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Simba, Meet Kahwa! The Lion King Comes to Straz Center this January

Visit Kahwa this month and try their Hakuna Matata Latte or Serengeti Hot Chocolate! Proceeds from every cup sold go to Big Cat Rescue. Plus, enter for a chance to WIN tickets and prizes to see the Broadway sensation, Disney’s The Lion King, on stage at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts! Performances from January 22-February 14. Click here to learn more about how you can win big this month!


#SOtampa Weekend Spotlight: Mini Doughnut Factory

This Friday, January 8th, ONLY, visit the Mini Doughnut Factory and experience their The Elvis! Vanilla Cake topped with Peanut Butter Icing, Banana and Bacon! Visit them the rest of the weekend and enjoy their lineup of sensational doughnut treats. Mini Doughnut Factory, 2109 South Dale Mabry Highway. 



Friday, 1/8

Do The Local Motion – 2016 Riverwalk Stroll
Enjoy a free guided walking tour on the Riverwalk. Arrive early at Poe Plaza, and browse the new Family Tree Market benefiting Where Love Grows. After the tour, enjoy a mini hip hop lesson from Jae Phillips of Jae Phillips Studios. Begins at noon. Begins at noon. No cover. Begins at Poe Plaza, 200 North Franklin Street. 

Brews and BItes at The Sail Pavillion
Nestled in the heart of downtown Tampa, The Sail is Tampa's only 360 degree waterfront bar. On the second Friday of each month The Sail hosts a Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally.  A rolling celebration of food and fun, Brews & Bites features live entertainment and a fleet of Tampa's favorite food trucks.  The event runs from 6-11pm. The Sail Pavillion, 333 South Franklin Street.

Manic Focus at Crowbar
Manic Focus performs live at Crowbar Saturday night. Begins at 9pm. Tickets from $10-$15. Crowbar, 1812 North 17th Street in Ybor. 

Lebensraum at Straz Center (All Weekend)
Using a cast of three actors performing quicksilver changes to play dozens of sharply drawn characters, this bold work of penetrating intelligence and wit is based on the fanciful, explosive idea that a German Chancellor might, as an act of redemption, awake from a nightmare and invite six million Jews back to Germany with a promise of citizenship and jobs. What will happen next in this dark comedy? "Horovitz's script bristles with irony and depth of feeling." – Variety. The show runs through January 31st. Click here for tickets and showtimes. The Shimberg Playhouse at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at Amalie Arena (All Weekend)
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Legends unveils the unbelievable to children of all ages in an all-new show. Legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. ingmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson will guide Paulo the Legend Seeker on a quest to discover real, living legends from around the world. Ringling will be in Tampa from January 6th through January 10th. Tickets start at $16. Click here for showtimes and tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. 

Marcia Ball with Sarasota Slim at Skipper's Smokehouse
The Texas-­?born, Louisiana-­?raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-­?scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-­?laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-­?of-­?a-­?kind favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of  Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. 8pm. $20-$25. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

The Florida Orchestra Presents: New Years Waltz at Straz Center
Welcome the New Year as Michael Francis leads the orchestra in a Viennese and waltz-themed program with Ravel’s vivacious Valses nobles et sentimentales, Johann Strauss, Jr’s lyrical Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood), Richard Strauss’ luscious Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and the TFO premiere of H.K. Gruber’s outrageous Charivari with its raucous and humorous treatment of both the polka and waltz. The concert also features cellist Maximillian Hornung in his TFO debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, which also includes a waltz among its eight variations in this tour de force for solo cello and orchestra. 8pm. $17.50-$47.50. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

The Only Daddy's at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Enjoy a classic country set by The Only Daddy's at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe. Begins at 10pm. No cover. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue.  

Nile at The Orpheum
Nile begins their US tour this Friday at the Orpheum. Doors open at 7pm. $20.75. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue


Saturday, 1/9

Science-tastic Day at Glazer's Children's Museum
Join Glazer Children's Museum for a Science-Tastic day! Test your building skills as you make a simple time machine, learn about potential and kinetic energy, and more! 1-5pm. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza. 

Blue-Grey Football at Raymond James Stadium
Blue-Grey Football was established in 1989 and the founders were Gus Bell and his son Erik Bell. Together, they established the brand to help prep prospects from all over the country receive national exposure and increase their chances to secure scholarships to a college, whether that be at the NCAA Division I level, or II, III, IV, NAIA or Junior College. Fast forward, and today, Blue-Grey Football proudly hosts close to 20 All-American Combines (Regional and Super levels) at venues all over the country with most taking place inside stadiums and practice facilities that are home to teams from the NFL. Parking ($5) opens at 5pm, Gates opens at 6:15pm. Tickets are $20. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway.

Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow – YAGP Gala
The crown jewel of dance galas returns for a sparkling, spectacular evening featuring star dancers from the world’s best companies and the award-winning wunderkinds from Youth America Grand Prix — the largest international student ballet competition. 8pm. Tickets start at $60. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Beebs and Her Money Makers w/ Control This! and Levon White
With the kazoo-wielding songstress Beebs as their fearless leader, BaHMM is taking audiences by surprise with their high-energy performances and unapologetically ridiculous media content. They are a refreshing blend of psychedelic ska, sassy funk and soul. 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 


Sunday, 1/10

Tampa Theatre Best Picture Series: All About Eve
The Tampa Theatre celebrate the best in cinema by screening Oscar-winning films. This Sunday see All About Eve. Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe co-star in this acclaimed story of deceit, which received a record-breaking 14 Oscar nominations and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 3pm. Click here to reserve your tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

USF Women's Basketball vs UCONN
The USF Bulls host the undefeated UCONN Huskies this Sunday. Game begins at 5pm. Click here for tickets. USF Sun Dome, USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue. 

The Lauren Mitchell Band at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
See the acclaimed Lauren Mitchell Band live at Ella's on Sunday. 4-7pm. No cover. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue. 

Damon Fowler w/ Beth Mckee and Special Guest Johnny Shelton at Skipper's Smokehouse 
With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In recent years “Best of Tampa” poll, Creative Loafing magazine has named him “Best Guitarist… And Slide Guitarist… and Lap Steel Player… And Dobro Player.” 5pm. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 



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