Sugarland lands at Amphitheatre
Country super-group Sugarland brings its "In the Hands of the Fans" tour to the Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., at 7 p.m. Friday. Special guest is Canaan Smith.
Tickets start at $30, plus service charges, and are available by calling (813) 740-2446 or online at www.livenation.com.
Friday and Saturday
Piccadilly Circus returns to fairgrounds
The Piccadilly Circus brings everything you would expect to see at a circus to the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, 4800 U.S. 301 N. Performances include an elephant extravaganza, motorcycle daredevils spinning in a "globe of doom", acrobats, contortionists, clowns and more.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Special buy-one-get-one-free adult tickets are available online at www.TheFunCircus.com. Go to that site for details and ticket pricing or call 1-877-373-0477.
12 hours of ballroom dance
The SouthernStar Chapter of USA Dance hosts The Mid Summer Classic XVIII Dance Sport Ballroom Dance Competition from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Rhapsody Ballroom, 12101 N. 56th St. The morning session features American smooth and International Latin, and the afternoon session has American Rhythm and International Standard.
Admission for the all-amateur competition is $5 for a half day, $10 for a full day and $20 for all day, evening dinner and dance.
For information, call (813) 681-5275 or go to southernstarusabda.org.
Ode to old blue eyes celebrates 15 years
Ken Walters' 15th annual Celebrate Sinatra runs from 8 p.m. into the wee hours at the historic Ritz Theater, 1503 E. Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. The celebration of Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries features live performances by Tom Tiratto and his 17-piece big band orchestra with Ashley Locheed and Paul Phillips on the main stage, along with Ignacio Marin's Latin Lovers playing mambo and cha cha in the Copa Room.
Tickets are $60 to the black-tie-optional event, and include free martinis for the first hour, hors d'oeuvres from Bernini, a cigar bar, valet parking and an after party at the Carne Chop House. For details, call (813) 251-0500 or go to www.CelebrateSinatra.com.
Saturday and Sunday
Fairy tale geared to teen audiences
Broadway Bound presents the G2K adaptation of "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical spin on the story of "The Princess and the Pea," at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. The GK2 series is an adaptation for pre-high school students. The content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, while preserving the fun and magic of the original.
Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $24, $22 for seniors and $24 for CCC members. For information or to get tickets, call (813) 269-1310 go to carrollwoodcenter.org.
Fashion ambition at Embassy Suites
SirPass Events presents the "Ambitious Elements of Style Fashion Event" from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Embassy Suites USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd. The fashion-forward event combines elements within the fashion world represented by the most ambitious entities.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, call (813) 434-0073.
Bombshells abound at summer classic
See Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe on an ocean liner to Paris in Howard Hawk's 1953 musical comedy "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," at 3 p.m. as part of the Summer Classics at Tampa Theatre. The screening will be followed by a post-film talk with Harriet Deer.
Tickets are $9 and are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, 711 N. Franklin St. For information call (813) 274-8981 or go to www.tampatheatre.org.
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