Plan your weekend
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Far from a silent night, TSO's blockbuster live show returns to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday. The band packs arenas with its signature light shows that will carve up the arena walls, pyrotechnics and music that mixes Ole Saint Nick with the legends of arena rock. See them at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $30-$85. (813) 301-2500.
Pig Jig Saturday's Pig Jig at the Heights features all the usual enticements: barbecue, games, musical entertainment — but it's also for a good cause. Will Wellman, 29, suffers nephrotic syndrome, a degenerative kidney disease, and for the second consecutive year his grade-school friends have pulled together to stage the event and raise money for NephCure Foundation. For information, go to tampapigjig.eventbrite.com. The cookout is at 1910 N Ola Ave. in Tampa.
Sister Act Disney maestro Alan Menken, best known for his Oscar-winning scores of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas, turns the R&B lead of the Whoopi Goldberg movie into a '70s disco diva. The musical runs through Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. Tickets are $46.50-$81.50. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.
Take the kids
Christmas at the zoo The Lowry Park Zoo is going ape for Christmas. On Friday you can see Presents for Primates when primates open specially wrapped presents given to them by zoo staff for enrichment, such as dried cereal, peanuts, hairbrushes and stuffed animals. It's included with zoo admission that day and starts at 11 a.m. Friday. Or you can check out the after-hours Winter Wonderland Friday through Dec. 23. The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6:30 for an evening winter festival with twinkling holiday lights, live reindeer and penguins, visits with Santa, carnival games, inflatables and more. $13, $11 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.
The Color Run The "happiest race on the planet" is making its first local appearance. It's less about speed and more about enjoying a crazy day with friends and family. Come dressed in white and get ready to be blitzed by color bombs as you run along the 5K street course. You can race as an individual or in teams. Or just watch, along the route, since it's sold out. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. thecolorrun.com/stpete.
BT The well-coiffed BT led the more palatable electronica charge in the early '00s The DJ-composer-producer also known as Brian Transeau wrote for Sting, David Bowie and Madonna and composed the score for the Oscar-winning Monster. Today, he hosts Laptop Symphony on Sirius XM. See him Saturday at 11 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $10 and up. (866) 502-7529 or rocktampa.com.
John Heffron The likable Detroit comic won Season 2 of Last Comic Standing. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $17-$20. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]