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5 Things to do in November

A unicycle built for two zooms around the stage in a show of balance, acrobatics, strength, grace and a spirit of partnership.
A unicycle built for two zooms around the stage in a show of balance, acrobatics, strength, grace and a spirit of partnership.
Published Oct. 24, 2012

1 ' Kooza'

Cirque du Soleil returns to its origins combining acrobatics and clowning in its show, Kooza, which comes to town Nov. 8 for a month's run under the big top at Tropicana Field.

The story is about the Innocent, a melancholy loner who runs into all sorts of characters and weirdos with slapstick bravado as he searches for his place in the world.

Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec touring company that started with 20 street performers in 1984. It now has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 countries.

Tickets, ranging from $33 to $104, and showtimes are available at The show runs through Dec. 9.

2 Boat Show

Hundreds of boats and yachts for fishing and cruising as well as all sorts of marine gear will be on display at the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront park across from the Mahaffey Theater.

When you get done looking at all the boats, you can catch a marine seminar or a fishing clinic.

Tickets, which are $10 (cash only) at the door, can be purchased for $8 online at Military personnel with ID and kids 15 and under are free. No pets allowed except guide dogs.

3 Tap Dogs

Imagine Fred Astaire-meets-the Village People-meets-Michael Flatley-meets-Stomp and you've got the idea.

Tap Dogs, a touring dance company that started 18 years ago with six working-class guys from a steel town north of Sydney, Australia, storms into the Mahaffey Theater for only one night — Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

There are now more than 1,300 Tap Dogs from 50 countries taking the show that combines the strength and power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing around the world.

Tickets, at $25.50, $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50, are available at

4 Christmas Under the Oaks

The Clearwater Junior Woman's Club and the City of Clearwater will hold the 36th annual arts and crafts show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Coachman Park, on the waterfront downtown at the corner of Drew and Cleveland streets.

More than 160 booths will be set up to sell only handmade and unusual items. And, no worries that 150 of them will be selling wreaths made with loofah sponges. Show officials vet vendor applications to limit the number of exhibitors selling similar types of wares.

You'll find a food court, photography, sculpture, jewelry, soaps, candles, hats, glassware, pet items, ceramics, stained glass and even pets.

The Humane Society and Golden Retriever Rescue will be selling pet treats and adoptable pets.

Admission is $2 with proceeds going to CJWC scholarships, grants and projects.

Details at

5 SPIFFS International Folk Fair

The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society transforms Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE in downtown St. Petersburg, into an international village filled with costumed dancers, ethnic aromas, arts and crafts and live music from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 3.

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Tickets are available in advance at Walgreens stores for $7 or at the Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Boulevard gate for $10 the day of the event.

Children under 6 are free, and students, high school and younger, are $6.

Coolers, bicycles, pets and alcohol are prohibited.

Details at or (727) 552-1896.

Patti Ewald can be reached at or (727) 893-8746.

IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT you'd like featured, drop Patti a note six weeks before the date of the event.


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