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Things to do Friday March 12


Weather could affect some of these outdoor events today, so be warned.

Pit Lane Block Party: Help jump-start the 2010 Honda Grand Prix at 4 p.m. in area around Second Street and Second Avenue S, downtown St. Petersburg. Live music on two stages, food and drinks for sale and a ride in an Indy car for $20-$25.

Dunedin Wine and Art Walk: Get a $10 wristband and take in art, wine tastings, food and entertainment by Natural Blend, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue. More than 30 merchants with specials. Wristband makes you eligible for a drawing in the park. See

Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: Chow down on "mudbugs" and two-step to the Porch Dogs, Geno Delafose and the French Rockin' Boogie and more. Starts 4:30 p.m. today ($12), noon Saturday ($15) and noon Sunday ($12). 10 and younger free. Vinoy Park along St. Petersburg's waterfront. (727) 892-5798.

Navy Week kickoff party: Free tours of the SS American Victory and music by the Navy's rock band, Pride. Starts about 5 p.m., 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Kickoff for next week as sailors take over the bay with events every day. For information, visit

Maria Bamford: Alt-comedy goddess known for quirkily manic stage presence and vast array of voices and characters, offering unique take on her dysfunctional childhood and life. Shows today through Sunday, the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $14-$18. (813) 864-4000.

Tampa Bay Boat Show: Warm weather has been eluding us too long. When it finally arrives, the boat show has toys to tempt you outside. Tropicana Field today through Sunday. Main floor filled with boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits. Also a fishing school, with local captains giving tips on offshore fishing, cast netting guides and where fish are biting. Classes start at 11 a.m. each day and run throughout the day, see for a schedule. It's free admission; parking $5.

Florida Strawberry Festival: Midway, strawberries galore and prize livestock. Best known for live music. Today at 7:30 p.m. catch Tracy Lawrence, part of commercial rise of rock-tinged honky tonk in early '90s. Reserved seats $10-$15. Gates open at 10 a.m. today through Sunday. Check for closing times, daily specials. Grounds at 2202 W Reynolds St., Plant City. Admission $10; $5 age 6-12; Age 5 and younger free with paid adult.

Gordon Lightfoot: Folky Canadian singer (Sundown, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald) plays at 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$75. (727) 892-5767.


Who Do You Think You Are? 8 p.m., NBC: Dallas Cowboys and Gators legend Emmitt Smith finds his past winds from rural Alabama to Virginia, with a few surprises. His great-great-grandfather helped start the New York Giants.

Kitchen Nightmares, 9 p.m., Fox: Gordon falls asleep while waiting for his taste test. Could be an indicator why no one goes there.

Things to do Friday March 12 03/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:40pm]
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