Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CL's Holiday Auction ends at 5 p.m. today!

It's your last chance to take advantage of great deals on show passes, one of a kind items and more!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

SCORE ONE FOR THE INNOCENT: See the childlike clowns adventure in Kooza tonight while giving to the Childrens Home.
  • Daniel Veintimilla
  • SCORE ONE FOR 'THE INNOCENT': See the childlike clown's adventure in Kooza tonight while giving to the Children's Home.
It's the last day to take advantage of the show passes and more in CL's Holiday Auction! The arts and entertainment of Tampa Bay is just a click away with great all-inclusive packages and surprises.

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.

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Behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil's <i>Kooza</i>

Behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

By Shanna Gillette

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Stage shots from Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

Stage shots from Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

Kooza is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions: acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, with a storyline that follows a misfit clown named Innocent and his adventures after happening on a magic box (Kooza in sanskrit). Photos from the opening night, Thurs., Nov. 16, highlight the colorful show's humor and athletic prowess — and, best of all, hilarity.

By Daniel Veintimilla

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