The List

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Visual Arts

531 Central Fine Arts, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-822-2787). Landscapes of the Mind is a special retrospective exhibition honoring the work of deceased St. Petersburg native Richard Protovin. The show features Protovin's oil paintings and watercolors, and a video display featuring several of his animated films. The show runs through Dec. 5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.531central.com.

Adrian Howard Galleries, at the Suncoast Resort Hotel, 3000 34th St. S., St. Petersburg (727-865-6906). The Heart and Art of America is a group exhibition featuring works by Ron Jacobson, Thomas Bouchelle, Michael Chestnut and Ron Reams. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 1 p.m. to midnight Friday; and 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Ambiance Galleries, 1535 Ninth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-821-8331). Resurrection, a diverse show of artworks by Jack Barrett, continues through Dec. 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Artists Unlimited, in the Channel District, 223 N. 12th St., Tampa (813-229-5958). Life in Stone features more than two dozen hand-carved sculptures by artists from Zimbabwe, Africa. The exhibit runs through Jan. 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Pete (727-822-7872). Three shows open The Arts Center's holiday season: Celebrations, the Center's annual holiday show; Full Circle, a solo exhibit of new collages by Josette Urso; and Dangerous Curves, sculptural works by Paul Larned. The holiday show offers works that make great gifts, including photographs by Ric David and limited edition hand-printed holiday cards. Urso's new works are circular collages made of cut, patterned and textured paper. Larned's hot-sculpted glass works incorporate wood and metal, and capture a primal look and brittle beauty. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Catherine Hickman Theatre Gallery, 5501 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport (727-384-9064). Surveying the Landscape is an exhibit of works by five contemporary landscape artists: Nan Griffin, Keith Stillwagon, Hugo S. Porcaro, Nancy Gable and Billy Zepp. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Centre Gallery, in USF's Phyllis P. Marshall Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-974-5464). Breeder's Playground, an installation by Michelle Rehrig, runs through Nov. 30. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Clayton Galleries, 4105 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-3753). Robin Cody: Recent Work is just that, an exhibit of new paintings by the Sarasota artist. Cody, who received an MFA in painting from Queens College in New York, is currently an instructor at the Ringling School of Art and Design. The exhibit runs through Nov. 24. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1130 Cleveland St., Clearwater. An exhibit of works by five members of The Exhibiting Society of Artists is on display through Dec. 27. The artists are Gloria Agnese, Mary Silvia, Nicholas Soldo, Sheri Salin and Kyu Yamamoto. The exhibit is open during business hours. Call 727-768-0744.

Davidson Fine Art, 725 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-827-1888). The Beat Generation, an exhibit of collectibles and works by notable beat writers, includes original art, manuscripts, letters and books by Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Corso, Ferlinghetti, Baraka, Creely, Rivers and Bukowski. The show's producer and collection owner, Dr. William Plumley, has published broadly in newspapers and literary journals himself (most recently The Chicago Review) and has edited five anthologies of folklore, poetry and fiction. The show runs through Jan. 10. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin (727-298-3322). Wheels: Artists and Automobiles is an exhibit that examines the American obsession with wheels, and addresses the artistry, mystique and cultural impact of the automobile. The exhibit runs through March 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit the center at www.DFAC.org.

E. Walter Galleries, 449 Central Ave. Suite 100, St. Petersburg (727-898-7500). A two-person exhibit by Shawn Arnow and Milt Rochman runs through Dec. 8. Arnow, who's new to the area, has sold her Picasso-like paintings and drawings independently for the past 10 years. Rochman's work has been seen throughout the area over the past 10 years and was recently the subject of articles in several national magazines, including ArtTrends and Art Business News. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

EastWest Gallery & Framery, 529 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-823-9629). Flower Power is an exhibit of acrylics on canvas by Susan Supper. The metaphorical works show flora emerging from cityscapes. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

Florida Craftsmen Gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-821-7391). Season of Lights, an exhibit of fine contemporary crafts designed for gift giving, and A Show of Cups, an installation of handmade cups and mugs, are on display through Dec. 29. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

HCC-Dale Mabry Gallery, located in the Social Science Building, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa (813-253-7560). An exhibit of works by Native American artists runs through Dec. 8. The featured artists include Burt Lancaster, who practices Gyotaku, the art of making fish prints on rice paper; Susan Longhair, a gifted bead artist; Farell Mecer, a portraitist of indigenous people; and David Nez, a full-blooded Gineh (Navejo) who uses his artistic talents to honor his ancestors. Ireland On Sight, an exhibit of oil paintings by Josette Urso, runs through Dec. 8. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

HCC-Ybor Gallery, in the Performing Arts Building, Palm Avenue at 15th Street, Ybor City (813-253-7674). The gallery features an exhibit of new mixed-media sculpture by Lutz artist Susan Livingston. All of the pieces are clay with Florida fossils, creating a symbiosis of time and matter. The exhibit runs through Dec. 2. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Lemon Studios and Gallery, 1601 N. Marion St., Tampa (813-805-7487). Trajectories is an exhibit of works by Chicago artist Carrie Shield that pays homage to Piet Mondrian. Shield, who received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, works primarily in oil on linen. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

Merrick Gallery, 330 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg (727-896-2787). Sign Language is an exhibit of new works by Steve Carlisle, a mixed-media artist whose images deal with the use of signs to persuade and manipulate people. Carlisle incorporates photography, digital printing and screen printing into his work. The exhibit runs through Nov. 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave., Tampa (813-251-3780). An exhibit of professional watermedia runs through Nov. 30. The exhibit features work by Sue Allen, Jane Cheek, Anne Drewery, and Betty Rankin. Hours are noon-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 3-8 p.m. every third Thursday.

Realty Executives, 2861 34th St. S., St. Petersburg (727-867-9600). An exhibit of paintings by Ludner Confident, a Haitian-born artist/anesthesiologist, hangs in this unlikeliest of galleries. The artist, known as Ludy, paints female portraits enmeshed in themes such as love, sports, the tropics and music. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. www.confidentart.com.

Ruth Eckerd Hall Galleries Curator Carl Cowden is accepting works to be considered for inclusion in an exhibit titled Visuals of the performing Arts, to be displayed Dec. 8 through Feb. 1. Works considered include: sketches, paintings, photographs, 2D-design drawings and finished designs of costumes, sets, lighting, props and make-up. Submissions are accepted through Nov. 25, and can be mailed directly to Cowden, Curator of Visual Arts, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759. Call 727-712-2754.

Salt Creek Artworks, 1600 Fourth St. S., St. Pete (727-894-2653). In the Grey Gallery, Salt Creek hosts an outstanding exhibit of mixed-media works by German-born artist Joachim Johannes Domschke; and in the Green Gallery, the digital photography of John Gladman of Lawrence, Kan. Both exhibits run through Dec. 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Scarfone/Hartley Galleries, corner of North B Street and Brevard Avenue on the University of Tampa campus (813-253-6217). An exhibit of more than 20 artworks by Stacy Rosende is on display through Nov. 30. The exhibit consists of large, brilliant paintings with layers of textured paint, and several monoprints that she's created with inks and mixed media, scrubbing and reworking the canvas surfaces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

St. Pete Beach Art Institute, 3300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727-367-3818). Reflections, a three-woman show, features artworks by potter Ann Sackett, painter Gayle Woodley and multimedia painter Gay Womack. The show runs through Dec. 29. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit www.suntanartcenter.com.

St. Petersburg Main Branch Post Office, 3135 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Getting Wired! is an exhibit of metal media by artist Brandy Stark. The show is part of the post office's project to expand public awareness of the arts in the Tampa Bay area. The exhibit runs through Dec. 14. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 727-323-6552.

Studio Encanto, 209 First St. N., St. Petersburg (727-821-2959). The Echo Effect, an exhibit of mixed media by Vesna Vojnovic Anderson, runs through Dec. 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Synthesis Fine Arts, at Tampa City Center, 201 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Lure of Color, recent works by Yvette Galliher, is on display in the mezzanine and On the Edge, a group show of paintings and sculpture by more than a dozen local artists, is on display in the lobby. The exhibits run through Jan. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details on the show, call the gallery's second location, at 1-877-SYNTHESIS.

Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs (727-942-5605). Brief Images of Time is an exhibit of paintings by Harry Farmlett, who worked as a New York design consultant for many years before retiring to Florida. He now devotes much of his time to painting. The exhibit runs through Nov. 28. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

TECO Public Art Gallery, 704 N. Franklin St., Tampa (813-251-3688). Ruth T. Nienhaus exhibits her watercolor paintings through Dec. 31. The exhibit consists of 20 landscapes and various portraits. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Gallery of Owen Sweet Design, 16701 Gulf Blvd. N., Redington Beach (727-392-6936). Language of the Heart is an exhibit of oil and acrylic paintings by local artist Dragoslav Milic. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 28. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The Muse Gallery, 2465 Drew St., in the Fine Arts Building of the St. Petersburg College-Clearwater campus (727-791-2685). Color With Out Color is an exhibit of new works by the school's photography students. The show runs through Dec. 7. Hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Vincent William Gallery Inc., 320 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach (727-363-1334). Keep it Together celebrates the gallery's eighth anniversary. Artists on display include Australian silver jeweler Jose Nunes and Canadian bronze artist Andrew Benyei. The gallery also includes works by more than 120 local, national and Canadian artists. The exhibit runs through Nov. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museums and Attractions

Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater (727-441-1790). This nonprofit organization is dedicated to education and research, and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals. Drop by to visit the dolphins, sea turtles and river otters, and to touch a stingray or two. Admission costs $8.75 for adults and $6.25 for kids. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. www.CMAquarium.org.

Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa (813-273-4000). Thanksgiving Weekend, see the aquarium's signature glass dome illuminated for the holidays. The aquarium's latest exhibit, Sea Hunt, includes colorful predators from the world's oceans. The aquarium also features over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals in three galleries: Wetlands, Bays and Beaches and Coral Reefs. Enjoy behind-the-scenes and audio tours, dive shows, a touch-tank with sharks and rays, and special exhibits like No BoneZone, Frights of the Forest and Dragons Down Under. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets cost $13.75 for adults, $12.75 for seniors, $8.75 for ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. Visit www.flaquarium.net.

Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg (727-820-0100). On the Edge of the Abyss is an exhibit of 93 drawings by Ella Liebermann-Shiber of the horrors she witnessed in Nazi captivity. Ella's family was taken from Berlin in 1938, and she eventually ended up in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her father and brothers were killed, but she and her mother survived due to Ella's artistic ability (she painted portraits for the Germans). The exhibit continues through Feb. 24. Fragments is an exhibit of 120 16-by-20-inch photographs of Florida Holocaust survivors by Jason Schwartz. The commissioned collection is on display through March 10. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $6; $5 for seniors and college students; $2 for ages 18 and under (members get in free).

Florida International Museum, 100 Second St. N., St. Petersburg (727-822-3693). The following shows continue indefinitely: The Cuban Missile Crisis ($6.95 for adults); The Kennedy Collection ($9.95); Countdown to Destiny, an exhibition of photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ($3.95); and Habana Esperando: Photographs by Margaux Ravis (free). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. All-inclusive day passes cost $11.95; annual passes go for $15.95.

Kid's Firehouse Museum, 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., Largo (727-585-1300). The museum has 11 antique firetrucks and lots of memorabilia on display, as well as a playground facility. Kids can learn fire safety tips, watch a safety video and get some free momentos of their visit. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.

Lowry Park Zoo, at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa (813-935-8552). Celebrate the holidays at Lowry Park Zoo's annual Wild Wonderland winter festival, taking place 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23-25, 30 and Dec. 1, 7-9 and 12-23. Wild Wonderland offers attractions such as live reindeer, Santa's Castle, a snow-covered play area, a jingle bell carriage ride and children's games. The zoo also, of course, features more than 1,500 exotic animals, on display until dusk. General admission is $7 for adults; $5 for ages 3-11.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Pete (727-896-2667). Americanos: Latino Life in the United States is an exhibit of 120 images by 30 prize-winning photographers. The documentary photographs cut across economic groups and tell the story of an array of Latinos, from portraits of celebrities, like Carlos Santana and Sammy Sosa, to children playing chess to physicians at work. The show runs through Jan. 6, and is complemented by numerous educational programs. Admission costs $6 for adults, and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-987-6300 or 813-987-6100). Museum highlights include BioWorks Butterfly Garden, an engineered ecosystem that emulates natural wetlands; the Back Woods, 40 acres of special water conservation elements and outdoor exhibits; and the Saunders Planetarium. The IMAX Dome Theatre features an 82-foot hemispherical movie screen (see Movie Marquee for schedule). The Museum's combo admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for ages 2 to 13. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call the info line at 813-987-6100 for IMAX show times.

Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S., St. Pete. (727-823-3767). A retrospective exhibition of paintings by French artist Jacqueline Lamba (1910-93) is now open. The exhibition brings together 25 paintings produced by Lamba between 1938 and 1988, including a portrait of her husband, the poet and writer Andre Breton, and a number of non-objective surrealist works from the 1940s. The museum also features one of the best collections of Dali's works in the world, including several masterworks. Admission costs $10 for adults. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Hours extend to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, when admission is half off. Visit www.salvadordalimuseum.org.

Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa (813-274-8130). A View into Antiquity, pottery from the collection of William Suddaby and David Meier, consists of 52 examples of ancient Greek and Italian ceramics from the Late Bronze Age to the Classical Period. The exhibit runs through Jan. 13. Craft is a Verb is a survey of the history of the American craft movement from the late 1950s to the present, drawn from the collection of the American Craft Museum in New York. The exhibit runs through Dec. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (extended to 8 p.m. Thursday) and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission ranges from $3 to $5; free 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

USF Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Cam 101, Tampa (813-974-4133). Lucy Orta: Nexus Architecture & Connector IV is an exhibit of Orta's projects, which includes collaborations with Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa and a new architectural infrastructure for a modular social space. The exhibit runs through Dec. 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Veterans Memorial Museum and Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N., at the Tampa Bypass Canal, Tampa (813-744-5502). Permanent exhibits include Florida Soldiers Walk Through Time: 1590s-1990s, featuring Florida soldiers through history from the 1590s through Desert Storm, and a Spanish-American War exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Ybor City State Museum, 1818 Ninth Ave., Ybor City (813-247-6323). Using historical photographs and artifacts, the Ybor City Museum Society's new exhibit, Matriarchs and Mantillas: the Women of Ybor, reveals the unique character of the women who settled the city and created a culture of their own in this immigrant community. These women are remembered as hardworking and business-like, yet also for representing femininity, illustrated by their lace mantillas and Spanish fans. The exhibit runs through March 31 at the Ybor City Museum State Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors may see the Museum and the Casita (worker's home) for $2 per person.

Theater/Performance(See Classifieds for auditions.)

Aladdin The Carrollwood Players perform the British pantomime Aladdin. The play is based on a children's story, with slapstick, comedic dialogue, music and dance. Performances take place Nov. 23 through Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Performances take place at Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Call 813-265-4000.

The Immigrant, based on the experiences of playwright Mark Harelik's grandfather, introduces audiences to Haskell Harelik, a Russian Jew who immigrates to the United States to escape persecution in the early 1900s. Harelik arrives in rural Hamilton, Texas, with hopes of tapping into the American Dream and laying a hearty foundation for his wife and future family. The audience is easily drawn into this sweetly uplifting play. An American Stage premiere, performances take place through Dec. 2, with show times at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $28, depending on the day. American Stage is at 211 Third St. S., downtown St. Petersburg (727-823-7529).

Webb's City The locally produced, Broadway-style comedy Webb's City is the story of J.E. Doc Webb (1899-1983) one of the most colorful businessmen in the history of Pinellas County. The musical, which premiered last June, centers on Webb's cultivation of his popular, kitschy St. Pete shopping center, which at its height drew 60,000 people a day, folks who came to gawk at Webb's mermaids, dancing chickens and kissing rabbits and take advantage of the lowest prices in town. The LiveArts Peninsula Foundation has brought the show back for a second run, through Nov. 24, at Mahaffey Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17, 23 and 24, with afternoon shows at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24. Tickets cost $15-$25. Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg (727-892-5767).

Classical Music

SYCOM (Systems for the Studio and Performing Arts) Experience electro-experimentation at rock-concert volume. This concert provides a large helping of electro-acoustic creations from the composers of USF's SYCOM, one of the most complete electronic studios in the nation. Pieces feature a variety of electronic techniques in a variety of styles. Admission costs $4, $3 for students. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in University Theatre I (TAT) at USF-Tampa, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-974-2323).

Comedy

Coconuts Comedy Club, at Howard Johnson, 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727-360-JOKE). Dow Thomas performs Nov. 22-25. Open mic featuring Al Romero takes place Nov. 25. Show time is 9:30 p.m. Cover charge varies (two-drink minimum). Reservations are suggested.

Coconuts Comedy Club, at the Cinema Cafe, 24095 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater (727-797-JOKE). Jody Kerns performs Nov. 23 and 24. Show time is 9:30 p.m. Cover varies (two-drink minimum). Reservations suggested.

Improv Comedy Theater, at Centro Ybor, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City (813-864-4000). Thomas Brown, a Tampa native who's toured with Jeff Foxworthy, performs through Nov. 25, with show times at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8-$14 depending on the night. All prices are advance purchase and cost $2 more at the door. (Get a ticket recently? Call about the Improv's Driving School. No kidding.)

Side Splitters, 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa (813-960-1197). Ken Whitener, a hypnotist known as the Wizard of Comedy, performs through Nov. 25. Diane Ford, who's appeared on Showtime's Comedy Club Network and HBO's Woman of the Night, performs Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Show times are 8:30 p.m. weekdays; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Regular admission costs $8-$14 (depending on the night).

Literary & Libraries

Barnes & Noble-Brandon, 122 Brandon Town Center Drive (813-661-9883). Join a book discussion of Joanne Harris' novel Chocolat, about a small French village that transforms when a mysterious stranger and her daughter arrive and open a chocolate shop. The discussion takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. For more info about joining the group, call 813-685-5503. Hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday.

Jan Kaminis Platt, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa (813-272-6000). Join a book discussion of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, copies of which are available at the library. This largely autobiographical novel is based on the life of the well-known poet, and tells the story of a young woman's harrowing descent into madness. The discussion takes place at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Call for hours.

Science Library at MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-987-6378). Well-known science-fiction author Ben Bova speaks to promote his new book, The Story of Light. Bova's book explains how light affects our everyday lives, from industry to art. The event takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Call for hours.

Waldenbooks, located in Citrus Park Town Center, 7817 Citrus Park, Tampa (813-926-6330). Three authors are on hand from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Sylvia Haemmerly, well known for her publishing seminars, signs copies of her new book, Unlocking the Secrets of Publishing: A Simplified Guide to Independent Publishing. R. Scott Leatherwood signs copies of his latest novel, Neverland: The Early Adventures of Peter Pan. And Reed Lengel signs copies of A Ballplayer's Choice, in which the main character, a Little League baseball player, must choose whether or not to compromise his integrity when his coach alters his birth certificate to make him eligible for the team.

Open Mic

Beaux Arts Gallery and Folk Coffeehouse, 2635 Central Ave., St. Pete (727-328-0702). Beaux Arts' open mic takes place from 8 to 11:30 p.m. every Saturday. Art films are shown at 8 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily, extended from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A donation of $2 to $5 is suggested at the door, but coffee, tea and cake are free.

Brass Mug, 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa (813-972-8152). The Mug offers an open jam night every Monday. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., the event allows musicians to take the stage and show off their chops. As extra incentive, all musicians can down 75-cent drafts throughout the evening. A full P.A., sound and drums are provided.

Computer Port Cafe, 432 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach (727-441-2667). This cafe offers Internet access in addition to exotic coffees, tea and an assortment of gourmet baked goods. Every Friday and Saturday night the venue plays host to an open mic from 7 to 11 p.m. for musicians, comedians, poets, etc. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

Cool Tunes Coffee Bar, 2551 Drew St., Clearwater (727-799-3788). Open mic takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Open mics are free. Local acts play Fridays, check Soundboard or call for schedule. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Frankie & Johnny's, 10206 N. 30th St., Tampa (813-866-0340). An open jam, hosted by Mike, takes place every Wednesday from 9 p.m. until the last singer has sung.

Hollywood Java Coffee House & Bar, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-348-1415). This new hangout is in Baystreet at the International Plaza. Hollywood Java features Open Mic Nite every Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m., welcoming musicians, poets and comedians. Two mics, a P.A. and a guitar amp are provided. Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

Insomnia Coffee House Gallery, 32884 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor (727-789-3771). Words Awake!, a spoken word open mic, takes place at 8 p.m. every Thursday. Musicians, poets, comedians, magicians and anyone else can perform at the 9 p.m. open mic events every Tuesday, hosted by Big Rick (sign-up starts at 8 p.m.). Hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday.

James Joyce Irish Pub, 1704 1/2 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-247-1896). An open mic for all musicians takes place from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Tuesday, hosted by Rebekah Pulley and Jerry Provost. The pub also offers a variety of live, acoustical music nightly. Call for hours.

Java Jane's, 2908 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport (727-328-2050). This coffee spot hosts live folk and acoustic music every Friday and Saturday, and holds an open mic from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. While you're there, check out the civilized graffiti on the walls. The public is invited to contribute to the collection of drawings and writings that are displayed. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 3-10 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Joffrey's Cybercafe, 5165 34th St. S., St. Petersburg (727-865-0605). Doris Owens Yates hosts Broad Stroking, a weekly open mic poetry reading at 3 p.m. every Sunday. All poets are welcome. Kelly Green hosts Two for One Tuesday, an open mic for any and all artists, from 8 p.m. to midnight every Tuesday. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Limey's Pub, 1492 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-895-2094). Come share your talent at Limey's open mics, held every Monday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Lloyd's Cajun Cafe, 1910 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-242-4364). Black on Black Rhyme, an intense spoken word event taking place every Tuesday, features the We Take No Prisoners Poetry Troupe. The show organizers challenge artists to a weekly battle on various topics (men vs. women, for instance). Each event features guest readers, followed by an open mic. Sign-up is at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. The cover is $5. Lloyd's also hosts an open mic jam, featuring blues/jazz-guitarist David DeBlois, from 9:30 p.m. to close Wednesday.

Realm Coffeehouse, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-821-5608). Outfitted with an outdoor patio for smoking, this coffee hangout features singer-guitarist Chucky Luv on Mondays, an open mic for music on Tuesday, an open mic for poetry on Thursday and a Friday drum circle. All events happen from 9 p.m. to midnight. Hours are from 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Seabreeze on Sunset Beach, 9546 Gulf Blvd. W., Treasure Island (727-360-1398). The Blues Jam, a jam night and open mic for blues-oriented singer/songwriters, takes place 8 p.m. to midnight every Wednesday.

The Pharm, 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin (727-735-9019). The Pharm's open mic takes place Wednesdays from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. A wide variety of talented musicians and performers grace the stage. www.pharmreport.com

Triple Talent Showcase, in the Ybor Room at HCC, located at Ninth Avenue and Republica De Cuba in Ybor City (813-973-0528). The Pure Poet's Society hosts this open mic poetry event every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. Readings are videotaped for an upcoming public access program. Poets of all skill levels are welcome to share their works.

Yeoman's Road Pub, 236 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa (813-251-BRIT). Vince Longo hosts an open jam every Wednesday, featuring an eclectic mix of performers from the Bay's music scene. And for good measure, there's another open mic on Sunday from 7 p.m. until close. All events are free and subject to change when there's a band scheduled.

Sports & Nature

Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg (727-893-7326). See autumn's blooms on a leisurely guided tour that takes participants through the park's various habitats. The Wildflower Walk takes place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. Call to reserve your spot.

Lightning Action, at the Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa (813-301-6600). The Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Tickets range from $8 to $150.

Tampa Bay Sierra Club Outings The club is always off hiking, canoeing, biking or backpacking somewhere in the Florida wilds. Give 'em a call and join in the positive energy. Call 813-253-3555 in Tampa or 727-584-8889 in Pinellas.

Special Events

Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales (863-676-1408). It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens' Christmas at Pinewood: Songs of the Season, where each of the Mediterranean Revival-style villa's 20 rooms are decorated to portray a favorite holiday song. The annual event is open through Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 24 and 25) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Fine linens, stately woodcuttings, intricate tile work, antique furnishings, sterling silver and crystal adorn the villa's rooms. Surrounding the estate is a series of vistas created to resemble the tropical landscape of Cuba. Pinewood, designed by architect Charles Waite, is on the National register of Historic Places, and has been showcased in Home & Garden Television's Christmas Castles program. Admission costs $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-12.

Downtown Tarpon Springs Craft Festival Tarpon Springs' Court Street is lined with booths exhibiting unique handmade crafts, along with live musical entertainment, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. There'll be everything from raku pottery to wood guitar straps, stained glass, clothing and photography. The festival takes place on Court Street, one block south of Tarpon Avenue, between U.S. 19 and Pinellas Trail. Call 727-937-6109.

Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival The Main Street Holiday Art Show and Ybor City Fresh Market have partnered to put together this event, which features more than 100 vendors and takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Nov. 24 and 25. Shoppers can find a variety of Christmas decorations and stocking stuffers, as well as a variety of wares ranging from cigar box purses to handmade jewelry. The festival takes place in Centennial Park, at Ninth Avenue and 19th Street in Ybor City. Call 813-241-2442.

Ybor City Ghost Walk, an actor-guided tour of Tampa's Latin Quarter, takes place Thursday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at Centro Ybor. Get to know the Ybor of yore when actors, re-creating historical figures from Ybor's past, lead you through the streets and buildings of Ybor. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for ages 8-13. Walks take place by appointment and times are flexible. Self-guided tours-on-tape are also available in English, Spanish and German. Centro Ybor is at Seventh Avenue and 16th Street. Call 813-242-4600 for appointments.

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