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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).


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.

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