Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday, Jan. 8

Cirque Vertigo kicks off Busch Gardens’ Real Music, Real Masters series and poet Meg Day reads from her work.
Cirque Vertigo featuring the Wallenda Duo kicks off the Busch Gardens series Real Music Real Masters, running Jan. 7-March 16.
Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Cirque Vertigo featuring the Wallenda Duo kicks off the Busch Gardens series Real Music Real Masters, running Jan. 7-March 16. Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Published January 7
Updated January 7

Real Music Real Masters: Busch Gardens longest running entertainment series returns with performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by Cirque Vertigo, running daily through Saturday. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

Lectores Public Reading Series: This portion features poet Meg Day, author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. 7:30 p.m. University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 257-3514. ut.edu

Selections from the Great Mexican-American Songbook: The Kotler Art Gallery presents the work of Paul Valadez in the new exhibit. Using music sheets of the early 20th century, he transforms a language of images into a collage of race, culture, and history, with a measure of satire. 10 a.m. Kotler Art Gallery at John F. Germany Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (813) 273-3652. hcplc.org

Book Talk: Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft will discuss Lauren Groff’s short story collection Florida. 12 p.m. Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free; lunch available for $5. (727) 822-4173.

Spirit of St. Pete: Meet your neighbors and makes some friends at this block party with music, food and drink specials. 6 p.m. Kozuba and Sons Distillery, 1960 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional).

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning return home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $21.25 and up. (813) 301-6500.

kids and family

Children’s Board Free Tuesday: The hands-on museum and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County join for this event offering free admission from noon to 6 p.m. 12 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

A New Moon Rises: This travelling Smithsonian exhibit features large scale, high-resolution photos of the lunar surface. The exhibit answers questions about the moon’s formation, geological evolution and relationship to Earth. Runs through Jan. 13. 10 a.m. South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Included with admission (941) 746-4131. southfloridamuseum.org

to watch

SERIES PREMIERE Project Blue Book, 10 p.m., A&E: The new drama series is based on the real-life, top-secret investigations into UFOs and related phenomena conducted by the U.S. Air Force during the 1950s and ‘60s. Aiden Gillen leads the cast.

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