Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 20

Michael McDonald: The five-time Grammy winner will sprinkle some of his signature hits into a holiday set that features Christmas favorites, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas. $79-$95. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $79-$95. (727) 791-7400.

The Family Blessing (formerly The Chocolate Nutcracker): Artz 4 Life Academy's annual Nutcracker production takes a new direction to promote family unity. 2 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $17-$37. (727) 893-7832.

Crafty Fest: This monthly market with an artsy slant includes local arts, etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants. 11 a.m., ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 324-3878.

Tasty Traditions: Children can explore holiday traditions from around the world through recipes they learn to make at home. Included with museum admission. 1 p.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

Next Generation Ballet's The Nutcracker: Internationally renowned guest artists join the cast of dancers and gymnasts to present the holiday classic. 2 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$125. (813) 229-7827.

Seasonal Sparkle: The popular holiday show features the opera's acclaimed chorus and orchestra, which will be led by guest conductors Craig Cranston and Hank Hine, who both won the opportunity at the Bella Voce gala. 2 p.m., St. Petersburg Opera Company, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 823-2040.

A Christmas Carol: Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents the longest-running production in the United States of the Dickens classic, with ghosts of Christmases past, present and future, guiding Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas. 2 and 7 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.75-$78.75. (727) 791-7400.

March to the Match: Join the popular Tampa Bay Lightning fan club Sticks of Fire to cheer, chant and march your way to the Amalie Arena before the game. 4:15 p.m., Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 345-5881.

Redington Beach/Indian Shores Lighted Boat Parade: This year's parade starts on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and ends at the Pub restaurant for an awards ceremony and party. 6 p.m., Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Free. (727) 391-3875.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Yacht StarShip for a magical cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festive lighted bridges, shimmering downtown skylines and decorated Tampa harbor homes. Includes a holiday buffet, hot cocoa, cookies, carols and Santa. 6 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $59.95, $29.95 children. (813) 223-7999.

TO WATCH

Miss Universe Pageant. 7 p.m., Fox. A very pretty young woman from one of 80 countries will be crowned. If you can name all 80 countries, we will reserve a special crown for you.

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

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

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $45. (813) 229-7827. Ice Skating at Tampa’s W...
Published: 12/15/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum band is bringing an updated presentation of "The ghosts of Christmas Eve." This winter tour will be celebrate the accomplishments of the group’s late creator and composer Paul O’Neill...
Published: 12/15/17
Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A half hour to curtain, Al Pitrelli unwinds on a couch in his spartan dressing quarters, fresh off a loading-dock Marlboro. He’s deep inside an arena, about to play the 29th show in the 18th city of the Trans-Siberian ...
Published: 12/15/17
Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that Tavis Smiley was slated to bring to Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled in the wake sexual misconduct allegations against the broadcaster.Death...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17
This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

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Published: 12/14/17
Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Take a second and try to think of a few of the world’s biggest drinking cultures. Ireland is a freebie, but then you’ll probably move onto Germany, Russia and possibly even South Korea (yep, South Korea goes hard).How about Spain? No, I’m not just ta...
Published: 12/14/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress is ready to Roar as she sets off on a tour in support of the album, Witness. Synth-pop duo Purity Ring opens. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$195.75. (813) 301-2500.John Prine: T...
Published: 12/14/17
From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

You don’t have to stare at a greeting card to picture a bustling old main street lined with decorated shops and lampposts. Historic small-town shopping districts are easy to find, and more charming than Walmart. Beyond the downtowns of St. Pet...
Published: 12/14/17
New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown Tampa will be a little different this year, as free, public viewing moves from Channelside Bay Plaza to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena due to ongoing construction. Meanwhile, the Pied Pipe...
Published: 12/14/17
Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about ‘Bunk’

We live in the age of the hoax.Believe me.And if you don’t believe me, believe Kevin Young, author of the sometimes disturbing but always fascinating new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.In it, Yo...
Published: 12/14/17