Top things to do for Saturday, Dec. 8

Jane Lynch brings her swingin’ Christmas cabaret show and Kansas will play an album in its entirety.
Straz Center
A Swingin’ Little Christmas, at the Straz Center on Dec. 8 and 9, 2018, includes (from left) Tim Dais, Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery.
Straz Center A Swingin’ Little Christmas, at the Straz Center on Dec. 8 and 9, 2018, includes (from left) Tim Dais, Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery.
Published December 7 2018

Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas: With tinsel-streamed sounds evoking Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and the Andrews Sisters the actor who, won an Emmy for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee, brings a sharp, satirical with friends like Kate Flannery from The Office, and Tim Davis, who has sung with Lady Gaga. 4 and 8 p.m. today and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49.75. (813) 229-7827.

Hello Dolly! Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in the new production of the classic musical. 2 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa. $60 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Mozart and Sibelius: Under the direction of Stuart Malina, the Florida Orchestra presents pieces by Mozart, Sibelius and Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov. 8-10 p.m. The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$48.

Kansas: Progressive rock band will perform their iconic album Point of Know Return in its entirety. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

The Manhattan Transfer and Herb Albert: Grammy-winning vocal harmony group joins the jazz icon and trumpeter and famed Brasil ’66 vocalist Lani Hall. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49-$75. (727) 791-7400 .

Gilbert Gottfried: Don’t let the voice behind Aladdin’s Iago and the Aflac duck fool you, the comedian told the dirtiest joke in The Aristocrats, a documentary about the world’s dirtiest joke. He has appeared on numerous Comedy Central roasts, and Gen Xers remember him as the host of USA’s Up All Night. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 960-1197.

Post Animal: Chicago-based band of childhood friends with an affinity for slick riffs, pop hooks, and psychedelic tendencies. Special guests Illiterate Light and Charles Irwin open. $12. 8 p.m. Crowbar Ybor City, 1812 N 17th St. Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Celeste Barber: You’ve definitely seen her parodies of Kardashian selfies on Instagram. They’ve gone so viral, The Australian comedian and actor now rubs elbows with the very people she spoofs, which she’ll recount in her live show. $19.50-$29.50. 8:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

Clearwater / Tampa Vinyl Record Show and Fair: Collectors and dealers selling thousands of records, CDs, vintage posters and memorabilia. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Clearwater Record Show, 1610 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 200-9397.

The Winter Wonderettes: The musical takes place at a Tupperware party and features holiday songs including Jingle Bell Rock and Winter Wonderland. Through Dec. 23. 3-5 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416.

Tampa’s Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl: Slip into your most hideous holiday sweater for an evening of Christmas naughtiness on a guided four-bar fun tour. The ugliness starts at 5 p.m. at Zydeco Brew Works. Your ticket includes one free welcome shot at each bar Get tickets at 5-11 p.m. Zydeco Brew Werks, 1902 East 7th Avenue, Tampa. $20-$120.

Third Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl: St. Pete: Grab your Santa hat and crawl koozie for the 3rd annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl with themed drink specials, DJ music and a photo. 21 and older only. Registration takes place at Thirsty First. 5-11:30 p.m. Thirsty First, 119 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 317-3333.

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Art Walk: Meet artists and gallery owners, be among first to see the latest exhibits, and explore the vibrant art community Free trolley available. Map available at 5-9 p.m. Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations from Beach Drive to the Warehouse Arts District, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 518-5142.


SnowBlast: Wear long pants and closed toed shoes for a day in the snow with activities including snowball fights, snow tubing, snow slides, make and take crafts, entertainment, games, stage shows, holiday music and karaoke. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22 Ave N, Saint Petersburg. $25, 2 and younger free. (727) 828-9584.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa in his house. Included with admission through Dec. 31. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa.

Holiday Carnival: You’ll find rides, games, music and family fun. Tickets for carnival rides will be available at the event. 12-10 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater. Free.

Winter Wonder Ride: Dress in holiday theme and decorate your bicycle for the eighth annual Light It Up themed ride with an after party including food, DJ dancing and a sing-a-long. Benefits the purchase of bicycles and helmets for needy children. 2-10:30 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $55.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo’s holiday party with carolers, a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, a holiday hoedown, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a Candy Cane Lane. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. 4 p.m. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa.

Dunedin Holiday Parade: Santa comes to Dunedin early along with an old-fashioned holiday festival, featuring live music, carriage rides and snow slides. Donations will be collected to benefit the Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund. 4-9 p.m. Downtown Dunedin, Douglas Ave & Main St, Dunedin. Free.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Pirate Taxi for a 45-minute cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festively lighted bridges and shimmering downtown skylines. Includes hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas carols. Departs hourly between 6 and 10 p.m. 6-10 p.m. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa. $28, $18 children. (813) 223-7999.

Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade: Members of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club decorate their sail and power boats for this annual holiday water parade through the communities of Town Shores, Kipps Colony, Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, Pasadena Gulf Club Estates and Isla del Sol. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Island Estates Boat Parade: Decorated boats assemble in Mandalay Channel and head to Coachman Park, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and to the Clearwater Yacht Club’s judging stand. Prizes awarded for best decorated boats. 6:30 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater. Free.

Snow on 7th Holiday Parade: The Tampa Bay Pride Band and Mayor Bob Buckhorn lead the parade with more than 15 marching bands, dance groups, snow flurries and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. 7 p.m. Seventh Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, Tampa. Free.

The Family Blessing: Inspired by the Nutcracker, Jal Hinson’s community production explores the blessings that come simply through having a family. 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South, Saint Petersburg. $25-$45.


Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC: Expect a few fish jokes as Aquaman star Jason Momoa hosts for the first time. The musical guest is Mumford & Sons.