Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks for things to do during the week, from Donny and Marie at the Forum to the Rockettes at the Straz.
AT THE MOVIES
Memories of “The Deer Hunter” creep in long before the deer hunt in “Out of the Furnace,” co-writer/director Scott Cooper’s ambitious, impressionistic and confused ode to steel belt machismo, code, family and revenge.
Marie’s a little bit Christmas and Donny’s under the mistletoe in “Christmas in Tampa Bay,” a holiday-themed show sprinkled with Osmond charm, falling snow and well-loved hits and carols, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum.
HEART O’ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Grammy winners Huey Lewis and the News celebrate the 30th anniversary release of one of the most influential albums “Sports” at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $49.50-$100.
LIGHT THIS CANDLE
(Friday and Saturday)
It will begin looking a lot like Christmas in downtown Tampa with the annual lighting of the city’s holiday tree Friday, and Santa Fest and Rough Riders’ Holiday Parade on Saturday.
A REALLY BIG LINEUP
Rock station 97X hosts its annual Next Big Thing festival with a lineup that includes Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World, A Day To Remember, Stone Temple Pilots and more at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
SHA NA NA
Sha Na Na’s Jon “Bowzer” Bauman returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Party also featuring Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Lenny Welch, Joe Dee and Bowzer & The Stingrays. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$100.
WE BE JAMMIN’
The Central Florida Bluegrass Association’s All-Star Jam for WMNF’s radio host Tom Henderson will feature John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawgrass Flats, Little Girl and the Dreadful Snakes, Mike and Joy Beaumont and Friends, and others. Starts at 7 p.m. at Skipper’s Smokehouse. $10 donation suggested.
CRACK OPEN A TALE
Sugar plum fairies will dance in your head — and on stage — when several ballet companies present the dance classic “The Nutcracker” through the holiday season.
I BELIEVE ... I BELIEVE
When a Macy’s department store Santa declares he’s the real deal and is put on trial for being insane, a lawyer, a skeptical store employee and her daughter come to Santa’s defense. “Miracle on 34th Street” starts at 3 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre.
The Rockettes bring that New York holiday spirit to Tampa when they show off their moves in a new production of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at the Straz Center, with new scenes, glamorous costumes, visual effects and, of course, precision choreography. Tickets range from $42.50 to $105.
FREE & CHEAP
Free toothpaste: Swap out a used (or used up) tube of toothpaste for a free full-size version of Redmond Earthpaste, while supplies last. Limit one per household; Noon Sunday; free; Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600
Drive-through light park: Load up the car with all your friends and family and take a cruise through 1million lights of more than 1,000 lighted seasonal elements; 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 10 p.m. weekends; $15 Monday through Thursday, $20 Friday through Sunday; Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 217 Sydney Washer Road, Dover; (813) 389-6858.