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Will Jo lift the cloak of invisiblity?

Published December 11, 2006


Rumor has it that J.K. Rowling may announce the title of the seventh and final Harry Potter book this week. In London, the Guardian held a contest for readers to come up with a title; the winner will be announced at Here, fans who yearn for a hint of anything Potter in the meantime can catch Driving Lessons at Tampa Theatre through Wednesday ; it's nothing to do with Hogwarts, but it stars Rupert Grint Harry's pal Ron Weasley and Julie Walters (who plays Ron's mom, Molly Weasley).

A big hairy happy holiday to you

Santa delivers early for the chimps and orangutans at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Drop in about 1 p.m. Friday and watch them unwrap enrichment gifts prepared by the zoo staff at Presents for Primates. You can count on them not to pout and say, "Is that all?"

Hoop skirts are optional

For a more traditional holiday excursion, consider the 25th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum. It re-creates the glory days of the opulent Tampa Bay Hotel, now part of the University of Tampa. Stroll - and take advantage of an excellent gift shop opportunity - Tuesday through Saturday this week and next. For information, go to

Step away from the salamander, sir

And for something without a trace of tradition, we can always rely on the Alley Cat Players. They'll uphold their record for things completely out of the ordinary at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Main Library (3745 Ninth Ave. N) when they present a free dramatic reading of Argentine writer Julio Cortazar's story Axolotl, about a man obsessed with a rare, bizarre species of salamander. We told you it was out of the ordinary.

Cake for some favorite TV families

Sunday marks the 17th anniversary of the premiere of The Simpsons, and in salute we wish a happy birthday to the stars of some other comic TV families. On Wednesday, Dick Van Dyke, one of the funniest TV dads ever on The Dick Van Dyke Show, turns 81, and Wendie Malick, the overwrought mother of the bride on ABC's new Big Day, will be 56. On Thursday, Patty Duke, whose eponymous show about "twin cousins" was a '60s hit, will be 60.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, (727) 893-8435 or

[Last modified December 10, 2006, 23:06:51]

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