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5 under $5: Festival of Reading, Florida Orchestra family concerts, Circus McGurkus returns

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne

1. Ian Harvie: The actor who plays Dale on Amazon’s Transparent will give a free talk Tuesday as part of the University Lecture Series at USF’s Marshall Student Center. The comedian’s performance will demonstrate how laughter has no gender identification. 8 p.m. Tuesday. 4103 Cedar Circle, Tampa. Free. (813) 974-1001.

2. Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: The festival’s 25th year brings former Fox News commentator Gretchen Carlson, bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly, children’s author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie) and award-winning science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer among more than 45 authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and books for young readers. See the full lineup at tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading/. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. Free. Read more about the festival on Page 17.

3. Morean Surreal Workshop: You can drop in at the Morean Arts Center on Saturday and Nov. 18 to create your own surreal fashion accessory, inspired by the Dalí museum’s current exhibition. How about a beetle and dragonfly brooch? Bejeweled lip and eyeball pins are also among the projects to choose from — inspired by actual Salvador Dalí and House of Schiaparelli designs. 3-8 p.m. Saturday. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 822-7872.

4. Florida Orchestra: Family Concerts: A 35-minute performance of the Science of Sound: Horn Quartet introduces children to classical music and activities including the instrument Petting Zoo. 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Pay-what-you-can. (727) 892-3337

5. Circus McGurkis: This people’s fair grew so big that organizers took a year off, but it’s back this year, sponsored by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) with a focus on locally produced, fair trade goods and services. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 542-6958.

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