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Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay for Sept. 23-29

Pop legend Phil Collins returns, the Florida Orchestra kicks off its season and author Salman Rushdie is in Tampa to talk about his new novel.
Phil Collins performs in Tampa's Amalie Arena on Thursday, the first time in 15 years.
Published Sep. 22

Phil Collins: Once retired and now finally back, the legendary pop singer will play his first Tampa how since 2004 on his “Still Not Dead Yet, Live!” tour. $50-$275. 8 p.m. Thursday at Amalie Arena.

The Florida Orchestra: The orchestra opens the season with a melting pot of music that reflects Tampa Bay, with Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavila performing Grieg’s instantly identifiable Piano Concerto, Ravel’s Bolero, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Mason Bates’ Mothership and Beethoven. $18-$48. Friday at the Straz Center, Tampa; Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

Salman Rushdie: The award-winning author will be at Tampa Theatre in celebration of the release of his new book Quichotte, in which Don Quixote gets a modern makeover. He will talk with Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft, so expect a great conversation. $42 and $52 for two; includes a pre-signed hardcover copy of the book. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Salman Rushdie will be at the Tampa Theatre on Wednesday to talk about his new novel. [Rachel Eliza Griffiths]


Music: On Tuesday the It Was 50 Years Ago Today Tour brings a celebration of the Beatles’ White Album by a collection of musicians including Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and Jason Scheff, former singer of Chicago at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($43.75-$103.75). Country’s Brantley Gilbert headlines Saturday at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre with Ell and Michael Ray opening ($39 and up). History-making rapper Tyler, the Creator debuted at No. 1 and performs Saturday at the Yuengling Center ($35.75 and up). Ukranian metalcore outfit Jinjer performs Tuesday at the Orpheum in Ybor City ($17), the same night gory costumed group GWAR plays the Ritz Ybor ($22-$39). Classic outlaw Orville Peck with Beau Turrentine brings more of an indie rock flavor to the country formula Wednesday to Ybor’s Crowbar ($12-$15). Tesla will rock Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday ($38.75 and up). Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp brings his current Art of Anarchy to Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Thursday ($39-$59). Grammy winners Snarky Puppy defy genres on Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($33-$78). MuzikMafia member and country singer James Otto performs poolsideThursday at WTR on the Courtney Campbell ($10-$15). Capturing Led Zeppelin live ZOSO - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience will be at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center on Saturday ($19.50-$34.50). Pop icon Adam Ant will perform his landmark solo album Friend or Foe in its entirety on Saturday at the Capitol Theatre ($45-$75). The ’90s rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be at Jannus Live on Sunday ($27.50). Outlaw country artist Shooter Jennings, the singer-songwriter son of country legend Waylon Jennings, will be at The Attic in Tampa on Sunday ($55).

Bryan Callen: The comedian, actor and podcaster who plays Coach Mellor on ABC’s The Goldbergs will be at the Improv in Tampa Friday and Saturday. $25.

A parody of "Star Wars" is among performances by the SuicideGirls, who will bring their burlesque tour to the Tampa Theatre on Saturday. [SECRET SERVICE PUBLICITY]

SuicideGirls: The pop culture-focused show is taking over the historic Tampa Theatre, of all places, in a performance dubbed Blackheart Burlesque. It will feature stripteases and dancing with an array of geek-friendly themes, from Star Wars to Stranger Things to Game of Thrones. Ages 18 and up. Saturday ($28.50-$78.50).

The Turn of the Screw: Freefall Theatre’s interpretation of Henry James’ 1898 ghostly novella, which is described as “one of the most deeply psychological ghost stories ever written." It opens Saturday through Oct. 27 ($25-$50).

Dance: On Saturday the troupe Kafkasso blends world music, belly, flamenco and gaucho dancing to create an east meets West experience at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg ($20-$25). That’s also were the Ballet Magnificat: Deliver Us tells the story of Moses ($25-$45) on Sunday.

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret: Directed by Bob Devin Jones, the production kicks off Banned Books Week on Monday by celebrating theater that has been challenged by censors, including Shakespeare, Rent, Chicago and Cabaret. Free at the Palladium, St. Petersburg.

The Circus: Tom Hoehn performs live organ accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 silent film comedy. Free. 7:30 p.m. Saturday First United Methodist Church, 411 Turner St., Clearwater.


Sing-Along Sunday: Mary Poppins: One of the most popular sing-alongs at the Tampa Theatre is always this 1964 charmer starring Julie Andrews, the only Disney film to get a Best Picture Oscar nomination in Walt Disney’s lifetime. $13, $10 members. 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286.


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  1. Visit Artpool in St. Petersburg to find a costume and stay for their Halloween Bash on Saturday, featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Photo by Marc Anthony Smith
    Big Halloween parties and more murals are going up around St. Petersburg, plus Post Malone, Wynonna and comedian Bill Engvall will be on local stages.
  2. On Sunday, Zac Brown Band will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Courtesy of Diego Pernia
    Sing along to Zac Brown Band in Tampa, attend Open Streets St. Pete or stuff your face at Tampa’s Taste of Latino.
  3. The Florida Department of Transportation is installing lights on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as part of a $15 million project. During tests this weekend, engineers will illuminate the bridge in a pink hue to commemorate breast cancer awareness month. Courtesy of Florida Department of Transportation
    The Florida Department of Transportation is lighting up the span this weekend to commemorate breast cancer awareness month.
  4. At The Tiki Cove, you don’t need too much imagination to place your mind and mood at an actual beach. JUSTIN GRANT  |  Justin Grant
    The Tiki Cove is a Florida-only novelty that anyone passing through will be sure to enjoy. | Bar review
  5. Try I Am The Walrus Berliner Weisse ib draft at Hidden Springs Ale Works, or look for it in cans at your local quality beer shop. JUSTIN GRANT  |  Justin Grant
    This is Florida, so some of our autumn brews fall outside the paradigm. | Local beer of the week
  6. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is among the headliners of the 2020 Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg. Brian Cross
    Nahko and Medicine for the People, SOJA and Iration also top the bill for the St. Petersburg festival.
  7. In this Friday, Sept. 27 file photo, gondolas move to various locations at Walt Disney World on the Disney Skyliner aerial tram, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Firefighters have responded to help Walt Disney World park-goers who have been stuck aboard the Florida resort's newly launched aerial cable car system, on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    The tapes depict stranded riders crying, pleading for help because of their health conditions and in one case a man who had passed out.
  8. Thunderstorms are expected this weekend in Tampa Bay, prompting the cancellation of several outdoor events. CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2014)
    MarineQuest and the St. Petersburg Science Festival have canceled their popular Saturday activities.
  9. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue was scheduled to headline on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park. Mathieu Bitton
    Festival and city officials will monitor the weather accordingly as a tropical disturbance threatens heavy wind and rain.
  10. Screenwriter Andy Warrener shows off a copy of his film "The Black String" available at a local Walmart. Andy Warrener
    Andy Warrener went from Civil War reenactor to screenwriter. “The Black String” has two local screenings next week.