What to do today
Yappy Hour: Got a Picasso-loving poodle? Your retriever favors Rembrandt? Bring 'em out at Yappy Hour (on a leash) for a raffle and silent auction to benefit the Humane Society of Pinellas. Free refreshments will be on hand, but don't expect champagne for your chihuahua. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nature of Art Gallery, 1100 4th St. N. St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-6700.
Kamelot: Tampa Bay's own Kamelot launches its latest nationwide tour tonight on home turf. It's amazing these guys don't have a larger following considering they've produced eight studio albums, two live albums and a live DVD. Their progressive, moody metal might not be catching on here but it sounds like the perfect soundtrack to the next Matrix movie. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $22 day of show. (727) 895-3045. statetheatreconcerts.com.
Blues Traveler: Now, chances are you've heard of this group. Who could forget the late '90s when overweight lead singer John Popper was honkin' on that harmonica so hard you thought he was going to blow a gasket on stage? He's lost quite a bit of weight since, but the band hasn't lost any of its mojo, blasting out Southern-rock blues jams until someone shuts off the power. 8 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 896-2276. jannuslandingconcerts.com.
The Kite Runner: Got some time to kill this air-conditioned afternoon? Nothing fills the hours like being absorbed in a great movie. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Amir and Hassan, two young Afghan boys coming of age during the nation's tumultuous recent history. Uplifting? Sorta. Dramatic? Absolutely. Best part: It's free. Call ahead, though, because reservations are required. And leave the kids at home; this one is for grownups. 1 p.m. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-4922.
— Adam Newman firstname.lastname@example.org