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Top Tampa Bay area events in the upcoming week

On stage: Two big productions are worth your attention, starting Tuesday. Be among the first to see previews of the (hopefully) Broadway-bound musical Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure. Preview tickets are $15 less than those after the Dec. 5 opening at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. (813) 229-7827; There's also Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple, which runs Tuesday through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $40-$70. (727) 791-7400.

13 Ugly Men Roasted: The annual Thanksgiving Eve soiree is a block party this year, taking over two bars on Ashley Street in downtown Tampa: Raw Bar Sushi and Taps Wine Bar and Lounge. It starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10 for ladies, $20 for men. (813) 422-5220;

David Cook: The American Idol champ is a rocker and one of the music industry's good guys. He performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $30-35. (727) 892-5798.

Tree lightings: On Friday, St. Petersburg lights up its holiday tree and decorations along the waterfront in Straub Park at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Santa lights the 30-foot tree in Old Hyde Park Village in Tampa, with music, carriage rides and carolers 6 to 8 p.m. Both events are free.

Turkey Trot: If you'd like to head off a weight gain from eating too much Thanksgiving turkey, check out the Times Turkey Trot on Thursday at Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave. There's the 10K Turkey Trot at 8:30 a.m., or if you're not quite up to that distance, there's the 5K Wingding at 7, the 5K Fun Run at 7:30 or the 1-Mile Gobbler at 8:30. Entry fees are $15 for the three longer races ($20 race day) and $10 for the 1-miler ($12 race day). Each participant is asked to bring a canned good or nonperishable food items on race day for the food pantry program at Religious Community Services. For more details, visit

Top Tampa Bay area events in the upcoming week 11/22/09 [Last modified: Sunday, November 22, 2009 8:45pm]
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