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Plan your weekend Jan. 10-12

Winter Jam One of biggest Christian music festivals of the year arrives Saturday. Hosted by Grammy-nominated NewSong, it features headliners Newsboys (photo) and Lecrae, as well as Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, Newsong, Colton Dixon and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the concert begins at 6. Admission is $10, at the door only, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. (813) 301-2500 or jamtour.com.

Christian music

Winter Jam One of biggest Christian music festivals of the year arrives Saturday. Hosted by Grammy-nominated NewSong, it features headliners Newsboys (photo) and Lecrae, as well as Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, Newsong, Colton Dixon and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the concert begins at 6. Admission is $10, at the door only, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. (813) 301-2500 or jamtour.com.

Plan your weekend

Music

Katharine McPhee The 29-year-old's voice landed her on American Idol nearly a decade ago, but it was her way-better-than-good combination of singing and acting on NBC's Smash that's earned her the right to some staying power. She's since dabbled in film and gone on to record a pair of records with another on the way. She'll dip into those LPs (and maybe some Smash material?) Saturday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre, where Tim Wilkins will open by inducing some laughter with his super-clean brand of comedy. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Humor

An Evening with Garrison Keillor The author and humorist, 71, is best known for his National Public Radio program A Prairie Home Companion, and he has written more than 10 books and published work in the New Yorker. He takes the stage Sunday at 7:30 p.m. to tell stories at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $35.50 to $55.50. Visit strazcenter.org.

Stage

The Hound of the Baskervilles If you're looking for the typical, eerie play of the popular Sherlock Holmes tale, this isn't it. Jobsite Theater does a cheeky version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, about an ancient family curse, a spectral hound and a deranged killer, starring Giles Davies (Sherlock Holmes, et al), David Jenkins (Dr. Watson) and Shawn Paonessa (Sir Henry Baskerville, et al). It opens at 8 p.m. Friday, with shows at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $28. Through Feb. 2. (813) 229-7827.

Sports

Wheelchair Rugby Tournament The sport of quad rugby (a.k.a. murderball) will be on display in a wheelchair tournament featuring teams from Germany, Brazil, Alabama, Missouri, Arizona, Georgia, and tournament hosts the Tampa Generals, who are seeded No. 5 in the nation. It's free for spectators from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the All People's Life Center, 6105 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. On Sunday, competition takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the championship game at noon, followed by the awards ceremony.

Art

MIT Glass Lab exhibition St. Petersburg's Duncan McClellan Gallery will host artists from the MIT Glass Lab along with an exhibition of the work of Peter Houk, the leader of the lab since 1997; Martin Demaine, an instructor who is an artist and mathematician; and Erik Demaine, the 32-year-old former child prodigy who earned his first degree at age 14 and became the youngest professor in MIT history at age 20. There will be a free reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, when the gallery doors will open to reveal the creativity that flows out of MIT. You can browse, enjoy an adult beverage, soda or water for a donation (which benefits the gallery's School Project). If you want more, at 2 p.m. Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts hosts Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations, where the three will talk about their work. It's included with museum admission, which is $17 adults, $15 seniors, $10 ages 7 and older. An artists' reception and glass blowing demonstration at the Duncan McClellan Gallery will follow the lecture.

Party

Mayoral Inauguration Ball Friday brings a ball for the 'Burg. A week after Mayor Rick Kriseman was sworn into office, the St. Petersburg Junior League holds an Oz-themed black tie-optional inauguration ball called "Home: There's No Place Like St. Petersburg." A $150 ticket includes a catered dinner, dancing and a fireworks show. But you can get a reduced price $25 "On the Green" ticket limited to desserts and fireworks viewing. 6 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832.

Date night

Serengeti Night Safari Busch Gardens is bringing back its wowza date night on Saturdays through May 17 that lets adults 21 and older spend more than two hours among the Tampa theme park's night creatures, with food and drinks and campfire stories along the way. The group is given night-vision binoculars and taken in an open wagon through the park's Serengeti, where you can hand-feed giraffes and see zebras up close. Around the fire pit, you can sip beers while guides tell stories before heading back to the bar for coffee drinks and dessert. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and runs most Saturdays through May 17. Tickets are $69 at buschgardens.com.

Play Ball

Baseball Classics If spring can't get here soon enough for you, warm up with baseball films at the Spring Training Classic Series at Tampa Theatre. Up at the plate this week is A League of Their Own at 3 p.m. Sunday. Also in the lineup are The Bad New Bears (Jan. 19), For Love of the Game (Jan. 26), 42 (Feb. 2), The Pride of the Yankees (Feb. 9), Bull Durham (Feb. 16) and The Natural (Feb. 23). All are $10, $8 members. (813) 274-8982.

Plan your weekend Jan. 10-12 01/08/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:59am]
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