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Things to do in Tampa Bay for week of Nov. 12

Sand sculpting: Sand superstars will start building elaborate creations Wednesday in the Sanding Ovations Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival in Treasure Island. It runs through Sunday, with fireworks Saturday. Free; $10 beach parking. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Ybor City Heritage and Cigar Festival: Tribute to Ybor City has live cigar-rolling demos and an appearance by former Buc Chidi Ahanotu on Saturday at Centennial Park. $5 advance, 12 and younger free; $10 at gate. (813) 247-1434.

Jeff Corwin: He'll talk about his work for the environment such as hosting Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin. USF students get priority seating Thursday at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center in Tampa. Free.

Date night

Agatha Christie's BBC Murders: Four rediscovered radio plays get new life on the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. For opening night Tuesday (sold out), there's a free 1940s-era Vintage British Street Fair outside. The show runs through Nov. 18. $40-$55. (727) 791-7400.

A Doll's House: Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece questions the roles of men and women through the story of housewife Nora. It opens Friday at American Stage in St. Petersburg, with previews ($29) starting Wednesday. $20-$49. (727) 823-7529.

Regina Spektor: The Soviet-born pianist with the dynamic voice stops at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday. $39.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.

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.

Kids and Family

Christmas is here: More than 150 Christmas trees will be on display and for sale at the Festival of Trees at the Long Center in Clearwater Friday through Sunday ($5, 10 and younger free). Skating on real ice opens Friday in an outdoor rink at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park ($10 for 90 minutes; (813) 966-5505). Hyde Park Village welcomes Santa at the free Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday. The go-to music for blinky holiday displays, Mannheim Steamroller, comes to Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday (tickets start at $36.50; (813) 229-7827).

Plant City Pig Jam: More than 70 teams from around the country compete Saturday for best barbecue ribs, pork, brisket and chicken. Free admission, charge for food, $5 parking at Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex. (813) 754-3707.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for week of Nov. 12 11/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:08pm]
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