1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 13

Published Jan. 12, 2015

USF Lecture Series: Today's lectures are a two-fer: First, at 4 p.m. catch Kenneth Feld, the CEO of Feld Entertainment, one of the largest production companies in the world (think Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Monster Jam, Disney Live and Disney on Ice). Then at 7 p.m., hear from the first black female billionaire, Sheila Johnson. The CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, she is also the first African-American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports teams. The lectures in this special series are free and open to the public, though tickets are required. See Lectures are at University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-2011.

Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair: Meet with local companies who have immediate employment needs from entry level positions to skilled trade, health care and even top managerial positions, at 10 a.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8523.

Lettuce: The Massachusetts funk outfit has been performing for more than 20 years. Catch the show at 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 895-3045.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts, it opens at 9 a.m., Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes demonstration of Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and the old movie house's secrets, stories, art and architecture at 11:30 a.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $7.50, $5 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/one and younger free. (813) 274-8982.


SEASON PREMIERE Parks and Recreation, 8 p.m., NBC The final season (sigh) for Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her Pawnee pals starts off with back-to-back episodes. To quote Chris Traeger: It is literally the best sitcom on television!


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Music: It's a good week for singer-songwriters at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater: Multiple Grammy winner and Time magazine's 2002 America's Best Songwriter Lucinda Williams is there Wednesday ($48-$63), and Songwriters' Hall of Famer Don McLean is there Friday ($42-$82). (727) 791-7400.

Monster Jam: The trucks roar in loud and proud (did we mention loud?) Saturday at Raymond James Stadium to crush measly cars and even school buses. $15-$40. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

Russell Peters: Canada's favorite comic (whom you might or might not know from Last Comic Standing, Chef and a Netflix special), riffs and does his signature lightning-fast improv Sunday at the Straz Center. $45.50-$65.50.


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