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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Jan. 18

Disco and R&B legends Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Broadway's 'Les Miz' on local stages.
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Les Miserables: The hit Broadway musical is based on VIctor Hugo's epic novel. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45 and up. (800) 955-1045.

The Florida Orchestra: Schubert's Symphony No. 9: Joshua Weilerstein returns to conduct and "classical rock star" Joshua Roman performs on Bates' Cello Concerto, and Still's Poem for Orchestra. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18-$48.

Dom Irrera: The veteran comic has hosted his own comedy specials on HBO and Showtime, written for the animated series Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist and has made numerous television and film appearances. 8 and 10 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $18-$20. (813) 960-1197.

Copenhagen: Tampa Repertory Theatre presents Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama. 8 p.m. USF Studio 120, 3837 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. $25; $20 student/military/seniors. (813) 783-5465.

Columbinus: Innovocative Theatre's production is a docu-drama based on the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. Through Jan. 20.The preview performance today is $15; Friday's opening night gala is $35. 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Diego Figueiredo & O Som Do Jazz: The Brazillian guitar master will perform a solo first set, then join Brazilian sextet O Som Do Jazz for a new concert program "From Classical to Jazz." 8 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. $25-$35. (727) 822-3590.

Lake Street Dive: Multi-genre rock/folk/blues group consisting of drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael McDuck Olson will perform on tour in support of their latest release, Free Yourself Up 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. $29-$49.

Noname: Jazz- and spoken-word-inspired rapper will perform. 6:30 p.m. The Ritz YborTampa. $25.50.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir: Kathleen Ebling Shaw will conduct a concert titled "The Four Seasons" including music representing the sounds of each season performed with handbells and Choirchime® Instruments from the 15-member Westminster Concert Bell Choir, composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. 7 p.m. Northwood Presbyterian Church, 2875 Florida 580, Clearwater. Free. (727) 796-8090.

Polyenso: Experimental rock band that got its start in the Tampa Bay music scene. Fr33dback and Millenium Youth open. 7 p.m. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave, Tampa. $12-$18. (828) 773-9481.

2019 Florida RV SuperShow: The largest RV show in America with more than 1,400 new RVs on display. Also educational seminars and vendors.. 9 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10; free second day return. Children 16 aand younger free. (813) 741-0488.

Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show: Dealers from across the country will show and sell, gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals and beads. 10 a.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5; 16 and younger free. (941) 954-0202.

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition: This exhibit explores more than 110 years of parades, pirate invasions, coronation balls, and more. Gaze at vintage photographs from 1904 to the present, see memorabilia including invitations and pirate tokens, and marvel at gowns worn by Gasparilla queens and members of their courts. Runs through Feb. 24. 10 a.m. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 254-1891.

kids and family

Lego Master Builder Demonstration: Watch as Lego Master Builder creates an 8-foot model of Emmet, the construction worker voiced by Chris Pratt in the Lego Movie. The master will be at work in the mall's center court, and families will be invited to build sections of the model and to create their own Lego frames to take home. 11 a.m. Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon. Free.

Arbor Day Gulfport: Celebrate the day planting a tree as you learn about and pick up free sweetgum and maple leaf seedlings. Refreshments available. 3:30 p.m. Tomlinson Park, 1820 55th St. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1118.

Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo and Rodeo: The three-day family-friendly festival includes a rodeo, 5K rodeo run, motorcycle show, horse show, car show, educational exhibits, live entertainment, youth shows, vendors and games. The cost to enter the rodeo run 5K is $20, ages 12 and younger are free. 4 p.m. Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport, 15800 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville. General admission $5, ages 5 and younger free. (352) 585-0345.

Pirate Pizza Party: Kids ages 5 and older can dress like a pirate and celebrate Gasparilla with pizza, drinks, desserts, pirate crafts, games and an interactive reading of The Pirates Flexible Teeth. 5:30 p.m. Silly Dilly's, 4203 A El Prado Blvd., Tampa. $27.50. (813) 839-8687.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Sherlock Gnomes for free on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 449-1036.

To watch

SEASON PREMIERE Grace and Frankie, Netflix: The dynamic duo of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back for Season 5. Their story picks up with the divorcees in search of a new home after ditching the retirement community.


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  1. Blown glass jewelry by artist Harold Cooney will be available during Zen Glass' holiday show and sale in St. Petersburg on Dec. 7. Courtesy of Zen Glass
    Zen Glass also holds its holiday show and party this weekend.
  2. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Palm Harbor's Pottery Boys Clay Studios. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces for the Tampa Bay Tour de Clay this weekend. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes
    Plus, Dunedin Fine Art Center is having a pottery sale.
  3. Art by Mele's resin sculptures and home decor are available at the Florida CraftArt Holiday Boutique in St. Petersburg starting Nov. 30. Courtesy of Florida CraftArt
    Enjoy loads of local art as well as discounts and activities.
  4. Amber Parker sells her Loudmouth Lip Attire during the Tampa Indie Flea in 2018. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times (2018)
    More than 250 local companies assemble for Shopapalooza in St. Pete, Indie Flea pops up at Black Crow Coffee, Oxford Exchange’s gift bazaar and a shop hop in Seminole Heights.
  5. The store at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
    Sunday is Museum Store Sunday, with discounts on everything from ornaments to local art to high-end jewelry to handbags.
  6. Garry Winogrand's "Laughing Woman with Ice Cream Cone",1968, on loan from the Kemper Museum in San Francisco. © The Estate of  Garry Winogrand. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
    “Controversial” is just one adjective applied to these black-and-white photographs at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
  7. The Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor will feature Estella Fransbergen's glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals on Nov. 23. Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries
    Plus, a fire sale at the store inside USF CAM and a Trans Fashion Expo.
  8. Joan Miro's painting "Peinture" is on display in the "Midnight in Paris" exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris
    Plus, ‘Icons in Transformation’ by an acclaimed international artist and an announcement from the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
  9. A mermaid attraction at the Shine mural festival finale is an example of what to expect at Fairgrounds, an immersive art attraction coming to The Factory St. Pete. Courtesy of Liz Dimmitt
    Two art compounds include hands-on ways to appreciate art, plus breweries that encourage visitors to make a day of it.
  10. "Ai Weiwei: Zodiac (2018) LEGO" will be on display at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota starting Nov. 16. Courtesy of Jason Schmidt
    Plus, Tampa Museum of Art presents “the Making of a Museum” and Karen Lamonte takes over the Imagine Museum.