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Things to do on Wednesday, Nov. 12

Are we honestly pushing for you to go to a poetry reading? Yes.

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Are we honestly pushing for you to go to a poetry reading? Yes.

What to do

An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins: Sounds a little too cultured for you? Think of it as a way to replace some of those brain cells you lost over the weekend. Collins, a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, so he must be pretty good. His most recent collection, Ballistics, was published in September. 7:30 p.m. Fox Hall at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. No tickets or reservations required.

Indy Film Cafe presents 'Trashed': Most of us stop thinking about our garbage once it reaches the curb, but that's really where its journey begins. Trashed is an investigation of one of the fastest-growing industries in North America: the garbage business. 8 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5, $3 for members. (727) 895-6620. trashedmovie.com.

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: Just when you thought you'd imagined every possible genre of rock comes this Christian metalcore band from Birmingham whose sonic assaults belie their positive message. Heavily influenced by the legend of Ma Barker and her family's criminal escapades, the theme of many of the band's song is "what goes around comes around." With A Static Lullaby, Showbread, Confide and Attack Attack. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13 advance, $15 day of show. (727) 895-3045. mayleneandthesonsofdisaster.us.

Rehab: Two types of music dominate the Georgia music scene: Southern rock and dirty south hip-hop. Rehab combines them both with laid-back beats topped with a Southern twang. After creative differences split the band apart in 2002, it reformed a few years later with a new attitude. Its latest album, 2005's Graffiti the World, recently was re-released with three new tracks. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $17. (727) 896-2276. rehabmusic.com.

— Adam Newman anewman@tampabay.com

What's coming up

Thursday: Uncle John's Band is a Grateful Dead tribute band, not the real thing, but who's to say the crowd at Skipper's Smokehouse will even notice the difference?

Friday-Sunday: An orgy of meat, music, muscle cars and motorcycles — Ribfest returns to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park.

And more: We're halfway to the weekend, but why wait? Log on to entertainment.tampabay.com and find more than 80 things to do today.

— Adam Newman anewman@tampabay.com

Things to do on Wednesday, Nov. 12 11/11/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 7:38am]
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