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Things to do Wednesday, June 25

Beer Pong will be the highlight of the Beer Olympics.

Beer Pong will be the highlight of the Beer Olympics.

To do today

Rooney The retro-indie rockers from L.A. are touring for their radio-friendly new album Calling the World. Locksley and the Bridges opens the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Midsummer Night Bloc Party Parkshore Grill is hosting a free hump-day party tonight with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and free champagne and vodka cocktails by ZYR Vodka starting at 8 at 300 Beach Drive.

Neil Hamburger This comic singer's act has been compared to Andy Kaufman's character Tony Clifton (and he gigged recently with Tenacious D and Tom Green). Hamburger substitutes a seriously nice country twang for the Clifton lounge crooner, and sings (kind of) about people who recycle too much and are jug-of-wine huggers tonight at 9 at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St.,Ybor City. $7. (813) 241-8600.

Convergence 2008 This fiber-art show doesn't include the edible kind, but every imaginable type art, from utilitarian baskets to high fashion, are at the Tampa Convention Center this week. Almost 200 seminars, studio classes and workshops are offered, but the best way to dip your toe in the creative waters is with a $10 one-day pass beginning today to get into the enormous vendor area, art exhibits and informal fashion and decorative arts shows. Today also brings the Dance of the Flamingos, a runway fashion show at 8 p.m., featuring high-end wearable art. Tickets are $100. See

$10 days at Ford Amphitheatre Today you can score $10 tickets for eight shows at the Ford Amphitheater in Tampa. You can only buy them online at between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. They are mostly lawn seats, but they are cheap: Motley Crue's Crue Fest with Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx A.M., Trapt (July 3); Poison with Sebastian Bach & Dokken (July 22, reserved seats available); Brooks & Dunn with Rodney Atkins & James Otto (July 25); 311 with Snoop Dogg & Fiction Plane (July 27, reserved seats); Mayhem Festival with Slipknot & Disturbed (July 29); Journey with Heart & Cheap Trick (July 30); Projekt Revolution with Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, the Bravery, Busta Rhymes (Aug. 2); Rod Stewart (Aug. 28).

Pride and a Movie See On the Other Hand, Death, based on author Richard Stevenson's mysteries that feature Donald Strachey, a gay private investigator. It stars Chad Allen, Margot Kidder and Gabrielle Rose at 7:30 tonight at Muvico Baywalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $9, $7 students. Complimentary reception follows film, 9 to 11 p.m., Studio@620, 620 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. See

Gallery talk and tour Tampa lawyer William Zewadski will give a gallery talk about his collection the photos of Len Prince, the widely acclaimed photographer whose celebrity portraits and fine art photographs are on display at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, 200 N Tampa St., Tampa. You can tour it yourself at the museum 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Or you can get dinner at the Tampa Club on the top floor of the Tampa Street building and tour by Zewadski. Tickets for the dinner and tour are $71; call (813) 229-6028 for reservations. For museum information: (813) 221-2222 or

Wild 98.7 Block Party Inspired by Dave Chapelle's block party film, the radio station is bringing rappers to Jannus Landing tonight, but you had to have won the tickets to see Pleasure P (Did You Wrong), Shawty Putt (Dat Baby Don't Look Like Me) and Tom G. at 6. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045.

Coming up

Beer Olympics Gaspar's Grotto on Sunday will host the second of what general manager Brian Bosco hopes will become a quarterly contest. If you think you have the "athletic" skills to compete in Olympic-level beer pong and chugging contests, register before Friday at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, (813) 248-5900; Games are from 3 p.m. until about 8 p.m. Sunday.

St. Pete Pride Promenade and Street Festival One of the largest gay pride parades in the Southeast goes marching down conservative St. Petersburg streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Central District, between First avenues N and S and 19th and 31st streets. Parade begins at 10 a.m. and moves through Historic Kenwood, then along Central Avenue. Festival, noon to 5 p.m. on Central Avenue from 21st to 28th streets. Entertainment on two stages, including headliners Josh Zuckerman and Nancy Rancourt. Free.

On TV tonight

Wife Swap, 8 p.m., ABC A pig and chicken farmer trades places with a belly dancer. Are they just casting these shows with Mad Libs now?

AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty, 9 p.m., USA "And now, to say a few words about his onscreen partner in Dick Tracy: Mumbles."

Things to do Wednesday, June 25 06/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 7:33am]
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