Things to do today
Army Interactive Game Experience The Florida Army National Guard and the USF Army ROTC are hosting a video-game exhibit on the USF campus today and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Try your hand at Tekken, HALO 3: ODST, The Beatles: Rock Band, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and more than two dozen other games set up on 18 game ports on multiple consoles. There will be tournaments and prizes. It's free on the Tampa campus between Cooper Hall and Burger King.
College Night Take advantage of your student ID tonight when college students get to see the Lesley Dill show for $5 admission at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Dill, a sculptor, photographer, printmaker and performance artist, sets the ephemeral tone but the vibe is helped with acoustic music and coffee in the MFA Cafe from 6 to 8 p.m. The museum is at 255 Beach Drive in St. Petersburg.
Night Hike Smear on some bug repellent and grab a flashlight for a hike starting at 8 p.m. at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Gators, spiders, owls, frogs and all manner of creepy crawlies that come out after dusk await. It's $3, $1.50 kids (reservations suggested) at (727) 893-7326.
The 9 Music Series and Competition Round 2 of the local band competition that promises a generous recording package from Morissound Studios features the folk/jam band Shane Meade and the Sound, jazz by Speakeasy and the Americana/Indie of Old North East. It's at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, in Tampa; $5.
Michelle Shocked The Beach Theatre is turning off the projector for a live show by indie singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked. The storyteller is a perfect antidote to corporate country and you can see her Thursday at 315 Corey Ave. in St. Pete Beach. The doors open at 7, the show is at 8 p.m. $20-$25
Dali and Beyond Film Series: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Seems an odd fit for the Dali Museum, but maybe not. A whole movie about Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) hunting for his bike is pretty surreal. Add in the quirky musical score and Tim Burton's direction, and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure goes beyond your typical movie fun. (92 min.) PG-rated. It's 6 p.m. Thursday at the Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free with paid admission; $5 after 5 p.m. (727) 823-3767. salvadordalimuseum.org.
Cattle drive in Tampa: The Tampa Bay History Center wants to draw attention to its Florida cattle ranching exhibit and this ought to do it. Area cowboys will drive a herd of live cattle (well, less than a dozen) down Old Water Street to a pen at the center. It's free to watch at 10 a.m. Saturday, but watch where you step. Admission to the History Center is extra.
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