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Top Tampa Bay area events for the week of Jan. 3-9

Polo in the sand, two Cirque-style shows and magic provide entertainment for all ages.
The St. Pete Beach Polo Classic brings the "Game of Kings" to the beach behind the Don CeSar Hotel. Photo courtesy Don DeSar
The St. Pete Beach Polo Classic brings the "Game of Kings" to the beach behind the Don CeSar Hotel. Photo courtesy Don DeSar [ Don CeSar ]
Published Jan. 3

Beach Polo Classic: Watch as horses run on the powdery sand for three-on-three polo matches with four chukkas each, professional teams and scoring. $15-$45. Noon and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Don CeSar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-1881.

Epiphany: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s 116th annual Epiphany celebration on Thursday will be open to the public. Last year’s event was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Considered the largest Epiphany celebration in the Western Hemisphere to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, the Tarpon Springs event traditionally draws more than 20,000 spectators. Church services begin at 8 a.m., and the procession to Spring Bayou is expected to begin around noon at 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Paranormal Cirque: Cirque Italia brings a show of nightmares, fear, surprise and emotions, with a “Clown Castle” tent with acrobats, illusionists and more. Age 13 and older only. $10-$50. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Riviera Dunes Marina, 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto. 941-704-8572.

An acrobat sails over a fountain during a Cirque Italia performance. The group is offering two different shows in Palmetto and Brandon this week.
An acrobat sails over a fountain during a Cirque Italia performance. The group is offering two different shows in Palmetto and Brandon this week.

Cirque Italia: Silver: A family-oriented Cirque-style show with European flavor, lasers and water effects. Acts include aerial work, tight rope, contortion, hand balancing and clown comedy between acts. Seating is limited and socially distanced inside the traveling tent. Masks are recommended and directional signs must be followed for safety. $25-$50, $10-$45 children. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Brandon Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive. 941-704-8572.

38 Special: The Southern rock group whose hits include Hold On Loosely and Rockin’ Into the Night performs. $50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Al Di Meola: The guitarist who has collaborated with other musicians and whose career has spanned four decades and earned him four gold albums, two platinum albums and more than 6 million in record sales worldwide performs. $29.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Wedding Secrets: A young couple secretly marry, and the secrets of their families suddenly surface. $25, $22 seniors. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-265-4000.

The Florida Orchestra presents Romeo and Juliet this Saturday and Sunday.
The Florida Orchestra presents Romeo and Juliet this Saturday and Sunday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
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Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Under the direction of Akiko Fujimoto, and joined by Sara Davis Buechner on piano, the orchestra presents Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. $20.50-$57.50. 8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Also at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-892-3337.

Fabulous Thunderbirds: For more than 30 year, co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, has led the group through hits including Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up. $32.50-$50. 8 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Zubrick Magic Theatre: Audiences can enjoy a blend of sleight-of-hand, family-friendly comedy and grand-scale illusions. $40-$137. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Zubrick Magic Theatre, 1211 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 866-982-7425.

“Feline”: An All Cat Themed Art Show: This art show for cat lovers focuses solely on feline-inspired art and includes sculptures, paintings, collages and prints. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Atelier Industrial Arts Building, 2380 Sixth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-437-9113.

Cat lovers won't want to miss "Feline," the cat-themed art show.
Cat lovers won't want to miss "Feline," the cat-themed art show. [ Fluff Animal Rescue ]

Snowcat Ridge: The world of snow in Dade City features slopes, an igloo, an ice skating rink and an Alpine village. $26.95-$39.95. Skate rental $9.95. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

Red Rocket: In the 128-minute, R-rated film, a down-and-out retired porn star reunites with his estranged wife, only to fall into his old ways when he meets another woman. Contains strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language. $10.70, $8.56 seniors/students. 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

Astronomy Night: See the moon, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune through large telescopes provided by members of the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, weather permitting. $3, $1.50 children 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. 727-896-9410.

Join the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club to look at planets and stars through telescopes.
Join the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club to look at planets and stars through telescopes. [ Tampa Bay Times (2018) ]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Watch as the Super Bowl champs face the Carolina Panthers. Ticket prices vary. 1 p.m. Sunday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-350-6500.

Great Connections: Great Explorations Children’s Museum closes to the general public for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a sensory-friendly event with modified lights and sounds and a “cool down” room available for families who need to take a break. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Sunday. Great Explorations Children’s Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-821-8992.