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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 5

Brian Setzer brings his holiday tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 5. [Photo by Tony Nelson]
Brian Setzer brings his holiday tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 5. [Photo by Tony Nelson]
Published Dec. 4, 2018

Brian Setzer Orchestra: The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy winner performs with his 19-piece orchestra in the 15th annual Christmas Rocks! tour. Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones open. $52.75-$92.75. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

Hello Dolly!: Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in the new production of the classic musical. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Drake Bell: Best known from Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh show, Bell plays music inspired by classic rock musicians. 7:30 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 North 17th Street, Tampa. $16; VIP $100.

Repeal Day Party at The Canopy: Celebrate the end of Prohibition with drink specials . Anyone dressed in 1930s style will be entered for a drawing for a $150 bar tab. 7-10 p.m. No cover. The Canopy, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Drag Queen Bingo: Gretta Gripp hosts this night of free bingo for prizes. Dress in drag and get 10 percent off your food and drink bill. 8 p.m., Caddy's on Central, 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 575-7939.

Nathan Mitchell with guest Julian Vaughn: A dynamic lead bass player from Kansas City, Julian Vaughn has made a name for himself as a bassist in the smooth jazz genre which is dominated by saxophone players. $25-$40. 8 p.m. Charlie's Sushi and Japanese Restaurant, 1200 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 351-7338.

Darryl Lenox: The comedian recorded the stand-up special Blind Ambition, which deals with his deteriorating eyesight. 9:30 p.m., Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653 .

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. (727) 828-9584.

Holiday Pop-Up Market: There are a variety of handmade businesses rotating on a weekly basis to provide shopping experience in downtown Clearwarter from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Mayors Food Truck Fiesta: Choose from the food truck line up at downtown Tampa lunch gathering. 11 a.m. Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa.

Organ Concert Series: Long-time Organist Rich Nay showcases the world's largest three-keyboard organ playing a variety of musical styles in a 45 minute program. Free. 2 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 212 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Free.


Red Riding Hood: See Olivier Award-winning writer Mike Kenny's brand new musical adaptation of the classic children's tale. For ages 4 and up. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Charles J. Fendig Library, 3909 W Neptune St. Tampa.

Hanukkah Story Time Party: Spin the dreidel at this Festival of Lights celebration with food and a story time. 10:30 a.m. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor.

Holiday Lights at Largo Central Park: This family-friendly annual tradition features a spectacular holiday light display, carousel and seven-story Ferris wheel that offers a bird's-eye view of the 70-acre Largo Central Park and more than 2 million LED lights. Rides are $5 each or $20 for 5 rides. Open nightly through New Year's Day. 5-11 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free.

To Watch

Deal or No Deal, 8 p.m., CNBC: Nearly a decade after the game show left the air, it returns with host and executive producer Howie Mandel presiding over all the nail-biting tension.

Border Live, 9 p.m., Discovery: With immigration debates in the national conversation, this six-part series will document the work of law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the "real lives, real moments and real stories" of those who live and work along its remote stretches.


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  1. A mystery billboard. A Tampa photographer's journey. A cruise to the Bahamas. Here's what leap day means to Floridians. [Clockwise from left: Times archives, Amie Santavicca and screenshot from]
  2. The Black Keys will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sept. 4. [Alysse Gafkjen]
  3. Jewelry by Navajo artist Artie Yellowhorse, who will be at St. Petersburg's Red Cloud Gallery on Feb. 28 and 29. [Courtesy of Red Cloud Gallery]
  4. Paella and other seafood offerings will be offered at the SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival this weekend in Hudson. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  5. The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival will return to Tampa on Feb. 29, running weekends through April 26. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
  6. FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Disney CEO Robert Iger arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", in Los Angeles  The Walt Disney Co. has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, FIle) [JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]
  7. The second annual Tampa Taco Fest will return on Feb. 29 to Al Lopez Park. [Courtesy of Tampa Taco Fest]
  8. Feb. 24• Arts & Entertainment
    Strawberry shortcake is among the attractions at Plant City's Florida Strawberry Festival, which will kick off on Feb. 27. [Tampa Bay Times (2016)]
  9. New '47 brand caps featuring spring training designs are on display as the Phillies reveal what's new at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. ALLIE GOULDING  |   TimesGuests walk down Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Disney World in Orlando.
  11. A rendering of the new Ulta created by Hennon Group Architects and included in the permits for the building filed with the City of Tampa. [Hennon Group Architects]
  12. Four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba will play the Jaeb Theater at Tampa's Straz Center on June 5. [Straz Center for Performing Arts]