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Top 10 events in the Tampa Bay area for the week of Jan. 18-24

You’ve got arts options galore. This week, we’ve found comedy, theater, music, art displays and one all-encompassing festival of the arts.
At Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests can become one with famous works of art thanks to a photo backdrop.
At Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests can become one with famous works of art thanks to a photo backdrop. [ Walt Disney World ]
Published Jan. 18

Rob Schneider: Schneider has become a household name after his movies (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Animal), television shows (Real Rob) and standup comedy specials, including Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, which premiered on Netflix in August. $45-$65. 7 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Bad Jews: J Stage Theater presents the story of three grandchildren from different religious backgrounds who argue over their dead grandfather’s necklace. Find out what develops when they question each other’s beliefs. This performance takes place on the lawn. Masks and social distancing are required. $20. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. JCC Cohn Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. 813-291-2255.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts: Epcot pays tribute to art in all forms at the International Festival of the Arts. Become part of historic paintings, watch live art, listen to music and help create murals. Edible art samplings will be available at kiosks throughout the park for an additional charge. Disney strictly enforces the requirement of masks and social distancing. Festival activities and entertainment included with admission. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Epcot, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando.

Florida Gulf Coast Cluster of Dog Shows: A total of 10 different AKC All Breed Dog Shows with two days of agility trials, 10 days of conformation, obedience, rally trials, a puppy competition and more. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair and adhere to social distancing recommendations. Vendors and food will be available. Free, $5 parking. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Sunday. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. 352-799-5180.

Professional dog handler Lenny Brown of Atlanta runs the ring with an Australian shepherd named Tarrot during the 2020 Florida Gulf Coast Cluster of Dog Shows.
Professional dog handler Lenny Brown of Atlanta runs the ring with an Australian shepherd named Tarrot during the 2020 Florida Gulf Coast Cluster of Dog Shows. [ MICHELE MILLER | Times ]

Joseph’s Coat: Skyspace: Gaze up at the sky through a 24-foot-square aperture in the ceiling to contemplate light as LED lights repeatedly change the colors of the space. $10, members free. 5:40 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.

Russell Peters: The YouTube comedian was recently included in Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Comics of All Time. $55-$65. 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

John’s Pass Arts Weekend: Nearly 80 area artists and crafters join with more than 100 shops, restaurants and attractions for a three-day festival. Because of COVID-19, this event replaces the annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. John’s Pass, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach.

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 Gilbert vs. Sullivan. Hear songs from both composers, including The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and Ruddigore. $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.

Murder on the Nile: Carrollwood Players Theatre presents the story of a rich woman’s honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Find out who makes it off the boat alive. $24. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa.

Under the direction of Michael Francis, the Florida Orchestra has broken into two smaller groups for better onstage social distancing.
Under the direction of Michael Francis, the Florida Orchestra has broken into two smaller groups for better onstage social distancing. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Under the direction of Michael Francis, and joined by guest pianist Natasha Paremski, the Florida Orchestra presents Ravel’s Mother Goose Ballet and Montgomery’s Starburst. The orchestra is broken up into two smaller ensembles for greater onstage spacing. Audiences are required to follow all CDC guidelines for health and safety. $18-$48. 2 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-3337.