Plan your weekend
Lady Gaga: The woman who rocked the cover of Rolling Stone in an assault-rifle bra and once hired a performance artist to vomit on her mid-show at South by Southwest is more than a provocateur. She's the best live performer in pop. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Sold out. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
Snow, boat parades: This weekend brings the oh-so-Florida traditions of letting kids play in fake snow and decorating boats with over-the-top lights for a floating parade. The options this week include: the Snowfest and Santa Parade with 65 tons of snow blown into St. Petersburg's North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive.,10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tampa's Santa Fest and Christmas Parade at Curtis Hixon Park runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. And boat parades all starting about 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting at the Dunedin Marina; Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade in Sims Park, New Port Richey; Alafia Lighted Boat Parade at the Riverview Civic Center; and the Pass-a-Grille and Vina Del Mar Lighted Boat Parade at the Merry Pier.
For more holiday activities this week, see the holiday calendar at tampabay.com/thingstodo.
Avenue Q: The disarming, Sesame Street-style musical, with actors handling puppets continues to pack 'em in 13 years after taking top honors at the Tony awards for best musical. With irreverence for political correctness, as demonstrated in songs like The Internet Is for Porn, this is not a show for kids. It opens Friday and runs through Dec. 23 at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416. For show times, to go stageworkstheatre.org.
97X Next Big Thing: The annual year-end bash by alternative station 97X is going all-out with its first two-night show ever at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. Kicking things off on Saturday are Colorado folk revivalists the Lumineers, joined by X Ambassadors, Magic Giant, the Arkells and the Aces. Sunday's smorgasbord brings pop-punk heroes Paramore and radio staples Walk the Moon, Vance Joy and Portugal the Man, along with Bleachers and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Tickets start at $35 per day, $50 for both days. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. 97xonline.com.
Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival: The fourth annual shoestring cinema showcase runs tonight through Sunday at Britton 8 Theater, 3938 S Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. The festival's schedule features nearly 200 shorts, features and documentaries including Garage Rockin' Craze, produced by former St. Petersburg resident B.B. Clarke, now living in Japan. Another title of interest is No Place in the World, an anti-bullying feature produced in Citrus County. Tickets are $8 per screening, $15 all-access day passes and $25 VIP weekend passes. tbuff.org.
Death By Chocolate: At this annual fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Largo, local restaurants and chocolatiers serve up delicacies and desserts in this chocolate heaven with live holiday music. The proceeds, last year more than $20,000, benefit local youth programs. A win-win. $20 in advance, $25 the day of. 7 p.m. Friday, Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. largorotary.com.
Indie markets: There are several choices this week to buy local and shop indie markets and galleries. Among them: Jingle Down Central in downtown St. Petersburg host a walkable shop hop on Sunday down Central Avenue, starting at Fifth Street and ending at 11th. There's also an Indie Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. CraftyFest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Holiday Market for Makers: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1702 E Fifth Ave., Ybor City. And the Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show: The yacht basin and Albert Whitted Park will be filled with hundreds of sail and power boats. Once again, the event also includes a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing marine gear, children's activities, seminars and clinics. $17, 15 and younger free. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-800-940-7642. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday.
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