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Plan your weekend: Christmas parades, Book of Mormon, 98 Degrees, Harlem Globetrotters

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne | Times Staff
Published: November 27, 2017 Updated: December 8, 2017 at 07:19 AM
98 Degrees performs at the Mahaffey Theater on Friday. Courtesy of 98 Degrees

Plan your weekend


Parades: This is the weekend for seeing lighted boat parades or floats coming down the street. Saturday brings boat parades starting at 6 p.m. in Apollo Beach, Dunedin, Gulfport, Hernando Beach, Clearwater’s Island Estates, Madeira Beach and St. Petersburg. And there will be street parades also on Saturday at 6 p.m. stepping off on Park Bouleveard in Pinellas Park and Ybor City’s Seventh Avenue for the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade.


The Book Of Mormon: The truth about The Book of Mormon its creators don’t want you to know until you see it: Despite the profanity and sacrilege, it’s actually pretty wholesome show. Its quirkily upbeat message, which has resounded as one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, is that you can be redeemed, no matter how much even your church condemns you. Runs through Sunday at Tampa’s Straz Center Tampa. $63.75 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Video games

Game Grumps Live: These days video game players get college scholarships and give us hilarious shows like Game Grumps Live, coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday (yes, the big room where they put on the Broadway shows). Like a cross between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and your favorite podcast, they comment and riff on the games they play on their hugely popular YouTube channel and take questions. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $28.75-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Take the kids

Harlem Globetrotters: The old water bucket gag still works. So does the "goal tending" prank where Harlem Globetrotters showman Ant Atkinson (a legendary college basketball star in his own right) literally sits on the rim of the basket. Though the fans love comedy from Atkinson, Big Easy Lofton, Scooter Christensen and the more recent female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green, their ball handling skills have made the team habitual Guinness World Record breakers for feats like longest basketball shot blindfolded (73 feet 10 inches by Atkinson). Stick around after the show for autographs and photos with the stars. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $23-$115. (813) 301-2500.


98 Degrees: Inside the Mahaffey Theater on Friday, it’ll be 98 Degrees and steamy. The Brothers Lachey will unwrap This Gift and other holiday hits in a Christmas concert that’s been a long time coming. Their new Let It Snow is the boy band’s first album in four years, and their first Christmas album since 1999’s platinum-selling This Christmas. Nick, Drew, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons are wrapping up their 20th year as a foursome — give or take a nearly decadelong hiatus here or there — and this holiday run will feel like the icing on the fruitcake. 8 p.m. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50 and up. (727) 893-7832.


Our Trail: Performances on the Pinellas Trail: The final performance in this series along the Pinellas Trail starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. There will be original dance works by Helen Hansen French of the contemporary dance collective Beacon, Kellie Harmon of the RogueDance contemporary modern dance company, and Andee Scott, an interdisciplinary dance artist who founded Dance Linkages. Original music by Alisha Erao, Florent Ghys, and Mike Alexis. Free.


Bobby Slayton: "The Pitbull of Comedy" has numerous radio, television and film credits, including The Rat Pack and Get Shorty. $10-$16.50 Side Splitters Comedy Club, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. 8:30 p.m. today, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday.


Tampa Bay Tour de Clay: This tour of ceramic artwork is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with stops at five studios in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, with each main studio hosting artists from around the state. There’s a broad scope of styles and techniques represented, including Matt Schiemann’s wood fired pottery, William Kidd’s sculptures that resemble something from the ocean in outer space, and Jennifer McCurdy’s elegant creations in porcelain, pictured. The free, self-guided tour runs Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit for a map and complete listing of artists.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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