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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Nov. 8

Eat around the Tampa Greek Festival or check out standup performances from Cristela Alonzo at the Straz and Dane Cook at the Mahaffey.
The Tampa Greek Festival will return to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend. [Times (2002)]
The Tampa Greek Festival will return to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend. [Times (2002)]
Published Nov. 7

Tampa Greek Festival: Shop the traditional market at this three-day Greek festival with food, live Bouzouki music, dancing, a children’s zone, church tours and choir performances. Arrive between noon and 4 p.m. Friday to get in free. Runs through Sunday. $2. Noon. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 571-0658.

Cristela Alonzo: The former View host had a sitcom on ABC, making her the first Latina to create write, produce and star in a U.S. prime-time comedy. In addition to a performance, she brings a signing of her recently released mixtape memoir, Music to My Years. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Dane Cook: Catch a dark, high-energy show from this standup comedian and actor on his Tell It Like It Is tour. $39.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

If I Cry: Tampa City Ballet presents a production inspired by Frida Kahlo’s diaries. $30. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 558-0800.

An Evening with Andra Douglas: The artist and former New York Sharks football team owner behind Black & Blue: Love, Sports and the Art of Empowerment appears at her book launch and art exhibition. Admission includes a copy of Black & Blue. $30. 6 p.m. ArtsXchange, 515 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 826-7211.

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival: Explore the historic village as you feast on local, fresh seafood. Live music and more than 60 art and craft vendors are also in store. No cover. Noon. 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 322-5217.

St. Raphael Fall Festival: The 11th annual waterfront celebration showcases fair food, midway rides, live music, Bingo and other games. Benefits St. Raphael Catholic School. Free, $1 and up ride tickets and wristbands. Noon. St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7989.

Shuffleboard For Veterans: Indoor shuffleboard hangout Shuffle lets veterans play on its four courts for free all Veterans Day weekend. Runs through Monday. Free. 2612 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 450-3797.

King of the Beach: The fishing tournament promises a festival Friday through Saturday, with the weigh-in reserved for Saturday. Also expect food, marine and art vendors, a boat showcase, an area for kids and live tunes. Free. 5 p.m. ROC Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. (727) 216-6601.

Mother of All Baby Showers: An adults-only night out for new and expectant parents that includes try-before-you-buy baby products and services, spa treatments, giveaways and food samples. $20, $30 two. 6 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

Arts Legacy REMIX: Sea to Shining Sea: The series of free shows highlights local singers, dancers and musicians from a variety of cultures. In the spotlight this month are veterans and America’s first citizens, starting with a color guard and culminating in dancing. Free. 6:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Leaether Strip: The Danish industrial electronic producer makes a rare stop in Florida, bringing a mix of brutal yet danceable tracks from his 30-year discography. $22 and up. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Deep Field: A Cosmic Experience: Grammy winner Eric Whitacre leads this Florida Orchestra Masterworks program, with Hubble Telescope graphics projected on the big screen and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay singing in the aisles. Whitacre also conducts his Lux Aurumque and Equus, plus Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Copland’s Quiet City. $18 and up. 8 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

Yarn: The bluegrass-inspired Americana group tours with its Lucky 13 project, releasing a new single on the 13th of every month this year. Bryan Elijah Smith opens. $15 and up. 8 p.m. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-0110.

Damon Williams: A comic whose credits, including BET’s ComicView and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, date back to 1994. $15 and up. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Tampa Am: This annual bowl jam’s Rage Club Party features an open bar, DJ entertainment and the video premiere of Swear. $10. 6 p.m. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.

Jay Mohr: The actor, comedian and sports radio host, who nabbed roles on TV and in movies like Jerry Maguire, goes back to his standup roots. $30. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Riverhawk Music Festival: Now in its 19th year, the four-day festival features a lineup of more than 20 bands on multiple stages. There are craft exhibitors, food, drinks, children’s activities and camping. Runs through Sunday. $15 and up, free for 12 and younger. 10 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (863) 984-8445.

The Taming of the Shrew: The Studio@620 presents this production as part of its series Shakespeare in the City. Runs through Nov. 17. Free. 7:30 p.m. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Doug Canney: This comedian, originally from North Carolina, has appeared on WB’s One Tree Hill, HBO and the award-winning short film Lonely Ben. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


Green Eggs and Ham, Netflix: Can you really make a TV series based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss? We’re about to find out. The animated story follows opposites “Guy” and “Sam” as they venture out on a road trip to save an endangered animal from a far-off zoo. The voice cast includes Michael Douglas, Adam Devine and Keegan-Michael Key.


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    Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec. 22 this year.
  2. Hillsborough County Sheriff Office arrested 22-year old Ozcan Rodriguez Okur, an Amazon delivery driver who kept approximately $890 in items and gift cards from packages he was responsible for delivering to customers. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
    Ozcan Rodriguez Okur Junior kept approximately $890 in items and gift cards, marking them as “missing.”
  3. Alanis Morissette is seen onstage at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in 2011 in Los Angeles. [MATT SAYLES  |  AP]
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  4. A rendering of Iron Gwazi, the hybrid wooden and steel roller coaster coming to Tampa theme park Busch Gardens in 2020. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
    Deck the halls and the roller coasters. There’s a tree atop the Iron Gwazi, the hybrid steel and wooden roller coaster now under construction.
  5. Vendors at a previous Indie Noir Market, which will return on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Camille Washington]
    Plus, the St. Petersburg Pier Marketplace vendors have been selected.
  6. The Boley Centers' annual Jingle Bell Run will return to Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
    CeeLo Green headlines the Winter Wonder Ride, plus holiday-themed runs and parades fill the calendar.
  7. Lighted boats cruise along Boca Ciega Bay in South Pasadena in 2015. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    More boat parades, prancing horses, a fashion show and free fitness classes provide free and cheap fun.
  8. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. []
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  9. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform during their 2019 tour, which will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Jason McEachern]
    The Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes a local stop, as do John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for Meet 'n' Grease. Plus, more boat and holiday parades are planned.
  10. Chewbacca stands in front of the Millennium Falcon at the Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Now that Rise of the Resistance is complete, the 14-acre land is complete. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
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