Weekend planner

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, tbt* staff writer
Published December 7, 2007


12 Bars of Christmas This holiday pub crawl will have 12 drummers drumming in your head if you aren't careful. The crawl through 12 Ybor City venues requires a $20 donation to get a special mug and a Santa hat to qualify for bar specials. Proceeds buy toys for underprivileged kids. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 767-2582; 12barstampa.com

Boat parades Santa will need his water wings this weekend, when the season of boat parades begins in earnest with decorated flotillas in five communities, many with additional festivities on land before or after.

- St. Pete Beach: Celebration at the Merry Pier begins 5:15 p.m. Saturday, with hot chocolate, Santa and blessing of the fleet at Eighth Avenue and Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach.

- Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade: With decorated kayaks, canoes and traditional craft, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Lowry Park Boat Ramp, 7525 N Blvd., Tampa.

- Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: Begins at Gulfport Marina about 6 p.m. Saturday, 4630 29th Ave. S, Gulfport.

-St. Petersburg Lighted Boat Parade: Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pier, with Dickens Carolers, Tuba Christmas and Al Santana of WSJT-FM 94.1. Boat parade, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

-Island Estates Yacht Club Memorial Holiday Boat Parade: Illuminated boat parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mandalay Channel, between Island Estates, 830 S Bayway Blvd., Clearwater Beach.

Boley Centers' Jingle Bell Run Walkers, runners, dogs and even Santa will have neon necklaces and jingle bells on their toes for this trot along St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront Wednesday. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $13-$18 advance, $15-$20 race night. (727) 821-4819; www.boleycenters.org.

Jingle Bell Pops The Florida Orchestra presents a pops concert full of seasonal tunes on Friday and invites the audience to sing along. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson Hall of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $19-$54. (813) 286-2403; 1-800-662-7286; www.floridaorchestra.org.

The Dali Store Holiday Open House puts all its weirdness up for sale 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. It's no charge to visit store. (727) 823-3767.

Carolers will perform holiday music and funny skits during the Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition on Saturday. It's a fundraiser to benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic starting at 5:30 p.m. at Straub Park in St. Petersburg.

The Tim Gunn Fashion Show on Saturday at Dillard's in International Plaza will show you how to "make it work" at your own holiday parties. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a fashion show, giveaways and an appearance by the fashion guru himself.

The monthly art walk in downtown St. Petersburg is always a great chance to see what's new in the galleries. During December, it's also a chance to pick up gifts and ideas. A couple of the bigger venues, the Arts Center and Florida Craftsmen, have holiday shows. The walk is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The Looper trolley will operate free from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning Reindeer Run includes a 5K run, 1-mile fun run and kids races with a holiday festival 9 to noon Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$35. (813) 301-6590; www.tampabaylightning.com

Puzzle hounds will be searching Sunday for a three-letter word - fab! - for Merl Reagle Day on St. Pete Beach, where the New York Times crossword creator (and part-time bay area resident) and star of the doc Wordplay will tell fans "How I Drive You Crazy: Confessions of a Crossword Constructor." It takes place at 11 a.m. at the Beach Theater, 315 Corey Ave., Reagle, and then at 2 p.m., the St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave., will show the 2006 documentary Wordplay, where crossword fans from Bill Clinton to Jon Stewart talk of how Reagle tortures them.

There will be music, art and performances by Perkins Elementary students at the Youth Holiday Night at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., 559 Mirror Lake Drive N

Williams Park, on the corner of Second Avenue N and Fourth Street in St. Pete will celebrate Art in the Park on Friday night with arts on stage, screen and canvas from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Take a stroll and watch 20 artists free style painting across the park, while live music and fashion shows dominate the band shell, and a movie screen runs with local celebrity messages. Musical lineup includes the Beauvilles, Gleaming Ameobas, John Q. and mojoKISS. Fashion show by designers House of SKA, Ben Chimura and Aleka Phoenix. Local food and arts vendors. Free

The Big Bang, one of the most popular shows in American Stage's record-breaking 2006 season, is coming back for a holiday reprise. It's the story of a couple of playwrights who have written an epic stage musical about the history of the universe who put on a much-condensed version for potential backers in the home of a proctologist named Lipbalm. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through Dec. 30 at American Stage Theater, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $29-$35; student rush tickets 30 minutes before curtain, $10. (727) 823-7529; www.americanstage.org

The bay area gets some Big Apple snazz with the Asher Dance Eclectic performing modern, jazz, tap and ballet in White Hot Broadway. Live vocal performances of Broadway tunes from Chicago, Fosse, Les Miserables, Rent and more. The show runs through Sunday at Marti Maceo Social Club, 1226 E Seventh Ave., Tampa; $10-$15. Call (813) 786-6291 or visit www.stagetix.com