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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 14

A Doll's House: A preview performance of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece that questions the roles of men and women through the story of housewife Nora. See it at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29; $20 student advance, $10 student rush. (727) 823-7529.

Sanding Ovations Master Sand Sculpting Competition: Building starts this morning for the annual competition that invites master sand sculptors to build works of art using 150 tons of sand. The festival runs through Sunday at Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free; $10 beach parking. Tonight at 7 p.m. there's a party in the Crystal Sands Ballroom at the resort to meet the sculptors and sample beers from Great Bay. $5. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza: Cirque du Soleil brings its traveling Grand Chapiteau back to St. Petersburg for this circus-themed story of a loner. The show uses traditional circus elements like clowns and acrobatics. It's at 7:30 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $43.50-$143.50 adults; $33-$104.50 ages 2-12. Toll-free 1-800-450-1480. Italian entertainment company Cirque Italia has also set up their touring big top on the property adjacent to MOSI for Act XII, featuring aerial acts, hand-balancing acts and contortionists. It's at 7:30 p.m. at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa. $25-$40 adults, $10-$35 ages 2-12. (941) 907-8572.

To watch

The Neighbors, 8:30 p.m., ABC Debbie gets the bright idea to kick her parents out of her Thanksgiving plans so she can spend all her time with her friends. Hey, the holidays aren't about doing what you want, they're about spending time with your family!

Top Chef: Seattle, 10 p.m., Bravo And so we have 15 cheftestants, a full one-third of whom will never have names, as far as we're concerned.

More to explore

What to make for Thanksgiving? How about reservations? Find a list of restaurants with Turkey Day meals at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

coming up

Martini Fest: Have a chic drink in lovely Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa and hear singer-songwriter Andy Grammer (Keep Your Head Up) Saturday. $50 advance, $60 gate. ticketmaster.com.

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