Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Jan. 4

David Lowery’s two indie bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, play Skipper’s, and comedian Ron White is in Clearwater.
Camper Van Beethoven, featuring David Lowery (second from left), will perform alongside Lowery's other band Cracker at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa on Jan. 4, 2018. 
Photo by Jason Thrasher.
Camper Van Beethoven, featuring David Lowery (second from left), will perform alongside Lowery's other band Cracker at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa on Jan. 4, 2018. Photo by Jason Thrasher.
Published January 3

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven: David Lowery’s 35 years of creative music spans two innovative, indie/alternative rock groups that he founded and leads, performing together on their annual U.S. Winter tour. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $22 (262) 903-7775.

Ron White: The Grammy-nominated comedian sometimes called “Tater Salad” rose to prominence as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour . 7:30 and 10 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$59 (727) 791-7400.

The Florida Orchestra: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue comes to life with Cuban jazz pianist Aldo López-Gavilán. Also: Still’s jazz-inspired Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American,” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. Thomas Wilkins conducts. Pre-concert talk starts 1 hour before concert. Free tickets for kids and teens in advance. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18-$48.

Copenhagen: Tampa Repertory Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning drama. Through Jan. 27. 8 p.m. USF Studio 120, 3837 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. $25; $20 student/military/seniors. (813) 783-5465.

The Marshall Tucker Band: Celebrating 45 years of Southern rock hits. Country Music Television named Can’t You See the No. 4 Greatest Southern Rock Song of all time. It is still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $45-$75.

Lectores Public Reading Series: This portion features nonfiction writer Sarah Perry. Her memoir After the Eclipse was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. 7:30 p.m. University of Tampa: Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 257-3514.

A.J. Finney and Landry: The co-headliners Finney, a finalist in HBO’s Lucky 21 competition, and Landry, the first winner of the Punchline Comedy Club’s “64 Comedian Super Comedy Competition,” and won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2011. 8 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$12. (813) 960-1197.

Bruce Bruce: He was the host of BET’s Comic View for two seasons, has made several film cameos and has his own Comedy Central special. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25, $35 VIP. (813) 864-4000.

kids and Family

The Snow Queen: This musical play for kids and by kids tells the tale of a girl who becomes enchanted and loose sight of any good in the world. Best for grades K through 5. 10:30 a.m. Town ‘N Country Regional Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 273-3652.

Ice Skating in St. Petersburg: Balmy St. Petersburg has a real ice rink in Albert Whitted Park through Jan. 7. Closed on Christmas Day. Sessions are $10 for an hour and include ice skates. Bring your own socks, or you can purchase socks at the ice-skating rink for $2 per pair. 1 p.m. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE, St. Petersburg. $10 per hour includes skate rental. (727) 893-7441.

Winter Village: The riverfront park turns into a winter wonderland with a 360 degree light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. Ice rink opens at 4 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Smallfoot (PG) free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.

Friday Fun Night: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. 1020 Calumet St. Clearwater. (727) 446-3306.

to watch

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors, 9 p.m., The CW: Dean Cain hosts this special celebrates folks who earned star status this past year on the sidewalks of Tinseltown, including Jennifer Garner, Gillian Anderson, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Carrie Underwood and more.


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