Weekend planner

The swanky new art lounge Nova 535 in downtown St. Petersburg is the site of the show Heavenly Creatures, devoted to the female form in art. And like most art openings these days, it comes with a funky party, including live body painting, a runway fashion show and music. The exhibit runs through March 31, but the opening reception Saturday is at 7 p.m. Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 821-6682, www.nova535.com.

The Brandon Rotary Club's annual men's night out, Wild Game Night, on Friday at Boggy Bottom Ranch on Keysville Road, typically attracts more than 800 outdoorsmen each year. A dinner of venison and other wild game, plus swamp cabbage cooked on site with an open bar, are part of the attraction. But then there's the auction and door prizes that include fishing and hunting gear. Money raised goes to local charities, including Rotary's Camp Florida, the Emergency Care Help Organization and the Brandon Outreach Clinic. Don't forget to bring your stories about the "one that got away." Tickets are $70 at (813) 315-6533 for more information or

reservations.

The young art lovers that make up Les Fauves, supporters of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road in Largo, will get a look at the new Liquid Metal exhibition but also get a chance to create their metal artwork Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. There also will be furniture and jewelry for sale, cocktails, nibbles and music by The Human Condition. Admission $10, free for members, and a materials fee of $15.

Sam Donaldson and his toupee will be at the Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center Spring Swing and Sun Safety Tour on Saturday to promote the free skin-cancer screenings at nine spring training games throughout March. Donaldson, a veteran ABC News reporter and melanoma survivor, is on Moffitt's advisory board and will host a reception outside Gate 2 from 11 a.m. until game time at 1 p.m., where he will throw out the first pitch. The Rays play the Toronto Blue Jays at Progress Energy Park, home of Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE. See www.moffitt.org/springswing.

Get primal at the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival this weekend with entertainment, vendors, a swamp monster costume contest (Sat. morning) and good eats like swamp cabbage soup, fried green tomatoes and seafood jambalaya. It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Linda Pederson Park at Jenkins Creek, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd. (County Road 597) in Weeki Wachee. Admission is $2; www.swampfest.com.

Live music, a doggy fashion show and pet vendors will be on hand for Get Rescued … in Gulfport, where more than 50 rescue groups showcase adoptable animals. There will also be a silent auction, microchipping (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and well-behaved dogs are welcome 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Gulfport.

Sasha Cohen, left, Todd Eldredge and cute couple Jamie Sale and David Pelletier will twirl at the Smucker's Stars on Ice figure-skating tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$110. (813) 301-2500. stpetetimesforum.com.

The Tampa Bay Downs horse track brings in some extra entertainment for the Blues and BBQ party Saturday to benefit the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Education Foundation. There will be racing, barbecue from Brady's Backyard BBQ and blues by the Patty Sanphy Band from noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 11225 Race Track Road in Tampa. Admission is $2 for the grandstand.

The Lowry Park Zoo is celebrating Leap Year by focusing on conservation efforts to save nature's leapers — endangered frogs. There will be educational activities Saturday and a scavenger hunt. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $16.95, $15.95 seniors, $12.50 ages 3-11 at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. www.lowryparkzoo.com.

The chameleon comedian Frank Caliendo from TBS' Frank TV brings his colorful characters to life in the ballroom at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., 5223 Orient Road, Tampa; $45. Call (813) 287-8844.

Xtreme Fighting Championships returns to the St. Pete Times Forum on Sunday in all its violent, mixed-martial-arts glory. Activities begin at noon outdoors on the Chrysler-Jeep Plaza, including a custom motorcycle show, live music and a veterans salute followed by a bikini contest — is this a great country or what? Events begin in the ring at 4 p.m. with first bout at 5:15 p.m. Sunday at the Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $22.75-$52.75. (813) 301-2500. stpetetimesforum.com.

Get a close look at some of the top golfers at the PODS Championship Golf Tournament, a PGA Tour event starting this week and running through March 9. Pro-Am rounds start at 1 p.m. Monday and professional practice rounds are all day Tuesday at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Spectators free Monday, and it's $10 advance, $25 at gate Tuesday, $20 advance $35 at gate Wednesday, $35 advance and $50 at gate March 6-7, $40 advance and $55 at gate March 8-9. Packages available. (727) 942-5566. podschampionship.com.

The gravity-defying dancers of MOMIX aren't so much contortionists as illusionists, using props, light, shadow and humor, not to mention their unbelievably bendable bodies to tell a story at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.50-$49.50. at (813) 229-7827.

Weekend planner 02/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:01am]

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