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: Its 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 PrettyCity.com, 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 fathomevents.com 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 floridaorchestra.org 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 carrollwoodcenter.org for more info. Thurs., Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m., Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, free.