Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Nov. 11-18

Veterans Day, Julie Andrews talks about her practically perfect career and country stars line up for Q-105's Guitar Pull.
There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
Published November 10

Veterans Day: Monday is Veterans Day and there are tributes starting at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, and at 7 p.m. in Largo Central Park. And at the VA Medical Center and National Cemetery at Bay Pines in St. Petersburg, retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mike DeLancey, a Purple Heart recipient and the founder of the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch in Pinellas Park, will be the keynote speaker at a celebration that starts at 11 a.m.

Julie Andrews: The practically perfect Mary Poppins will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday to answer questions from the audience about her storied career. ($72.50 and up).

Julie Andrews won't sing, but she will appear in conversation at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 13. Andrew Eccles
Julie Andrews won't sing, but she will appear in conversation at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 13. Andrew Eccles

WQYK Guitar Pull: The country station brings a lineup of singer-songwriters including Carly Pearce (Every Little Thing), Morgan Wallen (Whiskey Glasses), Chase Rice (Eyes On You), Jordan Davis (Singles You Up) and Hardy (Rednecker). $55 and up on Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

DATE NIGHT

Music: The indie/punk rock group Titus Andronicus brings its screaming vocals to Crowbar in Ybor on Tuesday ($16-18). The retro-sounding road warriors Vintage Trouble make their Clearwater debut at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Tuesday ($29-$50). On Wednesday, English solo indie-pop artist The Japanese House performs along with Our Girl at Crowbar ($18). Grammy winner Chip Davis brings Mannheim Steamroller Christmas to the Mahaffey on Wednesday ($46.50). The a cappella group Straight No Chaser perform a medley of contemporary and classic hits Thursday at the Straz Center ($29.50). Third Eye Blind brings its Screamer tour to Jannus Live on Thursday with special guests Smallpools ($36.25-$43.50). Nashville’s John Paul White performs an acoustic set at the Attic at Rock Brothers in Ybor ($20). Electric Wizard plays Jannus Live on Friday ($27.50). Country great Dwight Yoakam performs a variety of cuts from across his discography, including a bluegrass re-imagining of Prince’s Purple Rain, to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday ($43.25 and up). The Wizards of Winter, former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other rock bands, perform a holiday rock opera titled The Christmas Dream on Friday at the Capitol Theatre ($29-$52). On Friday, the Doobie Brothers play their iconic hits at the Mahaffey Theater ($59.50-$253.50). Static-X celebrates the 20th anniversary of their album Wisconsin Death Trip at the Orpheum on Saturday ($30). The atmospheric indie rock band Turnover play the Ritz Ybor on Saturday ($24-$45), and then later that night at 10, Grammy-nominated electronic outfit The Crystal Method play the Ritz ($15). Electronic musician Com Truise performs at Crowbar on Saturday ($20).

Comedy: Some big names in comedy are here this week including the King of Queens star Kevin James returning to stand-up at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($43.25-$93.25). At the Straz on Sunday, John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons is the actor’s one-man-play inspired from the lack of Latinos in his son’s American history books ($35-$95). Comedian Damon Wayans is at the Tampa Improv Friday-Sunday ($40-$50). And you can catch a true comic’s comic for his raw, personal and often political comedy when Doug Stanhope plays Improv on Thursday ( $45)

Disenchanted: The show populated with the original storybook heroines hilariously poke holes in the age-old tenets of The Princess Complex with brassy Snow White at the lead. It opens Thursday through Nov. 24 in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa ($37.50 and up).

Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes will be at the Tampa Theatre to promote the film
Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes will be at the Tampa Theatre to promote the film "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." Willy Sanjuan | Invision/AP

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, the New Jersey stoner icons who first hit the screen 25 years ago in Clerks, will be at the Tampa Theatre on Thursday to show their latest motion picture, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and take questions after. $50. tampatheatre.org

Tampa Auto Show: The show at the Tampa Convention Center presented by MotorTrend serves as a stage for automakers and suppliers to showcase their new models and technologies. Friday-Sunday. $12; $5 seniors, military; free age 12 and younger.

Florida Sportsman Expo: The pages of the Florida Sportsman magazine come alive with fishing seminars, hands-on instruction with pros, a kids’ fish ID scavenger hunt and a live fishing derby in the fairground’s ponds. $8, $4 military, 12 and younger free. Saturday-Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Studio Waltz: Take a tour of 12 studios and the work of 16 artists throughout Dunedin and Palm Harbor on Saturday. Find a map at studiowaltz.com. Free.

KIDS AND FAMILY

River Tower Festival: An all-day music festival with kids activities and food trucks on the lawn will raise money to preserve the Sulphur Springs water tower and the surrounding park . $15-$20, 9 and younger free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at River Tower Park in Seminole Heights. preserveourtower.com.

St. Pete Run Fest: With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, the St. Pete Run Fest aims to get the whole city on its feet. The expo and wellness market opens Friday. The 10K, 5K and kids race are Saturday with a post-race party in Albert Whitted Park. Sunday is the half marathon starting at 7 a.m. on Bayshore near the Dali Museum. $20-$160. stpeterunfest.org.

Christmas Town: Busch Gardens is getting a jump on the holidays when the Sing-Along-Train pulls into Christmas Town, delivering a land with millions of twinkling lights, holiday shows and meet and greets with Rudolph and Santa starting Saturday. Included with admission. buschgardens.com

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