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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 6

Epiphany: Archbishop Demetrios will hurl a white cross into Tarpon Springs Bayou today, and more than 40 teen boys will dive into the chilly water hoping to retrieve it and receive his blessing. Tarpon Springs has one of the largest Epiphany events in the Western hemisphere and draws more than 20,000 people. The procession leaves from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. The annual Glendi (festival) with food, music and Greek dancing begins after the cross dive.

Hats off to Dr. Seuss: Well, of course, Dr. Seuss had a unique hat collection, which will be on display at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc. in Safety Harbor, starting Saturday with a free reception. RSVP (727) 725-1808.

Date Night

Gregg Allman: One of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band and an architect of Southern rock stops at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday on his solo tour. $41-$125. (727) 791-7400.

The Hound of the Baskervilles: Jobsite Theater adds a bit of wackiness to the popular Sherlock Holmes tale about a family curse, a spectral hound and a deranged killer. It opens Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, with previews Wednesday and Thursday. $28; $14 previews. (813) 229-7827.

Bravo Beethoven: The Florida Orchestra does an all-Beethoven program, with Irish pianist John O'Conor performing Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Overture to Egmont and Symphony No. 6, Pastoral. Concerts are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45; onstage seating $75. (727) 892-3337 or toll free 1-800-662-7286.

Garrison Keillor: Well-known for hosting Minnesota Public Radio's Prairie Home Companion, the humorist will touch on poetry from his new book, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound, along with other topics. He speaks Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827.

Kids and Family

Florida Gulf Coast Cluster: The largest dog show cluster in the state features 10 American Kennel Club all-breed shows, obedience trials and free behind-the-scenes tours to show how a dog is judged and to meet handlers. You can also bring your pooch for the Doggie Fun Zone obstacle course ($12). It runs today through Jan. 19 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. Free admission; $5 parking. (813) 215-3580.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 6 01/05/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 5, 2014 7:05pm]
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