Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: An ensemble brings a few dozen characters to life with live, on stage sound effects, to present the story of George Bailey, who considers taking his life on Christmas Eve. Through Dec. 24. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 823-7529.

Gingerbread House Benefit: Decorate a gingerbread house with icing, candy and decorations (provided, or bring your own decorations) in this competition to benefit the American Red Cross. $75, $100 elf. 10:30 a.m., Loews Don CeSar Hotel , 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 385-5786.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts: Best of Ballet: Enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts before a performance featuring "selections of best loved music." Stuart Malina conducts. 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 893-7832.

Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Dec. 25 with seven pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday: The jazz artist presents a holiday jazz show which will celebrate its 11th anniversary. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$40. (727) 822-3590.

Sloan-a-Claus: William Sloan is back for a mature-audiences holiday show, bringing Christmas joy and taking gifts on the side. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $7. (813) 864-4000.

Wendy Liebman: A regular on the late-night talk shows, the veteran comedian has done specials on HBO and Comedy Central. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $18-$20. (813) 960-1197.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.

TO WATCH

Lego Frozen Northern Lights, 9:40 p.m., Disney Channel: In the first of four parts, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff try to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

At end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, excitement builds

TAMPALife’s quite different at the tail end of the Gasparilla Children’s Parade than at the launching point.The funnel cakes and corn dogs are a bit less omnipresent. When the first cars and floats begin to journey down Bayshore Boulevard, you’re onl...
Published: 01/20/18
Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

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Published: 01/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

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Published: 01/19/18
Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

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Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

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Published: 01/18/18

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Jan. 19

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Published: 01/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
Published: 01/18/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

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Published: 01/18/18
‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

‘Piratically speaking,’ NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

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