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; rutheckerdhall.com.
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, tbpac.org.
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 tbpac.org 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 tweetsgiving.tampatweetup.com, 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 mosi.org
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. 13uglymen.com.
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.
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