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#SOtampa Weekend Spotlight: Mini Doughnut Factory

Visit the Mini Doughnut Factory this weekend and treat your friends and family to a delicious morning! M and Ms, Bacon, Cookies and Cream, Vanilla Cake, Bavarian Cream, you name it they make it! Visit the Mini Doughnut Factory this weekend and indulge in their lineup of sensational treats. Mini Doughnut Factory, 2109 South Dale Mabry Highway. 

 

 

 

Friday, 1/22

This Weekend at Tampa Theatre: Room
Screening of OSCAR Best Picture nominee, Room. A unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child.  After 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack have known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery; the outside world.  As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all – his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. Screens Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 4:45pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Visit their website for tickets or purchase at the box office. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

Disney's The Lion King at Straz Center (Jan. 20-Feb. 14) 
More than 80 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Tampa’s best-loved musical returns to the Straz Center. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.  There is simply nothing else like The Lion King. This musical hit will be on stage at the Straz Jan. 20-Feb. 14. Click here for tickets and showtimes. Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Slocan Ramblers at Straz Center
Rooted in traditional bluegrass, this band represents the new faces of bluegrass players determined to keep the form alive, vibrant and as rollicking and high-lonesome as ever. 7:30pm. Click here for tickets. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Billy Joel at Amalie Arena
See music legend Billy Joel live at Amalie Arena Friday night. Show begins at 8pm. Click here for tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. 

Lebensraum at Straz Center (Through Jan. 31)
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. 

The Florida Orchestra: Mozart and More at Straz Center
Michael Francis and the orchestra are joined by pianist Gilles Vonsattel making his TFO debut. The program offers a wonderful mix, with Stravinsky’s charming chamber concerto “Dumbarton Oaks" and the TFO premiere of John Cage’s revolutionary Third Construction featuring just four percussionists on a unique collection of instruments. Begins at 8pm. Click here for tickets. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

FREE Screening of "The Hunger" at Tampa Theatre
In tribute to David Bowie, Tampa Theatre will open its doors for a free community screening of Bowie’s 1983 fantasy thriller, The Hunger. Screening begins at 9:30pm. 711 North Franklin Street. 

 

Saturday, 1/23

Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza
The alcohol-free event focuses on family friendly activities along Bayshore Boulevard and will feature the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade, and the Gasparilla “Piratechnic” Extravaganza. 11am. Click here for more information about the event. Takes place around Bayshore Boulevard. 

U Tampa Women's Basketball vs. Rollins
The Spartans take on the visiting Rollins squad. Tipoff at 2pm. $5 admission. Martinez Athletic Center at University of Tampa, 401 West Kennedy Boulevard. 

U Tampa Men's Basketball vs. Rollins
The Men's team takes on Rollins Saturday. Tipoff at 4pm. $5 admission. Martinez Athletic Center at University of Tampa, 401 West Kennedy Boulevard. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party at Channelside Bay Plaza
Featuring a Jumbotron, entertainment, and giveaways! Join fans, the Bolt Brigade, Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls to watch the Lightning take on the Florida Panthers. Begins at 5pm. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. 

Live and Local – Mike Tozier at Straz Center
Mike Tozier: one of the longest running acoustic musicians in the bay area, with a barrelhouse style and guitar prowess to spare. 5:45pm. FREE to attend. Jaeb Courtyard at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

The Hot Sardines at Straz Center
This sizzling gumbo of sound fuses musical influences from New York, Paris and New Orleans. Hailed as “ … one of the best jazz bands in New York today”, The Hot Sardines mix a little Parisian mischief into the rollicking controlled chaos of American hot jazz standards. Begins at 8pm. Click here for tickets. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

 

Sunday, 1/24

Best Picture Classic Series at Tampa Theatre: My Fair Lady
Join Tampa Theatre in appreciating one of the finest films of all time, My Fair Lady this Sunday. The Academy Award-winning film (12 Oscars total) stars the iconic Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. On a rainy evening in 1912, disheveled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, with face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins' doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her. He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle and turn Eliza into a lady. Begins at 3pm. Click here for tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

Alan Cumming at Tampa Theatre
Alan Cumming's appearances on stage and screen garnered him numerous awards, accolades and an international audience of fans who admire him for his singing and acting chops as well as his unflinching, irrepressible sense of humor. Show begins at 7pm. Click here for tickets. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C MacInnes Place. 

Will Hoge at Straz Center
Prolific songwriter, Will Hoge, sings the stories of country community life, the winding roads that carry dreams of the people, leading them away, leading them back home. 7:30pm. Click here for tickets. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

 

 

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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. He is also a RealtorĀ® at Smith and Associates Real Estate. A marketing expert by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation.