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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Jan. 6-12

The Florida Orchestra celebrates two serial collaborators, plus Tibetan monks creating a sand mandala and a Busch Gardens music series return.

Lush Life: Ellington & Strayhorn: The Florida Orchestra celebrates the work of serial collaborators Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Guest Byron Stripling conducts and plays trumpet. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Monks: Watch eight Tibetan monks from India as they revisit St. Petersburg to create an intricate sand mandala. The opening ceremony is at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Runs through Sunday. Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. (727) 821-7391.

A mandala made by eight Tibetan monks using millions of grains of colored sand is on display at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg in 2017. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2017) ]

Epiphany: Following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Elpidophoros, clergy, dignitaries and thousands of others line up for a procession to Spring Bayou. There, a dove is released and the Archbishop casts a white cross into the water for young men to dive for, attempting to be the first to retrieve it. Free. 10 a.m. today. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 937-3540.

Real Music, Real Masters: Busch Gardens’ longest-running music series returns this week with Leonard, Coleman and Blunt, former lead singers of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters. Included with admission. Runs through March 15. 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.


Air Supply: Celebrating 45 years, the duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are the soft-rock balladeers known for hits Lost in Love, All Out of Love and more. $50 and up. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Winter Jam: Christian music’s annual multi-artist showcase brings fan-favorite headliner Crowder, plus renowned worshippers Passion and acclaimed pastor Louie Giglio. $15. 6 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. Visit for the full lineup.

We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered: Accomplished vocalist Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage, alongside her band of Nashville musicians directed by Harry Sharpe, to pay homage to the pop music phenoms who defined an era. $30 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mahaffey Theater. (727) 300-2000.

The Bronx Wanderers: The doo-wop, pop, rock 'n' rollers perform classics spanning six decades. $29 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall.

CBDB: This Alabama progressive rock jam-band has played major festivals across the country. They’re joined by Ella Jet and Future Soul and Row Jomah. $12 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Easton Corbin: The country music singer’s self-titled debut album, released in 2010, features two No. 1 hits: A Little More Country Than That and Roll With It. $30 and up. 10 p.m. Friday. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. (813) 987-2855.


A Shayna Maidel: This drama from Innovocative Theatre follows Lusia, who is reunited with her sister and father in America after surviving World War II. Through a series of memories and fantasies, Lusia explores the joys and sorrows of her life before the war. Runs through Jan. 19. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 374-2416. For showtimes, visit

Agleam Poetry: Let Your Voice Be Heard: Accompanied by a live band, award-winning national spoken word artists appear in a performance that combines poetry, hip-hop, literature, visual art and music. $21.38 and up. 4 p.m. Sunday. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center. (813) 229-7827.

Luminaries of Glass: This group exhibition includes the work of Richard Jolley, Deanna Clayton and Lisabeth Sterling, who plan to attend the opening reception. Free. 5 p.m. Saturday. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 421-4141.

Andrew Schulz: The New York native was YouTube’s most viewed standup comic in 2018 and 2019, and his debut comedy album 551 was No. 1 on Billboard. $25. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.


Chili & Salsa Bowl: Now in its 10th year, this food competition invites you to taste chili and salsa samples, then cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. Live music, games, prizes and face painting are also planned. Benefits Humane Society of Tampa Bay. $10. 1 p.m. Saturday. Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater.

Chili samples are one highlight of the Chili & Salsa Bowl, which will take place at Clearwater's Countryside Country Club on Jan. 11. [ Times (2009) ]

Beach Polo Classic: Professional polo teams play three-on-three matches over two days on the sand. Seating is limited. Free, $30 and up guaranteed seat. 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.