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Nuts about 'Nutcracker'? No problem

Nuts about 'Nutcracker'? No problem

There will be no shortage of Sugar Plum Fairies around Tampa Bay this week, with performances of The Nutcracker all over the place. The Moscow Ballet performs it Friday and Saturday at Mahaffey Theater (; Moscow Classical Ballet performs with the Florida Orchestra Saturday and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall (; St. Petersburg Ballet Company performs Friday through Sunday at the Palladium Theater (; and the Beach Theatre screens a performance by the Malinsky and Russian ballets Sunday ( That's a lot of tutus.

Those petals are still in his pocket

For another holiday tradition, head to the Tampa Theatre at 3 p.m. Saturday for a big-screen showing of It's a Wonderful Life on the 62nd anniversary of the film's premiere — although all those foreclosed mortgages in Bedford Falls are looking pretty contemporary. The movie screens at the same time Sunday.

Shoring up span a second time

With the old Gandy Bridge-turned-park closed to pedestrians and cyclists and the possibility of closing it under discussion, Tampa Bay's Friends of the Friendship Trail and Bridge will meet to talk about how to save it (again) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jan Platt Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave. in Tampa.

Born under a celebrity star

Thursday is cake-and-candles day for three folks who have starred in gossip columns for years. Rolling Stones reprobate extraordinaire Keith Richard turns 65, model baby daddy Brad Pitt will be 44, and Tom Cruise consort Katie Holmes turns 30.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, [email protected] or (727) 893-8435.

Nuts about 'Nutcracker'? No problem 12/14/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 14, 2008 9:42pm]
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