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Tampa entertainment calendar Nov. 11-17

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Celebrate Greek heritage, culture, cuisine, wine, shopping and dancing from 11 a.m. to midnight today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John Greek Orthodox Church and School, 2418 W Swann Ave. $2, free with military ID and for children under age 12. Details:

11 Today

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. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. Also from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday; 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call (813) 274-8615.

$5 day at MOSI: It's $5 admission for everyone today at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. All active and retired military personnel, EMTs, firefighters and police officers can get into the museum for $5 today through Sunday for Veterans Day weekend. Call (813) 987-6000.

ArtLOUD: The fourth annual sculpture exhibition features silent auction, gourmet tastings, cocktails, Latin jazz and grand prize sculpture unveiling. 7-10 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza in downtown Tampa. $65. (813) 443-3861.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Violinist Stefan Jackiw performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto, 8 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15-$45. Call (813) 229-7827.

Peter Pan: Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in this production of the fanciful tale, 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 $38.50. Also at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Ben Bailey: You'll likely seen him on TV as the host of Discovery Channel's trivia show Cash Cab. The standup comedian appears here, 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $20. Also at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 864-4000.

Korn: Their alt-metal sound in the post-grunge era helped them to become a popular and provocative band. 8 p.m. at Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway. $32.50. Call (813) 868-7600.

Quills: The play reimagines the final years of Frenchman Marquis de Sade's time in an asylum, 8 p.m. today and Saturday in Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Contains violence, lewd imagery and nudity. $24.50. Final showing at 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Outdoor broadcast of the USF vs. Syracuse game: Watch the game outside on a huge screen while kids visit the alumni kids zone featuring games and a giant inflatable slide. 8 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Call (813) 974-6312.

12 Saturday

America's Got Talent auditions: If you've got what you consider an award-winning talent, come out and see how it stacks up against other area performers, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Free. Visit

Special Olympics family festival: A day of activities include wall climbing, ice skating, dancing, arcade games, miniature golf, a giant croquet game, arts and crafts, giant air rides, a bounce gym, prizes and giveaways. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $5 donation, benefits the athletes of Special Olympics Florida. Visit specialolympics

South Shore music festival: Bands from across South Florida perform, kids can play at the kids zone and adults can partake in live entertainment and food from local vendors. 11 a.m. at International Independent Showmen's Association Clubhouse, 6915 Riverview Drive. $15, $8 for children ages 12 to 17, $8 seniors/ military, children under 12 free. Call (813) 677-3590.

India Fest: The annual festival showcases more than 120 booths and 900 entertainers with ethnic folk dancing competitions, Indian food items, a concert, youth education sessions and a health forum. 11 a.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $8, $5 for ages 10 and younger. Call (727) 858-4123.

Flavor of West Tampa: Celebrate West Tampa's culture and cuisine with music and dancers, children's activities, marketplace and food tastes from Noho Bistro, Mr. Empanada, La Teresita, Montauro's Ristorante and others. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Tampa Convention Center, 3005 W Columbus Drive. Attend free, charge for food. Call (813) 247-8118.

Rock school blowout: Twelve bands will play downtown at this free outdoor concert featuring performances of classic hits that rock school students learned during a 12-week class, 1 p.m. on the Riverwalk at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Visit

Art exhibit: Bernie Taupin, the songwriter and lyricist who has worked with Elton John for decades, showcases a collection of contemporary artworks and makes a guest appearance, 6 to 9 p.m. at Michael Murphy Gallery, 2701 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Free. Also from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 902-1414

A Rocky Horror-esque murder mystery: Dress as your favorite Rocky Horror character and come to a murder mystery show at Dr. Frank-N-Wiener's castle as part of the annual Transylvania Convention and fundraiser party. 6 p.m. at Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave. $35, includes hot dogs, two drinks and a prize for the solver of the mystery. Call (813) 879-2914.

Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge: Goth-rock pioneer Peter Murphy of Bauhaus returns to Tampa Bay, performing alongside one of the group's sonic descendants, electro-gothsters She Wants Revenge. 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $24.50. Call (813) 247-2555.

Songs from the American Songbook: Tampa Bay actor and singer Emilia Sargent will perform tunes from A Streetcar Named Desire, 7:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1505 E Palm Ave. $25, supports next year's production of the title. Call (813) 253-7623.

13 Sunday

Comic Con: Convention with 100 tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork, trading cards and more, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. $5, 12 and younger free. Call (407) 619-2128.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life. 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Donations accepted. (813) 254-1891.

Tom Rhodes: Enjoy dinner and a free show by veteran comic Tom Rhodes, 8:30 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Call (813) 627-7625.

14 Monday

Josh Ritter: The latest studio effort from this folksy singer-songwriter is So Runs the World Away. 7:30 p.m. in Jaeb Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $28.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

17 Thursday

Flicks and food trucks: The food trucks pull up for you to grab a beer and some grub before you find a seat to watch area independent films, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Grand Central at Kennedy, 1208 E Kennedy Blvd. Free, food and drink additional. Visit tampabay

Sustainable buzz: Organic wine-tasting, craft beers and cuisine made with locally grown and organic ingredients, 6 to 9 p.m. on the Riverwalk at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $30 per person, $50 per couple. Call (813) 831-5842.

Our Town: Patel Conservatory Youth Theater students will perform the story of a small New Hampshire town during the beginning of the 20th century. 7 p.m. in TECO Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $12. Call (813) 229-7827.

Science on screen: Separate facts from fiction regarding shark feeding behavior and learn about biomechanics in Jaws in a 20-minute talk prior to watching the 1975 film, 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Part of the Science on Screen series. $10, $8 for children, seniors, military, theater members. Call (813) 274-8982.

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