Charming crooners: Tonight is smooth John Legend [$50.50-$120.50; (727) 791-7400] and Tuesday is charismatic Harry Connick Jr. [$50-$175; (727) 791-7400], both at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Then it's on to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, with the stylish Drake on Wednesday [$37-$97; (813) 301-2500] and Josh Groban on Friday [$46.75-$96.75; (813) 301-2500]. For an interview with Legend, see 2B.
Rib Fest: Celebrating 25 years of award-winning ribs and music along St. Petersburg's waterfront. This year's music includes REO Speedwagon on Friday, Gin Blossoms, Sister Hazel and John Kay and Steppenwolf on Saturday and Josh Thompson, Randy Houser and Justin Moore on Sunday. $16 advance, $20 at the gate, 11 and younger free with adult admission. (727) 528-3828.
Florida Orchestra: For Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, you could sit practically next to pianist Stephen Hough. Well, pretty close, as the orchestra debuts one of six concerts with limited on-stage seating for $75. See floridaorchestra.com for details. Concerts are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$75. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.
Venus in Fur: David Ives' hit on Broadway is a dark, erotic comedy opening Friday ($35) at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. $26; $22 seniors; $10 students. (813) 727-2708. Through Nov. 24.
Coastline Festival: This big music fest features Passion Pit, Matt and Kim, Two Door Cinema Club and more indie/alt bands, along with craft beer, food trucks and local artists. It's Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. $20 early bird ticket; $35-$55. (813) 740-2446.
Kids and Family
Pasco Bug Jam: This would be the Volkswagen species, with more than 500 entries swarming the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City on Sunday, making it the largest VW show in the Southeast. There will be tons of vendors, parts and collectibles. $5 plus a can of food for adults; a can of food for kids ages 10 and younger; $2 parking. (352) 567-6678
Merry Christmas! At least at Walt Disney World. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off Friday evening, with Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Holiday Wishes fireworks extravaganza, holiday characters and "snow" on Main Street. $57-$71. (407) 934-7639.
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