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Gay business owners in Ybor City have organized a Pride event of their own with GaYBOR Daze, or "The Charge of the Yellow Rice Brigade," a series of parties that includes appearances by TV fitness trainer Jackie Warner on Saturday at the Honey Pot (see story Page 24) and American Idol stars Kimberley Locke (Friday at the Honey Pot) and Frenchie Davis (Saturday at G.Bar). Don't miss the drag queen and celebrity look-alike promenade down the sidewalks of Seventh Avenue starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. The party closes with a dance party Sunday night at Club Skye; The Tampa Bay Derby Darlins get all patriotic with their roller derby with Skate Free or Die, hosting two bouts: Switchblade Sisters vs. Cigar City Mafia followed by Vicegrip Vixens vs. Jacksonville RollerGirls. It's at 8 p.m. Saturday at the USA Skateplex, 5313 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. $12. (813) 989-2100. Two local comedy clubs are bringing like-minded comics together for special shows this weekend. Side Splitters Comedy Club is celebrating "Sin-dependence Day" weekend with dirty jokes and all the deadly sins. April Macie and Paul Parson, dubbed "Dirty Old Man and the Naughty School Girl," Saturday tackles sloth, pride and greed before Sunday's 7 p.m. examination of lust. Expect rude, rough and nasty comedy, it's being encouraged at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16 advance, additional $2 day of show. (813) 960-1197. Then over at the Improv, they've gathered a sharp group for the Return of the Average White Guy, with Roy Johnson and Al Romas and special guests Patrick Melton and Mike McCarthy — all local favorites. Tickets are $12-$15 at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. A variety of fine artworks are for sale at the Sunset Art Festival on St. Pete Beach Friday through Sunday. There's also entertainment — and fabulous sunsets — from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Pass-a-Grille Beach Art Mart, 900 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. Free. Lowry Park Zoo stays open late for Nite Zoo on Friday with free rides after 5 p.m., including new the Gator Falls log flume ride (yes, it's open at last). It runs 5 to 8:30 p.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave. Tampa. $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11 (813) 935-8552; The original New York cast is in town for Bathhouse, The Musical, a musical comedy about the goings on in a New York gay bath house. See it at 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $35 VIP table, $25 general admission. (813) 247-2555. Take the kids to the surreal Dilly Dally with Dali family day on Saturdays at the Salvador Dali Museum. There are hands-on activities from 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays at the museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Included with museum admission: $15, $13.50 seniors, $10 ages 10 to 18, $4 ages 5-9, 4 and younger free. (727) 823-3767. A cast that includes students and alumni of Pinellas Center for Creative Arts at Gibbs High is putting on Art at the Studio@620 this weekend. The friendship of three friends is tested when one of them purchases a large painting of white lines on a white canvas. The play is by Yasmina Reza, directed by Rod Hansen and the cast includes Sam French, Austin Ruffer and Joe Stribling. It starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-6620. Get free line-dancing lessons at the Round Up in Tampa on Saturday, provided by Shawn Trautman, maker of best-selling dance DVDs and a coach to world dance champions. No registration is required. Just show up at 3 p.m. and he will take you through several different dances. The Round Up is at 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 855-1464.

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