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Tampa entertainment calendar Nov. 18-24

18 Today

CovetArt: The annual juried fine art exhibit and sale showcases a selection of works by local and internationally known artists and features a holiday gift room with hand-made goods, from noon to 8 p.m. today and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 4605 W Vasconia St. Free. Call (813) 679-4625.

Auto show: The 22nd annual automotive extravaganza features hundreds of high-end sports cars and trucks, crossovers, alternative fuel vehicles and ride and drive sessions, from noon to 10 p.m. at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $9, $5 for seniors, military, ages 7 to 12, children 6 and younger free. Also from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (323) 216-7557.

Downtown on Ice: Skate on an outdoor rink with real ice. $10 includes a 90-minute session and skate rental. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 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.

Organist Olivier Latry: The organist for the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris plays for the public, 6 and 8 p.m. at University of Tampa Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-3333.

Colt Ford: The Georgia native incorporates rap into his music for a country/hip-hop sound, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301. $15 advance, $20 day of show. Call (813) 987-2855.

Last Damn Show 13: Presented by Wild 94.1, this annual concert of hot hip-hop and R&B artists returns to Tampa and includes performances by Drake, Public Enemy, Trina, Plies and Travis Porter. 7 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $25 to $175. Call (813) 301-2500.

Art exhibit opening: The multimedia exhibit, "Pulchritudinous," explores the idea of beauty as perceived in our society and in our personal ideology, from 7 to 10 p.m. at West Tampa Center for the Arts Gallery 209, 1906 N Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 453-4381.

Dance concert: Hillsborough Community College School of Dance presents its fall concert, featuring choreographic work by various artists and a reconstruction of the African-Modern dance classic Bushasche. 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at 1505 E Palm Ave. $10; free for HCC students, staff, faculty. Call (813) 259-6490.

Chi of Shaolin: The Tale of the Dragon: Chinese acrobat and gold medalist Yan Yan Zhao presents a stage show fused with Shaolin warrior skills, acrobatics and circus talent. 8 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $23.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

19 Saturday

Bluebird books tour: The converted short bus housing a collection of used books and handmade notebooks makes a stop in Tampa, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sherry's Yesterdaze, 5207 N Florida Ave. Call (813) 263-8600. See it at Cafe Hey from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at 1540 N Franklin St. Call (813) 263-8600.

Breakfast with Clifford: Join Clifford the Big Red Dog for a continental breakfast, photo opportunities, a tour of a new exhibit, prize drawings and other activities. 9 a.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15. Call (813) 443-3861.

Stamp and coin expo: Stamps, picture postcards, stamp covers, coins and currency from around the globe will be shown and sold, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 4732 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free starter stamps for junior collectors. Appraisals available. Free admission. Also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (727) 364-6897.

Fiesta del Coqui: Celebrate Hispanic culture and the tiny frog of Puerto Rico, the coqui, at this party with live music, crafts, activities and food. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Admission is $23.95, $21.95 for seniors, $18.95 for ages 3 to 11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

Local Bazaar and kid's program: Open air market combines holiday shopping with activities for children including: yoga, storytelling, a drumming circle and art projects. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Roosevelt 2.0, 1812 N 15th St. Free. Call (813) 248-1904.

Great Caper: Families can dress as their favorite hero or villain and join a trolley hopping scavenger hunt through superhero exhibits, Channelside and Ybor City. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. General admission: $18, $12 a child; Members: $15, $10 a child. Return to create a scrapbook of the adventure. For ages 4 and older. Call (813) 675-8960.

Little Manatee River festival: Grab your outdoorsy friends and enjoy eclectic music in a beautiful setting, 2 p.m. at The Canoe Outpost, 18001 U.S. 301 S, Wimauma. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call (813) 634-2228.

Metal show: The Hawaiian Village hosts performances by Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans, D.R.U.G.S., Hollywood Undead and dubstep DJ Borgore, 5 p.m. at Green Iguana's Hawaiian Village, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway. Tickets start at $26.50. Call (813) 868-7600.

Square One: Cosmopolitan: The fourth annual creative and performing arts showcase, titled Cosmopolitan, revolves around an international world theme and features art, music, dance and fashion. 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Wear red, white and blue. $5 donation. Visit

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959: Experience and celebrate Davis' music in a production recapturing the sounds and culture of this decade, 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $29.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

The Spazmatics: The nerds that rock will bring you back to the decade of flash dance, big hair, neon accessories, Pretty in Pink and Pac-Man. 9 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. Must be 21 years or older. Free. Call (813) 627-7625.

Holiday Gift Market: Spend less, give more earth-friendly, fair-trade gifts made by skilled crafters from around the globe. Handcrafted jewelry, woven and beaded baskets and bags, organic clothing, knitted items, soaps, candles, house wares and home décor items. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Ave. Also on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Call (813) 229-2695.

20 Sunday

Community fall feast: Connect with local nonprofit organizations as they offer a traditional Thanksgiving feast with music, fun and food. From 2 to 6 p.m. at Ragan Park, E Lake Avenue and N 13th Street. Free, registration preferred. Call (813) 486-5268 or e-mail

Jack Wilkins Jazz: Tenor saxophonist Jack Wilkins, director of jazz studies at the University of South Florida, celebrates his new CD with a show, 3 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1505 E Palm Ave. $15 to $20. Call (813) 253-7623.

Buckcherry and Hinder: More than a decade after its 1999 debut effort, rock 'n' roll group Buckcherry tours in support of its fifth album, All Night Long. 7:30 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Hinder opens. $28.50, $34.50 and $42.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

23 Wednesday

GWAR: The gore rockers just suffered the death of a band member, but continue to tour their self-proclaimed raunchy musical madness, 7 p.m. at Green Iguana, 2520 N Dale Mabry Highway. $10. Call (813)868-7600.

24 Thursday

FishHawk Turkey Trot: The 5K all-road course will be disposable chip timed. There will also be two fun runs based on age and ability. 8 a.m. at FishHawk Publix Shopping Center, 5642 FishHawk Crossing Blvd., Lithia. $10 to $25, all proceeds benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay. Call (813) 651-4200.

Showcase | Plant City Pig Jam

More than 70 top barbecue teams from around the country compete for best barbecue ribs, pork, brisket and chicken in this annual state championship, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex, 1500 S Park Road. Also includes live music, televised football, a beer tent and kids play area. Free admission, charge for food and beverages, $5 parking. Call (813) 754-3707.

Tampa entertainment calendar Nov. 18-24 11/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:47pm]
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