COMEDY: From Sandler tour to Keillor's tales
We have a pu pu platter of comedy options this week, something for every taste.
There's the raunchy Bridget Everett, bottom right, whose combination of cabaret and standup has developed a cult following for her unprintable jokes about lust and body parts. She performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Straz Center's intimate Jaeb Theater, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
On the fine dining end of the comedy buffet is Garrison Keillor, bottom left. The master storyteller and former host of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion will be at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall at 7 p.m. Monday. $40-$65. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
And in between those extremes comes the Funyuns of funny, Adam Sandler's Here Comes the Funny Tour. It's a Netflix production with Sandler and David Spade, above, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson and a "surprise special guest." Recent tour stops have brought along Tim Meadows, Norm Macdonald and even actor Steve Buscemi. 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Straz Center's big Morsani Hall. The only tickets left are $175-$403. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
JOURNALISM: Tom Brokaw and 'Spotlight' editor Marty Baron
Two celebrated journalists will be here this week: NBC's Tom Brokaw and Marty Baron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editor portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the movie Spotlight. St. Petersburg's Poynter Institute, which owns the Tampa Bay Times, will bestow a lifetime achievement in journalism medal to Brokaw at Friday's Bowtie Ball. The formal event runs 6-9 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. $125. about.poynter.org/events.
Baron, now the editor of the Washington Post, will give a Community Conversations talk on Tuesday. He was in charge of the Boston Globe when it won a Pulitzer for its series about the Catholic Church continuing to reassign priests known to have committed sexual assaults. Baron has spent the past year defending Washington Post reporters whose press credentials were revoked by Donald Trump's campaign. Baron will share his insights 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $40, $100 with dinner. Toll-free 1-888-769-6837. about.poynter.org/events.
TWINKLE TOES: Boley's Jingle Bell Run
Downtown St. Petersburg will be lit up and jingling next Wednesday when Boley's Jingle Bell Run returns for its 34th year. It's a fun run with live music, glow zones and snow along a candlelit course. Expect to see costumed runners like the Grinch or a herd of reindeer jingling all the way. The race starts 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive NE. Register in advance at boleycenters.org and you'll get a T-shirt, jingle bells and glow-in-the-dark swag. $25, $20 ages 12 and younger to benefit Boley Centers, which provides recovery, support and rehabilitative services.