Plan your weekend
Tampa Riverwalk Lighted Boat Parade: More than 100 boats of all sizes came out for this last year. Small boats that can pass under bridges cast off from Rickís on the River at 6 p.m. to meet up with larger boats and sailboats at the Sail at 7:15 p.m. The parade ends at the American Victory Ship public viewing area. 6 p.m. Saturday. Rickís on the River, 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-0369.
Love Never Dies: The antihero of Andrew Lloyd Webberís 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera re-emerged in the 2010 sequel, Love Never Dies. The set, costumes and lighting create some astonishing visuals, the style borrowing from burlesque and Broadway with a nod to the Viennese operetta. Meanwhile, the story line of Love Never Dies follows the unexpected resurgence of a doomed romance. It runs today through Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Nutcracker: Next Generation Ballet performs Nutcracker this weekend, a demanding production by serious young dancers. This year itís extra special as New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is dancing the role of the Sugarplum Fairy. At 31, Mearns has been called "very probably the most talked-of ballerina in America and quite possibly the most argued-about ballerina anywhere." Former Next Generation artistic director Peter Stark choreographed the piece, with additions by current artistic director Philip Neal. 7 p.m. today through Saturday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The flame-nosed reindeer and his fair-weather friends are back. Characters adapted from the animated television classic now inhabit the stage, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Rudolph himself. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35 and up, dinner packages available. A pre-show Santa Party with games, treats and a Tel-an-Elf phone booth starts 90 minutes before each show and costs $15. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Gabriel Iglesias: The popular comedian Gabriel Iglesias lets the fluff fly on Friday when he brings his stand-up comedy tour to the University of South Florida Sun Dome. Heís best known for his appearances on Comedy Central, where he came up with his famous tag, "Iím not fat, Iím fluffy." The cake-loving, giddy comedian mixes storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects in an all-ages show. He takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at the Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $37.75-$82.75. sundomearena.com.
Brokenmold Entertainmentís Holiday Charity Event: Do a little good with your free time at this show benefiting Feeding Tampa Bay. Reggae acts Tribal Style and Mighty Jai top the bill, along with indie rockers Max Norton, Navin Ave. and the Infinite Eights plus DJs Mes and Silence. 8 p.m. Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. $7 and up. (813) 241-8600. facebook.com/crowbarlive.
Vodka Latke: The biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples is Vodka Latke, always held on Christmas Eve, which is Sunday this year. The chic night includes food, unlimited Titoís vodka and games. Benefits the Jewish Federations and Tampa Jewish Family Services. 9 p.m. until 1†a.?m. at Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa. $45 advance, $54 at the door. (813) 769-4723. jewishtampa.com/vodkalatke.
Cirque Musica Holiday: The cast of Cirque Musica Holiday will bring an all-new show called Believe, a high flying Cirque du Soleil-style show set to holiday music. Described as "circus acts meet orchestra," the event features an orchestra performing alongside aerialists, jugglers and high-flying dangerous acts. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$85. (813) 301-2500. cirquemusica.com.
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