Best bets for Nov. 20-26


OPERA CLASSIC AT MCCGian Carlo Menotti’s American opera classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be presented by Manatee Community College beginning 8 p.m. today. This holiday tale is about a young disabled boy, his mom, three kings and their journey of faith. The story may be memorable to some area residents, as the original production was shown on NBC in 1951 as a Christmas opera for television. Share this family story with friends and relatives this season by making plans to attend this show. Additional performances are 10 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for Florida students and MCC staff. Group rates are available. The opera will be performed on campus at the Neel Performing Arts Center on 60th Ave. W., Bradenton.For more information, call 752-5252.

GET DOWNTOWNHead to downtown Bradenton for the city’s favorite monthly bash — Get Down Downtown. The free event is from 5-10 p.m. Thursday on Old Main Street, and features food, arts and crafts vendors along with an outdoor concert by a local band. This month’s musical entertainment will be provided by Shaman Band. Tampa Bay Rays fans can participate in the festivities, too, as the Rays will be out with their Hummer and batting cage.

TOADIES ROCK The Toadies will make their way to the State Theatre for a rockin’ concert at 7 p.m. today.The alternative rock band, which hails from Texas, sprung up during the early 1990s and later found popularity with songs such as “Possum Kingdom.” Though the group as been “on again, off again” for the last several years, they are back in action with this year’s release, “No Deliverance.” Opening bands for the State Theatre concert include People in Planes and Mr. Bella. Tickets are $15. The venue is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. For more information, call Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or visit

SATURDAYWIGGLY GOOD TIMEThe St. Pete Times Forum hosts the kid sensation The Wiggles in “Pop Go The Wiggles Live!” at 1:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday.The Wiggles are known as the No. 1 preschool band in the nation with more than 1.5 million fans. The Australian group also has crossed the cultural divide with fans in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada.Their new tour features lots of interactive songs and audience participation for the younger set, such as dressing up as a favorite character, singing and dancing with The Wiggles as they perform, bringing special gifts for their favorite Wiggle and more.Tickets are $18-$38. The venue is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. For more information, call Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or visit

SUNDAY‘SEUSSICAL’ MUSICALThat sly cat from Dr. Seuss’ famous stories leads the audience into the world of “Seussical,” a musical inspired by Dr. Seuss’ works. The production will be at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for two shows at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.From “One fish, Two fish” to “Green Eggs and Ham” this whimsical, family feel-good musical will delight all. Tickets start at $8.50. The venue is at 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit

A NIGHT OF GARRISONOn Sunday, spend an evening with Garrison Keillor, the cozy voice behind National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The quick-witted Keillor, known for his humorous storytelling with the goings-on of Lake Wobegon, will be at Mahaffey Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday. Don’t miss this exciting event. Tickets are $45-$75. The Mahaffey Theatre is at 400 First St., St. Petersburg. For more information, call Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or visit

HAUTE FLAMENCOCompania Flamenco Jose Porcel will burn up the stage of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with a dazzling array of flamenco dancing 8 p.m. Monday.The company is lead by Jose Porcel, who will showcase his dance talents with a crew of colorful dancers, musicians and singers for a take-your-breath-away evening. Tickets are $35-$65. The venue is at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information, call 953-3368 or visit— January Holmes