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Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 30 - Jan. 5

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

Wild Wonderland: The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 7 for the annual evening winter festival with twinkling holiday lights, live reindeer and penguins, Frosty's Foam Factory, free rides and more. From 7 to 10 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $13 for adults, $11 for children. Call (813) 935-8552.

JJ Grey and Mofro: The bluesy Jacksonville swamp-rockers will perform at 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $20-$23. Call (813) 247-2555.

Bert Kreischer: The Tampa native got his comedy start at Florida State University in the '90s, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $18-$20. Call (813) 864-4000.

Monica: R&B singer Monica, best known for The Boy Is Mine and Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) will perform at 8 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $24.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Lingerie football league: Come out to see the Tampa Breeze smash and bash with the Orlando Fantasy, 9 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $20-$65. Call (813) 301-2500.

31 Saturday

West Coast Toast New Year's Eve party: Travel three time zones back and watch the ball drop via satellite from Los Angeles. The party starts at 2 a.m. and continues to 6 a.m. Sunday with DJs Chris Craze, Tony Puccio and Miss Playmate International spinning the music for a dance party at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. $50 general admission, $40 with wristband from participating clubs, $25 for hospitality employees. Call (813) 627-7625.

Busch Gardens party: Bring in the new year with a concert by the Guess Who in Gwazi Park and fireworks at midnight, from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $71.99-$79.99. Call toll-free, 1-888-800-5447.

Noon Year's Eve: Count down to noon with Radio Disney to celebrate with the family. Activities include games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, displays and more. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Included with regular zoo admission, $18.95-$23.95. Call (813) 935-8552.

End of the world celebration: No cover charge for this party with music by DJ Chino, free parking and a $20 all-you-can-drink "Mayan Ruin" of wells and PBR tall boys. 10 a.m. at Chelsea Nightclub, 1502 N Florida Ave. Call (813) 228-0139.

Channelside lights up the bay: Channelside celebrates with 12 hours of nonstop fun including live entertainment, midnight ball drop and fireworks, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. Limited fireworks view from the wharf, wristbands required. Free. Call (813) 223-4250.

Jackson's party: This celebration includes indoor and outdoor party areas, fireworks, entertainment, champagne toast, favors and photographers to capture the memorable occasion. 8 p.m. at Jackson's Bistro Restaurant, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. $25-$1,000. Call (813) 277-0112.

NYE at Skipper's: Donna the Buffalo sets the tone for this party with champagne toast, party favors and a breakfast buffet at midnight, 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call (813) 977-6474.

New Blue Year 2012: The Blue Martini's annual formal New Year's Eve party includes dancing to live music, hand-rolled sushi, champagne toast and sake, 8 p.m. at Blue Martini, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. $40. Call (813) 873-2583.

Matisyahu: The American Hasidic Jew is a reggae musician with a spit-fire pace. 8:30 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $34.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Aqua-Eve: Splash into the new year inside the aquarium with food, beer and wine, exhibit viewings, dancing to live music, a champagne toast and Channelside fireworks. 9 p.m. at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $100, cocktail attire required. Call (813) 273-4000.

The Cowhead Show NYE party: Gary Cannon hosts this party with performances by Pitbull Toddler and the Paper Stanleys, 9 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $25, $35 day of. Free beer until midnight and prizes all night long. Call (813) 247-2555.

Black and White party: A red carpet New Year's Eve party includes a paparazzi entrance, party favors, champagne toast, midnight celebration with ball drop viewing, dancing to music by DJ Gravity, door prizes and drink specials. 9 p.m. at Cheap, 309 S Howard Ave. $10 for women, $15 for men in advance; $20, $25 at the door. Call (855) 235-2867.

NYE bash at Crowbar: A free party with champagne and live music, 9 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. Free. Call (813) 241-8600.

Dallas Bull NYE: Champagne toast, all you can drink liquor and live music complete this party, 9 p.m. at the Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301. $40 in advance; $45 day of. $20 for ages 18 to 20. Call (813) 373-0700.

Toast at the cinema: Watch the ball in Times Square drop on three 35-foot screens inside and outside while being buried in balloons holding $1,000 in prizes. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Channelside Cinemas 10, 615 Channelside Drive, Suite 123. $20 general, $60 open bar. Call (813) 486-2395.

01 Sunday

Idea Zone weekend workshop: Idea Zone activities include high-tech gaming and simulations, fashion design, robot building and science experiments, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $16.95-$20.95 Call (813) 987-6000.

02 Monday

Outback Bowl: This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Outback Bowl and features a matchup of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the SEC East champions, against the Michigan State Spartans. 1 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. $75. Call (813) 874-2695.

03 Tuesday

$2 Target Tuesday: Get a cheap peek at the attraction with $2 admission from 2 to 7 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. Call (813) 443-3861.

MOSI after Dark: Come to the museum for this after-hours event with drink specials, music, ladderball, access to the Sky Trail Ropes Course and discounts on IMAX viewings 7 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. $10. Call (813) 987-6000.

Million Dollar Quartet: A musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $38.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

04 Wednesday

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth roars into town bringing dare-devilry, stunts, the world-famous clown alley and lots of animals, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. This year's show, Dragons, pays tribute to the Year of the Dragon using dragon lore mixed with circus feats of Shaolin Kung Fu warriors, charging Cossack riders, Asian elephants, fierce tigers and more. $16-$85. Call (813) 301-2500.

Al Romas: With 16 years experience, Romas is a veteran of television appearances, including VH-1's Standup Spotlight and Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater, and headlines regularly in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. Call (813) 864-4000.

05 Thursday

Censor This: This portion of the monthly documentary series features the 20-minute film UnBanned, about censorship and the banning of gay and lesbian events in Hillsborough County. 7 p.m. at the Buzz, 710 Harbour Post Drive. $5 donation. Call (813) 224-9214.

Kevin Hart: Popular touring comedian who has had cameos in a slew of comedies including The 40-Year Old Virgin and Modern Family. 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $35. Call (813) 864-4000.

Showcase Outback Bowl Parade

A New Year's Eve parade and a pep rally by the college marching bands and cheerleaders for the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans combine for the Outback Bowl Parade with floats, walking units and about 20 marching bands. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and runs along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Call (813) 874-2695.

Tampa entertainment calendar Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 4:31pm]
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