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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, actor Craig Robinson arrives at the nominations for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comic actor Craig Robinson was detained Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 for drug possession as he tried to leave the Bahamas and was ordered to pay a fine, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, File) NY107

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, actor Craig Robinson arrives at the nominations for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comic actor Craig Robinson was detained Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 for drug possession as he tried to leave the Bahamas and was ordered to pay a fine, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, File) NY107

Craig Robinson: Perhaps best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on the NBC comedy, The Office, Robinson has appeared in a slew of comedic movies, including Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine. Recently his career has taken a more dramatic turn, including a recurring role on season two of Mr. Robot and a starring role in the critically-acclaimed film, Morris from America, for which he won a Special Jury Award for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $32. (813) 864-4000.

Festival of Trees: Once Upon a Christmas: Explore hundreds of tree and wreaths decorated by local artists, businesses and community leaders. Also, music, live entertainment and visits with Santa. Benefits ARC Tampa Bay for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 9 a.m., The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. $5, 12 and younger free. (727) 797-8712.

Et Cultura: Festival of Creative Culture: A five day, immersive experience at various St. Petersburg venues, featuring interactive sessions, music, films, pop up art shows, maker's markets, yoga and children's activities. Visit etcultura.com for a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets. 9:30 a.m., Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 for 5 days. (727) 748-6451.

Suncoast Jazz Classic: The completely indoor festival spans five simultaneous venues between the Sheraton Sand Key and Marriott Sand Key. Dedicated Jolley Trolley lines allow attendees to move from one venue to another to hear the various entertainers including Alfonso Ponticelli, Betty Comora, Nate Najar, Cornet Chop Suey and Hot Marmalade. 11 a.m., Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $40-$50, $125 three day package. (727) 248-9441.

Swarm Fest: Twenty three death, doom and black metal bands will perform on two stages over three days including Phobocosm, Graverot, Hellwitch, Imperial Conquest, Rapheumets Well and Hell's Fauna. 1 p.m., The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15. (813) 972-8152.

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.

Attila: The Atlanta metalcore band brings the party during The Chaos Tour. 6 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$35. (813) 248-9500.

Elona Krasavtseva: The singer presents an evening of traditional Russian folk songs, some of which are 500 years old, accompanied by Nina Slyusar-Wegmann on the accordion and piano. 7 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20, $15 students/seniors. (727) 488-8724.

Jazz Jubilee: Grammy award-winning guitarist Norman Brown, vocalist Rachelle Ferrell and trumpeter Rick Braun present a mix of classic R&B and soul jazz influences. 7 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $38-$125. (727) 822-3590.

Burn It Up: The reggae, punk and ska rockers embark on the Get Amped tour in support of their album, Toys alongside We Were Sharks, North11 and Samecity. 7 p.m., The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10-$15. (727) 258-4829.

Galactic: The funk and jazz jam band from New Orleans, Louisiana performs alongside St. Petersburg's own The Hip Abduction. 7:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 565-0550.

Shaun Hopper: The finger-style acoustic guitarist's performance is infused with a percussive element. He will be joined by saxophonist Chris Sgammato and drummer Paul Quin. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$35. (727) 791-7400.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Family Camp Out: Bring a tent to camp out on the baseball field and enjoy games, crafts, dinner, breakfast and a movie. 5 p.m., Forbes Recreation Center, 6401 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $15. (727) 369-5684.

WHAT TO WATCH

The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW: Damon goes down a dangerous path of self-destruction, forcing Stefan to make a decision that will change their relationship forever.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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    Conor Oberst: The Bright Eyes mastermind will be joined by opener, the Felice Brothers. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30.50-$36. (727) 791-7400.

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