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Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 16-22

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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

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

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

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.


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

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