TIMELESS: ROMEO AND JULIET
You can’t hear “Ukraine” and not think of the ongoing political scandal. But don’t hold that against the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine, performing Romeo and Juliet at the Mahaffey Theater. In their second-ever U.S. tour, they’ll perform Shakespeare’s tragedy set to Sergei Prokofiev’s composition with choreography by Michael Lavrovsky. The full-scale production features 55 dancers and will be performed in two acts. $36.90 and up. 3 p.m. Sunday. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com.
FATS WALLER: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN'
Known for his larger-than-life, irreverent personality and jazz standards, Thomas “Fats” Waller is the subject of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Eight O’Clock Theatre is presenting the Tony Award-winning musical at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. With a score featuring many of Waller’s hits, including Mean to Me, Honeysuckle Rose and Your Feets Too Big, the joint will be jumpin’ the way the Cotton Club was back in Waller’s day. $28.50. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. largoarts.com.
IVAN AMODEI: SECRETS AND ILLUSIONS
It’s no small feat to stump comedy magicians Penn and Teller, but that’s precisely what illusionist Ivan Amodei did on their television series Penn and Teller: Fool Us. He’s bringing his Secrets and Illusions show to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The show is set in the Louvre in Paris and Amodei will go inside famous works of art, uncovering mysteries and also performing nail-biting tricks like a game of Russian Roulette with a 12-inch Bowie hunting knife. The Boston Globe called it “magic with a message.” $63.43 and up. 4 p.m. Sunday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
BACK TO WORK: FLORIDA ORCHESTRA
The Florida Orchestra is off this weekend, recovering from the holiday like the rest of us. But it will ease back into action with a little Latin love next week. Stuart Malina will lead the orchestra through selections including Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Marquez’s Danzon No. 7 and Caturla’s Three Cuban Dances during coffee concerts at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $24 and up. They’ll also perform a free happy hour show at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.