Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from hands-on science at “Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition” to beads under the stars at the Knights of Sant' Yago Parade.
FOOD, RIDES AND FUN
(Through Feb. 17)
Get ready to gorge on fried delights and spin 'til you're dizzy (maybe not in that order) at the 110th Florida State Fair. If the rides aren't your thing, there are livestock competitions (check out the “fancy” chickens), concerts (Uncle Kracker, America, Country Gold)
(Friday and Saturday)
Former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy and wife Lauren stop at the Barnes and Noble in Carrollwood (noon and 3 p.m. Saturday) and the Grace Family Church in Lutz (noon Saturday) to meet fans and sign copies of their new book, “Uncommon Marriage: Learning About Lasting Love.”
(Friday and Sunday)
Opera Tampa merges myth and magic in an enchanted world where, hopefully, true love conquers all in Mozart's “The Magic Flute” at the Straz. Tickets start at $34.50.
SECRET LIFE OF NUNS
(Friday to Feb. 23)
You'll find a lot of laughs under the wimple of “The Divine Sister,” a Stageworks production that pays homage to nuns from Hollywood films. Tickets are $26.
(Friday to May 8)
At “Mythbusters — The Explosive Exhibition” you can try your hand at mental challenges and fun experiments based on the popular Discovery Channel TV show. Sorry, no building your own Kelly LeBrock. Admission is $19.95 to $24.95.
All ages (and even dogs) are welcome at the Morean Arts Center, where instructors will help you craft a Warhol-inspired self portrait. Photos will be printed to color and paint in the style of Warhol's famous Marilyn Monroe print, and pets can be made into a Warhol portrait too. The cost is $15.
BEADS FOR EVERYONE — AGAIN
Krewes, illuminated floats, baubles and Jerry Springer under the stars are expected highlights of the raucous, annual Knights of Sant' Yago Parade through Ybor City.
Canadian industrial music pioneers Skinny Puppy play The Ritz Ybor just days after demanding retribution from the U.S. government over having their songs used as interrogation tools. Tickets are $26.50.
BANDS, BREW & BBQ
(Saturday and Sunday)
Pat Benatar and the Beach Boys dropped out over the “Blackfish” controversy, so R&B star Jason Derulo (Saturday) and southern rockers Dickey Betts, and the Marshall Tucker Band (Sunday) are in at the park's annual food and beer fest. The concerts are free with admission, food and beer wristbands are extra.
(Tuesday through Feb. 16)
Valentine's Day week seems like the perfect time for the romantic, Tony-winning musical “Once,” about “The Guy,” a down-on-his-luck Irish singer who meets “The Girl,” an endearing, resourceful Czech immigrant who turns his life around. Tickets are $46.50 to $90 at The Straz.
Living legend Tony Bennett has no plans for coming off the road, and why should he? Check out the YouTube videos of Bennett's show at the Hollywood Bowl on his 87th birthday (87th!!!) and just try to detect a crack in the man's voice as he belts out “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Tickets are $65 to $120 at The Mahaffey.
ON THE CHEAP
Free strawberry banana shake: Wear red on Friday — National Wear Red Day — and score a free “red” shake at any participating Evos location, no purchase necessary; all day Friday; free; evos.com for locations
Whole body fair: Enjoy free mini-massages, free samples and swag bags for first 50 attendees at the Carrollwood Whole Foods Market “Whole Body Fair”; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; free; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600