Auction closes at 5 p.m., so get on it! Don't miss this. Plus, if you purchase gifts from the CL Holiday Auction, all of your dollars will go to the Children's Home of Tampa Bay. You'd be be hard-pressed to find a more deserving non-profit than the Children's Home of Tampa Bay, so you get to donate to an amazing non-profit and cross items of your Christmas. That's a twofer you can't ignore!
Shows up for grabs include the Una Voce holiday concert package, billed as "a great gay couple!" Not Cam & Mitchell, though they certainly are invited. It's actually for two tickets to Tampa Bay's stellar male chorus, and a gift that'll keep giving in 2013: two VIP Crown Circle Passes to next October's Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Una Voce's holiday concert is called "Reflections," and it takes place at 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15, at HCC Ybor's Performing Arts Bldg. TIGLFF Crown Circle Pass holders get into all screenings for free, plus they're admitted early (no waiting in those long lines) and enjoy a complimentary beverage at all Tampa Theatre screenings.
One of the best buys includes Two tickets to St. Petersburg Opera's Seasonal Sparkle, an evening of holiday favorites performed at St. Pete's beautiful Palladium Theater, featuring orchestra and chorus, soloists, and dancers performing excerpts from "The Nutcracker," the Bach Christmas Oratorio, and the complete third act of Puccini's "La Boheme," plus such popular standards as "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)." The package includes two Tier B tickets to either the Dec. 18 or 19 performance at the Palladium (253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 7:30 p.m.) and a meet-and-greet backstage with cast and maestro after the performance. PLUS: This item includes a $25 gift certificate to La V, Downtown St. Pete's delightful new Vietnamese restaurant a great stop before heading over to The Palladium.
CL also has tickets for the Broadway production of Mary Poppins, which could be the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday gift ever: a family four-pack of tickets to the hit musical Mary Poppins, the acclaimed adaptation of the beloved film, on the night after Christmas, Dec. 26, at the Straz. Perfect for kids who've dreamed of flying over the rooftops of London with the most magical nanny in children's literature.
A lavish new cinema with dining in Carrollwood a la Cinebistro, Villagio Cinemas looks like a European piazza and includes a menu of Italian tapas and gourmet pizzas, and deluxe leather theater seating. Winning bid gets the dinner-and-a-movie-for-two combo, once a month for 12 months.
Another great buy is the Indie Film Sampler that includes DVDs of Today's Special by local boy made good Aasif Mandvi of the Daily Show plus nineTribeca Film releases.
There's more, but please note this is not only the last day for the CL Auction, but Cirque du Soleil's Kooza is coming to a close soon too. Don't miss this breathtaking spectacular. Bid for four tickets to the mind-blowing circus-arts extravaganza outside Tropicana Field for tonight's (Wed., Dec. 12) show. Bonus: This item includes a backstage tour, so you get to see how the magic is done.