Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Feb. 2

Monster Jam returns, Ronnie Spector sings, Broadway’s ‘Bronx Tale’ and the Florida Orchestra Dreams of Spain.
Grave Digger is one of the most popular monster trucks at Monster Jam, an event so popular that since 2010 it has made two stops in Tampa on its yearly stadium tour. The annual motor sports event will drive into Raymond James Stadium Saturday, Feb. 2.  
Photo from HarmonTampa
Grave Digger is one of the most popular monster trucks at Monster Jam, an event so popular that since 2010 it has made two stops in Tampa on its yearly stadium tour. The annual motor sports event will drive into Raymond James Stadium Saturday, Feb. 2. Photo from HarmonTampa
Published February 1

Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns for a second time this season to Raymond James Stadium to run the specially built track. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits, 2:30-5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Raymond james Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. (800) 745-3000.

A Bronx Tale: The Broadway production of Chazz Palminteri’s film takes place on the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he wants to impress. 2 and 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $60 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Dreams of Spain: Jeff Tyzik, conducts Latin-inspired gems from Bizet to Bernstein, and star soprano Camille Zamora takes audiences on a musical journey with a voice like a “brilliant torch, bringing light and magic to everything she sings.” 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18-$48.

Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer known for defining an era of female rock and roll in the ‘60s, returns to Clearwater with her group for the first time since 2003. Joining her as support are doo-wop legends, The Crests featuring Tommy Mara. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Eddie Griffin: After bursting onto the comedy scene in 1990, he quickly gained attention on Def Comedy Jam, numerous HBO stand-up specials and film roles and his own sitcom, Malcolm and Eddie. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $45. (813) 864-4000.

Opening of ‘Florida’s Got the Blues’ Exhibit: This new exhibit at the heritage center opens with a free outdoor performance by local blues legends Walker “Hatman” Smith and harmonica player Nitro Bozeman. Tour the exhibit, get refreshments, and enjoy the park. The exhibit on Florida’s long blues history and notable artists runs through April 27. 2 p.m. Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, Mann-Wagnon Memorial Park, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. Free (813) 935-9402.

Hundred Days: A heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. 2 and 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.

St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Get to the beach for the second annual festival with fresh seafood, other food items, drinks and live music today by Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae), CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion (blues, soul, roots), the Billy Rice Band (country rock), Reverend Barry & the Funk (soul, funk) and the Bob Marley Tribute Band featuring Yvad, formerly of the Wailers (reggae). 11 a.m. Downtown St. Pete Beach, 395 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free (food/drink additional).

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

Balcony-To-Backstage Tour: Take a guided tour of the historic theater to learn about its secrets, stories, art and architecture. 11:30 a.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free. (813) 274-8286.

Pipeline: Inner city teacher Nya struggles to give her son opportunities for his future without turning her back on the community that raised him. Through Feb. 24. 2 and 8 p.m. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54. (727) 823-7529.

Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: While the Lightning are away, get to the beach to watch the game on a big screen directly in the sand with ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls on hand with giveaways, DJ dancing and games. No coolers allowed. 6:30 p.m. Guy Harvey Outpost: A Tradewinds Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free. $10 parking. (727) 360-5551.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: More than 170 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet and specialty foods, fresh-baked breads and treats. Also, hand-crafted items, live entertainment, flowers and plants. 9 a.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. No cover (food/drink additional). (727) 455-4921.

2Cool Art Show: The event from the Professional Association of Visual Artists returns, showcasing the artwork of 35 local artists, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, glass, mixed media and jewelry. 10 a.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 900-6108. pava-artists.org

History Comes Alive: Visit with re-enactors portraying individuals buried at the cemetery who have contributed to the history of Dunedin including military personnel, pioneers, councilmen and inventors. 10 a.m. Dunedin Cemetery, 2400 Keene Road, Dunedin. $5. (727) 736-1176. dunedingov.com

kids and family

Winter’s Tail-Gate Weekend: Guests wearing any NFL attire get half priced admission this weekend. 10 a.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater.

New Port Richey Carnival: Midway rides, games, fair food, a winter festival, a barbecue competition, vendors, raffle prizes, DJ dancing and live music. 5 p.m. Kontos Event Center, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free. Ride cost varies. (866) 666-3247.

Sesame Street Safari of Fun: Pirate Party Weekends: Kids can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and other Sesame Street Friends for a Pirate Parrrty including treasure scavenger hunts, crafts and dance parties. 11:30 a.m. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission.

Beethoven’s Wig: Words were added to popular classics by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart to create family-oriented classical sing-a-longs. 2 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. $14, $12, members, $8 children. (727) 942-5605. d

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward doesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered and eventually learns what it is to love.The beloved children’s book is adapted for stage by ThinkTank Theatre, a professional family-friendly theatre troupe. 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $19; $14 for children. (813) 374-2416.

Watch It

NFL Honors, 9 p.m., CBS: The night before the Super Bowl seems like a fitting time to celebrate the 2018 season with awards for MVP, Coach of the Year and more. Also, the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be unveiled.

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