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Things to do Monday, Aug. 25

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Dueling Chefs Vote for the best meal prepared by local celebrity chefs using surprise ingredients in Iron-Chef-style competition. Dinner is included at 7 tonight at La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. $60. (727) 736-3070.

Orchestra tickets Single tickets to the Florida Orchestra's 2008-09 season go on sale today, including the Compose Your Own series, which allows concertgoers to purchase any combination of six concerts from the 14-concert masterworks series and the eight-concert pops series to make a season package. Tickets are available at the orchestra's office, 244 Second Ave. N, Suite 421, St. Petersburg, and at the box offices of Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Information: (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286;

James Bond week The Dark Knight has some appeal, but if you want some seriously cool toys, James Bond is the man to see. The Beach Theatre knows this, which is why this week is all about classic Bond flicks for a low, low price. Single movies are $3 or you can get a festival ticket of $7 for seven movies. The 007 pass (and the show times) are available online Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-6697.

Swing! at Nova 535 One of the coolest art galleries in town has added a kicky way to start off the week with a Monday night swing dance. Nova 535's swing-dance night is complete with lessons and music ranging from rockabilly to '40s Big Band. It's an all-ages event so there's no worry of being under 18 and the cover is only $7. Lessons begin at 7 p.m. if you feel you need to brush up on your skills. It runs 7 to 11 at Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6682 .

Coming up

Tampa Bay Rays The Rays continue to make jaws drop going into a three-game homestand against the Blue Jays. What tricks will the umps pull this time? Games are at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Tropicana Field. Tickets start at $9 in advance, $11 at the door. Toll-free (888) 326-7297.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]

Things to do Monday, Aug. 25 08/22/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2008 7:04am]
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