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Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 2-8

02 Today

5 SPoT art show: One of Tampa's biggest skate events featuring an intense skate tournament and local art, 9 a.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive. $10. Call (813) 621-6793.

Victorian Christmas stroll: Experience an old-fashioned Christmas with a stroll in a former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, with 14 exhibit rooms, costumed characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and this year's decorating themes of whimsical teacups, antique toys, tinkling bells and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. $13 for adults, $11 seniors and students, $7 for kids ages 4 to 18. Enjoy spiced cider and cookies on the verandah and listen to the carolers perform. Call (813) 254-1891.

Downtown on Ice: Skate on an outdoor rink with real ice. $10 includes a 90-minute session and skate rental. From 4 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Also from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call (813) 274-8615.

Xtreme Fighting Championships: Mixed Martial Arts superstars come to town for XFC 13 "Unstoppable" with live action fighting integrating jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, tae kwon do, wrestling and more. 7 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $15-$60. Call (813) 301-2500.

Tree lighting: Kickoff the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, live music and a viewing of the family holiday movie Elf. From 7 to 8 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 274-7723.

'Oy Vey in a Manger': The Kinsey Sicks, a dragapella beauty shop quartet, blends four-part harmonies with campy humor in this holiday show, 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28.50 Call (813) 229-7827.

Rene Marie: A sensuous singer, Marie's style incorporates elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel. 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $33.50. 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, Saturday and Thursday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets start at $24.50. Also at 3 p.m. Sunday. Visit

The Devil Wears Prada: The Christian metalcore act will perform with Enter Shikari, Whitechapel and For Today. 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $20. Call (813) 247-2555.

Oliver Parker!: It's Christmas time as four broken souls gravitate toward one another in search of solace in this dark comedy by Elizabeth Meriwether, at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave. $12, $10 for students and seniors. Also at 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 300-3585.

Wendy Liebman: Liebman has been performing stand-up comedy for about 20 years, starting in her basement in Long Island. 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Also at 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 864-4000.

03 Saturday

97X Next Big Thing: This year's lineup includes Young the Giant, Awolnation, fun, Foster the People, Manchester Orchestra, Bush, Cage the Elephant, Sublime with Rome and Taking Back Sunday. 10 a.m. at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $30-$65. Call (813) 740-2446.

Tomato and Heritage Festival: Celebrate Ruskin tomatoes and their history alongside a fair with food vendors, arts and crafts, country and bluegrass music, a children's area and plant show and sale. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at E. G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. $5, kids 12 and under free. Visit

$5 day at MOSI: Everyone is admitted to the exhibit galleries at the Museum of Science and Industry for just $5. 10 a.m. at 4801 E Fowler Ave. Call (813) 987-6000.

Cracker Country Christmas: Cracker Country's old-fashioned country Christmas celebration with music, traditional crafts, historical interpretations and more, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 N US Highway 301. $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Call (813) 627-4225.

Downtown holiday parade: The parade steps off at Pierce and Madison streets, travels west on Madison to Ashley Drive, turns north to end at Ashley Drive and Cass Street. 11 a.m. Free. Call (813) 274-7723.

Santa fest: Bring the family to a winter wonderland including visits with Santa Claus, continuous holiday entertainment, hands-on games and make-and-take holiday-themed crafts. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 251-3378.

Madrigal dinner: Learn the manners of the court and laugh at the antics of court performers, all while being surrounded by music performed by more than 200 award-winning musicians. Noon and 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 4311 W San Miguel St. Dinner shows are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under. All matinee shows are $10, dessert only. Also at 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 251-1660.

Charlie Daniels Band: The Charlie Daniels Band joins country acts including Suite Caroline, Aaron Kelly, T Graham Brown, Confederate Railroad and Little Texas for a concert to benefit the Angelus House. 3 p.m. at The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301. $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (813) 987-2855.

Mafia tour: Scott M. Deitche, author of five books on the mob, will lead a group on a two-hour jaunt through Tampa's mafia history, at 5:30 p.m. at King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar, 1523 E Seventh Ave. $15 per tour, purchased in advance. No walk-ups. Call (813) 241-9109.

04 Sunday

Hyde Park Village market: Outdoor market includes live music, cooking demos, take-home ready-to-eat food items, agricultural goods and art. Friendly dogs on leashes welcome. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle. Call (813) 251-3500.

Old Hyde Park home tour: Tour five to seven historic houses along Willow Avenue, from 1 to 4 p.m. starting at St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 S Orleans Ave. $15, $20 day of. Call (813) 258-6600.

Holiday film series: Watch Miracle on 34th Street, starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood. 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $11. Call (813) 274-8982.

'SLUT Energy Theory': A one-woman play about incest and abuse with themes of victimhood, survivor trauma and feminist energy. 4 p.m. in Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $24.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Andrea Bocelli: The famed Italian tenor, known for his tender operatic voice and his blindness, stops in Tampa on one of only six U.S. shows in 2011. 7:30 p.m. in St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $75 to $350. Call (813) 301-2500.

Wale: Rapper Wale stops in Tampa on a tour promoting his sophomore album, Ambition. With Black Cobain. 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $15, $30 VIP. Call (813) 247-2555.

Janet Jackson: Jackson will perform an intimate show of her greatest hits on her "Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour," 8 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $59.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Repeal Day party: Celebrate the 78th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition with multiple bars, tasting rooms, food and entertainment, From 8 p.m. to midnight at Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, 1915 N Ave. $60-$75. Call (813) 494-0250.

05 Monday

World Wrestling Entertainment: WWE action returns for a night of hard-hitting action and entertainment with superstars including Triple H, John Cena, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio. 8:15 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $20-$75. Call (813) 301-2500.

06 Tuesday

Senior fun fest and jamboree: Live music, sweets and treats, one-man circus Fritzy and prize giveaways. 10 a.m. at Strawberry Festival Grounds, 2202 W Reynolds St. in Plant City. Free. Call (813) 653-1988.

$2 Tuesday: Get a cheap peek at the Glazer Children's Museum on the first Tuesday of every month, from 2 to 7 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $2. Call (813) 443-3861.

MOSI after dark: Come to the museum for this "after hours" event with drink specials, music, ladder ball, discounts on IMAX and access to the ropes course. 7 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $10. Call (813) 987-6000.

'A Christmas Story': Based on the classic holiday movie, the play chronicles young Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the Christmas gift of his dreams: a BB gun. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $38.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

07 Wednesday

Dickey Betts and the Great Southern: The former lead guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts performs a special show sure to recall memories. 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. $29.50 to $69.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

08 Thursday

WWII radio broadcast: Step back in time to Dec. 8, 1941, for a radio theater production performed live 6 p.m. at Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. Free. Call (813) 228-0097.

Pete Correale: Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 10 comics to watch, rising comedian Correale performs at 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $14-$18. Call (813) 864-4000.


Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Watch festively decorated boats spread holiday cheer as they motor and sail around Davis Islands, Harbour Island and through Garrison Channel. Best viewed from Channelside, the SS American Victory Ship, Davis Islands, Harbour Island and the Convention Center. 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Free. Call (813) 274-8511.

Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 2-8 12/01/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 3:30am]
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