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Animal lovers: You're invited to the Cat Olympics and a Block PAWty

Cat Olympics and Jeopardy: Why should dogs be slobbered over just for performing flying leaps catching Frisbees. Cats have talents, too! Or at least that's what this SPCA news release promises as they try to find homes for this year's crop of spring kittens. The adoptable felines will compete in a Cat's Meow Obstacle Course, where they crawl through the Tunnel of Tuna, perform Leg Weavers and totter across the Cat Walk Tight Rope (please, oh please, can someone video this and post it on YouTube?!). Cat lovers can also test their knowledge of feline trivia on subjects like cat anatomy, cat facts or myths and know your breeds. There will be prizes, gift drawings and cat/kitten adoption specials all day. It's free from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591.

Block PAWty: Get ready for a tail-waggin' good time at this neighborhood pet party in the courtyard of the Snow Circle shops. The luau-themed Pawty will feature a raffle, prizes, doggy bags, demonstrations on pet CPR and first aid. Dogs can pose for photos, cool off in one of the PAWty pools and enjoy some treats. And look for wine and beer samples for purchase and enjoy a PAWtini at the Wine Exchange's outdoor bar. 6 p.m. today, $10, Old Hyde Park Village, 1622 W Snow Ave, Tampa. (813) 251-3500

Artsy events on the calendar

You've seen the song mashups on Glee where they intertwine two favorite hits into one over-the-top tour-de-force number. Think of these artsy events in Tampa Bay as the same thing, but more fantastic than bombastic.

1. Fuzion Dance Artists: Hello Dali. As part of the Florida Dance Festival, Fuzion dance artists and guests will perform to an original score by local composer A. Paul Johnson, inspired by 11 major Dali paintings. Think of it as So You Think You Can Dance for the art world. Tickets are $12, $8 seniors/students. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

2. Painting at the Palladium with the Kym Purling Trio. In partnership with the Morean Arts Center, the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and his band will interpret the Beatles catalog while four artists share the stage to create portraits of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Just hearing Purling, above, should be a treat, considering that his story started as an orphan in Saigon shortly before the Vietnam War ended. Adopted by an Australian couple when he was a baby, he showed an enormous aptitude for music and became a sensation in his teens. He has toured with major Broadway productions and has been a fixture at several major Las Vegas resorts. The show is at 7:30 p.m. today at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 822-3590.

3. Art after Dark: This one has all of the aesthetics — art, music, dance (oh, and the all-important Friday night libations). It's the Tampa Museum of Art's regular downtown after-work gathering from 8 to 11 p.m. This edition will feature African dance. The museum is also opening a new exhibit called "The Moon Museum," a postage-stamp-sized, paper-thin multiple from an original work of famed artists who created it and had it surreptitiously placed on the Apollo 12 lunar landing module. It's been on the moon for 40 years now (no, not this one, the original!). It'll be on display Friday, June 18, through Aug. 1 at the museum, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $10 for nonmembers, free for TMA members.

Animal lovers: You're invited to the Cat Olympics and a Block PAWty 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:06pm]
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