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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Jan. 12-18

For Diversions - Pic of father and daughter ukulele duo, The Barnkickers - featuring Amanda, 21, and Steve Boisen, 44, - performing at Ohana Cafe in Ozona. 
Caption: #355966 slugged barn (detail) Steve Boisen's bass ukulele has the same rich sound as his traditional upright bass. Bosien, 44, has been playing bass for over 30 years, and now performs with his daughter, Amanda, 20, as the elder half of the ukulele duo, the Barnkickers.
Photo Credit: By Michele Miller, Times Staff
For Diversions - Pic of father and daughter ukulele duo, The Barnkickers - featuring Amanda, 21, and Steve Boisen, 44, - performing at Ohana Cafe in Ozona. Caption: #355966 slugged barn (detail) Steve Boisen's bass ukulele has the same rich sound as his traditional upright bass. Bosien, 44, has been playing bass for over 30 years, and now performs with his daughter, Amanda, 20, as the elder half of the ukulele duo, the Barnkickers. Photo Credit: By Michele Miller, Times Staff
Published Jan. 11, 2015

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra: How can anyone resist Justin Timberlake, Elvis, Dolly Parton and the Beatles songs played on a chorus of ukuleles? The wildly popular New Zealand ensemble performs Sunday at St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater. $35-$55. (727) 822-3590.

Drum Major for Justice Battle of the Bands: If drum lines are more your style, bands from historically black colleges throughout the South put on 10-minute shows with high-stepping moves, funky drumbeats and acrobatics Sunday at Tropicana Field in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. $10 advance, $12 at the gate, $15 VIP. (727) 388-9494.

DATE NIGHT

Music: It's a good week for singer-songwriters at the Capitol Theater in Clearwater: Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash performs tonight ($50.50-70.50). 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.

Opera Tampa New Voices in Concert: The four opera singers in residence for the Florida Opera Festival perform beloved opera and musical theater favorites Sunday at the Straz Center. $30. (813) 229-7827.

Russell Peters: Canada's favorite comic (whom you might know from Last Comic Standing, Chef and Netflix specials), riffs and does his signature lightning-fast improv Sunday at the Straz Center. $45.50-$65.50.

Busch Gardens Serengeti Night Safari: Travel through the park's Edge of Africa on Saturday to see the active nighttime behaviors of lions, hippos, giraffes and rhinos. Then carry on with your own active nighttime behaviors with drinks, appetizers and desserts around a bonfire. $69. (813) 987-5600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

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

Treasure Island Kite Festival: Fliers from all over the world fill the sky near the Thunderbird Resort on Saturday and Sunday with hundreds of kites up to 100 feet long doing aerial acrobatics, sport kite, stunt kite and hands on "how to" sessions. Free. (727) 320-9463.

Brooksville Raid Re-enactment: Florida's largest Civil War re-enactment has 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons and 60 horses recreating the Union action Saturday and Sunday at Sand Hill Scout Reservation. $8, $4 ages 6-12, free for 5 and younger and scouts. (352) 799-0129.

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