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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Friday, Jan. 11

Diana Ross, the Florida Orchestra celebrates Natalie and Nat King Cole and emo band Mineral.
Published Jan. 10

Diana Ross: The Motown legend with countless chart-topping hits is one of the most identifiable, unique, beloved and influential singers of successive pop generations. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $62.75 -$142.75. (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Unforgettable: Nat & Natalie: This orchestra pops show celebrates a century of the legendary Nat King Cole and his unforgettable daughter Natalie with Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire on vocals. Jeff Tyzik conducts. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18-$48. (813) 229-7827.

Mineral: The Texas-based emo band's distinct sonic format of soft and loud song structures, melodic vocals, and ethereal guitar-based instrumental bridge has heavily influenced many bands of the late 1990s and 2000s. They stop in Tampa for their 25th anniversary tour. 7:30 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $29.

Columbinus: Innovocative Theatre's production is a docu-drama based on the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. Tonight's opening night gala is $35. 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Arts Legacy Remix: MLK Praise: The event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy offers music, dance and theatre aspects, including traditional gospel choirs, Scottish bagpipes and an Indian dance troupe. 6:30 p.m. Straz Center Riverwalk, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. Free.

Night at the Brewseum: Adults take over the museum for a craft beer infused night of adult games and entertainment. 7 p.m. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $45-$55. (727) 821-8992.

Tim Barry & Cory Branan: The former lead singer of the punk rock band Avail, Barry has been performing folk music on his own since 2004. Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, but has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter. 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $15. (813) 241-8600.

Funny You Should Ask: A clean improv comedy show for all ages. 7:30 p.m. Spitfire Theater, 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg. $15. (866) 811-4111.

Hannibal Buress: The comedian, writer and actor, whose bit in his stand up routine about Bill Cosby launched the avalanche of women accusing him of sexual assault performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $35. (813) 864-4000.

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.

Michael Palascak: He was a top five finalist on Last Comic Standing, has his own Comedy Central special and has worked the late night circuit. 8 and 10 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

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

Othello: Jobsite Theater takes a modern spin on Shakespeare's tale of political treachery. Through Feb. 3. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50. (800) 955-1045.

kids and family

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch The Incredibles 2 (PG) for free on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 449-1036.

Kid Show: Join Mr. Mikey and Miss Jo for songs, dance, instruments and live guitar. 10:30 a.m. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. Free; registration required.

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. The club has 52 courts, half of which are indoors. Free. Runs through April 5. 6:30-10 p.m. 1020 Calumet St. Clearwater. 6:30 p.m. Clearwater Shuffleboard Club, 1020 Calumet St., Clearwater. Free (727) 446-3306.

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 Future Man, Hulu: Season 2 of the time-traveling comedy picks up in 2162 as Josh, Wolf, and Tiger learn that their mission to save the future not only didn't work out, but triggered a war. Somehow they've got to fix that.

SERIES PREMIERE Sex Education, Netflix: A witty coming-of-age dramedy set in Wales follows an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student (Asa Butterfield) whose mother (Gillian Anderson) happens to be a famous sex therapist. (Netflix).


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    Classic cars on both sides of Tampa Bay and the Lightning host the Predators.
  2. The Hillsborough County Fair, shown here in 2012, will continue in Dover with the popular demolition derby on Sunday. Times (2012)
    Big Halloween parties, the second weekend of the Hillsborough County Fair, a rodeo and the return of the SPIFFS folk fair.
  3. On Saturday, visit Artpool Gallery to find a costume and stay for the Halloween Bash featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith
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