Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 13

Carrot Top: The fiery-haired funny man has been in the comedic scene for three decades, gaining a reputation as a Vegas and pop culture icon. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$55. (727) 791-7400.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: This year's Yuletide tale is The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, a story that follows the journey of a young runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences. 3 and 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $33-$70.25. (813) 301-2500.

An Evening with Sutton Foster: The Tony Award-winning triple threat performs after the success of her albums Wish and An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlysle. 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827.

Tampa Bay Tour de Clay : A self guided tour of pottery studios throughout the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. 11 a.m., San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Road, San Antonio. Free. (352) 588-4228.

Nutcracker Tea: Children can enjoy tea and finger food with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they learn basic movements from the classic ballet. 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $25, $20 members. (813) 443-3861.

Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations: An Artists' Brunch featuring Jacob Stout and Mariel Bass from the St. Petersburg Hot Glass Workshop. Free glassblowing demonstration. 12 p.m., Duncan McClellan Gallery, 550 24th St. S, St. Petersburg. Free with purchase of museum admission. (727) 421-4141.

Holiday Classic Movie Series: White Christmas: Enjoy select holiday classics with a sing-along to holiday carols by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ before each show. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members/children. (813) 274-8982.

Holiday Chorus Concert: Under the direction of Jan O'Conner Sharkey and Don Jones, the Dunedin Community Chorus presents "Joy to the World" with a choral sing-along. 3 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Free. (727) 812-4530.

The Fairy Home Companions: A Comedic Satire: Men's chorus Una Voce recreate a zany "live" radio show with skits, jingles, holiday music, and special guests WoodWorks Marimba Quartet. 4 p.m., HCC Ybor Campus Main Stage Theater, 2204 N 15th St., Tampa. $25 and $40. (813) 253-7695.

Santa and Ice Skating in St. Petersburg: Kids get that wish list ready. Santa and his sleigh will be appearing on select nights in St. Petersburg for visits with area children. After visiting Santa, stick around for "glice" skating on a simulated ice rink. 6 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free; $5 skating. (727) 893-7441.

Suzanne Westenhoefer: She was the first openly lesbian comedian to have an HBO special and to perform on Late Night with David Letterman, and never does the same show twice. The performance benefits Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women's Chorus and the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30, $45 premium seating. (727) 822-3590.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Holiday Pops: With sing-along carols and a jolly rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas narrated by Bay News 9's Trevor Pettiford. The Florida Orchestra musicians are collecting for Toys for Tots, so there will be bins in the lobbies at all three venues. At the Mahaffey concerts only, they will be collecting food for Tampa Bay Harvest. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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