Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, Jan. 9

Get a preview of Jobsite Theatre’s modern take on ‘Othello’ or a free happy hour concert by the Florida Orchestra.
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Jobsite Theater presents a modern take on Shakepeare’s tragedy, Othello.
Photo by Pritchard Photography Jobsite Theater presents a modern take on Shakepeare’s tragedy, Othello.
Published January 8

Othello — Preview: Jobsite Theatre’s modern take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of treachery, backstabbing politicians and love. Through Feb. 3. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18 and up for preview. (800) 955-1045.

Florida Orchestra Happy Hour Series: American Jazz: Jeff Tyzik conducts great works from Gershwin, Joplin and Ellington in this free show at the Heights Public Market. Stay after to meet the musicians. 6:30 p.m. Tampa Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. Free. (727) 362-5448.

Tom Russell: Rolling Stone called the Texas singer-songwriter “the greatest living folk-country songwriter.” 6:30 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $35. (727) 323-2787.

Lectores Reading Series: This portion features Kate Christensen, author of seven novels, including The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, and, most recently, The Last Cruise. 7:30 p.m. University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 257-3514.

Heights Night Market: Monthly evening market in front of Armature Works features a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts and also live music. 6 p.m. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa. Free. (813) 250-3725.

Carl Faulkenberry: 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ’s, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.

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.

The Florida Orchestra Coffee Series: Spirit of America: A salute to American composers, featuring Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Gould’s Second American Symphonette and Joplin’s The Entertainer. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Free coffee and doughnuts and a pre-concert conversation at 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $24-$42. (727) 791-7400.

Real Music Real Masters Series: With performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the series brings performances and music spanning from the 1950s to today. The lineup: Cirque Vertigo (Jan. 7-12). Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

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.

to Watch

SEASON PREMIERE You’re the Worst, 10 p.m., FXX: Let’s raise a glass of trash juice and buckle up for the final season of the caustic rom-com. In the opener, Jimmy and Gretchen tell the story of their love to a prospective wedding planner. That can’t turn out well.


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