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Top 5: Our newsletter is here to help you plan your weekend

The weekly dispatch of things to do in Tampa Bay is better tailored to your interests.
The crowd lining Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa celebrates during this year's Gasparilla parade on Jan. 26. [Times]
The crowd lining Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa celebrates during this year's Gasparilla parade on Jan. 26. [Times]
Published Nov. 13

You want to get out in Tampa Bay and explore life. We heard you and we’re here to help.

Next week, the Tampa Bay Times is rolling out a revamped arts and entertainment newsletter straight to your inbox. Our data tells us that readers crave information about fun things to do when it comes to arts, entertainment, family time and more. So we’ve developed a new weekly dispatch called Top 5 to better suit your interests.

The first edition of Top 5 will roll out at 11 a.m. Nov. 21, and then at 11 a.m. every Thursday thereafter. It replaces the Arts & Entertainment newsletter, which was previously delivered at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. If you’re already subscribed, you don’t need to do anything. If you’re not, visit to opt in.

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With Top 5, expect everything from upcoming concerts and theater productions to wallet-friendly festivals, plus a few words from me on the Tampa Bay arts and entertainment story you should be reading right now.

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  1. Retired NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan will talk about her memoir "Handprints on Hubble" on Dec. 12 at Bookstore1 Sarasota. [Courtesy of MIT Press]
    Playwright Robert Schenkkan will also give a staged reading of ‘The Investigation’ at Stageworks.
  2. Matthew Wicks' "Crosshairs" is part of the exhibition "X: A Decade of Tempus Projects," which will hold its opening reception in Tampa on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Tempus Projects]
    Tampa’s Clayton Galleries also hosts a farewell sale, while a new gallery comes to St. Petersbug.
  3. "Jumanji: The Next Level" stars, from left, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan. [FRANK MASI  |  Sony Pictures]
    ‘Black Christmas’ and ‘The Two Popes’ also open ahead of the holiday.
  4. Criss Angel will bring his Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 13. [Courtesy of Jerry Metellus Photography]
    It’s the Christmas season at the Florida Orchestra and St. Petersburg Opera.
  5. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make an appearance in Tampa on Dec. 14 for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. [AP]
    The forever Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko will reunite for a sing-along screening on Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
  6. Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, arrives for a Comic-Con panel in 2011 in San Diego. [GREGORY BULL  |  AP]
    The actor (Pee-Wee himself!) will accompany the 35th anniversary celebration at Tampa Theatre.
  7. Charlie explains to his parents and sister, Beth, that the best thing about church is that there are no Herdmans there. Pictured, from left: Sarah Krug as Mother (Grace Bradley), Amber Marino as Beth, Frank Miller as Father (Bob Bradley) and Jude Mys as Charlie. [Kristina Mitten]
    Live Oak Theatre presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
  8. Robert Bryndza [Petr Kozlík]
    The author of ‘Nine Elms’ finds encouragement in Christie’s ‘disorganized genius.’
  9. Sarah M. Broom is the author of the memoir "The Yellow House," winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction. [Adam Shemper]
    Broom’s memoir, winner of a National Book Award, tells the story of her family and their New Orleans home before and after ‘the Water.’
  10. Benjamin Ismail, left, and Susan Maris star as Peter Shaw and Henrietta Leavitt in American Stage's "Silent Sky." [Joey Clay Photography]
    Parts of it play like a romantic comedy, but you will learn a thing or two about the woman who mapped the universe. | Theater review