This is some kinda Tuesday: The queen of television in Clearwater, the opening night of the most popular musical in the history of the Western world in Tampa, and a conference of giant international brainiacs kicking off in St. Pete! Choose wisely.
Carol Burnett. The queen of TV comedy in “an evening of laughter and reflection where the audience asks the questions.” 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd.
World Affairs Conference. How do you make sense of an increasingly confusing world? Here’s one way: Spend a weekend engrossed in stimulating discussions about critical international issues with top intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts. A cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, it might be just what you need right now — and it’s free! Just make sure to register ahead of time via the conference website or by phone, and plan ahead; seating is first-come, first-served. Feb. 12, 5 p.m.: Keynote speech by Chas Freeman, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Feb. 13-15: Daily panel discussions, USFSP University Student Center, 200 6th Ave. S., and USFSP Lynn Pippenger Hall, 700 4th St. S. 727-873-4872, worldaffairsconference.com
Hamilton. Yes, it’s as good as everyone says it is. And yes, it’s the hottest ticket in town. But if you haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t despair. The Straz encourages people to continue to check with them for availability of late-release tickets. And make sure you’re dealing with the Straz, not some ticket-scalper: The only official avenues for purchasing tickets to Hamilton’s Straz Center engagement are via phone at 813-229-STAR (7827) or 800-955-1045; in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office (1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place); or at www.strazcenter.org. And… there’s a lottery! Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each (limit two tickets per winning entrant) via digital lotteries which will begin two days prior to each performance. Find out more about the lottery and enter here. 2/12-3/10, Broadway Series at the Straz, strazcenter.org.