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On your radar: Florida Orchestra kicks off its season, Duran Duran plays Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Capitol screens 'Dracula' and Jazz Holiday begins

Florida Orchestra: They start the season with a powerhouse: Carmina Burana with the Master Chorale. And don't forget the new lower ticket prices this season, starting at $15. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Call (813) 229-7827.

Duran Duran: The '80s hitmakers will mix classics with some new releases at 7:30 tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall. There might be a few tickets left. Call (727) 791-7400.

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The well-respected fest has films at Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art and BayWalk in St. Petersburg daily through Sunday. Visit for the schedule.

Oktoberfests: On Friday is Brews by the Bay, with more than 80 craft beers among the fish at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. $50 advance; (813) 273-4000. St. Pete Oktoberfest takes over the Grand Central district on Saturday with craft beer from 20 breweries, plus multicultural food. $30; Call (727) 828-7006.

Date night

Dracula: The creepy 1931 movie that started it all starred the best vampire ever — Bela Lugosi. See it Tuesday at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $6.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: The iconic festival packs waterfront Coachman Park with free jazz for four days. It kicks off Thursday with can't-miss headliner Trombone Shorty and wraps up Sunday with Dianne Reeves. Visit

Music legends: Wanda Jackson sings from her latest album The Party Ain't Over on Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $39.50–$59.50; (813) 229-7827. Kenny Rogers will bust out all the hits (Lady) along with tunes from his new spiritual album Friday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. $50–$65; (727) 892-5798. And Kenny's duet buddy Dolly Parton hits Ruth Eckerd Hall for her new album, Better Day, on Saturday. $65–$175; (727) 791-7400.

Kids And Family

SPCA 3K Pet Walk: Pretty up the pooch for this walk through downtown St. Petersburg with a best-dressed pet competition, adoptable pet parade and doggie spa, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in Straub Park. Free.

Clifford the Big Red Dog: Just like visiting Clifford's neighborhood from the TV cartoon in this exhibit, featuring a 9-foot Clifford with a tail to slide down, at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. Opens Saturday. Museum admission: $15, $9.50 kids, under 1 free.

More to explore

Enter to win four seats to the Josh Groban concert Oct. 28, along with a meet-and-greet, at

On your radar: Florida Orchestra kicks off its season, Duran Duran plays Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Capitol screens 'Dracula' and Jazz Holiday begins 10/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 6:44am]
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