Black Nativity: Sharon Scott, above, stars in this "gospel song play'' by Langston Hughes. Performances are at 7 tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free tickets are available at the Palladium box office or at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.
St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show: Hundreds of sail and power boats, as well as marine gear, children's activities, seminars and clinics, fill the Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park today through Sunday at 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $10 at gate, 15 and younger free.
Xtreme Fighting Championships: Mixed Martial Arts superstars come to town for XFC 13 "Unstoppable." This live action fighting integrates jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, tae kwon do, wrestling and more. It's 7 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$70. (813) 301-2500; stpetetimesforum.com.
Get Downtown: The free first Friday party in downtown St. Petersburg brings the music of the Venturas, food and a lively crowd to Central Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. Then there's an after party at Jannus Live where local favorites the Beauvilles and Tres Bien perform free at 8 p.m.
kids and family
Miracle on Cleveland Street: Clearwater's Cleveland Street District is dressed in white for this holiday event with 20 tons of snow, two giant snow slides (with toboggans), visits with Santa Claus and activities by Busch Gardens. It starts at 5:30 p.m. in the 400 Block of Cleveland Street. Free.
CMT Artists of the Year 2010, 8 p.m., CMT Kevin Costner helps honor Jason Aldean, above, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band by having other people sing to them for a change.
SERIES PREMIERE Gold Rush: Alaska, 10 p.m., Discovery Contrary to popular belief, this newbie is actually about six guys literally mining for gold and has nothing to do with the Palins.
more to explore
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