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“Light Up Madison”–A Holiday Celebration in Natural North Florida, December 1, 2019

The town of Madison, in Madison County, always goes “all out” for Christmas.  Not only do local businesses dress up their storefronts, but folks from neighboring towns and counties enjoy an afternoon of shopping, dining and watching an elaborate Christmas parade.  The events begin at 4PM and end with the spectacular nighttime parade.

 

Madison is located on US90, about midway between Tallahassee and Interstate 75.  The city is centered on Four Freedoms Park and the restored Madison County Courthouse.

Madison’s annual holiday celebration is a “Light Up” event, culminating in a nighttime parade, that follows the arrival of Santa.  There’s plenty of food and entertainment throughout the afternoon, so plan to enjoy one of north Florida’s most beautiful small towns this season.

 

 

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Downtown Christmas Open House and Parade–Perry, Florida–December 7, 2018

Leave it up to our friends in Taylor County to come up with a new “twist” on Christmas.  This year, in addition to a “Santa’s Little Helpers” parade, there will be a tribute to “Sheriff Taylor” at the “MayPerry Christmas” festivities.

 

Perry, the vibrant County Seat of Taylor County, is the perfect place to gather the community for some great food, a Santa appearance, a cake walk and some shopping at Arts and Crafts tents.  There will also be extended shopping hours at local stores, as well as a “shopping passport promotion”.

 

Downtown Perry has several historic building nestled around the modern courthouse.  Plan to take a walk around town while you’re there.  And if you arrive early, don’t miss one of the famous (at least to this writer!) donuts at Johnson’s Bakery, just off the courthouse square on Jefferson Street.

 

 

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'Jeopardy!': Bonita Springs teen plays in finals for annual Teen Tournament tonight, tomorrow

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2018 Christmas and holiday events in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Port Charlotte, etc.

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Restaurant review: Mainstreet Pub in downtown Melbourne is cozy and quaint

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thanksgiving week

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By Maggie Duffy

Times Staff Writer

Holiday Lights: Displays abound all over the bay area this week, starting Monday with the Winter Village at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. Along with a 360 degree light display set to music, there’s also ice skating and the Winter Village Express. wintervillagetampa.com. Largo has two magnificent displays, one opening at Largo Central Park on Thursday with Ferris wheels, carousel rides, holiday caroling and visits with Santa (free), and Friday, the Florida Botanical Gardens become even more beautiful with twinkly LED lights,plus laser lights and lighted figures, music synchronization, and Florida-style displays ($5 suggested donation). flbg.org.

Thanksgiving Day Races: Earn those extra calories before dinner. In Tampa, the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble is a stroller and dog friendly 8K, 5K or 1-mile out and back race with a post-race breakfast at Amalie Arena ($15-$40; amaliearena.com). The Times Turkey Trot returns to Clearwater, with a buffet of races from the 1-mile Gobbler, to the 10K Turkey Trot, and the turducken of all races, the Clearwater Challenge, with runners doing the 5K, 1 Mile and 10K all in one day. All races begin at Keene Road just south of Gulf to Bay Boulevard ($15-$50). (727) 442-5838.

DATE NIGHT

Music: Monday is futuristic, when a hologram of Roy Orbison is accompanied by a live orchestra at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall ($43.25-$73.25). Also Monday, Playboi Carti plays irl at the Ritz Ybor ($35-$70), while Hoobastank rock Clearwater’s Capitol Theater ($29-$59). Friday, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald performs songs from his new Christmas album at the Capitol Theater ($84-$100). Just down the road, also on Friday, KC and the Sunshine Band get funky at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($50-$150), where Grammy Award-winning band Ghost will play on Sunday ($43.25-$78.75).

Il Divo: The classical crossover vocal group discovered by Simon Cowell bring their brand of operatic pop to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater on Tuesday ($55-$350). mahaffeytheater.com.

Damon Fowler’s Holiday Blues Bash: The local blues singer and guitarist gathers friends including vocalist Betty Fox, guitarist Sean Chambers and drummer Justin Headley for a jam session at the St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater on Wednesday ($(18-$38). mypalladium.org.

KIDS AND FAMILY

DRUMline Live Holiday Spectacular: The explosive show brings hot choreography and athletic feats performed by steppers, the rhythmic sounds of trumpets and the speed of pulsating force of the drumline to the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday ($29.50-$59.50). mahaffeytheater.com.

MORE THINGS TO DO

TOP 50: The best restaurants in Tampa Bay

MUSEUMS: How to get into Tampa Bay museums for $10 or less

TOURS: From churches to breweries, 10 behind the scenes tours in Tampa

VIDEO GAME BARS: 13 arcade bars and other places to play in Tampa Bay

INDOORS: 21 places to escape the heat and chill indoors in Tampa Bay

OUTDOORS: 28 ways to have fun outdoors in Tampa Bay

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 20

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Il Divo: The classical crossover vocal group has released eight albums of operatic pop. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $55-$350. (727) 893-7832; mahaffeytheater.com.

Helios Jazz Orchestra: The expanded 21-member Helios Jazz Orchestra presents a show of legendary spy music, joined by singers Jamie Perlow, Andrea Manson, Sonja Spenson, and Ronnie Dee. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Reserved $25. $35. (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.

$10 Tuesdays: The museum is open from until 8 p.m. every Tuesday, featuring $10 admission all day. From 5-8 p.m. enjoy special events in the galleries or find happy hour specials in the Canyon Cafe. 10 a.m., James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 892-4200.

Winter Village: The riverfront park turns into a winter wonderland with a 360 degree light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. Hours given are for the ice rink, other hours vary. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686; wintervillagetampa.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa in his house. Included with admission through Dec. 31. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386; buschgardens.com.

Terrific Tots: Great Explorations brings children ages 1 to 4 a play time with songs, stories, art, movement and toys. 9:45 a.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201; newbaywalk.com.

TO WATCH

Frontline, 9 p.m., PBS: In the wake of the deadly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the program investigates violent white supremacists in “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis.” This includes a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Have relatives in town? Find some diversions at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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‘Green Book’ is the rare Hollywood crowd-pleaser that triumphs on all counts

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The title of Green Book derives from a period when African-Americans often traveled at their own risk, especially in the Jim Crow South. Unwelcome in many restaurants, hotels and other public establishments, they even faced death in “sundown” towns, where they were warned to get out before evening, or else.

In response, a postal employee named Victor Hugo Green created a guide designed to “give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trips more enjoyable.” The Green Book was published for more than 30 years, finally ceasing publication in the late 1960s.

The pain, peril and murderous racism that made the Green Book a necessity of black life seems like unlikely fodder for a crowd-pleaser that plays like gangbusters. But Green Book, a spirited amalgam of buddy comedy, road movie, fish-out-of-water fable and accessible social history, is just that cinematic unicorn.

As an inspiring and thoroughly entertaining chapter drawn from all-too-real life, it mixes authenticity and Hollywood schmaltz with ease that feels both relaxed and judiciously calibrated. Most winningly, Green Book puts two of the finest screen actors working today in a sexy turquoise Cadillac, letting them loose on a funny, swiftly-moving chamber piece bursting with heart, art and soul.

The actors in question are Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who prove to be a superbly balanced team. Mortensen plays Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, a Bronx bouncer who in 1962 is making his living at a New York nightclub and trying to avoid working as muscle for the local mob. When he loses his job, he makes ends meet by putting his prodigious appetite to use in a hot dog-eating contest, which even he, being slightly dimwitted, realizes isn’t a sustainable model. Eventually, he answers a call from a Manhattan musician looking for a driver and shows up at his would-be employer’s Carnegie Hall address ready to take anything that pays.

What he finds is a man named Don Shirley (Ali), a supremely elegant pianist and composer who greets Tony draped in regal robes, then conducts the interview from what looks like an ancient Egyptian throne. Shirley, a favorite of Park Avenue and other well-heeled precincts, has booked some dates throughout the South in a tour that will end around Christmas. Although his distinctive brand of bespoke, classically infused jazz is popular with white audiences, he’s not taking any chances: He hires Tony to act both as chauffeur and protector should any difficulties, embarrassments or less-than-enjoyable circumstances arise.

The ensuing journey unfolds much as the audience might expect: The slovenly, tough-talkin’ Tony and the quiet, impeccably mannered “Dr. Shirley” almost immediately begin to bicker about everything from the music Tony listens to in the car to the cigarettes he smokes between his incessant chatter. But Green Book, which was co-written by Vallelonga’s son Nick, turns out to be much more than The Odd Couple meets Driving Miss Daisy. Surely Nick’s own intimate knowledge of the real-life lead players helps lend Green Book its sense of groundedness, not to mention the distinctive characters of two larger-than-life men. What’s more, it makes sure to give the audience permission to laugh, even as the stakes of Shirley’s trip become dangerously high.

As might be expected, Tony and Dr. Shirley meet their fair share of physical danger in Green Book, but it’s the psychic blows that wound the most: Although at first the uncouth Tony may not understand Dr. Shirley’s genius at the piano — as well as his sophisticated sense of etiquette and comportment — even he can recognize the hypocrisy of applauding someone’s talent one minute, then relegating him to an outdoor lavatory the next. But it’s not as if Dr. Shirley is any more at home among the mostly black servers, bartenders and domestic staff that he encounters in a world where a man like him — black, brilliantly educated and, one scene suggests, gay — can find little if any purchase.

It will surprise no one to learn that both Tony and Dr. Shirley undergo powerful transformations in Green Book, which begins with a scene of Tony throwing out two water glasses used by black workmen hired by his wife, Dolores (Linda Cardellini), and which also includes a scene of Tony encouraging his ever-so-proper employer to eat a piece of fried chicken with his hands. If that image sounds horribly cringeworthy, it’s a tribute to director Peter Farrelly and to Mortensen and Ali that what could be a fatally misbegotten exercise winds up being unexpectedly warm and amusing.

Farrelly, best known for directing such comedies as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary with his brother Bobby, has never been known as subtle, or for caring much about what his movies looked like. But Green Book is an exceptionally pleasant experience, both visually and aurally, photographed in rich period hues by Sean Porter and drenched in gorgeous music by both Shirley and composer Kris Bowers. It was Bowers, reportedly, who coached Ali in the finger movements that look so convincing in the film, especially during a fabulously boisterous interlude set at a hopping juke joint.

But all the technical prowess in the world wouldn’t be able to overcome iffy casting in a film that lives or dies by its two central performances. In that regard, Mortensen and Ali take ownership of Green Book early on and make it entirely theirs. Mortensen has always been an appealing, versatile actor, but here he discovers untold layers of humor (and belly fat) to lean in to Tony’s alternately grating and hilarious naivete. Playing off Mortensen’s expansive lack of self-consciousness, Ali is all controlled interior, communicating as much in a glance or a raised finger as with a pages-long monologue.

The cumulative result of so many things going for it is that Green Book fires on all cylinders, creating the kind of satisfying mainstream moviegoing experience that many observers thought Hollywood had forgotten how to make. There was a time when Green Book might have been the tale of a racist-with-a-heart-of-gold being redeemed by a too-good-to-be-true African-American shaman or self-sacrificing paragon. No one is redeemed here, just given space to develop mutual respect and affection. The great success of Green Book lies in its modesty, and the straightforward way it recognizes seismic change in the incremental turning of a human heart.

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New in theaters this week: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,’ ‘Nobody’s Fool’

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OPENING FRIDAY:

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of the British rock band Queen. With Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leach and Mike Myers. Directed by Bryan Singer. (144 minutes, PG-13)

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

A teenage girl (Mackenzie Foy, left) must brave a magical and dangerous parallel world in this star-studded reinvention of the classic fairy tale. With Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston. (99 minutes, PG)

NOBODY’S FOOL

In about her 100th movie of the year, Tiffany Haddish, center, plays a young woman just out of jail reconnecting her straight-arrow sister (Tika Sumpter, right) in this comedy. With Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. (110 minutes, R)

SUSPIRIA

A dark force encompasses an elite dance company. With Dakota Johnson, above, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Jessica Harper and Chloe Grace Moretz. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. (152 minutes, R)

THE HAPPY PRINCE

Rupert Everett stars in, wrote and directed this tale of Oscar Wilde in his final days reflecting on his life. With Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas and Emily Watson. Opens at AMC Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar and AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa. (105 minutes, R)

NOW PLAYING:

Free Solo

This well-reviewed documentary (98 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) follows Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000-foot high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history. Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi. Now playing at AMC Sundial 20 in St. Petersburg and Regal Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, opens today at Tampa Theatre. (97 minutes, PG-13)

SING-ALONG: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

The sleeper hit of sing-along movies at Tampa Theatre returns this weekend. The theater usually has us singing along to Disney classics or yesteryear favorites, so it’s a nice change to see 2017’s The Greatest Showman in the lineup. Several previous sing-alongs to the movie have sold out, so get on those tickets ($13, $10 members). The unapologetically old-fashioned musical starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum includes the Oscar-nominated This Is Me, a rousing ode to anyone who has ever felt marginalized, sung by the bearded lady (Keala Settle). 2 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.

CriticS’ picks

mHalloween: Four decades after the original terrified and grossed out moviegoers, the franchise springs back to life with Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strose, the only survivor of Michael Myers’ first killing rampage.

The Hate U Give: A teen (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses a police shooting and navigates its fallout in her mostly white prep school and her African-American neighborhood.

A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Nov. 9: The Girl in the Spider’s Web; The Grinch; Overlord; Beautiful Boy; Prospect

Nov. 16: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Widows; Instant Family; At Eternity’s Gate; Boy Erased

Nov. 21: Creed II; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Robin Hood

Dec. 7: Mary Queen of Scots; Anna and the Apocalypse

Dec. 14: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Mortal Engines; The Mule

Dec. 19: Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 21: Aquaman; Bumblebee; Welcome to Marwen; Second Act

Dec. 25: Holmes & Watson; Vice

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A path for exercise, fresh air and enlightenment in Cape Coral

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Roy Orbison lives in hologram show at Fort Myers' B.B. Mann Hall

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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Join our Fun Network

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0