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Plan your weekend Jan. 3-5

Plan your weekend

Take the dog

Barkarilla: The Pirate Pooch Parade This spoof on the pirate invasion and parade is now in its fifth year of revelry. The idea is simple: Dress yourself and your dog in pirate garb and head to the Dirty Shame in Ybor City on Saturday at noon. The pooch parade gets started at 2:30 p.m. with a new route down Seventh Avenue. Gasparilla pageant queens will crown the king and queen of Barkarilla, and the lucky dogs take home a $100 cash each and great gift baskets. No charge for canines; $5 for humans. All dogs must be leashed.

Take the kids

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus The "Greatest Show on Earth" brings the world premiere of its new show "Legends" show to Tampa, in addition to the usual dare-devilry, stunts, clowns and lots of animals, running through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tickets are $16-$70 at Here's a tip: Arrive an hour early to take part in the all-access pre-show where fans are invited down to the show floor to try on costumes, learn circus skills, meet the performers and get their picture taken with the clowns. The pre-show is included with admission ticket.


The Sleeping Beauty The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre of Russia will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday to perform The Sleeping Beauty, the three-act ballet of the classic fairy tale set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The perfomance is at 3 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $28-$58. (727) 893-7832.


Sweetwater Organic Community Farm Check out the open house Sunday at 1 p.m. where you can learn about agriculture and get information to help you make better food choices to reduce environmental impact. There's also a farmers market where you can shop for organic fruits, vegetables, handmade goods, artisan breads, local honey, take-home foods. The market is family- and dog-friendly, and has live music (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.), open-mike sessions (2:30 to 4 p.m.) and self-guided tours of the farm. Located in Town 'N Country at 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Free.

Sunshine skate

Ice rink in Florida This is the last weekend to skate outside on a real ice rink in balmy Florida. It might be 70 or 80 degrees outside, but under the tent set up in Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, palm trees accent a seasonal ice rink. It's open at 4 p.m. today and Friday until 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The last day for the rink is noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Skating is $10 for a 90-minute session, including skates. The park is at 600 N Ashley Drive.


Fernando Varela This popera singer blew away the judges but wasn't ultimately the victor on the eighth season of America's Got Talent, but he is still pursuing life as a musician. On this first installment of a pair of January three-day stands, Varela will cut his teeth while hungry Busch Gardens parkgoers use their own fangs to dig into whatever culinary offerings BG's Desert Grill has to offer. He performs Friday and Saturday and also Jan. 10-12 at the Desert Grill at Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.


Youth America Grand Prix This gala returns to Tampa on Saturday, featuring performances by international ballet stars as well as bright, young dance talent. Included are St. Petersburg natives Daniel Ulbricht (principal dancer, New York City Ballet) and Alisson Miller (soloist, Houston Ballet) as well as Winter Park's Emily Kadow (San Francisco Ballet corps de ballet dancer). Other featured dancers include Beckanne Sisk (star of the CW reality show Breaking Pointe), Veronika Part (principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre), Ashley Bouder (principal dancer, New York City Ballet) and Taras Domitro (principal dancer, San Francisco Ballet). The gala is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $32.50. (813) 229-7827

Pedal power

Sunday Bicycle Rides The Tampa Bay Cyclers will cycle 20 miles at 12-14 mph along Fort De Soto Park's scenic roads and bike trails, visiting both the South and the North beaches as well as the historic fort. The park's trail features beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Once back at the Tierra Verde Center, enjoy an authentic "old world" breakfast at a German crepes restaurant. Meet at Downtown Tierra Verde, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Date night

Carl Labove One of the original Outlaws of Comedy with Sam Kinison returns with his fast-paced comedy today through Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets are $14 to $18.50. (813) 960-1197.

Things to do today

Under Armour All-America High School Football Game Ninety of the nation's top high-school football players will play in the game, many of whom will officially announce their college football choices. Game starts at 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $18; $48 Family Four Pack. (312) 661-0616.

B.B. King The blues icon graces the newly renovated Clearwater theater for the second performance in one week. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. $69-$150. (727) 791-7400.

Night Hike Get a close look at some of the owls, bats, alligators and other creepy crawlies that come out after dusk. The hike starts at 6 p.m. at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $3, $1.50 children (reservations required). (727) 893-7326

TV tonight

The Taste, 8 p.m., ABC Starting their second season tonight, culinary giants Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson mentor teams of amateur and professional cooks in this mash-up of The Voice and Top Chef.

Plan your weekend Jan. 3-5 01/01/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 7:10pm]
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