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Bob Ferraro, Snowy Egret

Paragon Fine Arts Festivals

Bob Ferraro, Snowy Egret


Sketch and etch

Need a break from shopping or a fun activity for out-of-town guests? Duncan McClellan Glass is hosting etching events Saturday at the fabulous, enormous glass studio, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg. It includes a tour of McClellan's hot shop and garden of tropical fruits. You choose or create a design, and assistants will help you apply it to a wine glass or plate. The professionals do the actual etching while you enjoy a libation. All ages welcome. Some of the proceeds benefit McClellan's school projects that provide art experiences in schools and his studio. Saturday etching sessions are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; $35 per person and reservations are required. or (813) 760-6600.

Artists' Holiday Show and Sale Support the Arts Council shopping for original, affordable works of art. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 845-7322.

Gulfport Art Walk Meet independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers and purchase their work along Beach Boulevard, take classes at the Industrial Art Center in specialized areas and enjoy live musicians at venues throughout the waterfront district. Free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. (727) 322-5217.

The Art of Gift Giving Choose from thousands of new items including glass, wood, jewelry, clay, metal, fiber and mixed media artwork, which comes with a tag identifying the artists and their hometowns. They will even gift wrap it for you. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.

Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery Holiday Gift Exhibition Browse or buy artwork and handmade holiday gifts. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday-Thursday. Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 848-6500.


Harp on this

For a wealth of lovely music — anytime of year but especially around the holidays — one of the most overlooked venues is churches. This week's standout: the Tampa Bay Harp Ensemble. For the fourth weekend in Advent service, worship will be accompanied by the ethereal sounds of harps as the group performs classical and seasonal favorites. Never heard of the Tampa Bay Harp Ensemble? It's pretty new, just founded in April, with seven harpists. Find out more at The concert is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bel-Mar Presbyterian Church, 4003 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa. Free. (321) 543-0708.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told Instead of performing A Christmas Carol for the umpteenth time, the thespian trio tackles a mishmash tale that premiered at the Studio in 2011. 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. $10, $8 students/military/seniors. Pay what you can Tuesday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

The Family Blessing (formerly The Chocolate Nutcracker) Artz 4 Life Academy's annual Nutcracker production takes a new direction to promote family unity. Follow a young boy named Michael as he experiences the blessings that come simply through having a family. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $17-$37. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832.

The Santaland Diaries The most wonderful time of the year? Not so, says Crumpet, the chemically dependent writer who takes a job as a "helper elf" at Macy's Santaland. $19, except Monday's "pay what you can" show. 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 3 p.m. Wednesday. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

The Tempest The National Players present William Shakespeare's play. $10, $5 students. 7 p.m. Friday. Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774-7382.

A Christmas Carol The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, brings the adaptation of Dickens' Christmas ghost tale to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400 or

A Christmas Carol The classic holiday tale. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Special Children's Theater Performance: 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 28. $16. Second Stage Studio Theatre, 200 S McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 944-6442.

A Christmas Carol Freefall updates its tradition with an all-new cast for a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday, 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $21-$46. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley The Village Players present the Christmas classic with special effects and a choreographed number spilling into the audience. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $15, $13 seniors/students/military; $25 dinner theater opening night. James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St., Valrico. (813) 689-0044.

A Christmas Story St. Pete City Theatre presents the classic tale, from the Red Ryder BB gun to the leg lamp. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $22, $10 students. St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 866-1973.

Babes in Toyland With new music, Carollwood Players present the classic tale. 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday. $20, $17 students/seniors/military. Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 265-4000.

Bones Two brothers' run-down porn cinema becomes the focus of a comic tale of violence and mayhem. 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday. $15, $12 students/seniors/members. Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 300-3585.

Handle With Care Ayelet, an Israeli girl, is dragged on a road trip to America. With a botched DHL delivery of a coffin, an unexpected blizzard on Christmas Eve and an ill-equipped translator, the comedy is a Jewish Christmas story. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $30, $15 students/seniors; $15 preview performance. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 374-2416.

Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor Get an inside look at the harried legendary writers of early TV. 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8 p.m. Saturday. $39-$59. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Winter Fantasy The Patel Conservatory's production incorporates some musical theater elements such as acting and singing in a classic holiday performance. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $20. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

A Classical Evening of Opera Features some of the more famous opera duets, quartets and arias, followed by a dessert reception. 7 p.m. Saturday. $18 advance, $25 at the door. Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road, Tampa. (813) 962-6338.


Coop it up

Mark Curry is best known as the star of the '90s sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and as one of the hosts of Showtime at the Apollo, but he also currently stars in Nick at Nite's first original live-action family comedy series, See Dad Run. Check out his stand-up at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Tickets are $20. (813) 864-4000.

Lachlan Patterson The second runner-up from this year's Last Comic Standing also co-hosts the weekly podcast Kooks of Komedy. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday.

$16-$18. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

An Improvised Christmas Carol The Dear Aunt Gertrude improv troupe brings an improvised Christmas Carol. Alpaca Suitcase, the Box Theater's newest improv team, will open the show. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $5. The Box Theatre, 1925 Second Ave., Tampa.

Danny Bevins 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $18-$20. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

David Beck 6 p.m. Saturday. $10. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Nine and Numb The comedy improv team presents "uncommon comedy at the speed of thought." 8 p.m. Monday. $10. Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6777.

Peter J. Fogel 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 937-3737.

The Shabaang! The PDC Jam Band opens the long form improv show by three different house teams. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $3. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 963-0578.

The Big ticket: St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts

If the thought of yet another trip to the mall or big-box store for that special gift you forgot to purchase seems too fraught, consider St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts as an alternative. It's on Saturday and Sunday in South Straub Park, between Beach and Bayshore drives. It isn't one of our annual not-for-profit art festivals (such as Mainsail and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts) but organized by Paragon Fine Art Festivals that operates shows around the country. The caveats are that you aren't necessarily buying local (but keep in mind that artists from around the country exhibit at our beloved local shows, too, and some of the artists in this show are from the Tampa Bay region) and the selection process for admitting artists into the show isn't as transparent. Its website,, lists some of its artists with examples of their work so you can judge it yourself. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. — Lennie Bennett

Art, stage, comedy 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:45pm]
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