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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, Feb. 7

The Florida State Fair opens, Tyler Perry's brings his Madea character on farewell tour and Sing Out! Tampa Bay returns.
JAMES BORCHUCK | Times (2017) Hungry fair-goers cruise the food vendors at the Florida State Fair in Tampa
Published Feb. 6

Florida State Fair: The fair returns with rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Gates close between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursday and between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. 10 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Admission $11; $6 children 6-11, free 5 and younger. Weekday Ride Armbands $20; Any Day Ride Armbands $30. (813) 740-4640.

Madea's Farewell Play: Tyler Perry's plays his most beloved character, the curmudgeonly Mabel "Madea" Simmons, on one more tour before he brings the character to an end. 7 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $48.75-$108.75; $113.75-$128.75 VIP. (800) 955-1045.

Sing Out! Tampa Bay: Led by music director Michael Francis, this community concert has become an annual tradition. Sing along to familiar favorites with Florida Orchestra with tunes from orchestra, opera, Broadway, film and popular music. 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can.

Louis C.K.: Part of the comic's low-profile national comeback, after admitting sexual misconduct in front of multiple women, he has shows at Sidesplitters through Saturday. $30 and up, but they were selling out fast. 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Gaelic Storm: Genre-bending, multinational Irish rock band will perform hits from its latest album Go Climb a Tree. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$35.

The Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert: Beautiful Bohemia: Michael Francis leads a morning of Bohemian classics, including Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 , Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 10 and Smetana's Sarka (My Country) . Free coffee and doughnuts. 11 a.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 300-2000.

Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 a.m. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 453-6800.

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

$5 after 5: View the collection of studio glass art for reduced admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. 5 p.m. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 300-1700.

Motorcycle Expo: AJ and Deuce from 98 Rock serve as emcee for the 21st annual motorcycle expo and bike builder invitational with live music, a burlesque show, cash drawings, a poker walk and a custom built motorcycle competition for $20,000 cash and a Super Bowl style championship ring worth $5,000. 5 p.m. Bert's Barracuda Harley-Davidson, 10525 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 935-4875.

Bullet-Proofing Our Community: A discussion on making our community a safer place featuring Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, State Attorney Andrew Warren, Clara Reynolds, CEO of Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and others. 5:30 p.m. Children's Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E Palm Ave., Tampa. Free (813) 649-4309.

When Rap Spoke Straight to God: Erica Dawson, associate professor and director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at UT, who will read from her book-length poem, When Rap Spoke Straight to God. 5:30 p.m. University of Tampa Vaughn Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333.

Glow Golf: Nine holes of glow golfing on a par three course. Singles, twosomes and foursomes welcome. 6:45 p.m. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island. $25, $80 foursome. (727) 360-6062.

Radoslav Lorkivic: Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will perform a show covering his diverse musical styles. 7 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Suggested $15 donation to artist (727) 323-2787.

Pipeline: Inner city teacher Nya struggles to give her son opportunities for his future without turning her back on the community that raised him. Through Feb. 24. 7 p.m. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54. (727) 823-7529.

Hundred Days: A heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center, Tampa. $44 and up. (800) 955-1045.

USF Guest Artist Recital: Jose Lopez, Piano: Acclaimed Cuban-American pianist Jose Lopez presents a recital that commemorates the 190th anniversary of Schubert's death with two late works in the key of C minor: the Allegretto D. 915 and the Sonata D. 958. 7:30 p.m. USF Barness Recital Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive, Tampa. Free (813) 974-2311.

Ready Steady Yeti Go: An interracial couple's relationship is threatened by bad parental advice and white guilt. Through Feb. 24. Opening night: $45. 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

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.

Bronze Radio Return: The quintet's rousing, anthemic sound is one part dance party, one part roots-rock. Sontalk opens. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $12-$15.

Sandy Marks: From New York, CBS's King of Queens. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.

TO watch

Supernatural, 8 p.m., The CW: The spook-fest celebrates its 300th episode and welcomes back Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester in a story line that has Sam and Dean looking into occult lore for a solution to their latest problem.


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