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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 4

Yanni: The legendary composer and performer comes to Clearwater for his World Without Borders Concert Tour. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49.50-$125. (727) 791-7400.

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Buckhorn for this food truck rally in downtown Tampa. Two new trucks joining the fiesta this month are Cajun in a Truck and Holy Hog BBQ. It starts at 11 a.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa.

Billy Collins: The renowned, two-time poet laureate of the United States hosts a poetry reading and book signing. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35 per ticket package. Each ticket package gets you one book and two tickets, available only through Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa or online at inkwoodbooks.com. (813) 229-7827.

Nights of Shimmering Lights: Drive your vehicle through a light and sound show including more than 750 larger-than-life lighted scenes, tunnels and dancing lights. It opens at 6 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds at the corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $15 per car load. (813) 389-6858.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Kirstie, 10 p.m., TV Land Kirstie Alley stars as a Broadway star reunited with the son she put up for adoption years ago. Rhea Perlman is her assistant, but the real news is that we're going to find out if the world is ready to like Michael Richards again.

Saturday Night Live, 9 p.m., NBC The Thanksgiving special was one day before the holiday last week, but this Christmas show is scheduled waaaay in advance. That way they can put off finding some replacement shows just one more week.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Michelle and Katie have suggestions for where to pick up some holiday desserts in this week's new #PlayTampaBay video. Watch it at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Florida Orchestra: Takes on Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 "Titan" and John Adams' witty Chamber Symphony. Three concerts: Friday at Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45; (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Lighted boat parades: Nothing says Christmas in Florida like twinkling sailboats. Friday brings parades in St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs. New Port Richey's River Lights Parade is Saturday, as is Dunedin's parade, in which Santa sails in to light the tree. Sunday is the Hillsborough River parade, starting at Lowry Park in Tampa.

Nutcrackers: The St. Petersburg Ballet Company's production of the Tchaikovsky classic is Friday through Sunday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg ($10-$20; (727) 822-3590). At the Straz Center in Tampa, international artists dance with the Next Generation Ballet on Saturday and Sunday ($20.50; (813) 229-7827). Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theater does its version at two shows Saturday at USF Theater 1 in Tampa ($20 and up).

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 4 12/03/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1:49pm]
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