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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Jan. 13-19

Celine Dion brings her pipes to town, the Gasparilla children’s parade starts rolling and bands get ready for next week’s big MLK parade.
Celine Dion will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 15. [ANDREW WHELAN  |  Columbia Records]
Celine Dion will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 15. [ANDREW WHELAN | Columbia Records]
Published Jan. 13

Celine Dion: Following a 10-year stint in Las Vegas, the heart of the ocean brings her worldwide Courage tour to Tampa. $45 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. (813) 301-6500.

Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza: The kids get the first Gasparilla celebration on Saturday when more than 100 units roll down Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for an alcohol-free bash that includes a bicycle safety rodeo (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), an air invasion (noon-3:15 p.m.), a preschooler’s stroll (1:30-2:45 p.m.), the parade with more than 100 units, krewes and dance groups (3:30-6 p.m.), a night jump (6:15-6:30 p.m.) and a fireworks show (7 p.m.). The parade starting point is at Bay to Bay and Bayshore boulevards, Tampa.

Kids will get first crack at the pirate booty on Saturday when the Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza takes over Tampa. [Tampa Bay Times (2016)]

MLK Dream Big Band Showcase: To get ready for the big event next Monday, seven marching bands participating in the MLK Dream Big parade will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at Campbell Park and Community Center, 601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg. Free.

East-West Shrine Bowl: The best college football players are coming to St. Petersburg to take their talents to the next level in an all-star game that benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. $15. 3 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.


Jermaine Dupri: The award-winning rap artist, songwriter and record producer and executive plays the Hard Rock Event Center at 10 p.m. Friday. $40 and up. 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.

The Righteous Brothers: This duo famous for their soulful crooning and soundtracks of ’80s blockbusters like Top Gun and Dirty Dancing return for a sold-out show at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. $59 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Johnny Mathis: The 84-year-old music legend, now in his seventh decade of stardom and still melting hearts coast to coast, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday. $35 and up. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Queensryche: The prog-metal brainiacs play Jannus Live. $27.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Steve Aoki: The electronic music impresario and festival-conquering DJ takes a break from a residency at MGM Grand’s Hakkasan in Las Vegas for a night in Ybor City. $45 and up. 10 p.m. Saturday. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 390-0397.

Branford Marsalis: Jay Leno’s former bandleader and a hugely respected musician brings his own group to the Central Park Performing Arts Center. $54.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

Branford Marsalis and his band will perform at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo on Jan. 18. [AMY HARRIS | Invision/AP]

British Lion: Steve Harris, Iron Maiden’s founding bassist and primary songwriter, presents his side project. Picture Books, Jetter and Level the Planet open. $28.50 and up. 6 p.m. Sunday. The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

EmiSunshine: This 15-year-old was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 new country artists you need to know.” $15 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-0110.

The Doo Wop Project: Broadway singers trace the evolution of doo-wop from street harmonies to the biggest hits on the radio today. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Ana Popovic: The award-winning, hard-touring guitar slinger and singer takes the stage in Ybor City. $45 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. The Attic.

One City Chorus — Embracing the Dream: In this musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., expect social justice-themed singing, a video and three dramatic readings of King’s key writings by the 120-member St. Petersburg community chorus under the direction of maestro Jon Arterton. $18. 7 p.m. Saturday. Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. (727) 531-7704.

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra: The Grammy nominee is best known for his nouveau Flamenco guitar-playing style. $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.


Demetri Martin: The comedian, artist, writer and director was a regular on The Daily Show and has a book out called If It’s Not Funny It’s Art featuring a collection of his original drawings. $38.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

The Florida Orchestra: For its next Masterworks performances, the orchestra teams up with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for a first-of-its-kind weekend. The shows, highlighted by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Gilles Vonsattel, showcase art from the museum’s upcoming exhibit “Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney,” plus new works from the orchestra’s visual artist in residence Geff Strik. In addition, Tampa City Ballet performs alongside Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater. (727) 892-3331.

St. Pete Tweed Ride: Don your finest vintage clothing and hop on a bicycle for this ride through the city with craft beer, cocktails, food, a photo booth and live music. $30, $25 members. 2 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. (727) 822-2083.

You'll see lots of handlebar mustaches and old-timey outfits during the Tweed Ride at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club on Jan. 18. [Tampa Bay Times (2011)]

Drumline Live: The percussion performance brings the historically black college and university marching band tradition to the stage. $29 and up. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Straz Center.

St. Pete Beer and Bacon: The fourth annual festival offers an unlimited sampling of more than 75 craft beers, a dozen craft cocktails and spirits and more than 50 bacon dishes from 20 food vendors with live music starting at noon Saturday. $15 and up, VIP $45 and up. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: With the return of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company veteran Giles Davies as Nick Bottom and original music from the Florida Bjorkestra’s Jeremy Douglass, Jobsite Theatre delivers another imagining of a beloved Shakespeare play. Runs through Feb. 9. $26 for previews; $49.50 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center.

Girls Night: The Musical: The off-Broadway sensation features five girlfriends who relive their past on a wild night out. Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the last four decades, including Lady Marmalade, It’s Raining Men and Man I Feel Like a Woman. $34.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center.

The Screwtape Letters: This C.S. Lewis classic is set in an eerily stylish office in hell. $49 and up. 4 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center.


Florida RV Supershow: Get ready for vacation season. Major RV manufacturers, campgrounds and RV resorts offer new products and vehicles throughout 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space. There’s also a kids’ zone on Saturday and Sunday, as well as other entertainment like jugglers, living mannequins, singers, magicians, a bagpipe band and barbershop quartets. Runs through Sunday. $12 for two-day pass, 16 and younger free. 9 a.m. Wednesday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

Brooksville Raid: This 40th annual Civil War battle re-enactment is the largest in Florida with more than 1,500 re-enactors, 20 cannons, 20 horses and more than 30 period-style merchants. $10, $5 ages 6-12, $3 for Scouts in uniform. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.


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