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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, 2019

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. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  2. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  3. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  4. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  5. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  6. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  7. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  8. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  9. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
  10. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg]
  11. Photographer Griff Davis captured the first meeting of Vice President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. and their wives, Patricia Nixon and Coretta Scott King, on Independence Day in Accra, Ghana on March 7, 1957. [Courtesy of Griffith J. Davis Photographs & Archives]
  12. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]