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  1. Holiday Movie Guide: 14 picks for award season

    Movies

    Hark! the herald angels sing. • Sorry, that's just a chorus of Hollywood studios trying to grab our attention during the holiday movie season. • This is their last chance to save 2014 from being the worst box office year in a decade. It's also the first chance for high-profile movies to impress awards …

    Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in The Homesman.
  2. To infinity and beyond: Florida Orchestra takes on Pixar catalog

    Music & Concerts

    The keys to Pixar's animation domination are myriad: narratives that deftly seduce all ages (Up, Finding Nemo); cutting-edge images that advance the form yet retain unmistakable warmth (The Incredibles, Wall-E); exceptional vocal turns from bold-faced actors who understand they're working for …

    Thomas Newman goes for New Age-y sounds. He had a hand in Finding Nemo.
  3. 'Dirty Dancing' musical spins into Straz Center

    Stage

    Baby and Johnny, sitting in a corner, D-A-N-C-I-N-G. Only this time, it's happening live. Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage follows in the long tradition of blockbuster movies adapted into crowd-drawing stage productions. Based on 1987's ultimate chick flick starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, the …

    Jillian Mueller plays Baby and Samuel Pergande is Johnny in Dirty Dancing at the Straz Center in Tampa. 
  4. Tampa's Blake High School seniors exhibit art at HCC Ybor

    Visual Arts

    Everyone seems to agree that the arts are a good thing for communities. But artists, both visual and performing, don't magically appear fully formed as young adults. They need training and nurturing and, sadly, our educational system doesn't supply enough of either in many schools. The good news is that our region has …

  5. Bruce Marsh landscape paintings featured at Sarasota gallery

    Visual Arts

    Bruce Marsh, distinguished painter and professor emeritus at the University of South Florida, has created hundreds of landscape paintings, many of them of areas around his home in Ruskin. For "Bruce Marsh: Now and Then," curator Mark Ormond collected 10 years' worth of them and has installed them in Allyn Gallup …

    Bruce Marsh, Port Rain II.
  6. SoundCheck: Hall & Oates, Kenny Rogers among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Hall & Oates

    Details: Wednesday (Dec. 3) 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$175. (727) 791-7400.

    Daryl Hall and John Oates will play Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday (Dec. 3).
  7. Plan your weekend Nov. 21-23

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Comedy

    Garfunkel and Oates The comedy duo stage-named for famous second banana are, respectively, Riki Lindhome (tall, airy blond) and Kate Micucci (short brunet, with a running joke about growing a mustache). You might recognize Lindhome from Gilmore Girls and House, …

  8. Raid Grandma's closet! Ugly sweater party for Tampa charity

    Events

    Count on seeing both hipsters and Grandma shopping in the same Christmas sweater department soon, because ugly sweater parties are returning. (You can even get a Tampa Bay Lightning ugly sweater, pictured, at shop.nhl.com/Ugly_Sweaters.) The Heavy Pets, …

    You can even get a Tampa Bay Lightning ugly sweater at shop.nhl.com/Ugly_Sweaters.
  9. After 16 years, St. Petersburg's Midtown Sundries closes

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — After 16 years, one of downtown St. Petersburg's longest-running restaurants closed its doors Tuesday, leaving employees, vendors and customers rattling the locked door at lunchtime Wednesday. Midtown Sundries at 200 First Ave. S posted a sign on the window, saying, in part, "It has been a great …

    Midtown Sundries' distinctive sign was one of the more memorable parts of the bar.
  10. See wealth of Spain's colonial empire at Ringling Museum

    Visual Arts

    SARASOTA

    We love looking in other people's homes, especially if they're rich other people. Back in the 18th century, people didn't get much richer than those living in Spain's colonial empire in Central and South America and the West Indies.

    This portrait from 1806, painted by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, is of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, a Peruvian Creole from a prominent family, who had a successful diplomatic career in Madrid, where this was created. He benefited from a policy instituted by the king to promote loyalty among the colonials and incorporate them into Spanish society by granting them prestigious positions in the Spanish government.