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Love is in the air, bringing us numerous Valentine’s Day-themed events this week.
Keb' Mo' will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 10.
Keb' Mo' will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 10. [ Justin Cowart ]
Published Feb. 8

Valentwe’en: Dress in gothic attire or as your favorite couple in history for a mashup of Halloween and Valentine’s Day at this opening reception for the “Word of Mouth”-themed exhibit focusing on literary art. Social distancing and masks are required. $10. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Art Lofts at Florida CraftArt, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-391-8908.

Keb’ Mo’: Twenty-five years after the release of his debut album, the artist released his most recent album, Oklahoma, winning him a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. $35.50-$65.50. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com

Concert Under the Stars: Enjoy an evening of operatic arias and Broadway favorites sung by the ensemble Opera per Sempre while taking in the view of Tampa Bay from the open-air top deck of Yacht StarShip I. Includes a three-course dinner, dessert and cocktails prepared and served by masked personnel. $155. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Cruise Dock, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 603-410-7984.

Jamie Foxx portrays music legend Ray Charles in Ray.
Jamie Foxx portrays music legend Ray Charles in Ray. [ JOHN HAYES | AP ]

Ray: Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx stars as soul music legend Ray Charles. Takes place as part of Fathom Events Celebrates Black History Month. Also being shown at Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar and Regency 20 in Brandon. Audiences will be socially distanced and masks are required when not seated, eating or drinking. $13.40. (Price may vary by theater.) 7 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday. Sundial 12, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-502-9573.

Black Matters: Past, Present and Future: A reception for an exhibit celebrating all black lives throughout history and hopes for the future. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. 813-922-8167.

Opera Tampa will perform its 2020-21 season on the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor Riverwalk Stage.
Opera Tampa will perform its 2020-21 season on the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor Riverwalk Stage. [ ROB HARRIS | Courtesy of Rob Harris ]

Opera Tampa on the Riverwalk: Opera Tampa’s 2020-21 season gets reimagined and relocates to the outdoor Riverwalk. This portion features “Valentine’s Engagement,” a story of love, heartbreak and soured passion. $25-$50 per table. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Riverwalk, 601 Old Water St., Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Love, Loss and What I Wore: Similar to The Vagina Monologues, this is a series of monologues about topics important to women. Topics include mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses and why we wear black. Show contains adult language. Parental discretion is advised. Audiences will be socially distanced and masks are required. $23, $15 students, $10 ages 10 and younger. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. 727-866-1973.

Black History Month Film Series: The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre presents a series of films saluting Black History Month. This week features:

  • Beauty Shop (PG-13) (105-min.): In the 2005 comedy, a determined hairstylist competes against her former boss after she opens her own shop. 7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Good Hair (PG-13) (96-min.): Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary explores the wonders of African American hairstyles. 9 p.m. Saturday.
  • Akeelah and the Bee (PG) (112-min.): The 2006 family drama follows a young girl’s quest to the National Spelling Bee. 3 p.m. Sunday.

All films are $7, $5 students. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Art, Love and Romance Opening Reception: Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass showcase works of a collection of artists in both art and glass that focus on love and romance. Each piece reflects the artists’ emotions on the topics. Featured artists include Hessam Abrishami, Jurgen Gorg and Scott Hartley Glass. Remains on display through March 20. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-725-1808.

Valentine’s on the Lake: Bring your loved one, a picnic basket and a drink to enjoy music by Stormbringer Band on a 20-plus acre farm. Social distancing is required. $25. 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Old McMicky’s Farm, 9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa. 813-920-1948.