Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Jan. 25

Gladys Knight brings her legendary songbook, the Florida Orchestra plays Tom Petty and a free show by Fastball.
Courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall
Gladys Knight will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Jan. 25, 2019. Photo: Ruth Eckerd Hall
Courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall Gladys Knight will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Jan. 25, 2019. Photo: Ruth Eckerd Hall
Published Jan. 24, 2019

Gladys Knight: Multiple Grammy award winner and legendary singer will perform. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.25-$99.25 (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra: The Music of Tom Petty: With Brent Havens, conductor Tony Vincent, the orchestra pays tribute to one of Florida's own with songs like Free Fallin' and Mary Jane's Last Dance. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$65. (727) 300-2000.

Hot Tuna: Started as a side project during Jefferson Airplane days, the childhood pals Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, are known for hit songs like Hot Tuna, First Pull Up and Then Pull Down. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $34-$69.

Greg Hahn: He's appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central and Cedric the Entertainer Presents. 8 and 10 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

Seth Glier: The singer-songwriter "echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel," according to USA Today. 7 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 323-2787.

Blast Friday: Fastball: Grammy-nominated band Fastball takes the stage to kick off the ninth annual Blast Friday series with The Black Honkeys. Food trucks, specialty prepared food and drinks available. 5:30 p.m. Downtown Clearwater, On Cleveland Street between S Lincoln and Missouri avenues, Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.

John Rich Whiskey Bottle Signing: The country star from the music duo, Big and Rich will be there from 6-8 p.m. signing bottles of his Redneck Riviera Whiskey, a blended whiskey he has been selling for almost two years. For Gasparilla weekend, the store will have a big tent set up in the parking lot from noon to 8 p.m. with giveaways and swashbucklers in costume for pictures. 6 p.m. Winn Dixie, 2100 W Swann Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 254-6800.

Tampa Bay Home Show: The large west coast Florida home show brings the area's top home improvement experts, along with more than 600 exhibits with everything related to Florida homes, home improvement, home entertainment and landscaping. 10 a.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8523.

Ronnie Cox: Singer best-known for his roles as Drew Ballinger in Deliverance, and Lt. Andrew Bogomil in Beverly Hills Cop, performs his song I'll Waltz You Home joined by Chip Dolan on the keyboard and accordion, and Ansel Barnum on harmonica. 7:30 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. Prices vary for members and non-members for advanced & day of. (813) 645-7651.

Othello: Jobsite Theater takes a modern spin on Shakespeare's tale of political treachery. Through Feb. 9. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50-$39.50. (800) 955-1045.

Real Music Real Masters Series: With performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the series continues with Thomas McClary: The Commodores Experience through Saturday. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

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Hundred Days: A heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With anthemic folk-punk music, creators and stars Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore how we make the most of the time that we have. 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $44 and up. (800) 955-1045.

Pipeline: Inner city teacher Nya struggles to give her son opportunities for his future without turning her back on the community that raised him. Friday night opening night gala, $70. 8 p.m. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Tickets regularly $44-$54. (727) 823-7529.

kids and family

Family Carnival: A collection of adult and kiddie rides, thrill rides, carnival games and fair food. 5 p.m. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free. (866) 666-3247.

Friday Fun Night: Free Shuffleboard: A new initiative from the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club brings free shuffleboard games every Friday night, welcome to all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to check out cues and discs and get some basic instructions. Play begins 7 p.m. Free. 6:30-10 p.m. 1020 Calumet St. Clearwater. 6:30 p.m. Clearwater Shuffleboard Club, 1020 Calumet St., Clearwater. Free (727) 446-3306.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward doesn't care. He is vain and self-centered and eventually learns what it is to love. The beloved children's book is adapted for stage by ThinkTank Theatre, a professional family friendly theatre troupe. 7:30 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $19; $14 for children. (813) 374-2416.

To watch

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix: The comedy returns to finish off its fourth and final season. That makes us want to find a dark bunker and curl up into a ball — but not until after we binge the last episodes, of course.


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