Things to do in February

Scrape the nacho cheese off your tear-stained napkins: the Super Bowl is over. Time to put away the football-shaped party platters, retire the cheese-wedge hats and find other worthy events to circle on your entertainment calendars. Thankfully, February is full of them.

Top 5 ways to have fun in February

1Florida State fair: (Thursday-Feb. 21, floridastatefair.com): If you think this annual event is all corn dogs and country music, you'd be wrong — there are also mashed potatoes and gravy on a stick and the grilled meatloaf sundae this year.

2Krewe of Sant'Yago Knight Parade: (Saturday, knightparade.com): The last hurrah of the Gasparilla festivities, this nighttime parade in Ybor City features more than 100 illuminated floats and marching bands. All this just to honor the patron saint of grocery store sangria?

3Rays fan fest: (Feb. 19, raysbaseball.com): The annual event features autograph opportunities with players, clubhouse tours and a Wiffle ball home run derby. Remember, no heckling Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez anymore.

4Tampa bay comic con: (Feb. 20, tampabaycomiccon.com): I feel a great disturbance in the force, as if thousands of nerds suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced by 85 tables of comics, action figures, anime and Star Wars memorabilia.

5lebowski fest: (Feb. 25-26, lebowskifest.com): The Dude abides, and so should you. Remember your Jesus Quintana purple bowling jumpsuit or a simple Dude's bathrobe for the bowling party.

Weekend movies

Dollar amounts in millions

 The Roommate, $15.6

Sanctum, $9.2

No Strings Attached, $8.4

The King's Speech, $8.3

The Green Hornet, $6.1

Source: hollywood.com/boxoffice

Top 5 prime-time TV shows

American Idol - Wednesday (Fox)

American Idol - Thursday (Fox)

 Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)

 Pro Bowl: AFC vs. NFC (Fox)

NCIS (CBS)

Source: Nielsen Co., for week ending Jan. 30

Top 5 albums on iTunes

Mission Bell, Amos Lee

Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons

 Kiss Each Other Clean, Iron & Wine

Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj

The King Is Dead, The Decemberists

Source: iTunes, for week ending Jan. 31

Top 5 Yahoo search terms in Tampa Bay

 New dog breeds

 Do Something Award

 Borders bankruptcy

 Groundhog Day

 IRS refund

Source: Yahoo.com

By Steve Spears, Times Staff Writer | Suggest a Top 5 at smspears@sptimes.com

Things to do in February 02/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 6, 2011 5:57pm]

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