It's likely the slowest time for performances and festivals, so get out and catch some bands.
Enjoy first-rate garage and punk rock with Pretty Voices, Car Bomb Driver and Dead Fender Twin at the Market on 7th Saturday night.
Nearby, at New World Brewery, diverse indie bands Sunbears!, DieAlps! (pictured above — they also made Leilani's top albums of the year), The Pauses and Alameda culminate New Granada's big 20-year anniversary three-day celebration. $8. Click here for more.
Our very favorite dysfunctional stage mother-and-son cabaret act headlines what's sure to be a hoot of a show Saturday and Sunday night. The oh-so-special holiday special, A Scott and Patti Holiday Extravaganza, stars award-winning talents Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel, and offers a twist on TV holiday concert specials from your childhood — you know, the ones starring Andy Williams, Cher and other bygone icons. Songs, dances, comedic gags and surprise guests. Tunes include “The First Noel,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night” and several others. Stay after for a meet and greet with the dynamic duo, who’ll make you feel “warmer than your Aunt Fanny’s fluffy poinsettia sweater.” Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. $20. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, stageworkstheatre.org.
Hellcats Burlesque: Tinker Toys & Tassels — The Tampa ladies put some va-va-voom in your holiday weekend. $10. Sat., Dec. 27, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. 813-963-0578. tampapitchershow.net.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker — Celebrate a beloved Christmas tradition with the fam as 40 world-class Russian artists bring the time-honored classic to life. Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls! More at nutcracker.com. Sun.,noon, 4 and 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, $32-$190, themahaffey.com.