Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Feb. 8

Florida State Fair heads into its first weekend, St. Pete Opera performs ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and the Simon and Garfunkle story.
Courtesy of St. Petersburg Opera CompanyKiss Me Kate, performed by the St. Petersburg Opera Company, is part of the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.
Courtesy of St. Petersburg Opera CompanyKiss Me Kate, performed by the St. Petersburg Opera Company, is part of the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.
Published February 7
Updated February 8

St. Pete Opera: Kiss Me, Kate: The company’s nonoperatic musical selection this year is the play-within-a-play, Kiss Me, Kate, featuring a score by Cole Porter, which will be performed with the original-sized Broadway orchestra. It is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot and Brush Up Your Shakespeare. 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave N, St. Petersburg. $20-$75. (727) 823-2040.

Florida State Fair: The fair returns through Feb. 18 with rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Gates open at 10 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-4640.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story: Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the concert style experience features a full live band performing hits including Mrs. Robinson, Cecilia’, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Homeward Bound. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $52.25-$63. (813) 274-8286.

Motorcycle Expo: AJ and Deuce from 98 Rock serve as emcee for the 21st annual motorcycle expo and bike builder invitational with live music, a burlesque show, cash drawings, a poker walk and a custom built motorcycle competition 11 a.m. Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson, 10525 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 935-4875.

Real Music Real Masters Series: With performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the series brings The Diamonds through Saturday. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

Dreams Deferred: Works Inspired by Black History: Opening night for the exhibition in which 20 local and national artists reflecting on black history. Remains on display through Feb. 24. 6 p.m. Mize Gallery, 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 251-8529.

Old Man Bowl Jam: A bowl jam for skater ages 30 and older. Includes free beer and barbecued food. Free open skating for everyone from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. SkatePark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $20. (813) 621-6793.

Hundred Days: A heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $44 and up. (800) 955-1045.

reVoiced: Since 2012, the a capella group has gained a reputation for captivating audiences, creating their own sound by “revoicing” familiar classics with their own unique sound and appeared on American Idol and The Sing-Off. 7:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. General $30-$35. (727) 942-5605.

Cadillac Cowboys: Ken Carlyle, T.J Weger, Eric “Flycatcher” Carlson, Don Cox and Joe Martin provide a musical gumbo of Western swing, bluegrass, Americana and zydeco. 7:30 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave., NE, Ruskin. $18-$28. (813) 645-7651.

Ready Steady Yeti Go: An interracial couple’s relationship is threatened by bad parental advice and white guilt. Through Feb. 24. Opening night: $45. 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Othello: Jobsite Theater takes a modern spin on Shakespeare’s tale of political treachery. Through Feb. 9. 8 p.m. Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, Tampa. $29.50-$39.50. (800) 955-1045.

Pipeline: Inner city teacher Nya struggles to give her son opportunities for his future. 8 p.m. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54. (727) 823-7529.

Paul Thorn: Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter returns with his band and special guest Bonnie Bishop. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $26-$36.

Jah Movement: One of Tampa Bay’s most popular reggae bands. 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13.

Missy Raines and The New Hip: The seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, her newest release puts Raines in the spotlight as a songwriter for the first time, performing with The New Hip 8 p.m. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20-$30. (828) 773-9481.

Current Joys: Nick Rattigan of surf-rock band Surf Curse is on tour with his solo project of pop songs he writes under the name Current Joys. Gap Girls opens. 8 p.m. Crowbar Ybor City, 1812 N 17th St, Tampa. $12-$14. (813) 241-8600.

Tony Roberts: He’s appeared on Def Comedy Jam and toured on the Shaquille O’Neal All Star Comedy Jam. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17. (813) 864-4000.

Sandy Marks: From CBS’s King of Queens. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ’s, 5501 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.

kids and family

Be Winter’s Valentine: Kids ages 12 and younger can bring a Valentine’s Day card for any of the aquarium’s rescued animals and get in for $9.99. Also, sign Winter’s giant Valentine’s Day card and watch holiday themed dive shows at 11 a.m., 2:and 4:30 p.m. Valid Feb. 8-14. 10 a.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. $24.95, $9.99 ages 12 and younger. (727) 686-3499.

Friday Fun Night: Free Shuffleboard: A new initiative from the Clearwater Shuffleboard Club brings free shuffleboard games every Friday night, welcome to all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to check out cues and discs and get some basic instructions. Play begins 7 p.m. 1020 Calumet St. Clearwater. 6:30 p.m. Clearwater Shuffleboard Club, 1020 Calumet St., Clearwater. Free (727) 446-3306.

to Watch

SERIES PREMIERE PEN15, Hulu: The painfully awkward horrors of middle school are hilariously relived in this new adult comedy series starring Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in the year 2000.

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