MC Hammer: One of the few men in history to be defined by a pair of pants kicks off the Lightning Concert Series after the Bolts take on the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Pete Times Forum. Included with game ticket. (813) 301-2500.
Get Roasted: The 13 Ugly Men know how to throw a party, this one to benefit the TPD Bomb Squad, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mangroves Seafood Grille and Bar, 208 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $10. Toll-free 1-888-845-9247.
Times Turkey Trot: Choose from the Gobbler 1-miler on up to the certified 10K and there's no way those mashed potatoes will stick around. Bring canned goods, too, to this annual charity fundraiser at Clearwater High School on Thanksgiving morning. $10-$20. See tampabay.com/turkeytrot for times and courses.
Prince Poppycock: You'll recognize his powdered wig and pantaloons from NBC's America's Got Talent. The ultra-glam opera singer performs at 10 p.m. Friday at the Honey Pot in Ybor City. Free before 10:30 p.m., $5 after.
Grand Central Chili Cookoff: A lot better than turkey leftovers. Sample winning entries and vote for your favorite. $10 wristband for tastes, plus live music and kids' activities, at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Grand Central District of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
Wicked Divas on Broadway: Delightful divas Erin Mackey and Julia Murney will sing tunes from Wicked, Evita, Chicago and more with the Florida Orchestra. The pops concert is 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Pete and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $20-$67. (727) 892-3337.
George Lopez: The comedian, actor and host of Lopez Tonight on TBS returns to Tampa at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz. Tickets start at $49.50. (813) 229-7827.
Kids and Family
Instant holiday spirit: In Old Hyde Park in Tampa, a 30-foot tree will be lighted to welcome Santa, plus live music, cookies and cocoa, starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Free. In North Straub Park in St. Petersburg, Mayor Bill Foster lights the tree and displays along the waterfront at 7 p.m. Friday. Free.
Clyde Beatty Circus: A traditional circus with elephants, clowns, aerial acts and pony and camel rides sets up in Town Square Plaza Park in Pinellas Park for shows Friday through Sunday. $20, $5 children. For tickets and times: beattycircus.com.
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