host of Play Tampa Bay. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in English and Film, Television and Theatre. She joined the Times as an intern on the web desk and now writes, edits and designs for the Features department.

Phone: (727) 892-2918

E-mail: kmanfred@tampabay.com

Twitter: @katiemanf

  1. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 9

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    The Divine Sister: St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior who determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent is this comic homage to the nuns of Hollywood. Through Feb. 23. 3 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $26. (813) 727-2708.

    Bands Brew and Barbecue: Dickey Betts and The Marshall Tucker Band: This event will include live music with hip-hop headliner Jason Deruolo followed by Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Dickey Betts and rock, country group The Marshall Tucker Band, paired with over 100 craft beers from 20 participating breweries and food from Outback, Kojaks House of Ribs and more. The event will run every Saturday and Sunday from February 8 through March 9. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer will be followed by the Marshall Tucker Band. 5 p.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Price of park admission. (813) 987-5600....

  2. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 8

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    Clearwater Beach Uncorked: Wine experts, brewmasters and chefs join forces so guests can indulge in their culinary creations. It starts at 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. $85 per day; VIP $125. Admission includes access to the Uncorked Spirits Beach Bar and a dessert tent filled with sweets and sparkling wines. (954) 960-6083.

    Kenny Loggins: In the '80s, he gained popularity as the movie soundtrack king, with I'm Alright (Caddyshack) and Footloose (Footloose), but he has been creating soft rock since the '70s. Fellow '70s band Pablo Cruise will open. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$95. (727) 791-7400....

  3. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 7

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    Mythbusters Explosive Exhibit: The Emmy-nominated show comes to life in this interactive exhibit mixing the scientific method with curiosity to uncover truths behind popular myths. Mythbusters co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman helped design the exhibit, which includes a workshop where guests use science to test myths and a live stage demonstration. The exhibit remains on display through May 8. Doors open at 9 a.m. today at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $24.95, $21.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 2-12. (813) 987-6000....

  4. Review: 'Disenchanted!' gives Disney princesses snappy attitude

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    Call your girlfriends, don your best plastic tiara and make sure to get to the theater with enough time to buy a glass of wine before Disenchanted!, the sassy retort of disgruntled Disney princesses.

    Apparently "happily ever after" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    Every young girl has had a taste of the poison apple that is the Disney princess fantasy, but now this musical has arrived in Tampa like Gloria Steinem on a white horse with a message: Women don't need a knight in shining armor to save them. In fact, he tends to make things worse....

    From left, Becca McCoy, Michelle Knight and Breanne Pickering.
  5. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 6

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    Florida State Fair: Celebrate opening day of the 110th annual fair with a live concert by America, a midway and the largest traveling roller coaster in North America. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $11-$13, $7 seniors, $6-$7 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. Today only, all military, first responders, law enforcement and firemen get free admission with I.D. (813) 621-7821....

  6. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 5

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    2 Trains Running: In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the rise of the black power movement in 1969, a young man learns about social awareness when an iconic Pittsburgh diner is slated for demolition. Show starts at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$49. (727) 823-7529.

    Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Buckhorn as food trucks line up for this monthly lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. This month, two new trucks, Aloha To Go and Street Surfer, will be joining the party. It starts at 11 a.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. Menu prices vary....

  7. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 4

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    Queens of the Stone Age: The metal group known for their outrageous sets will perform with experimental singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $40.50-$66.50. (727) 893-7832.

    Susannah: In one of the most popular American operas, an innocent mountain girl is accused of sinful behavior by the church-going elders of the town. See it at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $21.50-$64.50. (727) 823-2040....

  8. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 2

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    Art Festival Beth-El: This annual fine art exhibit and sale features more than 160 local and international award-winning artists, signed limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries, a large outdoor sculpture garden and a boutique gallery with fine art for sale. It starts at 11 a.m. at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 347-6136.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles: See Jobsite Theater's final performance of one of the most celebrated Sherlock Holmes stories about uncovering a family curse. Show starts at 4 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827....

  9. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 1

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    Einstein on Food and Wine: MOSI's annual celebration features a beer garden, culinary treats from area restaurants, music, a restaurant competition and an auction. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $75, $125 VIP. (813) 987-6000.

    Itzhak Perlman: The Emmy- and Grammy-winning violinist performs at 8 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center in Tampa. $47-$85. (813) 229-7827....

  10. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 31

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    Barry Manilow: From his heyday in the '70s to gracing the stage at 70 years old, the crooner brings timeless songs such as Mandy, Copacabana and Looks Like We Made It to Tampa. See him at 7 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $7.24-$157.24. (813) 301-2500.

    Lebowski Fest Movie Party: The Dude abides, and so should you. Join fellow Big Lebowski fans to watch the cult phenomenon on the big screen. Live music provided by Moonmen From Mars & Folkin Up the 80s. Party is 18 and up only. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 248-9500. ...

  11. Review: 'An Iliad' brings modern flair to Homer's epic poem

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    Imagine your favorite, most passionate English teacher from high school. The one who loved the books he was teaching so much that he would jump on his desk with excitement and bellow his favorite lines, bringing the scene to life in the drab, gray classroom before the principal stuck her head in to shush the class. Think Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.

    Seeing Gorilla Theatre's An Iliad is like hurling yourself back into your ninth grade classroom with Williams' John Keating for a review session of Homer's epic poem. In a shabby theater with a small platform stage, one man brings the tale to life and makes it resonate with a modern audience. ...

    Brendan Ragan as the Poet in Gorilla Theatre’s production of An Iliad.
  12. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 30

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    Our Town Conversations: Mayor Rick Kriseman: Come early for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at Cafe Gala before the newly elected St. Petersburg mayor speaks about shaping the identity of the town. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. $5 (reservations required), free for members. (727) 823-3767.

    Keb' Mo': This blues artist has been in the business since 1994, producing Grammy Award-winning records like Just Like You, Slow Down and Keep It Simple. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$55. (727) 791-7400....

  13. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 29

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    Willie Nelson: After a sold-out show last May, the octogenarian country music legend will be joined by special guest Sasha Dobson. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50-$100. (727) 791-7400.

    2 Trains Running: American Stage continues its series of August Wilson plays with this one set during the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the rise of the black power movement in 1969. See it at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$49. (727) 823-7529....

  14. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 28

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    Disenchanted!: Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and other angry princesses are out for revenge in this satire, perfect for a girls night out. It opens at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaeb wTheater at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40. (813) 229-7827.

    Schooner Lynx: If you missed the fanfare of Gasparilla this weekend, see this 97-foot 19th century-style boat docked in St. Petersburg. The ship is open for tours at 10 a.m. and departs for a sailaway at 3 p.m. at the Harborage Marina at Bayboro, 1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $10, 12 and younger free (tours);$65, $35 ages 4-12 (sailaways). Toll-free 1-866-446-5969....

  15. Things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 26

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles: A deranged killer is on the loose and Sherlock Holmes and Watson must uncover an ancient family curse in this celebrated Sherlock Holmes story. See it at 4 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

    Crafty Fest: This monthly market with an artsy slant includes local arts, Etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants. It starts at 11 a.m. at ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 324-3878....