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Things to do Tuesday March 18

Jeff Dumas plays human bench Patsy and Michael Siberry is King Arthur in the National Tour of Spamalot.

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Jeff Dumas plays human bench Patsy and Michael Siberry is King Arthur in the National Tour of Spamalot.

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Sci Fi Symposium Celebrated writer Brian Aldiss headlines the USF Sci Fi Symposium at MOSI tonight at 7. The recipient of the Jules Verne and Kurd Lasswitz awards, he has published more than 80 books. Steven Spielberg adapted his book for the film Artificial Intelligence in 2001, and Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound in 1990 came from Aldiss' imagination. Aldiss will give a talk, and a panel of scholars will discuss his work. For information, call (813) 974-3657 or visit

Alice and the Hobbit: Fantastic Tales for Every Age Enjoy lively lectures and a discussion with literature professors as they take you down the rabbit hole with Lewis Carroll's Alice and J.R.R. Tolkien. Wine and cheese will be served. See It runs from 5 to 6:30 tonight at the Henry B. Plant Museum 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Dali and Film Tonight's guest speaker is Sara Cochran, assistant curator of Modern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art who will give a talk titled, "The Eyes Have It: Dali and Hollywood." This free lecture series complements the current Dali & Film exhibition at the Dali Museum. The lecture is at 7:30 tonight at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

Side Door Gospel Tonight's edition of this gospel series features Gloria Larson, an artist with a smooth vocal style and engaging personality, at 7:30 at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 822-3590.

Monty Python's Spamalot The musical comedy tells a fractured tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in their quest for the Holy Grail. See it at 8 tonight through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$85. (727) 791-7400.

Staged Reading of "Coming Clean" This play by Jeff Johnson about infidelity is one of 2007-08 Stageworks Longjohns competition winners. See the Stageworks presentation tonight at 7 at the TECO Theater at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $5, $3 seniors/students. (813) 229-7827.

Noche Flamenca One of Spain's popular flamenco companies, this group was founded in Madrid in 1993 by artistic director Martin Santangelo and his wife, Soledad Barrio. Noche Flamenca brings a show of song, dance and culture to the stage. 8 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $29.50-$49.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

A Garden in a Container Short on space? Learn how to grow big in small spaces at 10 a.m. today at the Charles Fendig Public Library, 3903 W Neptune St., Tampa. Master gardener clinic shows how to fill various containers with flowers or herbs as a patio accent. Free. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.

Spring training baseball The Philadelphia Phillies play the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. today at Bright House Networks Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $10-$32. (727) 467-4457.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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Game show tryouts Can you squeal and clap at the sight of the alphabet? Then scoot your perky bottom over to Derby Lane Friday and Saturday to try out for the Wheel of Fortune. The "Wheelmobile" will draw names from the crowd and play a simulated version of the hangman game onstage, so you can even win prizes just for trying out. It's from 5 to 9 p.m. both nights at Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg.

Orangutan Egg Hunt Watch the zoo's orangutans take part in a hunt for Easter eggs at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with zoo admission: $18.95, $17.95 seniors, $14.50 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Things to do Tuesday March 18 03/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2008 8:00pm]
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