Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Broadway’s Bernadette Peters headlines gala, Monster Jam returns and Lyle Lovett has a two-night stay in Clearwater.
Broadway, film and TV star Bernadette Peters will perform with the Florida Orchestra at their annual fundraising gala on Feb. 1 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
Broadway, film and TV star Bernadette Peters will perform with the Florida Orchestra at their annual fundraising gala on Feb. 1 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [ Andrew Eccles ]
Published Jan. 27, 2020

Florida Orchestra Gala with Bernadette Peters: The Broadway, film and TV star headlines the orchestra’s annual fundraising gala. She’ll sing a slew of songs from Broadway, including several by her friend Stephen Sondheim. $75-$200. 7 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-3337.

Monster Jam: The big league of motorsports competitions brings 12,000-pound trucks and drivers who tear up the dirt and smash small vehicles and large objects. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Isabel Allende: The New York Times bestselling author will be at Tampa Theatre to talk about A Long Petal of the Sea, her epic novel set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. $42, includes presigned copy. 7:30 p.m. Monday. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8981.

Stomp: With a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, the troupe makes beats on anything from trash cans to rubber hoses. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Friday (sold out) and Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

A Night at the Ballpark: The A League of their Own-themed Hitters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor Carlos Pena and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski (Hitters Hall of Fame), Mickey Lolich (Roy Halladay Pitching Achievement Award) and Bill Mazeroski (Ted Williams Lifetime Achievement Award). The late director and actor Penny Marshall will also be honored. $125. 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 534-5343.


Lyle Lovett: The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter has a two-night run with his Acoustic Group. $69.50 and up. 8 p.m. Monday (sold out) and Tuesday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Lyle Lovett will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Jan. 27-28.
Lyle Lovett will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Jan. 27-28. [ Big Hassle ]

Michael Angelo Batio: Dubbed by Guitar Magazine as the fastest guitar “shredder” of all time, see the heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago. $20-$50. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 972-8152.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert: This week brings music from the American West, including Williams’ The Cowboys Overture, along with selections from Copland’s Rodeo and Billy the Kid Ballet Suite. Akiko Fujimoto conducts. Free coffee and doughnuts and a preconcert conversation. $24-$42. 10 a.m. Thursday. Mahaffey Theater.

Glorious Sons: The Juno-winning alt-rockers scored two radio hits in 2019, Panic Attack and S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun). Des Rocs opens. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

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Destination Okeechobee: The audience can vote for their favorite band to perform at the Okeechobee Music Festival. The show will feature Crownz, Grant Lee, Kerry Courtney, the Reality, Rohna and WD-HAN. $5. 7 p.m. Thursday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Gaelic Storm: The Irish rock group originally made a splash as the steerage band in the 1997 film Titanic. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Capitol Theatre.

Styx: The band that brought us Come Sail Away and Lady now consists of Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass). Sold out. 8 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Drivin N Cryin: The Atlanta-based folk rock act is celebrating their 33rd anniversary together. $30-$35. 8 p.m. Thursday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (828) 773-9481.

Blast Friday: The monthly block party in downtown Clearwater brings a free concert by the B Street Band, a Springsteen tribute group. 5:30 p.m. Friday. 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.

Citizen Cope: The band’s winter solo acoustic tour makes a stop. $27.50. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Jannus Live.

Rodney Crowell and the Quebe Sisters: The Grammy Award-winning country singer-songwriter performs alongside the trio of sisters whose progressive swinging style has repeatedly won them various state and national fiddling championships. $29 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Capitol Theatre.

Michelle Malone: The singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer plays. $20-$35. 8 p.m. Friday. The Attic.


Skeleton Crew: American Stage brings this homage to the American blue-collar worker that the New York Times called “a deeply moral and deeply American play." $44 and up. Wednesday through Feb. 23. 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-1600.

Rita Rudner and Louie Anderson: The two veteran comedians, one a bestselling author and the other a three-time Emmy winner for his performance on FX’s Baskets, team up. Sold out. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Capitol Theatre.

Sinbad, shown here in a scene from his 2014 special "Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla," will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Feb. 1.
Sinbad, shown here in a scene from his 2014 special "Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla," will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Feb. 1. [ Courtesy of Comedy Central ]

Sinbad: The veteran comic and actor performs. $35-$85. 8 p.m. Saturday. Capitol Theatre.

Pizzazz Variety Show: This review features music, magic, death-defying circus arts, burlesque and comedy with a live orchestra. $26.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

A Night at the Brewseum: Adults take over the Great Explorations Children’s Museum to play like kids, but with craft beer sampling, Nerf gun blackjack, beer pong, slingshots, appetizers and swag bags. Benefits the museum. $45 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.

The Scott and Patti Show: The popular local cabaret act presents an evening of ABBA’s greatest hits and top 40 classics to benefit Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults. $65. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. (727) 593-4699.

Sing Out Tampa Bay: This is the fifth year for this casual community sing-along with the Florida Orchestra. Come belt one out with music director Michael Francis. Pay what you can at the door. 7 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater.

Florida Food and Brews Festival: Sample food and beer as dozens of restaurants and craft breweries compete. Includes live music, a pet treat contest, wiener dog races, musical bingo and vendors. Benefits antiviolence and community programs. $5 (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

St. Pete Beach Seafood Festival: Corey Avenue will be filled with vendors selling fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes, desserts and drinks. Includes the Black Honkeys, Big Night Out, Bryan Spainhower and CeCe Teneal’s Aretha Franklin tribute. Noon Friday through Sunday. 398 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach.


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: A PBS favorite, Daniel Tiger and his friends “O” the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Mom and Dad Tiger and many more will hop aboard the trolley. $25-$75. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mahaffey Theater.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live will be at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg on Jan. 28.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live will be at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg on Jan. 28. [ Fred Rogers Co. ]

The Florida Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet: An interactive performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Kids can hear how instruments play different characters. Registration required. $5, free 3 and younger. Does not include museum admission. 2 and 3:45 p.m. Sunday. James Museum, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: To mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, the Florida Holocaust Museum will have free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Winter’s Tail-Gate: Winter the dolphin celebrates the Super Bowl by offering everyone in NFL gear half-off admission. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790.

Sesame Street Safari of Fun: Busch Gardens brings back its annual party for children with meet and greets with characters, a pirate dance party, stories, a scavenger hunt, photo opportunities and pirate crafts. Included with admission. 11:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Brooksville Native American Festival: A celebration of Native American art, culture and history. $10, $5 ages 5-12, younger than 5 free. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. (727) 389-1395.

Art Festival Beth-El: The highly respected art festival continues with a special performance from Marie and Rosetta, Freefall Theatre’s new show. Free. 11 a.m. Monday. 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 347-6136.


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