Newsies: The Broadway musical based on the 1992 Disney movie tells the story of newsboys on strike in 1899, with high energy dancing and two Tony Awards to back it up. Tuesday to Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. $35-$115. (813) 229-7827.
Veterans Day: Among the events saluting veterans Wednesday is a ceremony at the National Cemetery at Bay Pines featuring the Florida Orchestra, MacDill Air Force Base officials, U.S. Rep. David Jolly and the Keswick Christian School Choir. More events and information on where veterans can get in for free: tampabay.com/holiday.
Speakers: Author and political consultant David Axelrod gives a talk Friday at the Poynter Institute ($40-$100), and megachurch pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen come the same day to Amalie Arena for "A Night of Hope" ($15).
Music: Mannheim Steamroller performs a Christmas show with classic hits and special effects Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater ($45.50-$77.50). The country rocking Zac Brown Band plays the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday ($32.50-$82.50). And Chaka Khan reminds us she's every woman Friday at the Mahaffey Theater ($42.50-$75.50).
Comedy: Lewis Black brings his Grammy-winning satirical wit to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($28.75-$58.75), and comics from the most recent season of Last Comic Standing take the Capitol Theatre stage Sunday ($40-$50). (727) 791-7400.
Kids and family
Tampa Am: The Skatepark of Tampa's annual contest is where some of the world's best street skateboarders hit the spotlight. Thursday to Sunday brings parties, jams, tricks and more. $10 daily, $25 weekend. (813) 621-6793.
Ribfest: This music and food fest by the bay in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park will feature Bret Michaels and Three Dog Night among others. And, of course, delicious ribs and carnival cuisine. Friday to Sunday. $16-$20. (727) 528-3828.
Dunedin Dogtoberfest: Bring your canine family Saturday to the annual pooch Oktoberfest in Highlander Park for a doggie costume contest, the "Running of the Wieners," photos with Santa, a blessing of the animals and the "My Pet's Got Talent" competition. Free; $5 parking. (727) 786-1330.
more to explore
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