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Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 16-22

16 Today

The Four Acres: Together for more than 50 years, the group's signature tunes include Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Stranger in Paradise, Shangri-La and Sincerely. 6:30 p.m. at Red Rose Ballroom, 2011 N Wheeler St., Plant City. $65 to $85, includes show and four-course dinner. Call (813) 752-3141.

Wild Wonderland: The annual evening winter festival with holiday lights, reindeer, penguins, visits with Santa, Frosty's foam factory, free rides and more. From 7 to 10 p.m. daily at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $13 for adults, $11 for children. Call (813) 935-8552.

Handel's 'Messiah': The Tampa Oratorio Singers will perform Handel's Messiah at 7 p.m. today and Sunday at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 San Jose St. Call (813) 253-6047.

University art show: Eight college seniors and artists display their works in this mixed-media show from 7 to 9 p.m. in the University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard. Free. Call (813) 253-6217.

'Holiday Inc.': A show filled with dazzling effects, costumes, performers, characters, high-energy dance numbers and songs about an elf named Ivy who believes that the meaning of the holidays is getting lost because of stress and hustle. 7:30 p.m. daily except Monday at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $36.50. Also at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Holiday film series: The Tampa Theatre will show the classic It's a Wonderful Life at 3 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at 711 Franklin St. $11. Also at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 274-8982.

'The Nutcracker': This holiday classic features international guest artists performing with the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet. 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $22.50. Also at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

'The Blue Room': A comedy of scandalous energy as one actor and one actress play all 10 partners in a continuous chain of sexual liaisons. 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets start at $24.50. Final showing at 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit stageworkstheatre.org.

Four Shillings Short: A trio of independent folk-artists who live as the troubadours of old and travel from town to town. 8 p.m. at Sacred Grounds, 4819 E Busch Blvd. $10. Call 813-983-0837.

Gary Owen: Owen, an Ohio native and comedian for more than a decade, can be seen as Zach the barber on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $16 to $18. Also at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

17 Saturday

Railfair and model train show: Relive the glory days of railroading in Florida with more than 350 dealers and a show that includes model items, railroad antiques, eight working layouts, clinics, Lego trains, a ride-on-train and Santa Claus brings free gifts to kids. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $8 (good for both days), free for ages 11 and under. Visit gserr.com.

Holiday FantaSea: The Florida Aquarium turns into a winter wonderland with snow flurries, diving elves, train rides and photos with Santa. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Thursday at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $16.95 to $21.95. Call (813) 273-4000.

Una Voce holiday concert: The Florida Men's Chorale performs a holiday reunion concert at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1505 E Palm Ave. $20. Call (813) 253-7623.

Hip-hop dance showcase: Led by dance instructor DeMario Henry, hip-hop students from Patel Conservatory's hip-hop dance classes will perform several dance pieces to contemporary music. 4 p.m. at Patel Conservatory, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $8. Call (813) 222-1002.

Jingle Jump: Let the kids enjoy inflatables, cookies, juice, games, prizes and a visit from Santa. 5:30 p.m. at Jump! Zone Center, 12402 Race Track Road. $10 per child, parents free. Call (813) 925-1010.

18 Sunday

Great amazing race: Teams of two will race around a 1-mile cross-country course that includes eight fun-filled stations. Tasks will include games, relays, obstacle courses and more. There will be two races: 1 and 2:30 p.m. at Interbay-Glover YMCA, 4411 S Himes Ave. Register online. $30 to $40. Visit greatamazingrace.com.

Hillsborough River holiday boat parade: Decorated kayaks, canoes and traditional craft will depart from Lowry Park boat ramp and travel up river to Sulphur Springs Park at Nebraska Avenue. Assembles at 5:30 p.m., and parade starts at 6 p.m. Watch free from Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard. Call (813) 237-8497.

20 Tuesday

Santa's holiday film fest: A series of six wacky holiday-themed clips including Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the Jingle Bells sing-along cartoon, vintage Max Fleischer holiday cartoons, Howdy Doody's Christmas Story and a compilation of rare holiday commercials. 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $12. Call (813) 274-8982.

Ralphie May: Voted one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" in 2008, the former Last Comic Standing contestant has filmed three Comedy Central specials in the past three years. 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $22. Call (813) 864-4000.

21 Wednesday

Benji Brown: The witty Miami native is known for his diverse characters. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. 15 to $17. Call (813) 864-4000.

22 Thursday

Rockapella holiday: The Carmen Sandiego a cappella fellas will perform a special holiday show. 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $25.50 to $35. Call (813) 274-8982.

Showcase

Lucky Ducky Derby on Ice

Watch as children skate around and pluck the rubber ducks from the ice to win prizes at 10 a.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Adopt a duck for $5. Benefits Kids Cafe, a program of Feeding America Tampa Bay. Visit luckyduckyderby.com.

Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 16-22 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:30am]
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