Downton Abbey preview: If you're a fan of the prim PBS period drama, WEDU is hosting this free preview of the first hour of the season 3 premiere at Tampa Theatre. To RSVP and get tickets, go to wedudowntonabbey.eventbrite.com. It's at 7:30 p.m. at 711 Franklin St. in Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8982.
Dalí and Beyond Film Series: Paris — The Luminous Years: The movie explores Paris from 1905 to 1930, when an international group including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, Jean Cocteau and Gertrude Stein revolutionized the direction of the modern arts. The film begins at 6 p.m. at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767. There's also Opera at the Dalí at the museum tonight, 20-minute performances on the third Thursday of every month that introduce audiences to emerging opera artists. It's at 6 on the spiral staircase in the lobby. Free.
Orlando Jones: A familiar face to film and television viewers in the late '90s and early '00s — he appeared in Office Space, Drumline and more — the entertainer stops by for a standup engagement at 8 p.m. at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.
Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: Symphonic Shakespeare: Stuart Malina conducts a program with Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor. It's at 11 a.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24–$42. (727) 892-3337. This concert kicks off a collaborative Shakespeare Festival running through Jan. 26 that includes the Florida Orchestra and other bay area arts centers. For more festival events go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Season premiere; What Not to Wear, 10 p.m., TLC: Stacy and Clinton help '80s pop star Tiffany change her wardrobe. When most of your work is on SyFy Channel, your wardrobe isn't the problem.
Novelist Denis Johnson has canceled his appearance Friday night in the University of Tampa's Lectores series for health reasons. He will be replaced by Karen Russell, author of the novel Swamplandia!, who will read at 7 p.m. Friday at the Vaughn Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. A staged reading of Johnson's play Psychos Never Dream at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center will go on as scheduled.