What to do today
Coffee With a Curator: The Dali Museum is impressive, but even more so when you have someone knowledgeable explaining the artist's layered symbolism. Join curator Dirk Armstrong in the museum store for complimentary coffee and refreshments followed by a focused tour. 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free with museum admission. (727) 823-3767. salvadordalimuseum.org.
Holiday Ale Festival: While some beers taste better at a backyard barbecue, others are brewed to warm you on a cool winter's night. With more than 50 ales and beers to sample — from Santa's Private Reserve to Wychwood Bah Humbug and Petrus Winterbier — you should have no problem finding something you like. But overindulge, and you could be well on your way to getting your name on Santa's naughty list. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-4969.
Impulse: This Afro-reggae band from Clearwater formed in 1997 and all three members have close ties to the West Indies. Their sound is a tight, powerful mix of island styles from several Caribbean cultures. All members trade off singing and harmonizing. They also sing in Spanish and French. Can't make it out tonight? They play every Island Wednesday at Skippers. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 977-6474. myspace.com/impulseda.
Tampa Bay Flying Club: Whether you're a lifelong pilot of just an aviation buff, join the Tampa Bay Flying Club for its monthly meeting, which features films, a flying joke contest and plenty of great stories ("So there I was ..."). 7 p.m. Snapper's Bar and Grill, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (813) 251-4669. tbflyingclub.org.
And more: Keep your head up. You can make it through today, and then it's all downhill to the weekend. But why wait? There's more than 110 things to do today. Find them at entertainment.tampabay.com.
What to watch for
Thursday: Get dressed up in your best animal prints for Jungle Boogie, the pre-party to Lowry Park Zoo's annual Karamu XXI fundraiser.
Friday: It's a special holiday version of St. Petersburg's free shuffleboard night, and then shuffle your way over to First Friday to spread a little good cheer.
— Adam Newman firstname.lastname@example.org