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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Jan. 10-16

Jersey Boys and Erasure rock the stage in Pinellas, while Gasparilla warms up in Hillsborough.
"Jersey Boys" will be performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Jersey Boys" will be performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday and Thursday. [ Courtesy of Joan Marcus ]
Published Jan. 10

Jersey Boys: The Tony-winning musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons includes the hits Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Working My Way Back to You. $35-$100. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Erasure will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
Erasure will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Erasure: During the pandemic, electronic duo Andy Bell and Vince Clarke created music that culminated in their new Neon tour. $29.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Keith Sweat: The singer-songwriter brings his new jack swing and R&B sounds to Tampa. $70 and up. 8 p.m. Sunday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Puddles Pitty Party: Puddles the sad clown pantomimes through a parody before belting out an operatic song. $37.50-$54.50. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Tampa Pride Ultimate Showdown: MLK Weekend: Brianna Summers hosts an MLK tribute talent contest that honors the “pioneers who have paved the way” for the rights of others. $10-$20. 7 p.m. Sunday. Southern Nights, 1401 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1019.

Skillet headlines Winter Jam 2022 at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday.
Skillet headlines Winter Jam 2022 at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday. [ The Media Collective ]

Winter Jam 2022: The Christian music tour features headliners Skillet and Tauren Wells, as well as performances by KB, Colton Dixon, I Am They and NewSong. Shane Pruitt will preach while Abby Robertson and Bayside Worship lead the pre-jam. $10. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Clearwater Art Walk: Stroll through downtown Clearwater while learning about the city’s public art scene during this docent-led walk. Review at least 20 art installations, from sculptures and murals to wrapped signal boxes and storm drain murals. The walk ends just before the monthly Downtown District Sip and Stroll. Get tickets at clearwaterartsalliance.org. $10-$15. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave.

Pirate Parrrty: Party like a pirate at WFLZ’s Saturday Night Pre-Party with Brian Fink and DJ Jaime Ferreira Live. There will be strolling pirates, giveaways, dancing and more. Free. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Brandon Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center. 813-661-5100.

Gasparilla Bash: Dance the night away to R&B music by The Bus Stop Band at this pirate-themed party with brews and bites. Benefits the Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation. $50-$110. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. 81Bay Brewing Co., 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. 813-837-2739.

Numerous parties warm you up for the arrival of the pirate ship Jose Gasparilla.
Numerous parties warm you up for the arrival of the pirate ship Jose Gasparilla. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
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Al Downing Jazz 50th Anniversary Celebration: Award-winning singer, saxophonist, songwriter and entertainer Danny Bacher headlines the third annual Palladium Jazz Awards. This year the awards show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association. $20-$36. 4 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Cirque Italia: This Cirque-style show with European flavor, lasers and water effects includes aerial work, 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. Monday-Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive. 941-704-8572. The show moves to Wesley Chapel later this month.

Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new "traveling water circus," which is being performed in the traveling tent at Westfield Brandon mall.
Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new "traveling water circus," which is being performed in the traveling tent at Westfield Brandon mall. [ ANDYBUIPHOTOGRAPHY.COM | Cirque Italia ]

Paranormal Cirque: Cirque Italia is also presenting a different kind of show. This one has nightmares, fear, surprise and more, as well as a “Clown Castle” with acrobats, illusionists and mysterious creatures. Age 13 and older. $10-$50. 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-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.

Racewars: MLK Show: This car enthusiasts’ MLK tribute combines a car show and amateur drag racing in a safe environment. $15-$150. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Showtime Speedway (formerly Sunshine Speedway), 4550 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. 727-561-9646.

Pinellas Geological Society Gem Show and Sale: Collectors show and sell a variety of mineral specimens, jewelry, gem trees, rock slabs, crystals and other handcrafted lapidary items. $2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-709-3236.

Fresh seafood such as this will be cooked during the Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival.
Fresh seafood such as this will be cooked during the Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival. [ Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]

Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival: The festival offers a diverse menu of foods, including seafood from local and sustainable ocean resources. There will be live R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean music. Free (food/drink additional). 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Main Street and Gulfstream Drive, downtown Sarasota.