1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 9

Published Feb. 8, 2018

Billy Joel: The Piano Man returns for a concert of huge piano-pop hits. 8 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49.50-$149.50. (813) 301-2500.

Tony Bennett: 19-time Grammy award winning musician. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $69-$155. (727) 893-7832.

Super Greek Festival: Experience Greek culture at this celebration with traditional Greek food and dancing. 11 a.m., St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. $3, 11 and younger free. (727) 345-8235.

Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builder Invitational: Motorcycle builders from across the country compete for best bike at this event with a giant ride-in motorcycle show, beer drinking contest and more. 5 p.m., Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St N, Clearwater. Free. (727) 935-4875.

Oscar Shorts: Animation: View this year's Oscar-nominated short animated films, including Dear Basketball, Negative Space, Lou, Revolting Rhymes, Garden Party, Lost Property Office, Coin Operated and Achoo. 5:45 p.m., live action shorts start at 8 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11. (813) 274-8982.

Winter Whiskeyfest: Sample more than 12 whiskey brands along with light bites. Limited tickets, available at 6 p.m., Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $75, includes commemorative tasting glass. (727) 896-8226.

Night to Shine: The upscale prom for people with special needs ages 14 and older. 6:30 p.m., Christian Family Church, 3457 W Kenyon Ave., Tampa. Free (registration required). (813) 802-8736, ext. 103.

G. Love and Special Sauce: The Philadelphia-born alternative hip-hop band. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $23.99. (727) 565-0550.

Chase Rice: The country singer-songwriter embarks on the Lambs and Lion tour. 7 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $26, $35 VIP. (813) 247-2555.

Forever Plaid: Four young singers killed in a car crash posthumously hit the stage for one last performance full of barbershop quartet harmonies and 1950s nostalgia. Through March 11. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $42. (813) 229-7827.

Little River Band with Rock Symphony: The rock legends of the '70s and '80s enjoyed the success of chart-topping hits like It's A Long Way There and Help Is On Its Way. Pablo Cruise opens. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$70. (727) 791-7400.

"Arts for the Heart" Valentine Concert: Enjoy Broadway hits and popular songs on the theme of love and a reception with chocolate desserts and fruits. 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, 411 Turner St., Clearwater. $15. (727) 446-5955.

Songwriters in the Round: Three songwriters: Dean Johanesen, Abraham Partridge and Joshua Riley will take turns performing original music and telling stories about the inspiration behind songs. 8 p.m., Hideaway Cafe and Recording Studio, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 644-7895.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Music of Star Trek and Star Wars: Under the direction of Michael Francis, the orchestra presents a concert that pits Trekkies against The Force. 8 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Backtrack Blues Band : One of Florida's longest-running bands and most accomplished bands known for performing high-energy Chicago-style blues will perform in support of the release of their newest recording Make my Home in Florida. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$30. (727) 822-3590.

John Heffron: The Detroit comic was the winner of Season 2 of Last Comic Standing. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

Leonard Ouzts: The young comic who was named a Top 10 Comic to Watch by Rolling Stone. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams' masterpiece follows Amanda Wingfield, who dwells in her idealized youth and smothers her grown children, driving her son, Tom, to escape to the streets and her daughter, Laura, to retreat to her collection of glass animals. Through Feb. 25. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 498-5205.


Florida State Fair: Mini Monster Trucks: The fair returns for the 114th year with a "Discover the Fun" theme. Highlights this year include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Hillsborough County students get in free with a school ticket. Students in grades 6 through 12 must be accompanied by an adult (ages 21 and older) after 6 p.m. Mini monster truck racing at 3 and 7 p.m. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $13, $7 ages 6-11, $9 seniors; $35 anyday armband; $25 weekday armband. (813) 740-4640.


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