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Seeing (RED)

If the Sex and the City movie has you pining for couture, catch 818(RED), a charity event crafted by the Art Institute of Tampa and Dillard's. There will be a runway show of '09 designs by Ed Hardy, Affliction, Alberto Makali, Love Notes, Perry Ellis, Betsy Johnson and many others during an event that benefits research and treatment for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. There will also be an exhibit of art and dinner for VIPs Friday at the Art Institute of Tampa, 4401 N Himes Ave., Suite 150, Tampa. The runway show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $75 general and $150 for VIP. Call 1-866-703-3277 or e-mail

Deja vu all over again

As a benefit for WMNF 88.5-FM, the Beach Theater will host screenings of Neil Young's documentary CSNY: Deja Vu. The film chronicles Young's tour with former bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash in support of his 2006 political album, Living With War, and the diverse reactions from audiences across the country. Showings are at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday at Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. $8 at box office, $9 on Web site. (727) 360-6697.

Better than the Love Guru

Need inner peace? Check out Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, an Indian mystic at the forefront of a movement called "Inner Engineering," which he says can help people unlock the mysteries of success and happiness through meditation and yoga. He also claims to have a memory that goes back 370 years. He'll be in Tampa Sunday to promote his new book, Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss. A reception is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with the lecture at 7 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 413-1661.

Dunk 'em, Kaz!

It's fitting that Rays All-Star Scott Kazmir is at the grand opening of a Dunkin Donuts in Brandon this weekend. Thanks to him, the shop will be giving away a lot of free ones as part of the chain's "Rays win, you win" promotion. Kazmir will pose for photos with customers, and there will be a magician and other entertainment at the grand opening Saturday of the Dunkin' Donuts at 2206 E Brandon Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Or you could join the Rays for the Rays Summer Block Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Campbell Park Recreation Center in St. Pete. Festivities begin on Oliver Field with the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Marching Drum line kicking things off, followed by games, kickball, wiffle ball and music by 95.7 The Beat. There's free food, and an opportunity to meet a Rays players and get autographs. You can also register to vote and teach your kids about it in the KidsVote booth. Campbell Park Recreation Center, 501 14th St. S, St. Petersburg.

Monkey see, monkey do

If you thought Lowry Park Zoo was a little too crowded on its recent $5 Zoo Day (another one is coming up Sept. 7), check out the Nite Zoo deal on Friday. The park stays open late with free rides after 5 p.m., including the Gator Falls log flume ride from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11 and free for Zoo Passholders.

Summer's over, kiddos

Lessen the pain for the kids (and try not to smirk) at the All About Kids Back to School Bash. It will have entertainment by Radio Disney and Nickelodeon; appearances by Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and others; a character parade (at the start of each day); craft activities; batting with the Tampa Bay Rays; a bicycle rodeo; a Baby Wonder Zone for babies and toddlers up to age 2 and expectant parents; a Treat Street Snack Zone and more. The bash is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Admission is $9 for adults (get a $1 off coupon at Publix), ages 12 and younger free.

5 Under $5

Don't let your light wallet keep you home this weekend. Here are five things you can do with only Mr. Lincoln by your side.

FREE Soak up some art in a funky cool scene at the Ybor ARTWalk Saturday, and don't miss Square One Rocks!, a showcase of works by resident and guest artists, full bar and complimentary appetizers at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Both events run from noon to 6 p.m.

FREE See if the kids can bring home dinner at the Family Fishing Fun Day at Largo's Walsingham Park on Saturday. It's free for kids 14 and younger (with adult). Poles and bait provided, or bring your own fishing gear. There will be prizes for largest and smallest fish, first fish, multiple catches and more. 8 to 11 a.m. at the park, 12615 102nd Ave. N, Largo.

FREE The first Friday of the month is as good an excuse as any to party. St. Pete's downtown gets rocking with the Get Downtown block party, with music by Suzette Jennings and MoodSwingz from 6 to 10 p.m. on Central Avenue from Second to Third streets. Gulfport also hosts a pet-friendly First Friday Art Walk in the artsy beach village with arts and craft vendors, live entertainment at the Gulf Porch by Rebekah Pulley and Free Range and free trolley rides from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday on Beach Boulevard.

FREE Twilight fans, it's time to put on your pasty makeup and dark eyeliner. Breaking Dawn, the highly anticipated release of the fourth and final tween vampire romance, will be met with Breaking Dawn release parties beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, leading up to the midnight release. Borders and Barnes & Noble stores across Tampa Bay will have vampire-themed parties with costume contests, trivia challenges and debates. But really, we just wannna know if Bella chooses the gorgeous vampire Edward or non-bloodsucking friend Jacob in the end. And for some fun vampire trivia, check out Page 24.

$4 Check out many birds of a feather at the Suncoast Avian Society Exotic Bird Fair. This show and sale has a wide variety of birds and related items. It runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Pete. It's $4, ages 12 and younger free. (727) 726-6864.

The planner (take your pick) 07/31/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 7:05am]
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