Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (12.04-06.15)


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Friday, 12/4

Expressions of Grief & Hope: Art by Grieving Children Opening Night Reception
Please join Suncoast Kids for their 5th annual art show opening night reception featuring art by the children and teens of Suncoast Kids Place: Center for Grieving Children, Teens, & Their Families. Please come out and support grieving children and hear what they have to say through their art.The art will be on public display through December & January. 6-8pm. FREE to attend. Suncoast Kids Place, 4537 Lowell Road.

This Wonderful Life at Stageworks Theatre (All Weekend) 
One actor inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film It's a Wonderful Life. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him. Runs from Dec. 3-20. CLICK HERE for tickets. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 East Kennedy Boulevard. 

Legends of Old School at USF Sun Dome
Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, 2 Live Crew and Color Me Badd perform at the USF Sun Dome this Friday. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets from $35-$125. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue. 

TFO Presents: Handel's Messiah at The Straz Center
David Lockington conducts the orchestra and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in Handel’s Messiah, the composer’s glorious oratorio with its showcase “Hallelujah” chorus. Arrive early to hear musical guests share inside stories about the music and the composers for all Masterworks concerts. Pre-concert conversations begin one hour before curtain time in the concert hall. 8pm. $15-$45. Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place

Andy Brey and Friends at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Andy Brey & Friends featuring Andrew Brey, Nick Monroe and Will Quinlan will perform at Ella's! Show goes from 10pm-midnight. No cover. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue. 

Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony at Curtis Hixon Park
Attend Tampa's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the first Friday in December in beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Late night brass will perform live. The ceremony will also feature a free screening of A Christmas Story in the park. Blankets, low back chairs, coolers and dogs on leashes are allowed. Concessions will be available. Glass and alcohol are prohibited. Festivities begin at 6pm. Admission is FREE. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Drive. 

SPX – St. Pete Action Sports at Al Lang Stadium
This is definitely worth the trip over the bridge. Come see more than 40 stars of action sports compete in skateboarding, BMX, FMX, and more during the two-day competition at St. Pete Action Sports this Friday and Saturday. From 7pm-10pm. Ticket prices vary by seating, available online. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street South in St. Pete.

Venom Inc. at The Orpheum
Venom Inc. takes over The Orpheum Friday night. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $14. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue. 

WMNF Presents: The Soul Rebels with Parker Urban Band at Skipper's Smokehouse
The Soul Rebels (BRASS BAND/ROCK/FUNK/SOUL) started with an idea – to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass band tradition they grew up on. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock. The band has settled on an eight-piece lineup that can be heard on their international debut release Unlock Your Mind. 8pm. Tickets from $17-$20. Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

 

Saturday, 12/5

Santa Paws Holiday Extravaganza: hosted by Rebels Rescue and Mary Kay
Join us for a "Holiday Extravaganza" hosted by Mary Kay and Rebels Rescue. Take care of that holiday gift list and benefit the stray, lost and abandoned animals of your community. The event runs from 5:30-8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Spoil Me Dog Spa, 3411 South Dale Mabry Highway.

The Nutcracker Ballet at USF Theatre I
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Magic of The Nutcracker Ballet Presented by Tampa Bay's Triple Threat Theatre at USF Theatre One. Do you remember how you felt as a child during the holidays? The Nutcracker reminds us that the holidays have always been a time of magic, wonder and dreams. Experience that delight by joining us for this classic holiday tradition. Showtimes at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets start at $20. USF Theatre I, 3829 USF Holly Drive.

Santa Fest – Downtown Tampa Christmas Parade
Curtis Hixon Park will transform into a Christmas Wonderland this weekend! Enjoy FREE photos with Santa, make-n-take holiday crafts, hands-on games and activities and ice skating (just $5 per person). The parade will begin at Morgan Street and Madison Streettravel west on Madison Street to Ashley Drive, turn north and end at Ashley Drive and Cass Street. The events begin at 11am and go until 4pm. FREE to attend. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Drive. 

Urban Art Mart
Shop for artwork and crafts, sample food truck fare, enjoy live music and get the kiddies involved in children’s activities at the Urban Art Mart in downtown Tampa. 10am-3pm. The market will take place at The Portico, 1001 North Florida Avenue. 

Learned Hand – Live & Local on the Riverwalk
Learned Hand performs acoustic songs and incidental music for any occasion. Dave Hall, Jon Lord, and Janet Harrison team up and play songs from artists such as Billie Holliday, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Maroon 5. Music from 5:45-7pm. FREE and open to the public. Concert takes place on the Straz Riverwalk, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place.

An Evening with Lucero at The Ritz
Enjoy an evening with acclaimed punk rock band Lucero. Doors open at 7pm. $23. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 East 7th Avenue. 

Halcyon Toy Drive with The Cheaters at Skippers Smokehouse
Halcyon (ACOUSTIC) Deb Hunseder and Steph Callahan met in 1989 and had their first gig two weeks later. The harmonies were magic. From the first note, they knew they had something that could not be matched. Since 1989 the duo has opened for national acts including John Mayer, Pat Benatar, India.Irie, Joan Osborne, Tabithas Secret (now Matchbox 20), Sister Hazel, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joan Bias, Cheryl Wheeler, Wynona Judd, Patrice Pike, Sarah Bettens, Melissa Ferrick, and Koko Taylor. They’ve also performed their stirring accapella rendition of the national anthem for the Atlanta Braves, Tampa Rays and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. See them and The Cheaters perform beginning at 8pm. $12. Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.  

97x Next Big Thing – S  O  L  D    O  U  T
This year’s lineup includes Twenty One Pilots, Of Monsters and Men, The Neighbourhood, Walk the Moon, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Robert Delong, Glass Animals, X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Coleman Hell, Borns, and Pvris. The event is SOLD OUT. Stay tuned to their website for updates on any remaining tickets

Dance Gavin Dance at The Orpheum
Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds and Strawberry Girls performs at The Orpheum Saturday. Doors open at 5:30pm. $17. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue. 

Peking Dreams: National Circus and Acrobats from the People's Republic of China
Peking Dreams, the latest, lush creation for the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, unfolds in mesmerizing scenes of acrobatics, Chinese circus, martial arts, aerial silks, Peking Opera and the historical palace game, diabolo. Escalating in daring stunts and death-defying acts, Peking Dreams invites audiences into an artistic world full of history and wonder, sumptuous costumes and almost unbelievable physical capabilities. This production was performed for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and has been performed for more than 600 shows in front of more than 400,000 people in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 7:30pm. $35-$45. Straz Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place. 

 

Sunday, 12/6

Hyde Park Fresh Market
Held on the first Sunday of each month, this market features fresh and local food, hand crafted items and live music. Hyde Park, 1602 West Snow Avenue. 

Holiday Classics at Tampa Theatre – Holiday Inn

"Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire play successful song-and-dance men Jim Hardy and Ted Hanover. They are best friends, but they have a tendency to fall for the same women. When dancer Lila Dixon (Virginia Dale) leaves Jim for Ted, Jim leaves Broadway to pursue his dream of running a little hotel that only opens on national holidays. He hires Linda Mason (Marjorie Reynolds) to perform there, and before long, the old friends are competing again, this time for the lovely Linda’s affections." The screening takes place at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE for tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

WAHH! World Fusion Band at Straz Center
Wahh! World Fusion Band features Shankh Lahiri on tabla and vocals, Rajib Karmakar on sitar, Peter Mongaya on guitar, Ray Villadonga on bass and Michael Washington on drums and percussion. They will be joined by the prestigious and award-winning Prattyush Banerjee on sarod (an ancient and evokative Indian string instrument), the popular Jolly Mukerjee, an Indian singer/songwriter/producer, known as India's "King of Strings" who specializes in the music of Bollywood and talented brothers Deb and Jyoti Sankar Roy of the well-known duo ‘The Violin Brothers’ who have performed under the direction of such great musical maestros as Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and performed for Mr Zubin Mehta, the then Conductor of New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 5pm. $25-$100. Straz Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Channelside Bay Plaza Holiday Market & Art Showcase
The market features a diverse range of artisan food vendors, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, artisan breads, jams, spices, interesting crafts, handmade art and jewelry, family friendly activities and live music! Goes from noon-5pm. FREE to attend. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. 

River of Lights Cruise
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to experience the River of Lights Christmas Cruise. Step aboard the beautifully decked halls of Yacht StarShip for a cruise up the Hillsborough River and see the new beautifully lighted bridges and decorated Tampa Harbor. On board, experience a traditional holiday buffet freshly prepared by their executive chef and cap the night off with a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, and Santa’s Favorite holiday cookies! 6-8:30pm. $59.95 for adults, $29.95 for children. Yacht Starship, 603 Channelside Drive. 

Acne Jazz Garage Sunday at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Acme Jazz Garage puts its own twists on Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Norleans" and "Play It Back," the Meters' "Pungee" and "Look-a-Py-Py," Paul Simon's "One Trick Pony," Herbie Hancock's "Canteloupe Island," Santana's "Lightning," and Beck's "Loser," along with tunes by Miles Davis, Jeff Beck and MMW, and originals in the same vein. Show goes from 4-7pm. No cover. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 North Nebraska Avenue. 

Patel Rock School Blowout at Skipper's Smokehouse
Multiple bands from the Patel Conservatory’s Rock School courses will perform both classic and new rock ‘n’ roll tunes. This event is FREE and open to the public. The fully accredited Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. 3pm. FREE. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

 

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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.