Do It Today: Eat Your Art Out, Hip-Hop Against Hunger, Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater, Beauty Sample Sale, more

Grab your gal pals, Bay area ladies! Tampa is one of only six cities in the U.S. to host the third annual Beauty Sample Sale, which goes down this Thursday at the swank ultra-lounge AJA Channelside.  The name pretty much tells the gripping story: It’s all about sampling cosmetics and "cosmeceuticals" from a wide range of brands. Attendees can also receive onsite makeovers and complimentary offerings galore, from cocktails to candy to goodie bags that feature full-sized and sample products. Thurs., Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m., AJA Channelside, 290 S. Meridian Ave., reservations required (ages 21 and up only) at, no tickets will be sold at the door. –Anthony Salveggi[image-1]

Glenn Beck, the oft-celebrated (and as oft maligned) politico, presents the latest installment in  The Christmas Sweater,  his “personal story of love, faith and family,” subtitled “a return to redemption.” The stage show is based on his best-selling book, and is performed at the  Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, and broadcast live in HD to theaters across the country. Visit for full list of participating locations.  Encore Thurs., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. $20. Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa.

If you take a little culture with your coffee, the The Florida Orchestra: Opera's Greatest Hits early afternoon concert is your cup of brew. Under the steady baton of conductor Alastair Willis, the orchestra performs selections from Verdi's Traviata, Prelude to Act III, Puccini's La Boheme, and Rossini's Overture: Italian Girl in Algiers. The concert is preceded by complimentary donuts, coffee and conversation with the musicians. Visit for more info. Thurs., Dec. 10, 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, $24-$42.

At tonight's Visionary Women lecture on Dalia Condis, the CCC's art curator, Mary Ellen Bitner, discusses the work of Dalia Condis (a Cuban-born painter now retired in Tampa), the women she painted (Evita Peron, Frida Khalo, Florence Nightingale and more), why she painted them and the symbolism and story in her paintings. A reception for the National Museum of Women in the Arts show follows the presentation, with live music by Ray Rosoff and John Deledda, a book reading by author Chris Coad Taylor, and a poem reading by Dore Anderson. Visit for more info. Thurs., Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m., Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, free.

Billed as "THE holiday art show event in downtown St. Petersburg!", tonight's Novalicious: Eat Your Art Out offers an array of local works along with food, music by the Steve Arvey Band and more. Like most of NOVA's events, it's bound to be a bang-up party. Visit for more info. Thurs., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., NOVA 535 Art Lounge, St. Petersburg, $10.

Hip hop hooray for Green Sunshine and Stick Martin, who put on Hip-Hop Against Hunger, a holiday concert in support of F.E.A.S.T, the non-profit food pantry serving north Pinellas County. Please bring a donation of canned or non-perishable food in exchange for a bumpin' blend of beats that combine funk, reggae, soul and lyrical skills. Visit for more info. Thurs., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin, free.

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