The planner (fun stuff to do)

Celebrate the year the historic theater was built with 25-cent admission and 10-cent popcorn Sunday at 1939 Day at the Beach Theatre. See The Wizard of Oz at 12:30 and 4 p.m., and The Mark of Zorro at 7:15 p.m. at 315 Corey Ave. in St. Pete Beach.(727) 360-6697. beachtheatre.com.

ARTpool, a cooperative of artists aiming to launch a creative vibe, is having a grand opening ARTpool Party Saturday that not only will have the works of a couple dozen artists on display, but also independent film, fashion and music by Micheal Hooker, Roustabout, Shawn Kyle Beauville and DJ Teras at 919 First Ave. N in downtown St. Petersburg from 8 p.m. to midnight. It's $10 with free food from Gratzzi Ristorante and an after-party at Banbu, 197 Second Ave N.

Has your fishing hook been coming up empty? There will be a book signing Saturday for Sloane Golden, the author of Fish on! Secrets of the Snook Whisperer, at Bluewater Gallery, 341 Corey Ave. in St. Pete Beach at 6:30 p.m. Sloane will be reading excerpts and have a live casting demonstration to show anglers where the big ones are.

When Terry Fator and his singing puppets won TV's America's Got Talent competition in 2007, he said he hoped to reignite interest in ventriloquism. The victory certainly ignited Fator's career, as did being lauded on Oprah and declared one of the best entertainers Simon Cowell has ever seen. Getting puppets to sing like Roy Orbison or Etta James was almost an afterthought. "I had one of my characters sing Garth Brooks' Friends in Low Places and the audience went bananas," Fator said in a phone interview from Portland, Ore., where the Texan is touring. "Boy, that was where my life changed. It took me six months and I completely rewrote the show. ... It was then that people really noticed, and I started getting standing ovations at the end of every show." His show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $41-$51. (727) 892-5767.

A full orchestra provides a little beach music at the annual Beach Goes Pops on Pass-a-Grille this weekend. Friday is bouncier fare with the Venturas, and Suzette Jennings and Moodswingz, then the Caribbean Cowboys and the Beach Goes Pops Orchestra play Saturday. Food and drinks are for sale, and area artists will have work on display. Bring blankets or beach chairs from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at Ninth Avenue and Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. Shuttle service available both days from County Beach Park, across from the Dolphin Village Shopping Center, 4600 Gulf Blvd. Free.

Get your honey-do list going at the Home and Patio Show this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. There will be an Extreme Dog House silent auction, appearances by green designer Joshua Foss of HGTV's Design Star, Don Engebretson, the "Renegade Gardener," and Brian Santos, the "Wall Wizard." It's 2 to 8 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $9, free for 12 and younger. Seniors $7 Friday only. floridahomeshows.com.

Steppin' Forward 2008, is a funky shoe contest and silent auction, with food and drink, to benefit charity Saturday at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 1805 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35 advance, $40 at door (includes food). (813) 949-1888. gasparsgrotto.com.

Get a price break Sunday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Admission is two tickets for $20 for ages 3 and older and there will be $2 specials for food, gifts and rides. The first 500 through the gate will receive a free T-shirt. The zoo is at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa.

The planner (fun stuff to do) 04/17/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2008 3:36pm]

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