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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

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Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Tampa waterfront to the legendary B.B. King in Clearwater, here are our editors’ picks.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Now playing)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a true story of a wealthy stockbroker living the high life until his fall amid crime and corruption. It’s nearly three hours long, but when legendary director Martin Scorcesi makes a new movie, you’ll probably want to check it out.

 

HAVE A BLAST

(Friday)

Enjoy the Little River Band at the free Blast Friday street festival which also boasts food and drink vendors in Clearwater’s Cleveland Street district. The fest starts at 5:30 p.m.

 

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

(Saturday)

The Mahaffey Theater will crack the season’s last “Nutcracker” as the Moscow Ballet presents the classical ballet. Tickets range from $32 to $96.

 

A FORMAL AFFAIR

(Saturday)

The annual Royal Masquerade Ball at Ybor City’s sprawling, gothic nightclub, The Castle, is a formal affair paying tribute to the sophistication of the old world. That means partiers will go all out and dress in tuxedos, ball gowns, formal uniforms, Victorian attire, etc. Tickets are $15 to $20.

 

THE VOICE OF COMEDY

(Sunday)

Gilbert Gottfried has a (sort of) diverse resume, from roles in films such as “Beverly Hills Cop II,” where he played a neurotic, grating accountant, to Disney’s “Aladdin,” in which he voiced a neurotic, grating parrot, to his appearances on the Comedy Central roasts, in which he hurls insults in his signature, neurotic, grating voice. He’ll perform stand-up at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets are $25 to $49.

 

HUT, HUT, HIKE

(Monday through Wednesday)

Join in the fun of the Outback Bowl events with a day at Clearwater Beach, a Battle of the Bands at Busch Gardens, and a parade and pep rally in Ybor City culminating with the big game, LSU vs. Iowa. A full schedule is available on the official Outback Bowl website.

 

LIGHT UP TAMPA BAY

(Tuesday)

The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display from Channelside Bay Plaza will include live music and other entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Only the first 3,000 people to show up will receive free wristbands to access the wharf for the fireworks show, but the display can be seen from most of the downtown waterfront. Find more New Year’s Eve events here.

 

GO AHEAD, BE BLUESY

(Tuesday and Thursday)

Ring in the New Year with B.B. King and the lovely Lucille as the legendary bluesman plays the refurbished Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $86, $115 and $150 for the New Year’s Eve show and $65, $85 and $125 for the Thursday show.

 

CLOWNIN’ AROUND

(Opening Wednesday)

Clowns will share the ring with a unicorn and a woolly mammoth as the “Legends” version of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into The Forum. Tickets range from $16 to $40.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Yoga in the park: Join the largest yoga class in Tampa each Sunday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Bring your own mat and water bottle; 5 p.m. Sunday; $5 suggested donation; Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley St., Tampa

 

Ikea Kids Academy: Kids 12 and younger are treated to a free meal, T-shirt and activity when they visit during academy sessions; 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and Monday; free; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (888) 888-4532

 

Free tow home for intoxicated drivers: Drivers who have had too much to drink are asked not to risk it and instead call AAA for a free tow home. For program guidelines, visit http://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx; through Jan. 1; Free; (855) 2-TOW-2-GO

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