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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 8

Florida State Fair: Opening Day: The fair returns for the 114th year with a "Discover the Fun" theme. Highlights this year include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. It’s Heroes Day. Military and first responders admitted free with up to three family members. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $13, $7 ages 6-11, $9 seniors; $35 anyday armband; $25 weekday armband. (813) 740-4640.

Leonard Ouzts: Besides appearing on Conan and Gotham Comedy Live, the young comic who was named a Top Ten Comic to Watch by Rolling Stone in 2017 had a breakout role in season two of Netflix’s Master of None. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

Abba Mania: Relieve those special memories when the ‘70s pop group ruled the airwaves with hits like Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. (727) 893-7832.

Behind the Seams with Laela French: Laela French, the director of achieves for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, discusses cinematic costumes of Star Wars. Included with admission. 7 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 896-2667.

The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece follows Amanda Wingfield, who dwells in her idealized youth and smothers her grown children, driving her son, Tom, to escape to the streets and her daughter, Laura, to retreat to her collection of glass animals. Through Feb. 25. 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 498-5205.

The Mersey Beatles: Four Lads from the Liverpool: Liverpool based Beatles tribute band that performed at the world famous Cavern Club where the Beatles got their start will perform more than 40 of the greatest hits from the era and more. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$49. (727) 822-3590.

John Heffron: The Detroit comic was the winner of Season 2 of Last Comic Standing on NBC and has since starred in two Comedy Central specials and is a regular on VH1 satire shows including I Love the ‘80s. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

Jake Shimabukuro: The ukulele superstar tours in support of his album, Nashville Sessions. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38-$48. (727) 791-7400.

Declan McKenna: The 19-year-old Brit is one accomplished teenage rock artist, having played Glastonbury twice as well as Coachella and released a polished album in 2017, What Do You Think About the Car? Chappell Roan opens. 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $15. (813) 241-8600.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. $39-$48. 7:30 p.m., RP Funding Center, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $35-$100. (863) 834-8111.


Winter Olympics 2018 Prime Time: Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, 8 p.m., NBC: Team competition in men’s and pairs’ short gets underway and freestyle skiing begins with moguls. The opening ceremony for the Olympics airs 8 p.m. Friday on NBC.


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