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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 20

Jackie Evancho: The superstar exploded on to the national scene after her first performance on NBC's America's Got Talent, which left audiences and judges astonished that such a voice could come from a 10 year-old. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$89.50. (727) 791-7400.

An American in Paris: The Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and a European city in the aftermath of war. Through Dec. 25. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39-$90. (813) 229-7827.

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.

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes demonstration of Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. 11:30 a.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/one and younger free. (813) 274-8982.

Snow at Sundial: Snow falls nightly at Sundial's celebration of twinkling lights. 5 p.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201.

Sunsets on the Roof: Meet at the grand staircase and proceed to the roof to watch the sun set over Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. 5:30 p.m., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4970.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1-million twinkly lights, lasers, Florida-style displays, animated figures, visits with Santa and entertainers lining the pathways. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

Wordier than Thou: Prose and Short Story Open Mic: A unique open mic series focusing on storytelling. Poetry and musical performances are not allowed. Includes a performance by a featured reader followed by numerous 10-minute open mic slots. 7 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-6620.

Rockapella Christmas: The five-man contemporary pop vocal phenomenon sing unique takes on classic holiday favorites and brand new originals. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30-$59. (727) 791-7400.

Holiday Classic Movie Series: It's A Wonderful Life: Enjoy select holiday classics with a sing-along to holiday carols by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ before each show. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members/children. (813) 274-8982.

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. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 823-7529.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Play Date for Kids with Autism: Children affected by Autism and their siblings can meet up to play, build social skills and exercise. 6 p.m., Dell Holmes Park, 2741 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 483-1305.

TO WATCH

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come, 9 p.m., NBC: Celebrate the singer's birthday with a musical special and performances by Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. Lang, Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

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