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What to do on Tuesday, Jan. 6

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Cats! That's right. They're back. "Technically, Cats never closed," says Danny Beiruti, who plays Rum Tum Tugger in the touring production. "It opened on Broadway in 1982, and even though that production has closed, this tour started before the Broadway run ended and it's been running ever since." The show opening tonight features the original costumes and choreography that made it the longest-running show on Broadway (a record since eclipsed by The Phantom of the Opera). Cats ran for 18 years on Broadway and 21 in London. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $30-$69. (727) 892-5767. mahaffeytheater.com.

Hula Hoop Sha-Boop: Take a stroll back to the age of innocence as musical vignettes and comedic stories recount the days of poodle skirts and soda fountains. This sock-hopping tribute features more than a decade of favorites including Yakety Yak, Stay, The Twist, It's My Party, Peggy Sue and more. Show days and times vary. Through March 21. Call or check Web site for tickets. Goldstein Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. $19-$29. (941) 366-9000. floridastudiotheatre.org.

Last Comic Standing Live Tour: Stand-up comedy by the five finalists from the NBC TV show. Scheduled to appear: Marcus, Jeff Dye, Louis Ramey, Iliza Shlesinger and Jim Tavare. 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Toll-free (800) 826-9303. vanwezel.org.

Real Lives Movie Series: "The Rosa Parks Story": Angela Bassett stars in the 2002 film about the woman who helped spark the civil-rights movement in the late 1950s. Noon, Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd., Clearwater. Free. (727) 736-1494. gmkjc.org.

Sun Coast Accordion Club of St. Petersburg: Bring your accordion for a chance to meet and play with other amateur and professional musicians. How often do you get a chance to do that? Dinner also will be served, but call ahead if you'd like to eat. First Tuesday of each month. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Elks Lodge, 1224, 2675 66th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 363-0848.

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Thursday: Whether you're there to gawk or get inked, the Cigar City Tattoo Convention is rolling into Tampa Bay this weekend. Don't tell mom and dad.

— Adam Newman anewman@tampabay.com

What to do on Tuesday, Jan. 6 01/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 6:19pm]

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