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Things to do Tuesday, Nov. 24

The Color Purple opens tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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The Color Purple opens tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Things to do today

The Color Purple Blessed by Oprah and loved for its inspiring story, the Broadway musical adapted from Alice Walker's novel opens at 8 tonight and runs through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $40-$70. (727) 791-7400;

Garrison Keillor The Prairie Home Companion raconteur offers a down-to-earth blend of poetry, song and musings about life in the Midwest at 7:30 p.m. at the newly named David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $35 and up. (813) 229-7827,

Wonderland Get an early look at the possibly Broadway-bound musical, Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure. Preview performances start at 7:30 tonight and continue until the Dec. 5 opening at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Preview tickets start at $24.50. See for schedule.

TweetsGiving There's a tweetup for breakfast at IKEA in Tampa today that aims to give back. TweetsGiving is a global celebration of 48 hours of gratitude that last year created a hot trend with a simple premise: Tweeting what you're grateful for, and donating to the non-profit EpicChange, which raised more $10,000 to build a classroom in Tanzania. Go to, where a $10 donation gets you breakfast at Ikea, 1103 N 22nd St. in Tampa, at 8 a.m. and prizes for the first 50 attendees.

MOSI The Museum of Science and Industry is giving parents a break (worth $19.95) during winter break — even on Christmas — with free admission to any kid with the purchase of an adult/senior ticket ($23.95/$21.95) through Jan. 3, when it's Mindbender Mansion puzzle-solving adventure closes. Included are planetarium shows, the butterfly garden and more than 450 hands-on exhibits. Visitors can upgrade to an IMAX movie or flight-simulator ride. (813) 987-6100 or

Coming up

13 Ugly Men Get Roasted party This annual pre-Thanksgiving soiree is a block party this year, taking over two bars: Rawbar Sushi and Taps Wine Bar and Lounge on Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. It starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10 for ladies, $20 for men in advance and at the door. (813) 422-5220.

Holiday tree lightings On Friday at 7 p.m., St. Petersburg's mayor flips the switch to light the city's holiday tree and decorations on the waterfront at Straub Park. On Saturday, Olde Hyde Park Village brings in a celebrity to light the 30-foot tree, St. Nick himself, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the shopping village on Snow Avenue in South Tampa. And on Monday, it's Gulfport's turn, with music, refreshments and lots of lights at 7 p.m. at Clymer Park at Gulfport and Beach boulevards. All three are free.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Things to do Tuesday, Nov. 24 11/23/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:20pm]
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