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Things to do in Hillsborough for March 18-24

Replicas of Columbus’ ships Nina and Pinta.
Replicas of Columbus’ ships Nina and Pinta.
Published Mar. 16, 2016

Discover the 'Pinta' and 'Nina' today

Replicas of Columbus' ships will be open to walk-aboard for self-guided tours, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $8, $7 seniors, $6 students. Call (813) 274-8511.

18 Today

Florida's Largest Home Show: Guests can shop, compare and save on affordable ways to organize, repair, remodel, refurbish and landscape their homes, 11 a.m. today through Sunday at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $8, $7 seniors, 11 and younger free. Call (813) 677-6925.

Cirque du Soleil-Toruk: The immersive multimedia spectacle brings to the stage the world of James Cameron's Avatar through the signature style of Cirque du Soleil, 4 and 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. $40-$110. Also 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 301-2500.

Tampa Shakespeare Festival: The festival features alternating performances of the Bard's Richard III, about the comeuppance of the last king of the House of York, and the comedic war of the sexes Much Ado About Nothing, 6 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave. Free. Also 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 274-8615.

T.K. Long Book Talk: Enjoy wine and appetizers as the author reads from her latest book Fighting Words and Other Loving Thoughts, 6:30 p.m. at Old Tampa Book Co., 507 N Tampa St. Free. Call (813) 209-2151.

Chris Gorges and Tiffany Barbiee: The two comedians perform, 7 p.m. at Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10 (two item minimum). Call (813) 963-0578.

Murder for Two: In this musical murder mystery, one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the other roles, and they both play piano, 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday at Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $40. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: The comedy follows siblings Vanya and Sonia, whose movie-star sister Masha swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28. Also 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Inherit the Wind: The American drama about a science teacher put on trial for teaching evolution is loosely based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Also 3 p.m. Sunday. $30-$40. Call (813) 374-2416.

Marry Me A Little: The musical revue is a compilation of Stephen Sondheim numbers originally composed for other musicals. 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Plant City Entertainment, 101 N Thomas St. Also 2 p.m. Sunday. $14-$16.

Felipe Esparza: The 2010 Last Comic Standing winner is known for his irreverent on-stage persona, wild hair and his catchphrase "What's up, fool?," 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $17-$20. Also 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band: The musician and his five-piece band performs, with On the Avenue opening, 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $10-$13. Call (813) 971-0666.

Getting the Gold: Fearing that her daughter is going to murder her, wealthy Cammy Cobb disinherits her and takes to protecting herself with a pistol while relying on her granddaughters, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Carrollwood Players Theater, 4333 Gunn Highway. $17-$20. Also 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 265-4000.

Joe List: He got his start just after high school, has a half hour special on Comedy Central and recently appeared on Conan, 8 and 10:15 p.m. today and Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $14-$16.50. Also 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 960-1197.

Cadillac Three: The rowdy, rising country trio performs, 10:30 p.m. at The Round Up, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave. $15-$20. Call (813) 855-1229.

Burlesque Show: Using old-time tunes and realistic full costumes, the Hell Cats present a mock burlesque show, 11 p.m. at Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway. One item minimum. Call (813) 963-0578.

19 Saturday

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon: Kids ages 6 to 14 can run, bike and swim in and around Adventure Island in this annual youth triathlon event, with the first 450 pre-registered participants getting a free "Stay and Play" ticket for Adventure Island good race day only, 5 a.m. at Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive. Call (813) 342-4065.

Strawberry Classic: This event features a chip timed 15K, 10K, 5K or 1-mile fun run and includes a goodie bag, T-shirt and post-game party, benefiting local Tampa Meals on Wheels and Children's Dream Fund. 7:15 a.m. at Temple Terrace Elementary School, 124 Flotto Ave. $40 15K, $25 10K and 5K, $10 one mile.

The 5K Zombie Run: The race gives participants the chance to run for their lives through a 3.1-mile trail of woods and swamps or try your hand at being one of the undead, with free makeup for zombies, T-shirt, finisher medal, and a post-race apocalypse party, 7:30 a.m. at Northwest Equestrian Park, 9400 South Mobley Road. $40-$60, $15 Junior Zombie.

Fight for Air Climb: This American Lung Association fundraiser has racers climb from ground level to the 42nd floor of Tampa's tallest building, with actor Tim Daly (Madam Secretary, Wings) participating, 8 a.m. at Bank of America Plaza (Tampa), 101 E Kennedy Blvd. $35, $100 minimum donations. Call (813) 712-2309.

Men's Health Forum: The event features health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS/STI and skin cancer, plus health education workshops, fitness demonstrations and more than 50 community support services exhibitors. 8 a.m. at University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call 1-888-663-3488.

MS Walk: Participants walk a 1-mile or 2-mile course around the park to benefits multiple sclerosis causes, 8 a.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. $20. Call (813) 961-5510.

Funfest: Sun City Center's festival includes entertainment, food and displays by area businesses and clubs, 9 a.m. at Sun City Center Community Association Central Campus, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Free. Call (813) 641-0816.

Kings of Freestyle: Contestants can compete to win $5,000, a trip to London and a chance to be on the soundtrack for the movie Kings of Freestyle, 9 a.m. at Inkwell Centre, 2905 N 50th St. Also 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (929) 244-9156.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: The festival transports visitors to a village of kings and queens, jousting and jugglers and more, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12), $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Call toll-free 1-800-966-8215.

You Must Love Dogs Festival: Country singers Jo Dee Messina and Jessica Lynn headline this festival with dog competitions, 42-foot dog diving pool, Frisbee dog performances, face painting, inflatables and children's activities, benefiting SPCA Florida, 10 a.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. $7.50-$75. Call (813) 369-1204.

CarrollwoodStock: The festival features local bands including Flying Fanoochi Brothers, George Pennington Band and the Jonnie Morgan Band as well as art vendors and local restaurants, 10 a.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Free. Call (813) 269-1310.

Seminole Heights Easter Egg Hunt: Bring the family to this festival for literal "hippity hopping" fun with a bunny bounce house, face painting, games, crafts and age appropriate egg hunt\4s, 10 a.m. at Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, 6111 N Central Ave. Free. Call (813) 236-5931.

Touch-a-Truck: A convoy of tow trucks, powerboats, rescue vehicles, farm equipment and buses will be available for kids to climb on, honk their horns and have their photos taken, as well as music by the Construction Percussion from Busch Gardens, 10 a.m at Downtown Temple Terrace, at Bullard Parkway and 56th Street. Free. Call (813) 506-6600.

Repticon: Everything here slithers or crawls, with vendors on hand with reptile pets and everything related to reptiles, amphibians, exotic animals, as well as raffles, seminars and children's activities, 10 a.m. today and Sunday at Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Call (863) 268-4273.

St. Patrick's Day River O'Green Fest: Once again, Tampa celebrate St. Patrick's Day by dyeing the Hillsborough River with a bright green, biodegradable dye, as well as Irish entertainment, games, a children's area, Irish food and beer, 10:30 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 274-8615.

Solange Ritchie: The Burning Man author will participate in a multiauthor talk featuring local authors, followed by book signings, 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble N Dale Mabry, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free. Call (813) 871-2228.

Cuban Sandwich Festival: Come taste the contenders for best Cuban sandwich, with cultural vendors, live entertainment, and world's largest Cuban sandwich attempt, 11 a.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus, 2112 N 15th St. Free admission, food and drink extra. Also 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Bark in the Park: Leash up your dog for a 1-mile walk along the Riverwalk with vendors, food trucks, pet costume contest, a dog fun zone, face painting, balloons, live music, craft beer and wine, benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. 11 a.m. at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St. $20, free fundraising "pack." Call (813) 876-4150.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The second annual festival features gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting at $7.50, and music including George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Saturday and MercyMe on Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $97, $92 ages 3-9. Call (888) 800-5447.

Natural Birth and Baby Expo: Meet area birth professionals at this seventh annual event with a mother blessing ceremony, fenced playground, vendors, face painting, belly art, balloon animals, entertainment and giveaways, noon at Corbett Preparatory School, 12015 Orange Grove Drive. $5 per family. Call (818) 649-0076.

Airfest From a Yacht: Watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead from the deck of a yacht, with the cruise anchoring near the base for a buffet lunch, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive. $74.95, $49.95 children. Call (813) 223-7999.

5K Color Blast: Run through five zones where you'll be covered in color, with a post-race color dance party with DJs and giveaways and a finisher medal, 2 p.m. at Northwest Equestrian Park, 9400 South Mobley Road. $15-$45.

Brahman Bash: It's "a night of boots, bling and bull" at this country-themed party with live entertainment, food and an auction, benefiting community projects of the USF Alumni Association, 6 p.m. at University of South Florida Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $60. Call (813) 974-9127.

Saturday Soiree: A showing of Patrick "Shane" Pendley's paintings includes a conversation with the artist about his process, 6 p.m. at Michael Murphy Gallery Tampa, 2701 S MacDill Ave. Free, RSVP required. Call (813) 902-1414.

Ska Spring Fling: Reggae roots musician Monty Montgomery Neysmith, the Original Mr. Symarip from the legendary Pyramids, is backed by Control This with special guests No Need, Pressure Dem, The Freecoasters and the New Rulers, 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $17-$20. Call (813) 971-0666.

Cannibal Corpse: The death metal icons perform alongside Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn, 7:30 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $25. Call (813) 247-2555.

Mike Epps: The comedian brings his Don't Take It Personal Tour to Tampa with special guests Tony Rock and Cocoa Brown, 8 p.m. at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $50.75-$102.75. Call (813) 974-3004.

20 Sunday

Sunday Bicycle Rides: Meet in the parking lot for a 25- to 30-mile ride from Carrollwood Village to Odessa and back, with helmets and a speed of 12-14 mph required, 8 a.m. at West Village Commons, 5356 Ehrlich Road. Free. Call (859) 948-4684.

Sunshine Sunday: This special day for children with special needs includes reduced lighting and sound, special programing and resources for children and families, 10 a.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $5, members free. Call (813) 443-3861.

Taste of Carrollwood : "Eat local, shop local, and go local'' is the motto as guests enjoy complimentary food tastings from area eateries, with beverages for purchase, local vendors, entertainment, and scavenger hunt, 2 p.m. at India Cultural Center and Hindu Religious Center, 5511 Lynn Road. Free, charge for food and drink. Call (813) 264-4638.

Children's Theatre: Molly's Easter Hen: Mark "The Balloon Guy" Byrne performs an interactive stage show with balloons based on the story by Annie Willis McCullough, 2 p.m. at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $8, $7 members, $28 family 4 pack. Call (813) 269-1310.

The Murder Mystery Company: Enjoy a three-course meal as you investigate clues, question witnesses, or even become one yourself in this murder mystery, 3 p.m. at Spaghetti Warehouse, 1911 N 13th St. $60. Call (813) 248-1720.

Karibbyan Kruze Music Fest: Acts include the Impulse Band, Zuberi & Crew, Johukames, Tropicgroove Band, Terry Edwards Latin Jazz Band and Steel pan by Bickley & Nelson, plus African dancers dance troop and costume displays from Trinidad and Tobago, 4 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $12-$15. Call (813) 971-0666.

Abbath: The former frontman of legendary Norwegian black metal band Immortal comes to Tampa alongside High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation, 6:30 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $29-$60. Call (813) 247-2555.

Get the Led Out: From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, the tribute band captures the essence of the music of Led Zeppelin and brings it to the stage, 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $38-$43. Call (813) 274-8982.

21 Monday

1916 Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration: Guest speaker Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein TD member who participated in negotiations for the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, kicks off the commemoration with Irish music by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. 6 p.m. at Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St. Call (813) 254-4444.

22 Tuesday

Foxing: The St. Louis rock band perform with O'Brother and Tancred, 6:30 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $12. Call (813) 241-8600.

Exploring Mars: The Next Generation: In this installment of National Geographic Live!, NASA engineer Kobie Boykins discusses the ongoing Mars Exploration Program. 7 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $25-$35. Call (813) 229-7827.

El Dub: The one-man reggae, funk, hip-hop and soul band beatboxes, plays the guitar, bass, keys and vocals, with NoNeed, Treehouse and Badda Skat, 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $7-$10. Call (813) 971-0666.

23 Wednesday

Evening Tide Talks: Enjoy complimentary food, wine and beer before Duke Lemur Center conservation coordinator Charlie Welch discusses "Raising Fish to Protect Lemurs: Community Based Conservation in Madagascar." 5:45 p.m. at Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Free. Call (813) 273-4000.

Nightwish: The Finnish symphonic metal band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. 6 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $36.50.

Dean Edwards: The comic has appeared on Def Comedy Jam, The Original Kings of Comedy and two seasons of Saturday Night Live and is noted for his impressions of celebrities like Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $5-$20. Call (813) 864-4000.

24 Thursday

Superhero Festival: This celebration of superheroes includes the Science of Superheroes, Classic Superman, a comic book swap and Crime Fighters Weekends, 10 a.m. at Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave. $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Call (813) 987-6000.

Airsickness: The four-piece Tampa rock band will be joined by Brooklyn's Lion in the Mane who tour in support of their EP Echoes in Absence, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave. $10-$12. Call (813) 248-9500.

An Evening of Turkish Music: Iki Saz Bir Soz performs selected Turkish classical music pieces both early and contemporary, 7:30 p.m. at University of South Florida Barness Recital Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive. Free. Call (813) 974-2311.

Drew Lynch: The comic and first runnerup on season 10 of America's Got Talent became a standup to bring comedic life to the social hardships that dealing with a newly formed speech impediment brings, 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. $20. Call (813) 960-1197.