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On your radar: Hear some saucy music while eating saucy ribs, head out for a huge music fest or show off your talent

Peter Pan: Cathy Rigby, 58, flies through the air for this fanciful tale, running Tuesday through Nov. 13 at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50. (813) 229-7827.

Ribfest: Award-winning ribs served up with some saucy music from John Fogerty (Friday), Styx (Saturday) and Trace Adkins (Sunday). Kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. $13 advance, $20 at gate, 12 and under free.

Orlando Calling: This could be the most buzzed about music fest of the year, with an inaugural lineup of 75 artists, including the Killers, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Citrus Bowl, west of downtown Orlando. Daily tickets start at $87.50, weekend passes at $160.

Veterans Day: One of the biggest ceremonies is at Bay Pines VA Medical Center National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday. See for more events and admission deals at area attractions.

Tampa Bay Home Show: Some 600 exhibits will keep you busy with DIY home improvement and landscaping projects. Opens at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Free.

'America's Got Talent' auditions: Because you can sing/dance/do lame magic tricks better than anyone else, right? Auditions for the NBC show start at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. See

Bernie Taupin: The lyricist who has worked with Elton John for decades brings his artwork to the Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, with appearances from 6–9 p.m. Saturday and 1–3 p.m. Sunday. Free, but RSVP, (813) 902-1414.

11/11/11: That's the date on Friday. Discuss.

Date night

Beer, wine and blues: Dunedin closes down Main Street on Friday and Saturday evening for the 20th annual Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival. Free admission. At 2 p.m. Saturday is the Fall Craft Beer Fest at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou in Pinellas Park, with more than 100 brews. $40, includes meal.

Kids and family

Santa: The jolly elf is coming to town. On Thursday, International Plaza in Tampa transforms into the Ice Palace with a snow and light show to welcome Saint Nick. (The new H&M store at IP opens Thursday, too.) Look for Santa at other malls, including Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg, which will have a parade, tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Windows: Stroll along the first holiday window contest on St. Petersburg's artsy Central Avenue, including Florida Craftsmen Gallery, 600 Block and Morean Arts Center. Displays to be unveiled Saturday evening during the Gallery Walk. Free.

On your radar: Hear some saucy music while eating saucy ribs, head out for a huge music fest or show off your talent 11/06/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 8:16am]
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