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Bryan Ward of Orange Springs tends his booth of pepper plants at the 2009 I Like It Hot Festival in Largo. Ward’s variety included tabasco, habanero, jalapeno and jolokia hot peppers.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2009)

Bryan Ward of Orange Springs tends his booth of pepper plants at the 2009 I Like It Hot Festival in Largo. Ward’s variety included tabasco, habanero, jalapeno and jolokia hot peppers.

29 Today

A Couple of Blaguards: A Couple of Blaguards returns to American Stage. Written by brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt, their stage remembrances of growing up in Limerick, Ireland, and emigrating to New York came before Frank's 1996 memoir, Angela's Ashes, which won a Pulitzer Prize, and Malachy's bestseller, A Monk Swimming. 3 p.m. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $24. Call (727) 823-7529.

Dine Tampa Bay 2010: Explore the local culinary scene as area restaurants offer a special menu of three courses (appetizers, entree and dessert) through Sept. 6. For a complete list of restaurants, visit the website. Participating restaurants around St. Petersburg. $25-$35 for prix fixe three-course meal. Visit

Wedding Tasting: Brides and one guest can check out what the Marriott has to offer them for their weddings and receptions. Event includes champagne toast, cuisine tastings, fashion show by Athenas Bridal Boutique, music and dancing. Noon. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. Free (bride and one guest). Call (727) 456-1348.

30 Monday

Auditions for The More the Scarier: Auditions for St. Petersburg Petite Little Theatre, open to all children between the ages of 8 and 14. Everyone who auditions will get a part. Fee is $50 for six weeks of rehearsals, scholarships are available. Audition dates: Aug. 30-31, 3:30-5:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Little Theater, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. Call (727)864-2850.

Tampa Bay Rays: Blue Jays at Rays: Can Tampa Bay win the AL East, or will the Rays have to settle for a wild card spot? 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. Call (888) 326-7297 or visit

31 Tuesday

SPOT Pet Festival & Adoptathon: Stop Pet Overpopulation Together is teaming up with a few local rescue groups for an adoptathon featuring a special $10 vaccine clinic, raffles, and goodie bags. Today thru Friday, September 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. SPOT Spay and Neuter Clinic, 4403 62nd Ave., Pinellas Park. Free. Call (727) 329-8657 or visit

Tequila Tasting: Taste a selection of unique tequilas and Mexican spirits, paired with appetizers in a tasting seminar with guest speakers. 7 p.m. Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $40. Call (727) 896-6372.

1 Wednesday

Metaphor and Mystery: Gallery show featuring paintings by D. Lynn Morris, whose work reflects biblical metaphors or family themes, and works by other Cakewalk artists reflecting the theme of metaphor or mystery. Opens Sept. 1 and continues through Sept. 30 with a reception Sept. 11, in collaboration with Downtown Gallery Walk. 10 a.m. Cakewalk Artists' Co-Op, 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.

Call (727) 410-3874.

2 Thursday

Big Bang Show: Now in its third season, this variety show combines a talent search with off-the-cuff improv overseen by a panel of celebrity judges. The ongoing event features fresh local talent competing for a cash prize. The judges share their opinions but the audience gets the final say. Meet the contestants from 7-8 p.m.; show gets going at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 7 p.m. NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 821-6682.

Blading and Bicycling: Weekly social blade and bike rides. 7 p.m. Tavern at Bayboro, 121 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 544-5586.

Foodies Flavors: Sharpen your home culinary skills with the Phyllo #101 class and discover new recipes with hands-on classes on a variety of cooking techniques and topics. Become a phyllo pastry expert and make brie phyllo cups, apple phyllo cornucopias and more. 6:30 p.m. Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $45 per class. Call (727) 209-1418.

Look Tonight: Glamor and the role it plays in contemporary American culture are explored in this dance/theater work. Presented by Erin Fletcher, Hellen Hansen-French and Erik Wagner, who combine the best of spoken theater with the movement of dance. 7:30 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $20, $15 students/seniors.

Call (727) 895-6620.

3 Friday

Art Walk: Expanded art village with arts and craft vendors, antique dealers, art demonstrations, live entertainment and 20 minute mini-classes in glass blowing at the Industrial Arts Center. In the Gulfport Art District, south of 28th Avenue, on Beach Boulevard. Free trolley rides, pet friendly. 6 p.m. Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 322-5217.

Copper Enameling and Metalsmithing Demonstration: Award-winning sculptor Sean Alton demonstrates his unique large-scale copper enameling technique, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday he'll be joined by Gulfport artist Eric Fulsom, who will show the art of metalsmithing. The Industrial Arts Center invites visitors interested in glass blowing to "Blow a Glass Masterpiece" from 7-10 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk and Gecko Fest festivities. 8 p.m. Industrial Arts Center, 2902 A Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Call (727) 289-9365.

Get Downtown First Friday Music Series: Get downtown and get down with the fun. There's music, food and a lively crowd in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. Join the festivities between Second and Third streets on Central Avenue. Kicking off Labor Day weekend is the music of On Que Players. Proceeds benefit the Breakfast Optimist Club. 5:30 p.m. Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations from 30th Street to the Pier, St. Petersburg. Free; refreshments extra. Call (727) 393-3597 or visit

Senior Excursions: Don't sit at home. Join other seniors for adventure and fun on these weekly "Luncheon Excursions." This week, hop on the bus bound for the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. 9 a.m. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. $10 residents, $12.50 non-residents. Call (727) 363-9245 or visit

4 Saturday

Corvettes at the Pier: Annual Corvette show by the Suncoast Corvette Association featuring 100 or more cars from 1953 to present, entertainment, drawings and more. Prizes for best custom, best of class (in each class), "Picturizzit's Favorite," "Best Club Participation" and "Pier's Choice." 9 a.m. at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 686-2131.

Geckofest: Whimsical family street festival and walking parade with a gecko theme celebrates Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. Children's area includes camel rides, inflatable habitat trails, human hamster wheel, six-set obstacle course, video games and giveaways. It all ends with the famous Street Dance (8 p.m.). Noon. Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. Call (727) 322-5217 or visit

I Like It Hot FestivaL | Today

The 10th annual I Like It Hot Festival and BBQ will feature hot and fiery foods and sauces to sample and purchase, a pepper eating contest, and amateur hot sauce and salsa competitions. Free parking. 11 a.m. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. $5 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. Call (727) 423-8433 or visit

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