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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week in the Tampa Bay area

Published:   |   Updated: January 9, 2014 at 02:41 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from a moonlight safari at Busch Gardens to a sailing excursion aboard a privateer ship.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Sure, you really love your smartphone, but Joaquin Phoenix reaallly loves his smartphone in “Her,” in which he portrays a lonely writer who develops a relationship with his just-purchased operating system (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), which is designed to meet his every need.

 

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS

(Friday to Sunday)

You'll have three opportunities to enjoy an all Beethoven concert when the Florida Orchestra presents “Bravo Beethoven” at the Straz Center, Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $14 to $45.

 

JAMMIN CONCERT

(Saturday)

Multi-Grammy nominated group Newsboys and Grammy-winning rap/hip-hop artist Lecrae are among an all-star lineup of Christian performers that will fill The Forum — and your soul — with songs of praise during “Winter Jam 2014.”

 

SMASH YOUR IDOL

(Saturday)

Katharine McPhee, the “American Idol” runner-up who proved her acting chops were on par with her vocal skills when she starred in NBC's short-lived Broadway drama “Smash,” performs at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $50 to $100.

 

YOU RANG?

(Saturday)

The creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez, Morticia, Lurch, Uncle Fester, Wednesday and Pugsley — haunt Ruth Eckerd Hall when “The Addams Family” musical comes to town. Tickets run $35 to $100.

 

WILD NIGHT

(Saturdays through May 16)

Busch Gardens is bringing back its popular, 21-and-up Serengeti Night Safari for a limited time. You'll get dinner, fireside drinks, colorful hosts, and a moonlight ride through the Serengeti Plain to search for hippos, lions, hyenas, giraffes, zebras and rhinos. The safari is $69.

 

THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL

(Sunday)

Tampa Bay Rays' pitchers and catchers don't report for another 35 days, but you can start getting in the mood as Tampa Theatre presents seven Sundays of baseball films, starting with “A League of Their Own.” Tickets are $10.

 

A TAMPA HOME COMPANION

(Sunday)

Humorist Garrison Keillor, best known as host of public radio's “A Prairie Home Companion,” will bring you all the news from fictional Lake Wobegon, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average,” in a performance at the Straz Center. Tickets are $45.50 to $65.50.

 

SET SAIL

(Wednesday to Jan. 22)

The Tall ship Lynx, a full-scale replica of a 19th century privateer schooner, is docked at the Tampa Convention Center and open for tours ($10) and two-hour sailing excursions ($35 to $55), before it sets sail for St. Pete the following week.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Raise some cane: Witness firsthand the old-fashioned pioneer method of extracting sugar from sugarcane and sample the results. Tour the historic buildings and grounds, including a schoolhouse, train depot, family home and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; children $4, adults $8, seniors $6; Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City; (352) 567-0262

Math musical: From the creators of “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” kids can learn about mathematical concepts while having fun at a live stage show: “The Main Street Kid's Club: A Mathstart Musical.” 11 a.m. Saturday; $6.50 to $7.50; Largo Cultural Center, 105 Third St SE, Largo; (727) 587-6751

Free flu shot: Tour the facility at the grand opening of the new Tampa Bay location of Centra Care and get a free flu shot, while supplies last; noon to 5 p.m.; free; Centra Care, 10222 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview; (407) 833-9201

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