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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 11-17

'Hamilton' takes the stage in Tampa at last, the Renaissance Festival returns and we have romantic Valentine's Day options.
Published Feb. 10

Hamilton: After months of anticipation, Lin Manuel-Miranda's groundbreaking Broadway musical comes to Tampa's Straz Center on Tuesday with a run through March 10. Tickets range $86-$489, but a digital lottery begins two days before each performance of tickets sold for $10 each. Visit to register. (813) 229-7827.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Time travel through a village of kings, queens, jesters and madrigals at Tampa's MOSI, starting Saturday through March 30. This weekend's theme is Highland Fling. $21.95, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (813) 983-0111.

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Valentine's Day: The most romantic event on Thursday by far is the Valentine's Day Group Wedding, when couples gather at Largo's Florida Botanical Gardens for a mass wedding. The clerk waives the ceremony fee, but standard license fees apply.

Music: The Taj Mahal Trio kicks off a week full of iconic musicians when they play Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Tuesday ($35-$59). Wednesday, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé plays a timely show at Tampa's Amalie Arena in support of his new album, Love ($65 and up). The love fest continues on Friday, when Michael Bolton brings his Symphony Sessions tour to the Capitol Theatre ($80-$96). Groundbreaking jazz keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock brings his unique sound to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday ($53.75-$118.75). Saturday, genre crossers Los Lobos return to the Capitol Theatre ($35-$59).

The Florida Orchestra Masterworks: The Planets: NASA images flash on the big screen for the 100th anniversary of Holst's sonic trip through the galaxy, conducted by Michael Francis. Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($18-$48).

Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection: The comedian and actor takes questions from the audience and shows video clips from her shows Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($72.50-$257.50). (727) 791-7400.

Comedy: Lewis Black brings his impassioned rants to the Capitol Theatre Wednesday-Thursday ($59.50-$79.50; Man-child Bert Kreischer appears at Tampa Theatre Thursday and Friday ($37.50 and up), where podcaster and Chelsea Lately regular Jo Koy performs on Saturday ($38.50-$48.50;

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Florida State Fair: The fair continues all week through Feb. 18. Ticket prices vary by day; find them at

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  1. Art collector Stanton Storer talks about "Unbound," the exhibit of his art collection at the University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    A new exhibition at the University of Tampa includes works from his extensive collection of renowned artists and locals.
  2. Chad Mize, left, and Jay Hoff in front of the "Pride and Love" mural they completed with LGBTQ youth this month as part of St. Petersburg mural fest Shine. Courtesy of Annie West Ellzey
    Shine is loaded with a wide range of events this year, including a street party at the Morean Arts Center.
  3. The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. AP (2015)
    The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
  4. Artist Jennifer Angus has created installations of exotic dried bugs for her exhibit "'The Grasshopper and the Ant' and Other Stories, as Told by Jennifer Angus" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Jennifer Angus
    ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant,’ an exhibition made with dried insects, also opens. Plus, a roundup of exhibits and wearable art on display.
  5. Sari (detail). Bangaluru, Karnataka ca. 1867. Silk and metal-wrapped thread. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London Courtesy of the John and Mable Ringling Museum
    ‘The Fabric of India’ will appeal to both fashionistas and history buffs.
  6. Kierstyn Breaux pours some old fashioneds she helped craft as part of the PBR Whiskey launch event in Tampa on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Daniel Figueroa IV
    From crafting cocktails with the spirit to designing the label, Tampa locals have been involved in launching the legendary brewery’s first spirit.
  7. Three of Nick Cave's Soundsuits. The artist will present a talk and lead a workshop in Tampa next week. Courtesy of Nick Cave
    Plus, new exhibits at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Clyde Butcher’s Cuba and a new gallery in St. Petersburg.
  8. "Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Parts," a trio of exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art, includes two master works from lauded artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Tampa Museum of Art. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    A powerful installation of works by artist Purvis Young and a showcase of Haitian Vodou flags correlate to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s two masterpieces. | Review
  9. Brooklyn-based artist AdamFu will paint two of his neon-inspired murals at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, along with local artist Bask. Courtesy of AdamFu
    Florida CraftArt and Leslie Curran Gallery roll out new exhibitions, too.
  10. Visitor Sara Crigger of Nashville views the Dali masterwork painting "The Hallucinogenic Toreador" (1969-1970) this month with the aid of the Dali app on her smartphone. "Using this is like holding an art history class in your hand," Crigger said. The "Visual Magic: Masterworks in Augmented Reality" exhibit runs through Nov. 3 at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    With augmented reality, 19th century prints, bronzes and food photography, a well-rounded experience awaits.