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Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Festival, comic Nikki Glaser, Christian artists at Winter Jam

Plan your weekend


MLK Day: Before the parades on Monday in downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa’s Cuscaden Park, there will be a block party and battle of the bands on Sunday with the Florida A&M Rattlers, Tuskegee University’s Marching Crimson Piper Band, South Carolina State Marching "101" Band, Talladega College Tornado, Edward Waters High School and other local high school bands. $15, $10 students. Jefferson High School, 4401 W Cypress St., Tampa. (813) 872-5241. 3-10 p.m. Sunday. For a full list of Martin Luther King Day events see tampabay.com/thingstodo.

Take the kids

Monster Jam: Go to Raymond James Stadium early on Saturday to tailgate and get pictures with the giant monster trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits before they compete. Local Ford dealers have free pit passes while supplies last. Then Monster Jam roars into the specially built track at 7 p.m. Saturday at the stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. monsterjam.com.


Nikki Glaser: The go-to comic if you like dirty jokes, she was the creator and star of the Comedy Central series Not Safe With Nikki Glaser. Expect a lot of smart talk and wicked one-liners ("There’s a lot I want to do before I have kids. Like die.") She takes the stage Friday through Sunday at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.


Sunshine Music Festival: In its sixth year, Sunshine has attracted a nice slate of rock, jam and funk wizardry, including headliners and festival co-founders Tedeschi Trucks Band, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna, the Suffers and Foundation of Funk, a supergroup with the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr., Soulive’s Eric Krasno and John Medeski. $64.95 and up. sunshinemusicfestival.com.


Totally ’80s Classic Movies: Bueller? ... Bueller? Tampa Theatre added a special screening that requires you to sneak out of work to make the 4 p.m. Friday showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Doors and bar open at 3 p.m., giving you plenty of opportunity to see the newly restored historic movie palace and take advantage of happy hour drink specials. If you can’t fake a note to the boss about a meeting with Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago, the theater will also be screening 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High at 3 p.m. Sunday. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $7 members. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

Christian rock

Winter Jam: The annual praise-rock show returns at 6 p.m. Saturday for another low-dough show. Got $15 cash (or a check)? That will get you in to see hard-rock crossovers Skillet, veteran rockers NewSong and Building 429, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kari Jobe, breakout rapper KB, Dove-winning folk rocker Jordan Feliz and more. Comic John Crist and worship leader Nick Hall round out the bill. A $34.99 "Jam Nation" pass gets you early entry and other goodies. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.


Apocalipstick: The fashion event with a Mad Max theme takes over the Ritz Ybor on Saturday, with three themed rooms featuring their own craft cocktail menus. Runway shows featuring six designers and end-of-the-world hair and makeup looks by Tribeca Color Salon take place in the Main Theater at 8 and 10 p.m. Live entertainment includes singers, dance troupes, host Anita Waistline and music by Elias Théroux. Attendees are encouraged to dress like the world’s about to end — which means fierce. 7-11 p.m. at 1503 E Seventh Ave. $18 advance, $25 day of show, $60 VIP (includes premium seating, early admission, a swag bag and two drink tokens). cocktailsxcouture.com.


Treasure Island Sport Kite Festival: The annual competition returns to the beach behind the Thunderbird Resort, filling the sky with kites as flyers perform to music at this two-day event. There will be dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines, and free lessons on how to fly stunt kites. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 320-9463.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.


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