When you've had enough of that drummer boy
Come the evening of Christmas Day, what to do when you just can't listen to one more schmaltzy carol? Head to Ybor City for the Christmas Night Extravaganza at 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., with Jarvik 7, Hankshaw and other bands. Or catch Synechdoche, NY, the mind-bending directorial debut of screenwriter (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) Charlie Kaufman, at 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre. Or clear the sugarplums out of your ears, Pilgrim, with cable channel AMC's John Wayne festival: Hondo at 6 p.m., True Grit at 8 and The Shootist at 11.
We're going to need a bigger mattress
Tuesday will be the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Reserve, above, the nation's bank. Here's hoping it makes it to 100.
A sequel universally acknowledged
What to spend that bookstore gift card on? How about the latest from Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds) — and the latest entry in the Jane Austen spinoff industry — The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet? The novel picks up 20 years after Pride and Prejudice ended, with Mary blossomed into a beauty — and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy bone-weary of one another. It's in bookstores Saturday.
Put some candles on their fruitcake
Happy holiday birthdays to three guys we wouldn't mind having over to sing a few carols. On Tuesday, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam will be 44. On Christmas Day, mayor of Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett turns 62. And on Sunday, cool soul crooner John Legend will be 30.
By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 893-8435.