Weekly-Weekday-What-To-Do (02.23-25.16)

Cigar City Beer Pairing Dinner at SQ1 – Tampa


Square 1 Burgers is teaming up with Cigar City Brewing for a special Beer Pairing Dinner. Take home shwag from media sponsors tbt* Newspaper, plus those in attendance will be the first to sample Cigar City's latest variety, Strawberry Shortcake Lager! The event begins at 6pm on Tuesday, March 8. Call (813) 414-0101 to RSVP. Square 1 Burgers Tampa, 3701 Henderson Boulevard. 


Small Business Spotlight: Mini Doughnut Factory


Be the office hero this week and bring in a box of minis from Mini Doughnut Factory. Their variety of flavors and toppings will make your childhood foodie dreams come true. They also serve coffee, cold brew, smoothies and doughnut shakes. Call (813) 254-5374 to place an order. Mini Doughnut Factory, 2109 South Dale Mabry Highway. 


Tuesday, Feb. 23

Matilda The Musical at Carol Morsani Hall – Straz Center (Tue-Sun)
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.” The play runs from Feb. 23-28. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.

Stranger in a Strange Land with Jodi Cobb at Straz Center
Join veteran National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb on a whirlwind retrospective of a distinguished career that has spanned four decades. Known for breaking through barriers and going undercover to reveal hidden societies, Cobb has captured fascinating glimpses of worlds such as Japan’s secret Geisha culture, and the cloistered lives of Saudi Arabian women. 7pm. $25-$30. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Underground Digital Railroad at Skipper's Smokehouse
70’s party hosted by the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon with part of the proceeds going to KOA charities. Doors open at 6pm. $10. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

Zumba in the Park
Zumba In The Park at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa on Tuesday Evenings at 6pm! Presented by the Tampa Downtown Partnership & Downtown Tampa YMCA. 6-7pm. FREE. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 North Ashley Drive. 

March to the Match with Sticks of Fire at Channelside Bay Plaza
Join Sticks of Fire in this NEW game-day tradition! Cheer chant and March to the Match before the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Arizona Coyotes. 6pm. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Bay Plaza. 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes
The Lightning face the Coyotes Tuesdday night. Puck drops at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. 

Marques Wyatt at The Hyde Park Cafe
Marques Wyatt and Jask bring bring house music to the Hyde Park Cafe. 10pm. Hyde Park Cafe, 1806 West Platt Street. 



Wednesday, Feb. 24

Jeff Dunham at Amalie Arena
Wildly popular and internationally acclaimed comic/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is loading up the bus along with his cast of characters and heading to Amalie Arena for the “Perfectly Unbalanced” International Tour. 7:30pm. $46.25. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. 

Mersey Beatles USA Debut Tour: Four Lads from Liverpool with special guest author Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister at Jaeb Theater – Straz Center
This ALL LIVERPOOL BORN Beatles’ tribute band was the resident band for a decade at the world famous CAVERN CLUB, where the Beatles got their start. These childhood friends have played in 20 countries, selling out shows worldwide…but never on U.S. soil. 7:30pm. $37.74-$55.93. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Straz Center (Through Mar. 20)
2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play! "riotous … the show’s a ton of fun even if you can’t tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya” – New York Post. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, and the family crisis peaks just in time for the big party. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.

WMNF Presents Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones with Lauren Mitchell Band at Skipper's Smokehouse
“Lost time is not found again.” This ancient idiom is at the heart of brothers Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin’s long, tumultuous relationship. However, in Dave’s own words, “Sometimes Fate, or God or the Universe, gives you a rare chance to prove an old saying is wrong.” The brothers’ new album, appropriately titled ‘Lost Time’, does just that.  The album is currently #1 on the Americana Radio chart. 8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 



Thursday, Feb. 25

Tampa Downtown Market
The Tampa Downtown Market is no average farmers market. They offer fresh produce, organic foods, vegan and gluten free foods, fresh gourmet spices and sauces, and artisan cheeses. Live local music plays every market day. The market is dog-friendly.  3-7pm. Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 North Franklin Street. 

Grateful Dead Nite with Uncle John's Band
Hippies please use side door… UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper’s every Thursday at Skipper’s since 1998. Uncle John’s Band was formed in 1989 in Clearwater Florida from a combination of talented musicians who love to play the music of the Grateful Dead. The purpose of Uncle John’s Band is to recreate the atmosphere and musical adventure of a live Dead show. 8pm. FREE. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

Franklin Block Party
The Franklin hosts a monthly Block Party on the last Thursday of each month on the 500 Block of North Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa. The block parties feature tents with craft brews & libations, great food, live music & entertainment and outdoor games. This month's theme is Mardis Gras! 5-10pm. Franklin between Twiggs and Madison (510 Franklin Street). 

Rivers of Nihil at Crowbar
Rivers of Nihil, Dark Sermon, and Black Fast perform at Crowbar Thursday night. Doors open at 6:30pm. 18+. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Crowbar, 1812 North 17th Street. 

An Invisible Thread: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Laura Schroff at Straz Center
Laura Schroff, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, is a passionate and compelling voice on the power of small acts of kindness and mentorship. Laura has fully committed herself to advocating and inspiring others through her book, An Invisible Thread. Join the USF College of Arts and Sciences and listen as Laura inspires us to look for our own invisible thread connections and highlights the importance of opening up our eyes and hearts to the opportunities where we can make a difference in the lives of others. Event followed by a Q&A and a book signing. 7:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Benise Strings of Passion Tour at Tampa Theatre
Guitar virtuoso Benise and his Emmy award-winning show return with a brand new PBS special and tour – Strings of Passion! From his humble beginnings as a street performer to performing around the world, Benise takes us on a musical journey of Salsa, Flamenco, Tango, Waltz, Samba…and more! 7:30pm. Tickets are $65.50, $49.50, $29.50 and a limited number of VIP Fan Experience tickets at $95.50 plus applicable fees. Tampa Theatre, 710 North Franklin Street. 


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