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20 things to do in Tampa Bay on Friday, Dec. 8

By Times staff
Scooter Christensen of the Harlem Globetrotters balances the ball during a Harlem Globetrotters media session at Youthtown on May 23, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Globetrotters come to Amalie Arena on Friday in Tampa. Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

Harlem Globetrotters: Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm are joined by female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green for a spectacle of amazing ball handling, slam dunks, trick shots and comedy. Stick around after the show for autographs and photos with the stars. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $23-$115. (813) 301-2500.

98 Degrees: The turn-of-the-millennium boy band embarks on their new holiday tour pulling hits from their 1999 album This Christmas. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Start at $39.50. (727) 893-7832.

R.LUM.R : The Bradenton-born alternative soul singer moved to Nashville and his 2016 single, Frustrated went viral on Spotify, earning him a set on Jimmy Kimmel Live and notice from Rolling Stone, which named him one of 10 new artists to watch. 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 241-8600.

An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones: Two-time Grammy winning jazz/rock singer, songwriter with over 15 acclaimed albums will perform hits from her latest album The Other Side of Desire. 8:30 p.m., Murray Theatre at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $65. (727) 712-2706.

First Tee of Greater Tampa Bay: The 18-hole, four person scramble with a shotgun start includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner, on course events and a goody bag. 12:30 p.m., Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, 3030 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $129. (727) 726-4673.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1-million twinkly lights. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

North Pole Express: All Aboard for an express trip to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole. Passengers can sing with carolers throughout the journey. Santa greets every child upon arrival at the North Pole and presents them with a special gift. 5:30 and 7 p.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $20.50-$49.50, 1 and younger free. (877) 869-0800.

Dunedin Wine and Art Walk: Celebrate the second Friday of the month with art exhibits, wine tastings, food samples, live entertainment and a drawing. 5:30 p.m., Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. $10 wristbands to get discounts. (727) 437-3569.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Pirate Taxi for a 45-minute cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festively lighted bridges and shimmering downtown skylines. Includes hot cocoa, cookies, carols and Christmas carols. Departs hourly between 6 and 10 p.m. 6 p.m., Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25, $15 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 223-7999.

St. Pete Beach Boat Parade: The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Blind Pass Bridge and heads south to the Bayway Bridge. A free viewing party takes place in the park with a tree lighting, music, hot chocolate, children’s art projects and a visit from Santa. 6 p.m., St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 363-9245.

Winter Wonderland: A playground of holiday fun with cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, baby animals and more. 6 p.m., Downtown Clearwater (Drew Street and Fort Harrison), Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater. Free admission, fee for some activities (donations appreciated). (727) 442-2099.

Cannibal Corpse: The death metal heroes. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $22-$45. (813) 248-9500.

Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ‘N’ Roll Party: John "Bowzer" Bauman’s annual party features Herman’s Hermits,Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Joey Dee. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.75-$78.75. (727) 791-7400.

The Book of Mormon: The religious satire musical written by the creators of South Park. Through Dec. 10. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $33.75 and up. (813) 229-7827.

The Little Prince: Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella, an aviator who crashed in the Sahara Desert meets a little prince who has left his home on Asteroid B-612, leaving behind its only inhabitant, a single rose. Through Dec. 24. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$37. (727) 498-5205.

Paul Mecurio:The comic and writer has won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Bobby Slayton : "The Pitbull of Comedy" has numerous radio, television and film credits, including The Rat Pack and Get Shorty. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

The Werks and Passafire: The reggae-rockers embark on the Firewerks tour. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 565-0550.

J Alvarez: Puerto Rican reggaeton singer. 9 p.m., Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $35. (813) 591-8488.


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