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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 3

Wonderland: Since this show about a modern-day Alice premiered at the Straz Center in Tampa, it's gone through some changes. See the revamped version of Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical starting Wednesday before it heads to Broadway. $29.50-$135. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045. Shows continue through Jan. 16.

Epiphany: Steeped in their Greek Orthodox faith, boys 16-18 will plunge into the chilly, murky water of Tarpon Springs' Spring Bayou to search for the coveted white cross and its blessings. Starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Celebrity Autobiography: In this off-Broadway show, passages from superstar memoirs are acted out by other actors to hilarious effect. Scheduled to read are Hollywood Squares regular Bruce Vilanch and Vincent Pastore from The Sopranos, among others. Shows start Tuesday and run through Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $39.75. (727) 791-7400.

Kids and Family

Circus: The 141st edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has all the traditional favorites — elephants, tigers, horses, the Human Fuse — with some updates for a new generation. Shows start Wednesday and run through Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. $15-$85. (813) 301-2500. There's an animal open house and performer meet-and-greet before the shows.

Free Tuesdays at the Glazer Children's Museum: Give the kids some free play time in the interactive museum from 4-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Museum is at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

Date Night

Jerry Seinfeld: He's back on the road doing stand-up comedy — not that there's anything wrong with that. His Saturday shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall are sold out, but there still might be tickets for the one at 7 p.m. Friday. $69-$84. (727) 791-7400.

Orchestra does Armstrong: Trumpeter Byron Stripling will pay tribute to Louis "Pops'' Armstrong, along with the Florida Orchestra, with standards such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Honeysuckle Rose and Alexander's Ragtime Band. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and 7:30 Sunday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20-$67, with student tickets for $10. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 3 01/02/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 2, 2011 5:58pm]
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