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  1. Where to find fireworks, parties for New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay

    Events

    New Year's Eve parties

    We have lots of ways to welcome 2015 on Wednesday, from fireworks to fashionable galas and bedtime-friendly parties. This list is merely the highlights, however. For a complete look at the many ways you can ring in 2015, see tampabay.com/things-to-do.

    Lots of places plan to start 2015 off with a bang. 
If you are a fan of explosions in the sky, here’s where to find them:  Channelside Bay Plaza: Live music and DJs start at 11 p.m.  in the courtyard, as well as dancing, a ball drop and fireworks at midnight, 615 Channelside Drive. Free. Downtown St. Petersburg: The family friendly alcohol-free First Night celebration will have two fireworks displays, at 8 p.m. and midnight. Free, but $5-$15 for buttons to participate in First Night activities. Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach: After the daylong party on the beach, a fireworks display at midnight, 10 Pier 60 Drive. Hogan’s Beach: Fireworks are part of Hulk Hogan’s annual masquerade party at his restaurant, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 8 p.m. Wednesday-3 a.m. Jan. 1. $45-$50, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900; hogansbeachtampa.com. Apollo Beach: Circles Waterfront Restaurant and the South Shore business community say their fireworks display will be three times bigger than the one at Channelside and set to choreographed music viewed at midnight from Circles, 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., and several adjacent empty commercial lots. 
(813) 641-3275.  Busch Gardens: The park will stay open until 1 a.m. and have fireworks at midnight. Included with daily admission: $95, $90 for ages 3-9. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-5600.
  2. Tampa Bay museums have lots to see over holiday weekend

    Visual Arts

    This is the day for hanging out at home with friends and family and all the attendant customs you observe on a major holiday. For many of us, it's the beginning of a long weekend with lots of entertainment possibilities, especially if you have out-of-town guests. You know where I'm going with this: Go to a museum! You …

    The Dalí Museum need only exhibit its world-class collection of works by the great 20th century Spanish artist, but its special exhibition of works by Picasso add to the museum’s value. in nature.
  3. SoundCheck: Donna the Buffalo among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Donna the Buffalo

    With Lanzallamas (Tues.), Under The Willow (Wed.)

    EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  4. Dancer Cheryl Burke joins 'Ballroom' lineup at Mahaffey

    Stage

    Cheryl Burke, the Dancing With the Stars pro who recently set a record as the first dancer to appear in the show's finals seven times and the semifinals 10 times, has joined the lineup for Ballroom With a Twist, a live show coming to the Mahaffey Theater in January.

    Dancing With the Stars’ Cheryl Burke is a popular pro who has made it to the show’s finals seven times.
  5. Annual Valentine's Day group garden wedding by Pinellas clerk now taking registration

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    Thinking about a Valentine's Day wedding? Register by Jan. 30, and you can get married in the Pinellas Clerk of Court's ninth annual group wedding in Largo's Florida Botanical Gardens Wedding Garden. Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday, and Ken Burke, the Pinellas County clerk of the circuit court and comptroller, …

     Fifty area couples were married on Valentine's Day 2014 at the Pinellas County Clerk of Court's 8th Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
  6. Beach bash, parties lead up to Bitcoin Bowl in St. Petersburg Friday

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    Half the town may not know what the title sponsor is, but there are parties and beach bashes this week for the newly named Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl before North Carolina State takes on the University of Central Florida Knights at Tropicana Field on Friday. The cryptocurrency will be accepted at numerous Madeira Beach …

  7. Review: 'Into the Woods' finds harmony on film

    Movies

    What fans of Into the Woods have long wished for, more than life, more than anything, more than the moon, is a movie version of the sardonic fractured fairy tale.

    Anna Kendrick delivers a sweet Cinderella, stretching from her pop tart turn in Pitch Perfect.
  8. Review: New 'Phantom of the Opera' at the Straz still an alluring spectacle

    Stage

    TAMPA — Some things in life are just reliable. A Delmonico from Bern's Steakhouse. A quality cashmere sweater. Hot coffee on a cool morning.

    Katie Travis and Chris Mann in "The Phantom of the Opera."
  9. Review: Reese Witherspoon carries 'Wild' (w/video)

    Movies

    Rather than running from her problems, Cheryl Strayed decided to walk — nearly 1,100 miles along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail.

    Reese Witherspoon commits to playing Cheryl Strayed, a heroin and sex addict who hiked 1,100 miles.
  10. Plan your weekend Dec. 19-21

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    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    Fleetwood Mac With singer-keyboardist Christine McVie returning after a 16-year absence, this Tampa date at Amalie Arena is the Mac's last show of the year. There won't be any solo material, but who needs that when you can have hits like Never Going Back Again, …

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