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Things to do Tuesday, Aug. 26

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Tampa Bay Rays The Rays are back in town, playing the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game home series starting tonight, followed by Baltimore this weekend. Tonight's game is at 7:10. Prices begin at $9 advance, $11 at the door. Toll-free (888) 326-7297.

Freight Train Annie's Girlie Show Tonight is the debut of a new monthly series at the Skipperdome billed as "femme-centric shows" hosted by Tampa Bay scene stalwart (and Skipper's beer-slinger) Freight Train Annie. The lineup includes Seminole Heights, Bunko Squad and Scone Train at 8 at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 977-6474.

Book signing Meet Linda Taylor, author of Great Women Exploring Nature ... How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives at a book signing today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Fresh Fish 2 The Painted Fish Gallery in Dunedin puts the spotlight on young artists in the exhibit running through Oct. 26. See ceramic sculpture by Simon Boses, mixed-media drawings by Christine Renc-Carter and paintings by Noah Deledda. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 350 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-0934.

Naturalist Night Out Learn about "Plants with a Purpose," and how local flora can be used for dyes, drugs, food or fiber. The 6:30 p.m. class costs $3, $1.50 children. Reservations required at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.

Viva Vegetarian Tampa Bay Vegetarians invite guests to join in a vegan Mexican dinner that includes veggie chili, panela salad, tamales, plantains a la mode and an after-dinner speaker. It starts at 7 p.m. at Casa Tina, 365 Main St., Dunedin. $12.95, plus $2 for non-members. (727) 524-3879 or (813) 269-4665.

Coming up

Chris Porter We loved this curly-headed hoot on Last Comic Standing 4. But he was far too edgy for the mainstream voters, who ended up picking the guy with cerebral palsy that year. Or maybe it was his jokes about drugs and condoms. He performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Improv at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $14-$15. (813) 864-4000.

BK Jackson CD Release Party Jackson performs songs from his new CD On the Move at this free party at The Venue on Wednesday. This rising local talent opened for Peter Frampton last year at Taste of Pinellas and is a favorite of smooth jazz lovers. The party starts at 6 p.m. at The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 571-2222.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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