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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 20.

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: The game between Louisville and Southern Mississippi is 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Trop, but don't miss the halftime show. Patrick Hughes, born without eyes and in a wheelchair, will be on the field with the Louisville marching band. $47.75-$175. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. Today, join fans, bands and cheerleaders for a free block party at Ferg's, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, starting at 5 p.m.

Merry Kitschmas: Party while you shop for last-minute Christmas gifts at the Tampa Artist Emporium, with items from more than 100 artists. It starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at 3415 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Beer and wine will be served; free to get in. (813) 835-0212.

Xmas Night Extravaganza: When you've had enough of Uncle Al on Christmas on Saturday, head out to this annual reunion of Tampa rockers at New World Brewery. This year you get a CD release party for Jarvik 7, Red Room Cinema and the Dark Esquire starting at 9 p.m. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Date Night

A cappella Christmas: Two groups that could be right out of Glee are in Tampa. On Tuesday is Straight No Chaser, doing a peppy, comedic take on the Twelve Days of Christmas (7:30 p.m. at the Straz Center; tickets start at $26.50. (813) 229-7827). On Wednesday is Rockapella, led by University of Tampa alumni and high tenor Scott Leonard 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre. $38. (813) 274-8981).

Vodka Latke: The annual gathering of Jewish singles and young couples starts at 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day at Mangroves in South Tampa. Bring two canned goods for the food pantry and you get a free potato vodka latke martini. It's $30 at the door.

Got time for a movie? Christmas week is always big for movies. On Wednesday, the reboot of True Grit and the comedy Little Fockers open. On Christmas Day, see the Oscar-bound The King's Speech, plus comedies I Love You Phillip Morris and Gulliver's Travels.

Kids and Family

Circusfit: Clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will get kids juggling and stretching in fitness programs at 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. Included with admission: $15, $9.50 kids, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

Tampa boat parade: One more burst of lights on the water is 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It's best viewed from Channelside, SS American Victory Ship, Davis Islands, Harbor Island and the Convention Center. Free. (813) 404-3471.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 20. 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 7:24pm]
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