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5 things to do under $5 April 12-18

1Chaz Bono: The transgender son of Cher and Sonny Bono will give a free talk Tuesday as part of the USF Lecture Series. Bono's groundbreaking and candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body was featured in an Emmy-nominated special Being Chaz for Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel and in Bono's book Transition. Then he became the most high-profile transgender person ever as a contestant on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. The talk is at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the USF Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. USF students receive priority seating at 7:30 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:45. Free.

2Art for the Earth: Opening Reception: In honor of Earth Day (April 22), Craftsman House's art show elevates recycling into art. In addition to art made from recycled materials and environmental themes, the opening reception Saturday includes blues music played on cigar box guitars and photography by Rob Rowen of Nuance Galleries. The show runs through May 6. The reception on Saturday is at 5 p.m. at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.

3USF Spring Plant Festival: Get help with choosing the right cure for your spring fever, with myriad choices for spring plants, from crotons to camellias. More than 70 vendors and plant clubs will be at this 23rd annual festival, with garden-related supplies and art, tool sharpening, a new children's craft area and music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5, kids under 12 and members free.

4Sunday Night Reggae Series: Jannus Live is halfway through its monthlong reggae series and this week brings the Hawaiian singer-songwriter Sashamon, who blends reggae, rock and Hawaiian music, making him a favorite of top Kauai professional surfers. Tickets are $5 ($8 for under 21), available at Daddy Kool Records on the 600 block of Central Avenue and at Detroit Liquors at Central Avenue and Second Street. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg.

5Beach Blanket Bingo: A free movie in the park? That's the name of the ... that's the name of the ... that's the name of the game! The classic Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello beach party movie is cheese-tastic and full of cameos including Paul Lynde, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton and a pre-Dynasty Linda Evans as aspiring singer Sugar Cane. The movie is being shown free in Dunedin's Pioneer Park on Friday in conjunction with the Friday Wine/Art Walk. So follow the title lyric and "Take a blanket, made for two now, add a boy and a girl ..." The movie begins at dusk.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 April 12-18 04/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:30am]
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