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This weekend on Tampa Bay stages: Bernadette Peters, Nick Swardson, Sinbad

‘Stomp’ in Clearwater and a dance performance in Tampa round out the bill.
Sinbad, in a scene from his 2014 special "Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla," will perform on Feb. 1 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. [Courtesy of Comedy Central]
Sinbad, in a scene from his 2014 special "Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla," will perform on Feb. 1 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. [Courtesy of Comedy Central]
Published Jan. 29

TURBO MAN: SINBAD

With the holidays long behind us, you probably finished your annual re-watch of Jingle All the Way and once again thought to yourself: Whatever happened to Sinbad? Actually, the man never went away. One of the highest-energy comics of the ’80s and early ’90s is still playing to big crowds, even as he’s pursued fewer film and TV roles. (One recent exception: the Fox sitcom Rel, starring Lil Rel Howery, which ended last year.) He may not rock Zubaz pants like he used to, but he still possesses an animated presence like few others. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

PRETEND TIME: NICK SWARDSON

He’s stolen scenes as a David Bowie fan in Almost Famous and a roller-skating gigolo on Reno 911!, and even headlined movies like Grandma’s Boy and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. But Nick Swardson has settled into a comfortable (and presumably well-paying) role in the extended Adam Sandlerverse, with most of his film roles lately coming in Sandman vehicles like The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over and Sandy Wexler. He’s still a top standup draw, though, whether he’s touring with Sandler, headlining theaters or dropping into smaller clubs, like he will this weekend in Ybor City in Tampa. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Nick Swardson in a scene from Comedy Central's "This Is Not Happening" in 2016. [Courtesy of Comedy Central]

GALA EVENING: FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

As a two-time Tony winner, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters likes to keep nimble on stage. “You try to be very spontaneous,” the actress said recently by phone. “You try to keep things alive and see what happens.” Can that happen singing with a full symphony? Possibly, said Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis. “She’s brilliant with the audience, very natural, a great raconteur, a wonderful artist, and also a very funny and great personality,” he said. “I enjoy when things go off the cuff. I don’t mind the ad-libbing.” Either way, it should make for a fun evening when Peters headlines the orchestra’s annual fundraising gala. She’ll sing a slew of songs from Broadway, including several by her friend Stephen Sondheim, as the orchestra raises money for its community and artistic programs at 7 p.m. Saturday. If you’re not walking around with gala money in your pocket, there’s always Sing Out Tampa Bay, the orchestra’s popular annual sing-along pops show (pay what you can) at 7 p.m. Friday. Francis conducts that one, too. Both shows are at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

Bernadette Peters will perform with the Florida Orchestra at their annual fundraising gala on Feb. 1 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Andrew Eccles]

FEEL THE BEAT: STOMP

Despite its humble beginnings at the 1991 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it wasn’t long before Stomp took the world by storm. And with all its clapping, banging and beating on household and industrial objects, it sounded that way, too. But seriously, the performance that combines dance, pounding beats, percussive rhythm and humor has appeared on international stages steadily since its inception. Ruth Eckerd Hall has collaborated with the group’s Stomp Out Hunger Program and is having a food drive for the month of January. $35-$100. 8 p.m. Friday (sold out) and Saturday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

MULTI MEDIA: BRIDGMAN | PACKER DANCE

To experience the cutting edge of contemporary dance, consider the Bridgman | Packer performance at Hillsborough Community College. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer are New York City-based choreographers and dancers who have been collaborating since 1978. In recent years, they’ve expanded their performances to incorporate video technology and received awards for how seamlessly they blend, including the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. They’ll perform Table Bed Mirror and Under the Skin. $15. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ybor Campus Mainstage Theater, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa. (813) 253-7000.

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