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New age guru for you

Take a deep breath, kids, Deepak Chopra is here for you. His inspirational gathering, called "Be the Change: A Community Outreach Celebration" is dedicated to "a vision of consciousness to heal ourselves." Only 1,200 seats are available. It's 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $20. (727) 942-2000.


St. Olaf — not the Golden Girls one

Golden Girls fans know about Rose from St. Olaf, and choral music fans know all about the St. Olaf Choir, which tours around the world, is featured on PBS and has put out scores of albums since its founding in 1912. Not bad for a student ensemble from a Lutheran liberal arts college in southern Minnesota. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. $15, $25. (727) 822-2031. Tickets sold at the door or at

Free movies no one sees

Eckerd College once again offers a lineup of cool international movies that you won't find at your local megaplex. Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, you can see Mind Game, the innovative Japanese animation about a lovelorn loser's psychedelic journey that is most definitely not for kids. See for upcoming films in the series. All films are free in the Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.


These alligator placemats could be yours

Looking for something kitchy to decorate your house or office cubicle? Check out the Floridiana Festival & Highwaymen Artist Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It's a celebration of vintage Florida memorabilia and souvenirs at the historic Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S in Gulfport, a bit of Floridiana kitsch all on its own. Besides the vintage Florida art and old tropical decor, some Florida Highwaymen artists will participate. Admission $6, children free.

Writers live in their muse

Four Florida writers, Johnny Molloy, Tim Ohr, Gary R. Mormino and tbt*'s Terry Tomalin will gather to answer questions about the best ways to appreciate Florida's vast array of trails, waterways, woods and swamps, not to mention their historical and ecological importance. The writers roundtable is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $5, free to students with ID. (727) 894-1052.


Bridezillas, unite!

The Bridal Show on Sunday will bring future brides and grooms together or helpful hints, ideas and exhibits from noon to 4 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $2, free parking. (727) 893-8523.

Ice, ice baby

Xtreme International Ice Racing is the kind of race we wish had audience participation. Machines that can go from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds race each other. On ice! With no brakes! The adrenaline gets pumping at 5 p.m. Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $12-$20. (813) 301-2500.


Light 'em up

Glow Golf returns to the Treasure Island golf course on Tuesday. The nighttime glow-in-the-dark golf game at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. is set as a scramble. Check-in is at 6 p.m. and play begins at 6:30. Golfers may sign up as a foursome or a single. Hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be served, with light refreshments and prizes after play is complete. The entry fee is $20 and advanced registration is required at (727) 360-6062.

Through Sunday

It's a circus around here

There are two "circuses" going on around Tampa Bay this weekend. The Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy features aerialists, contortionists, acrobats and juggles — but no animals, just freaky body-bending. Tickets for this one start at $30 and it plays through Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Then there's the Circus Sarasota, which features Ringling Bros. alum Bello Nock, and is under the big top next to Sarasota High School near downtown Sarasota. Tickets start at $10 and the circus is ongoing on select dates through Feb. 22.

5 under $5

Free Jannus Landing likes to give up its stage to local bands for a free concert on the first Friday of the month, and this week is no exception. The lineup is female-fronted rock act Klik, and Unmotivated, a reggae-rock band, at 8 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 786-2276.

Free When's the last time you took your dog on a date? Take the pooch to Woofstock on Saturday, a 1960s-themed dog event with guide dog and obedience demonstrations, vendors selling pet accessories and contests for best costume, longest tail, best trick, a pet and owner lookalike contest and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Free What are your wearing? Swap it. Trade in your unwanted but gently used clothing and accessories at the Clothing Swap at Java Nirvana, 29081?2 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. It's free, plus leftover items will be donated to CASA, an advocacy group and shelter for victims of violence abuse. It's from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

$5 Some of the iconic photos of William Wegman's famous Weimaraners are on display at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Sure, you've seen these noble dogs on calendars and even Sesame Street, but now you can see the originals. While you are there, check out the Anna Tomczak photography also on display. She works magic with a large-scale Polaroid to create a gauzy look that's layered and complex. The exhibitions run through April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors. Free Sunday admission includes a docent tour at 2 p.m.

$5 Taste the wines of former Soviet countries and see the famous Russian entertainment at St. Petersburg Nights, 6800 Sunset Way in St. Pete Beach. Starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday you can try more than 15 wines from the Soviets, followed by musical entertainment at 7:30 p.m. The wine tasting is free, entertainment is $5. We're hoping the dancing bear shows up. (727) 363-3832.

The planner 02/05/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 6:35am]
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