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On your radar: Tales of intrigue from Bob Graham, the Taste of Clearwater, the ultimate guy movie and Labor Day weekend ideas

Florida conversations with Bob Graham: He'll discuss his fictional spy thriller (Keys to the Kingdom) and the events of Sept. 11 as he kicks off this series at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa. It's free Tuesday. Graham also will sign his book at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble St. Petersburg.

Taste of Clearwater: Nosh the night away with treats from 25 restaurants and live music at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $30, $25 seniors. (727) 461-0011, ext. 227.

Scarface: The ultimate guy movie, starring Al Pacino, returns to theaters nationwide for a one-night screening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Veterans 24, Tampa; Westshore Plaza 14, Tampa; Hyde Park Cinebistro, Tampa; Grove 16 Cinemas, Wesley Chapel; Park Place Stadium 16, Pinellas Park; and Citrus Stadium Park Mall, Tampa.

Death and the Maiden: Ariel Dorfman's political play, which sounds more like a psychological thriller, marks the debut of a new local company, a Simple Theatre, opening Thursday at the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Labor Day weekend: The holiday is a week away, but the fun starts Friday. Shephard's Beach Resort parties for four days, with '90s pop-rap gangsta Coolio and rapper Slick Rick as the headliners Sunday ( Slip into the Summer Foam Party 4 Saturday at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ( or go with the glow of 10,000 glowsticks at Neon Xtreme at the Ritz Ybor on Sunday ( Something more cerebral: MOSI in Tampa offers buy-one, get-one tickets Saturday through Monday.

Date night

Music: Maroon 5 has the No. 1 digital download, Moves Like Jagger. It teams up with endearing opener Train (Hey, Soul Sister) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa ($32–$102.05. (813) 740-2446). Then '80s heartthrob Rick Springfield is back in town, at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($49.75–$100); (727) 791-7400). And Brian McKnight brings his R&B slow jams to Tampa's Straz Center, also Saturday. (Tickets start at $39.50; (813) 229-7827).

John Heffron: Last Comic Standing winner brings his guy-centric comedy to Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa on Thursday through Sunday. (813) 864-4000.

Kids and family

Gecko Fest: We're off to see the Lizard of Oz at this quirky family street festival, with a parade, street performers, live music and famous street dance. Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs into the night in Gulfport. Free.

More to explore

Win tickets to the red carpet screening of Dolphin Tale, or win dinner out for a year. Details at

On your radar: Tales of intrigue from Bob Graham, the Taste of Clearwater, the ultimate guy movie and Labor Day weekend ideas 08/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2011 8:33am]
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