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A calendar of things to do

18 Today

ShadoCon: The convention for anime, comic and gaming fans features shows, panels, games and industry guests, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St. $25. Call (813) 388-7155.

Downtown on Ice: Get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental, noon to 9 p.m. today at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $10. Also 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Call (813) 966-5505.

Gorey Stories: Jobsite Theater puts on this collection of creepy vignettes inspired by author Edward Gorey, 4 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28. Call (813) 229-7827.

DeRay Davis: The comic's film credits include Jumping the Broom, Old Dogs, Life as We Know It, School for Scoundrels and Scary Movie 4, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $25. Call (813) 864-4000.

Nature program: Rangers guide children ages 9 to 15, and children at heart, through activities related to the topic "Florida's Rarest Animals — Panthers and Bears, Oh My!" at 10 a.m. and noon at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. $5 per child, adults with children free, adult only $5 (cash payment only). Call (813) 987-6204.

Holiday show: Join the Fisher-Price Little People friends to discover the true meaning of holiday spirit through a 40-minute musical filled with singing, dancing and secret surprises, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Included with zoo admission. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

Fiesta del Coqui: Celebrate Hispanic culture and the tiny frog of Puerto Rico, the coqui, with live music, crafts, activities and food, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

Downtown market: Stroll among more than 50 vendors offering crafts, local fruits and vegetables, and prepared foods, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street. Call (813) 649-8747.

Farmers market: Shop for organic produce, handmade goods, artisan breads and more at this family- and dog-friendly market with live music from 1 to 3 p.m., open mike sessions from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., and self-guided tours of the farm, noon to 4 p.m. at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave. Free admission, charge for food and drink. Call (813) 887-4066.

Steinway Piano Series: Natalia Ehwald performs The Romantics, featuring works by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, 4 p.m. at the University of South Florida School of Music MUS 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $8-$12 advance, $10-$15 day of. Call (813) 974-2311.

Sneaker expo: The event will have sneaker collectors buying, selling and trading their favorite kicks and shopping among apparel lines. Bring up to three pairs of shoes to sell or trade at the event, 4 to 8 p.m. at Pepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St. $10 advance, $15 at the door. Call (813) 367-0040.

Music for food: Bring nonperishable food donations or cash to be donated to Tampa Bay Harvest in exchange for a live performance of classical chamber music. 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. Call (813) 269-1310.

Celtic rock: Enter the Haggis performs with Brother at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499.

19 Monday

Yogatailates: Seniors age 50 and older can participate in this combination of Yoga, Qigong and Pilates for bone and muscle health and strength, 8:45 a.m. at the Town and Country Senior Center, 7606 Paula Drive. $2. Call (813) 873-6336.

Bike ride: Weekly guided bike ride breaks into groups for slow and fast riders, and ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required, helmets suggested, 6 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. Free. Call (813) 225-1777.

Title Fight: The Pennsylvania band plays a brand of melodic hardcore. Pianos Become the Teeth and Single Mothers also play, 7 p.m. at Transitions Art Gallery at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive. $12 advance, $14 day of. Call (813) 382-3477.

20 Tuesday

Elf: The Musical: Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film, the Broadway musical follows a young boy raised in the North Pole, unaware that he is not an elf, 7:30 p.m. today and Wednesday in Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $39.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Black on Black Rhyme: A spoken word and poetry open mike with food and drink specials, 9 p.m. at Supa D's Tropical Bar and Grill, 810 E Skagway Ave. $6, $10 after 9:30 p.m. Call (813) 810-3582.

21 Wednesday

Men Without Hats: The Canadian new wave band behind '80s earworm Safety Dance performs in a show including the Right Stars, 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8.88. Call (813) 248-9500.

Glenn Miller: The trained clinical hypnotherapist uses hypnosis in his humorous stage show, 8 and 10:15 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $12. Call (813) 864-4000.

The Italian entertainment company sets up its big top for ACT XII, featuring aerial acts, hand-balancing acts, contortionists and more, 1 and 5 p.m. today, with other performances throughout the week, at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $25-$40 adults, $10-$35 ages 2-12. Call (941) 907-8572.

A calendar of things to do 11/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 7:28pm]
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