Looking for some offbeat art-related events this week? Look no further.
Imagine a bunch of kids in large shiny costumes with wild hair to match. That's what you'll find at the anime extravaganza known as MetroCon, taking place this weekend inside the Convention Center. Whether you go because you have a deep love for anime or because you just want to laugh at the girl who decided it'd be cute to dress up as a pikachu, you'll definitely get what you're hoping for. The event starts at 10 a.m. Friday; tickets are $25. On Saturday, it also starts at 10, but it'll cost $30. Remember, the Red Bull Flugtag (Page 32) will be nearby so be prepared. It starts at noon Sunday and costs $25, but I recommend you avoid this day. These kids don't seem to shower at conventions, so by the third day, it's more toxic than Chernobyl. — Leigh Armstrong
One person's trash ...
When I tear through a bag of M&Ms like a rabid beast, I don't think of saving the wrapper for, you know, a quirky headband. But maybe I should! Check out the TRA'shion fashion show Saturday at ARTpool, an art co-op at 919 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Twenty designers will display their trash-tastic stuff on the runway. Masterpieces include garments made of soda cans, duct tape, magazines and Publix bags. Febreezed, we hope? The show runs from 8 p.m. till midnight. Admission is $10, and includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Al Gore would be so proud. — Stephanie Hayes
Chewbacca sends his regards
Here's an exhibit that'll make George Lucas' lawyers madder than a rancor with a bad case of Dagobian swamp cough: "I Have a Very Bad Feeling About This," a Star Wars-themed exhibit at USF's Centre Gallery that's equal parts folk art and fanfic. Deon Blackwell, Adam Kitzerow and Vincent Kral serve up a sampling of hand-crafted Star Wars paraphernalia, from homemade lightsabers and costumes to a rebuilt set of the ice planet Hoth. "It's basically like a fan Web site — we're just making it 3-D," Blackwell said. It runs from July 21 to Aug. 1, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. July 25. CTR 246 in USF's Phylls P. Marshall Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-5464 — Jay Cridlin