'The Velveteen Rabbit': See a live performance of The Velveteen Rabbit at 7 p.m. at Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $5 for adults, $3 for children. (813) 975-7340.
'Footloose': Masque Theatre presents this stage adaptation of the teen-centric '80s movie Footloose about a town's ban on dancing, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at the Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N 56th St., Temple Terrace. $14, $12 for students, seniors and military and $10 for children under 12. (813) 506-6630.
Jazz music: Musician Valerie Gillespie performs the music of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker with trumpet player John DePaola at 7:30 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $17 in advance, $19 day of show. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.
Lots of laughs: Comedy hypnotist Rich Guzzi performs at 8 and 10 tonight; at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call or visit online for prices. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Holiday Revue: Celebrate the season with a revue of holiday songs and stories at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17 at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $18, $15 for seniors. (813) 265-4000.
Cover band: Coo Coo Ca Choo performs '60s music at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.
Art on 19th Street: Painter Arnold Martinez of Arnold Mar
tinez Gallery and jewelrymaker Dan Balk of the Singing Stone Gallery open their studios to the public and discuss their work. Other artists will provide live art demonstrations and perform live music. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Singing Stone, 1903 N 19th St., Tampa. Free. (813) 247-2787. singingstoneonline.com.
Sensory Friendly Films: AMC Theatres and the Autism Society present a screening of The Muppets at 10 a.m. at Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. To provide a more comfortable setting for children with autism or other special needs, the auditorium will have its lights on and its sound turned down. Families are invited to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks. Previews and advertisements will not be shown before the movie and the "Silence is Golden" rule will not be enforced. Audiences are free to dance, walk, shout or sing during movies. Call toll-free for more information at 1-888-262-4386. amctheatres.com/SFF.
Holiday Tree Lighting: The Carrollwood Area Business Association hosts a holiday event from 4-8 p.m. at Village Center at the northwest corner of N Dale Mabry and S Village Drive in Carrollwood. Features live entertainment by children's choirs and dance troupes, representatives from the Marines and Toys for Tots, holiday music and an appearance by Santa Claus. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. For more information, visit usecaba.com online.
'Parade': See a play called Parade at 7 p.m. in the Don Thompson Theatre at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa. The play is the story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Georgia who is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Tickets range from $5 to $17. (813) 272-3422, ext. 800. blaketheatre.com.
'Heralds of Harmony': See the play at 7 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. The play is about a chorus group called the Heralds which, in an effort to find out who stole Christmas, looks to the play's audience for help. $20-$23 in advance, $22-$25 day of show. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.
Skipper's got the blues: Joe Louis Walker performs with Murali Coryell at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.
The New Christy Minstrels: American folk music group the New Christy Minstrels performs at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $21-$23 in advance, $23-$25 at the door. (813) 269-1310. carrollwood center.org.
Live music: American pop singer-songwriter Steve Forbert performs with Dean Johanesen, singer and songwriter for the band the Human Condition, at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$18. Call toll-free, 1-800-594-8499. skipperssmokehouse.com.
'It's Freezing In Here': On The Brink, a comedy group of teens who write and perform original sketch comedy, performs a set of skits called It's Freezing in Here at 7:30 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. The skits' topics range from Frank Sinatra's early days to the awkward relationship between Jesus and Satan. $8-$13 in advance, $10-$15 on the day of show. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.