Dennis DeYoung: The founding member of Styx brings us all the rock group's greatest hits set to a live rock symphony. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$89. (727) 791-7400.
Friday Movie Time: The Birth of a Nation: Popcorn and drinks are provided for weekly movies. 1 p.m., Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. $2, $1 with rec. card. (727) 298-3299.
Fasching Festival: The Hofbrauhaus throws a German style Mardi Gras or Carnival party with Bavarian music, dancing, German food, beer, wine, an outdoor arts and crafts market and a costume contest. Benefits the Veterans Art Center of Tampa Bay. 5 p.m., Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg, 123 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 898-3333.
Blast Friday: John Waite : The family-friendly food and craft vendor festival featuring a free live concert and a beer garden. 5:30 p.m., 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 464-7200.
Fantastic Ekphrastic: This mash up of art, literature and theater features visual art, interpreted by writers and acted live. Presented by Keep St.Pete Lit. 5:30 p.m., Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 480-8754.
Michael Blackson: "The African King of Comedy" from Ghana has appeared with Ice Cube in Next Friday and Are We There Yet and on BET's ComicView, HBO's Def Comedy Jam and P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25, $40 VIP. (813) 864-4000.
Wicked: The multiple Tony award-winning musical tells the untold story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy arrived. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31.50-$125. (813) 229-7827.
Benise: Strings of Passion: The acclaimed guitarist. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $47.50-$59.50. (727) 893-7832.
Rock Hard Revue: Featured on America's Got Talent, the ripped beefcakes of Rock Hard Revue present a 90-minute fully costumed and choreographed production. 8 p.m., Club Skye, 1509 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (407) 347-5035.
Southern Culture on the Skids: The Southern-friend rockabilly trio have affectionately parodied trailer-trash culture (Dirty Track Date). Kolars opens. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.
The Aliens: Two disillusioned young men meet a student while they're having coffee and discussing Bukowski, and decide to teach him everything they know. 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.
Red Velvet: The play tells the true story of the first black actor to play Othello in London's Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Through March 26. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$52. (727) 498-5205.
Vodkanauts: Tampa Bay's power lounge quintet. Free. 8:30 p.m., The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-2533.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Mirror Your City: An interactive art projects using dry erase boards, in which people can draw what they'd like to see on the Riverwalk or at the Straz. Remains up until Feb. 26. 10 a.m., Riverwalk at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-7827.
note to readers
The Florida Orchestra's performance Sunday at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg is sold out. To get on a waitlist, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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