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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 13-20

5Crafty Fest: You've heard the plea to "shop local," and this is your chance. This outdoor indie market has arts, crafts, vintage fashions, antiques, furniture and other funky stuff. It will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878.

1Folk-Noir Improv Show: The funny crew of the Dear Aunt Gertrude Improv troupe puts on this show that blends the dark moodiness of noir with the fanciful lightheartedness of folk. They have a show at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Box Theatre, 1300 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, for $5. They also are performing the show at 6 p.m. Sunday at American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, where tickets are "pay what you can."

3One Bite Comfort Foods: This cooking demonstration at the Clearwater Beach Library on Tuesday lets chef Rita Fabula show off bite-sized treats: steak and potatoes, Turkey Day bites, pork chops with applesauce. It's free, but registration is preferred at (727) 562-4970. The class is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.

2Corey Avenue Holiday Car and Truck Show: There will be live music by Joel & Dakota, a father-son duo out of Tarpon Springs, and frozen treats by Kona-Ice, with showy cars and trucks lining the 400 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. There will be 63 awards in all, so there's lots to see. Corey merchants will be open during the show, which is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

4Dalí film series: Next Thursday (Dec. 20), the Dalí Museum brings in a couple of Christmas classics for its surreal film series, and as expected it puts a dark twist on the season with a double feature of Franz Kafka's short It's a Wonderful Life — the absurdist short film that won a 1995 Oscar — and Blackadder's British satire Christmas Carol. The BBC comedy narrated by Hugh Laurie shows Ebenezer Blackadder, the nicest, most generous man in town, which means everybody takes advantage of him. When a ghost shows him his ruthless ancestors, he admires their cunning. "Bad guys have all the fun," he declares. He wakes up a different man: bitter, vengeful, greedy and insulting. You can see the movies for free at 6 p.m. in the museum's lobby theater. You can also shop or check out the cafe until 8 p.m. If you want to see the gallery, there's a price break. Admission to the museum is $10 from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. The Dalí Museum is at Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE, St. Petersburg.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Dec. 13-20 12/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:30am]
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