A Conversation with David Maraniss: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and associate editor of the Washington Post David Maraniss takes part in the Poynter's 40th Anniversary Speaker Series. 5:30 p.m., Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $35, $75 includes reception and dinner. (727) 553-4676.
Carousel No. 5: In the spirit of a slideshow, eight photographers, including Brian James and Beth Reynolds, share their work accompanied by narrative or music, with a Q&A to follow each presentation. 7 p.m., Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-7836.
Kinky Boots: The Tony Award-winning musical, featuring songs by Cyndi Lauper, is inspired by true events. Charlie Price, struggling to save the family shoe factory, gets help in the unlikely form of performer Lola. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $55-$130. (813) 229-7827.
Coffee with a Curator: Margo Hammond presents "Cross Purposes: Believers, Blasphemers and Dali," which examines the diverse ways in which modern artists have interpreted the crucifix. 10:30 a.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested, under 12 free. (727) 582-5800.
Think Pink Holiday Shopping Boutique: Working women are invited to this Black Friday alternative shopping event featuring businesses owned by women, door prizes, wine and complimentary spa treatments. 6 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $10, $5 members. Toll-free 1-888-998-6483.
Clint Black: The five-time Academy of Country Music winner does a lot more than Killin' Time, having written, recorded and released more than 100 songs. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$85. (727) 791-7400.
The 39 Steps: Based on the book by Patrick Barlow and movie by Alfred Hitchcock, four actors play 150 characters in this murder mystery mixed with comedy. Through Dec. 13. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$59, $20 students. (727) 823-7529.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Painting with Santa: Kids can grab a paint brush and join Santa to create a work of art while enjoying snacks and storytime. Benefits St. Jude. Also taking place at Citrus Park Mall and Brandon Town Center, though Brandon is now sold out. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital. 4:30 p.m., Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $10. (727) 796-1070.
SEASON PREMIERE Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo. California here they come as launches a 13th season that will have the foodies competing in six cities across the Golden State.
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