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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Nov. 4-10

Top skateboarders roll in for Tampa Am, Elton John’s farewell tour arrives, authors converge at reading festival and the Florida Orchestra goes deep into space.

Tampa Am: One of the best skateboarding events in the country brings the top-ranked amateurs to the SkatePark of Tampa Thursday-Sunday for competition, but also bowl jams that are open to anyone, parties and music all weekend. $10-$80.

Elton John: Sir Elton’s farewell tour to rolls into Tampa on Monday for a sold-out show at the Amalie Arena to hear Tiny Dancer one last time.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: More than 50 authors will be giving talks and signing books, including Pulitzer-Prize winning humorist Dave Barry, the Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.

Humorist Dave Barry, whose new book Lessons From Lucy is about what he has learned from his dog, will be at the Times Festival of Reading.
Humorist Dave Barry, whose new book Lessons From Lucy is about what he has learned from his dog, will be at the Times Festival of Reading.

The Florida Orchestra: The orchestra’s Masterworks program goes deep into the stars with Grammy winner Eric Whitacre’s symphonic Deep Field, illuminated by the Hubble Telescope’s stunning imagery on the big screen and surrounded by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay on Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Free tickets for kids and teens in advance. $18-$48.


Music: Rock Hall of Famer Alice Cooper will perform Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall where he’ll debut his new “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” show ($51.25-$93.25). Moody Blues founding member Justin Hayward will perform a retrospective of songs from across his career on Tuesday at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre ($39-$69). North Ireland punk veterans Stiff Little Fingers perform at the Orpheum in Ybor on Tuesday ($29 and up). Funk legends Kool & the Gang get down on it Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock ($45-$105) in Tampa. The four-day Riverhawk Music Festival opens Thursday with multiple stages of Celtic, rockabilly, Americana, alternative country, roots rock and “newgrass” music at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville ($15-$139). The nation’s No. 1 Led Zeppelin tribute band, Kashmir, will be at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday ($25-$50). Chart-topping NYC trio AJR will perform at the Yuengling Center in Tampa Saturday. The Hooters will make their first Tampa Bay area appearance in 25 years at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday. Legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello plays the Mahaffey on Sunday ($55 and up).

Fiddler On The Roof: Broadway’s longest-running musical opens at the Straz Center Tuesday through Sunday in a new production that drew raves for stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. $48 and up.

Family Feud Live: Comics Pauly Shore and Tom Arnold will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday to lead teams of randomly selected audience members to play the popular game show ($25.75-$65.75).

Brat Blast replaces Ribfest at the big fundraiser this year for the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg.
Brat Blast replaces Ribfest at the big fundraiser this year for the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg. [ Times (2014) ]

Brat Blast: Replacing its popular Ribfest with a downsized event, the Northeast Exchange Club’s inaugural Brat Blast on Sunday will raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Admission ($8-$10) gets you a brat, a free beer and chips at this party with games and a live band at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg.

Classic Black: A Tribute to Marian Anderson: This tribute on Sunday hearkens back to Anderson’s 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after being denied entrance at Constitutional Hall. This performance will be on the steps of the Palladium in St. Petersburg and includes violinist Mary Corbett, pianist Nathanial Thomas, bass John Lamb, baritone Jamal Sarikoki, along with other soloists Carolyn Hobbs, Fred Johnson and Maiya Stevenson ( $15-$40).

Creative Clay Fest: Formerly known as Folkfest St. Pete, this event celebrates original art and live music to support artistic work of people with disabilities. Includes a food court, family area and art vendors from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Creative Clay in St. Petersburg.

Shakespeare in the City: The Studio@620 presents free productions of The Taming of the Shrew Thursday through Nov. 17 in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

We Will Rock You: Using the songs of Queen, the musical tells the story of a dystopian future without instruments and the band of bohemians that rebel against conformity. Tickets are $39.50 and up Monday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

Comedy: Known for his spot-on impressions on Saturday Night Live, Jay Mohr will be at Side Splitters Comedy Club Thursday-Saturday ($30). Actor Dane Cook is on the road again with a comedy tour, arriving at the Mahaffey on Friday ($39.50 and up). Cristela Alonzo, the former host on The View who had her own sitcom on ABC, brings her My Affordable Care Act tour and a book signing Friday to the Straz Center ($25-$35). Adult Swim’s Eric Andre brings his “Legalize Everything” tour to the Tampa Theatre on Saturday ($35-$49.50). After headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas for a decade, comic ventriloquist Terry Fator bringing five new characters on his tour that arrives Thursday at the Mahaffey ($49.50-$79.50)


Heroes Weekend: With Veterans Day coming up on Nov. 11, Gulfport is having a Heroes Weekend with a parade down Beach Boulevard on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by the eighth annual VETSports Beach Volleyball Gulfport Open. Free.

King of the Beach: The fishing tournament and festival Friday-Saturday at ROC Park in Madeira Beach includes live music, food vendors, a boat showcase, kids play area, marine and art vendors. Free.

Kristallnacht Commemoration: The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg will have free admission from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday for a commemoration of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass unleashed by the Nazis in 1938.


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