Undercover at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry's Gallery 221 features photographers Wendy Babcox and Selina Roman, whose colorful, quirky works sometimes belie a sly irony. The show at Gallery 221, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, continues through Dec. 12. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. hccfl.edu/gallery221 or (813) 253-7386.
Carousel No. 3 Inspired by an old-fashioned slideshow, this event gives photographers an opportunity to present their work. Carlton Ward Jr. will present stories and photographs from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday. Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-7836.
Gulfport Art Walk Meet independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers and purchase their work along Beach Boulevard. Visitors can also view the stars through St. Pete Astronomy Club's telescopes every first Friday. 6-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport.
Holiday Art Show and Artists Reception Gallery celebrates its 33rd year of holiday art shows with a wide selection of Western paintings, bronzes and prints, including works by 25 noted artists. This year features more small paintings and bronzes with a special selection of Native American jewelry. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through Jan. 4. Free. Plainsmen Gallery, 2141 Main Street, Dunedin. (727) 726-5100.
Holiday Art in the Park The Creative Artists Guild presents an art show and sale featuring paintings, photos, jewelry, prints and other gift items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 641-7055.
Holiday Gift Emporium Browse the original art, hand crafted jewelry, Japanese fish prints, books, spice blends and more, with refreshments. 4-8 p.m. Friday. Free. Art Trysts Studio, 1490 N Belcher Road, Suite K, Clearwater.
Holiday Open House Find a unique glass gift or painting at this open house. Refreshments will be served. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 725-1808.
Holiday Sale and Art Auction Tampa Bay artists Daniel Mrgan, Danial Ryan, Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol will each have a piece on display and up for silent auction at the cafe. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Bidding remains open until Dec. 21. Free. Cafe Hey, 1540 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 221-5150.
Holizaar The sixth annual handmade holiday bazaar features a wide variety of unique crafts. 10 a.m. Saturday. $3. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.
St. Pete Beach Corey Area Art and Craft Festival A full spectrum of media by 100 crafters will be on display and for sale including folk art, pottery, handmade clothing, painted wood, personalized gift items, quilts and hair accessories. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (561) 746-6615.
Send in the 'Clowns'
Way back when unemployment was funny, Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns traded on the nobility of not joining the rat race. Hat Trick Theatre resurrects that ideal and Gardner's half-century-old play, opening Friday in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Murray Burns (Ned Averill-Snell) is an iconoclast and laid-off TV writer setting bad examples for his orphaned niece Nicki (Hannah Anton, in her acting debut). Nicki's class report on the joys of collecting unemployment insurance draws attention from social workers concerned for her well-being. Murray must decide whether keeping Nicki in his life is worth finding a job. A Thousand Clowns hits the boards Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and 4 p.m. on Sundays, through Dec. 22. $23; $18 for students, seniors and military personnel with ID. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org. — Steve Persall
Florida Orchestra Tito Munoz will lead the Florida Orchestra this weekend in performances of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D major, nicknamed the "Titan" symphony. Performances are 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.
It's A Wonderful Life Follow George on his journey through his own life as he discoveres what the little town of Bedford Falls would be without him. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 22. $22. St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 866-1973. splt.org.
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play The holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast with the help of an ensemble cast on stage. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 21. $18; $15 seniors, students and military. Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000. carrollwoodplayers.org.
The Last Room This musical based on the nativity of Christ is told from the viewpoint of the innkeeper. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 22. $20. Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. (727) 822-6194. venueactorstudio.org.
A Christmas Carol The musical adaptation of Dickens' classic returns, with special effects and a chorus of Tampa Bay children. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 24. $20-$44. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
Holiday Party of One This holiday play finds a home at New Stage Theatre after its run in 2012 at Stageworks Theatre. Three overworked, out of touch people get caught up in the mad rush of the holidays until Lucky, a Christmas elf, comes to the rescue. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 19. $26. New Stage Theatre, 11650 131st St. N, Largo. (813) 817-2585. Newstagelargo.org.
Happy Holidays Concert with Opera Tampa The Opera Tampa Singers celebrate the holidays with a concert of old favorites and classics. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $10. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble The performance features colorful costumes, fancy dance steps and rich folk music presented by two orchestras. 2 p.m. Sunday. $35-$75. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Our Town Thornton Wilder's acclaimed drama explores the lives of the Gibbs and Webb families living in a small American town in New Hampshire. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 15. Tickets available online. $21 adults; $11 students. Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. (727) 446-1360. franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Shaq digs him
Comedian Gary Owen starred in the film Think Like A Man and hosted of the Showtime special Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam — Live from Orlando. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $17-$20. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Robert Kelly has traveled on tour with Dane Cook and Gary Gulman and was seen as Louis C.K.'s brother Robbie on Louie. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $14-$18.50. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Darryl Lenox The comedian recorded the standup special Blind Ambition, which deals with his deteriorating eyesight, and was the guest on WTF with Marc Maron. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.
Carl Guerra 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club Beachcomber Resort, 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653. coconutscomedyclubs.com.