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Tampa Bay stage events this week: Jeff Foxworthy, ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Plus, a variety of music and dance at the Straz Center and lots of comedy choices.


It’s another of those weeks when comedians take over Tampa Bay. And whether you’re a blue-collar type, R-rated New Yorker, towering metalhead or Latinx fluff lover, you’ll find a show for you.

Jeff Foxworthy: If you’re one of the bestselling comedians in history, and you’re occasionally smarter than a fifth-grader, then you might be Jeff Foxworthy. $70 and up. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 387-9838.

Gabriel Iglesias: He spins fluff into gold faster than anyone since Stay Puft, turning canny observations about his appearance and family into an arena-filling career. Sold out. 8 p.m. Friday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004.

Gabriel Iglesias in a scene from his Netflix series "Mr. Iglesias." [LARA SOLANKI | Netflix]

Tom Papa: A veteran standup and good friend of Jerry Seinfeld, Papa may be best known as a host, with shows that have included The Marriage Ref and the Food Network’s Baked. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Christopher Titus: Titus turned his brand of simmering rage into an eponymous Fox sitcom in the early 2000s, and it’s not like he’s calmed down much since then. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Michael Rapaport: Rapaport’s an actor, director and dyed-in-the-wool Knicks fan. A standup? Not so much, but as anyone who’s heard him on the radio or podcasts knows, he’s a dynamic raconteur with a million stories to tell. $25 and up. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Michael Rapaport attends the 2018 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews "Atypical" at the Paley Center for Media in 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif. [RICHARD SHOTWELL | Invision/AP]

Jim Norton: Speaking of streetwise New York raconteurs, they rarely come rawer than Comedy Cellar and SiriusXM veteran Norton, a bestselling author and actor who recently played Don Rickles in The Irishman. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960–1197.

Brian Posehn: The Mr. Show and Just Shoot Me star is a big name in two unlikely circles: alternative comedy and heavy metal. He even has a new album, Grandpa Metal, featuring Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Slayer and Exodus’ Gary Holt, among others. $23 and up. 9 p.m. Saturday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-0110.


Fans of music and dance have a trio of offerings to attend this week at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInness Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Black Violin: Florida native duo Kev Marcus and Wil B. mash up classical music with hip-hop, string instruments and turntables. They made their debut with a splash, winning Showtime at the Apollo in 2005, and have gone on to accompany Alicia Keys and to play at one of the inaugural balls for President Barack Obama. Tickets come with a free digital download of their upcoming album. That’s if you can get a ticket; their recent performances in Ferguson Hall have sold out. $38.50 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday.

Black Violin will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 20. [Courtesy of Colin Brennan]

Il Volo: It’s been 10 years since the Italian pop trio broke out, made a name for themselves in multiple countries and sold millions of albums. To celebrate, they’re touring in support of their album, Ten Years — The Best Of, which features favorites O Sole Mio and Grande Amore. Super fans can consider multiple ticket packages, one of which includes a meet and greet. $50 and up. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Che Malambo: The all-male Argentinian dance troupe performs the traditional, powerful gaucho style that includes the malambo, a dance duel that involves the zapateo, footwork that imitates horses hooves clomping. The performance also includes drumming on bombos and a show of throwing weapons called bolas. $29 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


The Florida Orchestra’s two-year celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven gets a double dose this weekend. After guest conductor Christoph Konig leads the way through the Coriolan Overture, renowned violinist Simone Lamsma leads the way on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a piece she’s performed around the world. Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra closes the show. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. (727) 892-3337.


Fan favorite professional dancers from ABC’s Dancing With the Stars will cha cha, foxtrot and waltz their way across the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall this weekend. But the tour also features special guest star Kate Flannery, who most famously played Meredith Palmer on The Office. She fared pretty well on the show and can only have improved with all this practice. $38.75-$98.75; packages available. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.


As part of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg’s “Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney” exhibition, Margaret Murray, associate curator of public programs, lined up a robust schedule of performances throughout the exhibit’s run. She secured Detroit-based Sphinx Virtuosi, a critically acclaimed orchestra composed of black and Latinx musicians, for a three-day residency at the museum. It will culminate with a concert of their program, “For Justice and Peace," that includes arrangements of John Williams’ scores for Schindler’s List and Angela’s Ashes, as well as a piece from black British composer Phillip Herbert, dedicated to 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence, who died as a result of violence. $10-$20. 7-9 p.m. Friday. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

Sphinx Virtuosi will complete a three-day residency at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, culminating in a concert on Feb. 21. [Courtesy of Kevin Kennedy]