What to do today
Free Photos With Santa: Skip the mall and save a few bucks on your holiday photos this season. Visit with St. Nick in Hyde Park Village and receive a complimentary photo as a memento. Benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Donations accepted. Photos available Tues. and Thurs. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. from noon to 6 p.m., Sun. from noon to 4 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa's Cottage is located between Milagros and B'szene Boutique. 742 S Village Circle, Tampa. (813) 876-4150. oldhydepark.com.
Movin' Out: Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create the hottest musical of the year. Joel's classics come to life in the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades. You might recognize Joel's music, but please, leave the Zippos in your pocket. 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $50-$80. Toll-free 1-800-826-9303. vanwezel.org..
Theatre Pipe Organ Performance: Believe it or not, a classic pipe organ can play more than just dun-dun da-dun da-daaaa! Charge! Bring your lunch and have a snack during the performance by the mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ. The organ, lovingly restored by the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society, creates the sound of a full orchestra, including a variety of percussion instruments and a bevy of sound effects. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Pinellas Park Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 546-0564.
Even more: Finished with your Christmas shopping and looking for something to do today? Choose from more than 100 things going on in Tampa Bay today at entertainment.tampabay.com.
What to watch for
Wednesday: Get Dali'd up for the most surrealistic fashion show around, the House of Dali show.
Thursday: Ian Beckles' first Hip-Hop Party was such a success, he's decided to do it again at Club Lime.
Thursday: Reax magazine says thank you to all its fans and readers with an appreciation party featuring tons of live music, natch.
— Adam Newman, [email protected]