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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Jan. 12

Monster trucks roll into Raymond James Stadium, Drew Carey brings his favorite improvers and Winter Jam brings top Christian artists.
Stunts like this one by Wild Flower are part of the freestyle competition at Monster Jam, rolling into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Jan. 12. Photo: Feld Entertainmen
Published Jan. 10

Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium to run the specially built track. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits 2:30-5:30 p.m. before the show at 7 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. (800) 745-3000.

Whose Live Anyway: The live version of the improv television show, Whose Line is it Anyway?, stars Drew Carey, Greg Proops, jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25-$68.75. (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Unforgettable: 100 Years of Nat & Natalie: This orchestra pops show celebrates a century of Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie with hits like Route 66 , When I Fall in Love, Inseparable and, of course, Unforgettable. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18-$48. (727) 300-2000.

Winter Jam: The Christian concert will include performances by Danny Gokey, "Overcomer" hitmaker Mandisa, Rend Collective and more. 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15 (all ages) (813) 301-2500.

Hannibal Buress: The comedian, writer and actor performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $35. (813) 864-4000.

Second Saturday ArtWalk: Art venues from the waterfront to the Warehouse Art District open their doors to show the latest works. 5 p.m. Various locations, St. Petersburg. Free. Find a map at

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: Blending rock, soul and classic funk, this is a highly regarded live act. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$35.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: More than 170 local vendors, hand-crafted items, live entertainment, flowers and plants. 9 a.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. No cover (food/drink additional).

Get Fit St. Pete: Trail Fun Run: Join #HealthyStPete every Saturday for a different Get Fit St. Pete's Fitness in a park for a free workout. The Trail Fun Run is every second Saturday. 9 a.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free.

Vinyl Record Show: Enjoy music as you shop among dealers buying, showing and selling thousands of LP's, 45s, 78s and CDs. 9 a.m. Clearwater Record Show, 1610 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 200-9397.

Drag Brunch: Fresh Start host Adriana Sparkle and Nicole T. Lane, winner of Miss St. Pete Pride, bring glitter and sass to breakfast. Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. 11 a.m. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28 (727) 258-8753.

Yappy Hour with Humane Society of Tampa Bay: Adoptable pets from Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be there, along with pet vendors, food from Robert's Meats. Bring in a donation for the Humane Society and get 15 percent off your tab. 12 p.m. 81Bay Brewing Company, 4465 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa. Free.

Columbinus: Innovocative Theatre's production is a docu-drama based on the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. Through Jan. 20. 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Biome: View the new exhibition from Seattle glass artists Shelley Muzylowski Allen and Rik Allen, then watch them give a glassblowing demonstration at 6:15 p.m. 5 p.m. Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 421-4141.

Dunedin International Film Festival: The inaugural film festival takes place at seven locations around Dunedin. Today brings an 11 a.m. Women in Film and Television Panel at Blur Night Club. And a 5:30 p.m. Walking Dead Discussion Panel with Stephen F. Campbell, the show's director of photography, at Soggy Bottom Brewery, 660 Main St., Dunedin. $10-$25; $45 for two-day passes. (727) 601-1698.

Michael Palascak: He was a top five finalist on Last Comic Standing. 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: While the Lightning are away, get to the beach to watch the game on a big screen directly in the sand with ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls on hand with giveaways, DJ dancing and games. No coolers allowed. 6:30 p.m. Guy Harvey Outpost: A Tradewinds Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. Free. $10 parking. (727) 360-5551.

Metal For The Military VIII: With raffles, food, beer and metal from Sargent D & The Tribute to S.O.D. Proceeds benefit the Haley House Fund, which supplies support for the families of injured military during rehabilitation. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Crowbar Ybor City, 1812 N 17th St, Tampa. $12; free for veterans and active military. (813) 241-8600.

Tinsley Ellis: Blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter will perform. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12 advance, $15 at the door (813) 971-0666.

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

Cari Ray: The singer-songwriter's third release, Swagger, was produced by country blues legend Reverend Peyton (of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band). 8 p.m. The Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10.

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. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50. (800) 955-1045.

IPW Hardcore Wrestling: See wrestling stars including The Shane Brothers, Steve Madison, Lex Lovett, Billy Fives, Francisco Ciatso, Sideshow and a ten tag team. 8 p.m. Cuban Civic Club, 10905 Memorial Highway, Tampa. $10-$35. (813) 855-5771.

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

Haggis Concert: A unique fusion of traditional Scottish music and songs with the urban sounds of rock, pop and funk perform a free show in Pioneer Park. 12 a.m. Main Street Dunedin, 271 Main St, Dunedin. Free. (563) 590-1992.

kids and family

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Midnight Sun (PG-13) for free on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. 5:45 p.m. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 449-1036.

To Watch

My Mother's Split Personalities, 8 p.m., Lifetime: Now that the mushy holiday movies are over, we can get back to demented crime stories. In this one, a widow (Lindsay Hartley) acts bizarrely while under the control of a boyfriend (Jefferson Brown) plotting to get his hands on the fortune left behind by her late husband.


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  1. The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    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
    Check out the Halloween ComicFest at Emerald City and meet the artist behind the Furrybones dolls at Busch Gardens, too.
  4. Corgi dogs, shown here in a 2018 race, will run the dirt track at Tampa Bay Downs during Oktoberfest on Saturday. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2018)
    Enjoy corgi races at Oktoberfest, Tampa Riverwalk trick-or-treating, a free Opera Tampa concert and Henry Plant’s 200 birthday.
  5. On Wednesday, Bishop Briggs will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson
    Bishop Briggs takes the stage at Jannus Live, Jobsite Theater presents ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ and the Bolts play at Amalie Arena.
  6. Posies flower truck sells flowers at Hyde Park Village in Tampa. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Vintage vehicles lend a certain charm to ice cream, flowers, clothing and more.
  7. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make a Dec. 14 appearance in Tampa for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. AP
    The actors, who both have ties to the Tampa Bay area, will also do a question and answer session and meet some fans.
  8. Winter the dolphin, shown here in 2010, calls the Clearwater Marine Aquarium home. Times (2010)
    Celebrate the Halloween season with Winter in Clearwater, plus St. Petersburg mural fest Shine continues and there’s Spooky Bingo in Tampa.
  9. Visit Artpool in St. Petersburg to find a costume and stay for their Halloween Bash on Saturday, featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith
    Big Halloween parties and more murals are going up around St. Petersburg, plus Post Malone, Wynonna and comedian Bill Engvall will be on local stages.
  10. On Sunday, Zac Brown Band will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Courtesy of Diego Pernia
    Sing along to Zac Brown Band in Tampa, attend Open Streets St. Pete or stuff your face at Tampa’s Taste of Latino.