Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Garden Bros. Circus, Tracy Morgan

The Garden Bros. Circus comes to town, Tracy Morgan returns to stand-up and a fascinating exhibit features cold case files in a new way.
Published October 31 2018

BIG TOP: Garden Bros. Circus

For fans of the old-fashioned circus, smaller troupes like the Garden Bros. Circus help fill the void left by the collapse of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last year. This 100-year-old circus brings more than 60 performers from 18 countries to present a European-style, three-ring circus for two shows on Friday at the Yuengling Center (formerly USF Sun Dome). It features elephants, a human pyramid, aerial work, motorcycle acts, contortionists, clowns and acrobats. One free child ticket comes with each paid adult. The first 100 adult tickets sold online are $12.50 at gardenbroscircus.com. Otherwise it’s $28, and $10 for each additional child 11 and younger. Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (941) 343-2378.

COMEDY: Tracy Morgan

He’s best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, but Tracy Morgan has never left his standup roots. He’s bringing his act to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre. He certainly has a lot to talk about. Morgan has made an amazing recovery since a Walmart truck crashed into his limo in 2014 and put the comedian into a coma. His first leading role at the center of a series, The Last O.G., has been renewed for a second season by TBS. He stars with Tiffany Haddish in the series co-created by Jordan Peele, playing a guy who recently got out of prison and is flummoxed by how much his Brooklyn neighborhood has changed. Morgan, like his character, has an appreciation for second chances. All phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

CASE: COLD

A fascinating new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center focuses on cold cases in a new way. Called Art of Forensics: Solving the Nation’s Cold Cases, it contains reconstructions and artifacts from 20 unidentified people from around the country. There are clay busts, drawings, digital compositions and information about cold case crime scenes from the University of South Florida’s Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science. It’s all in an effort to identify missing persons and maybe even solve cold cases, organizers say. Among them are a woman found dumped in a steamer trunk in St. Petersburg on Halloween in 1969. A man authorities believed died from a drowning accident in 1989 was recently discovered to be a murder victim in Tampa. The case of a boy found in an abandoned storage trunk in upstate New York is featured, as is the case of two pregnant teenagers found along Tennessee roads in the mid-1980s. On display through Nov. 27. $14.95, $12.95 seniors/students, $10.95 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free. 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097. tampabayhistorycenter.org.

 

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