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This week on Tampa Bay stages: ‘Drumline Live,’ ‘Dear Hank and John’

Comic Matt Braunger at Side Splitters and a Duke Ellington tribute by the Florida Orchestra, too.
Drumline Live will high-step through the Straz Center in Tampa on Jan. 14. [Courtesy of the Straz Center]
Drumline Live will high-step through the Straz Center in Tampa on Jan. 14. [Courtesy of the Straz Center]
Published Jan. 8
Updated Jan. 8

HIGH STEPPIN': DRUMLINE LIVE

Who wouldn’t admire the coordination, rhythm and athleticism of the marching bands from historically black colleges and universities? But now you don’t have to track down a game or parade to enjoy them, because Drumline Live high-steps through the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts next week. The show was created by the executive band consultant for Drumline, the popular movie starring Nick Cannon, so expect precision and let the rat-a-tat beats, brilliant brass section and tight choreography move you. $29 and up. 8 p.m. Tuesday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

FUNNY FAMILY: DEAR HANK AND JOHN

The opportunity to have your laughter made famous comes with the Dear Hank and John live podcast recording at the Palladium. Brothers Hank and John Green give “dubious” advice to listeners’ questions, chop it up about the weekly news from Mars and just generally exchange witty banter. So who are these guys? John is a young adult writer who penned The Fault in Our Stars and Hank is also an author and musician. But the pair started on the early days of social media as vloggers on YouTube. They started the podcast in 2015 and now it’s co-produced by WNYC Studios. With topics including “Haunted Christmas Tree” and “How to Become Part Crow,” the range of silliness is vast. $40-$80. 7 p.m. Friday. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

DRAMA: A SHAYNA MAIDEL

Tampa Bay-based Innovocative Theatre produces “innovative, evocative and thought provoking” performances. Their seasons aren’t as packed as other theaters. But their productions do come through with being thought-provoking. Take A Shayna Maidel, opening this weekend. The drama follows two sisters who are reuniting after being separated when the Nazis were on the rise in Poland before World War II. It’s now 1946 and Lusia has found her way to New York to be where Rose and their father have been living. A world apart, the horrors she witnessed and endured and resentment from being left behind make the reunion a struggle. Opens Friday. Preview Thursday. Runs through Jan. 19. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 374-2416. For showtimes, visit stageworkstheatre.com.

DUKE’S UP: FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

You can’t talk about American jazz without talking about Duke Ellington, and you can’t talk about Duke Ellington without talking about Billy Strayhorn. The former was a world-famous bandleader, pianist and composer; the latter was a lesser-known (but still celebrated) lyricist, composer and collaborator on some of Ellington’s best-known songs, including Chelsea Bridge, Take the "A" Train and Something to Live For. The Florida Orchestra is celebrating their work this weekend with Lush Life: Ellington and Strayhorn, which tells the story of their partnership and collaborations through the music they made together. Guest Byron Stripling conducts and plays trumpet. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

Duke Ellington, left, worked for many years with pianist-composer Billy Strayhorn, right. [Sony Pictures]

FINALLY LIVE IN TAMPA: MATT BRAUNGER

The joke in the title of Matt Braunger’s latest special Finally Live in Portland is that, well, he’s been live in Portland, Ore., many times. He’s a Portland native, in fact, and even co-founded its Bridgetown Comedy Festival. But Braunger’s got a knack for coming up with great names for specials (Soak Up the Night, Shovel Fighter, Big Dumb Animal) and podcasts (Advice From a Dips---, Ding-Donger With Matt Braunger), so it fits. The onetime MADtv cast member has popped up on a variety of shows over the past decade (Agent Carter, Garfunkel and Oates, BoJack Horseman), but his sharp standup and podcast appearances are still where fans know him best. They’ll get a good taste this weekend when Braunger is finally live in Tampa (though he’s definitely been here before). 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960–1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Matt Braunger will perform at Side Splitters in Tampa Jan. 9 through 11. [Pitch Perfect PR]

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