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Events around the Tampa Bay area

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Marking its 20th anniversary, the fest has not only survived but thrived. Now it's time to celebrate, starting with a red carpet event at 6 p.m. Thursday and the featured film Englishman in New York at 7. Tickets are $9.50, available at the box office or online at cliptampabay.com. Films and parties run through Oct. 18, mainly at the Tampa Theatre.

U2: When the most massive rock stars on the planet come to town on Friday, they might be outshined by their own monstrous stage. "The Claw" takes four days to build and might light up half of Tampa. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, with opener Muse. Tickets are $30-$250. Toll-free, 1-877-598-8698 or livenation.com.

Flavor of Jazz IV: Enjoy an evening of music with the Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman and the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band, and sample food from more than 20 restaurants at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $48; VIP tickets are $93 and include a premium seat, early admission at 5 p.m., complimentary beer and wine during the tasting and a meet and greet with members of the Rippingtons. Proceeds benefit the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute jazz program at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday educational programs. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit rutheckerdhall.com.

Tastes of Greece: Enjoy flavors of Greece, sounds of the Islanders Band, dancing by Kefi Dancers, and treats. Tours of the church throughout day. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. $1 entry/food, festivities priced separately. Call (727) 345-8235 or visit ststefanos.org.

Gulfport's 99th Birthday Bash: On Saturday there will activities for kids, mullet toss, music, traditional fish fry, hot dogs and birthday cake. 4 to 9 p.m. Gulfport Historical Society Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S. Free. Call (727) 327-8370.

Events around the Tampa Bay area 10/04/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2009 7:43pm]
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