What to do today
House of Dali Fashion Show: Local fashion designer Dali Hernandez unveils the Dark and Sinister Winter 2008 Collection, promising a dark sense of sex appeal and lots of plumage. Hair by U.b.U Color Salon, with music by Jask. 9 p.m. The Kennedy, 2408 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-3329.
NPR's StoryCorps: If you've never heard it on the radio, StoryCorps is an oral history project featuring everyday people. It can be an older person's memories, a young person's experiences or a life-changing moment, whether poignant or funny. Now the StoryCorps Mobile Studio has rolled into town for you to record your own stories. To make a reservation, call 1-800-850-4406 or log onto StoryCorps.net. Reservations will fill up fast, but if you aren't able to get a spot, there is a wait list. The mobile studio will be parked at the corner of 19th Street and E Ninth Ave., Ybor City, through Monday and from Jan. 5 to 17, 2009. Free. wmnf.org/story.
St. Petersburg Bowl Beach Party: The inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl is Saturday, but the fun has already started. USF fans didn't have to travel very far, but Memphis fans who made the trip a few days early are surely enjoying the sunshine. Today is the Team Beach Bash, with giant sand sculptures, a team talent show, sexy legs contest, tailgate cookout and giant beachfront water slide. 3 to 6 p.m. today. Tradewinds Island Grand Beach Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free. Parking: $10 (727) 367-6461. tradewindsresort.com.
Memphis Tigers Pep Rally: Any Memphis fans reading this? If you're not feeling too welcome over at Tradewinds, don't worry. Celebrate your early arrival with a special pep rally. If you locals want to stop by and make some new friends from out of town, that's cool, too. 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6400.
What to watch for
Thursday: The big holiday parties are here, starting with Ian Beckles' Naughty or Nice Christmas Party at Lime and Reax magazine's Reader Appreciation Party at New World Brewery.
— Adam Newman [email protected]