4200 54th Ave. S
St. Petersburg, (727) 864-7979
Presidential Events Series — lecture/book signing, "On John Muir's Trail: Nature in an Age of Liberal Principles," by Donald Worster, 4 p.m. today, Fox Hall
Donald Worster is professor of U.S. history, environmental studies, director of the graduate program at the University of Kansas, and the author of the recent publication, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. Worster is primarily interested in the ways the natural world has impinged on human society and provided the context for human life over time.
International Cinema Series — Tulpan, 7 p.m. Friday, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Sergey Dvorsevoy, in Kazakh and Russian, 100 min., 2008. Celebrated Kazakh documentary filmmaker Sergey Dvorsevoy won the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes for this, his first dramatic feature. Asa, a young nomad who, having completed his military service, wants to return home and become a sheep farmer. He must first be married and the only eligible woman within many miles is not interested.
St. Petersburg College
6605 Fifth Ave. N
St. Petersburg, (727) 341-4360
St. Petersburg College Band Concert, narration by John Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, SPC Music Center
Edwin Eugene Bagley: National Emblem
Charles Ives/orch. William Rhoads after William Schuman: Variations of America
Thomas Albert: A Maze with Grace
Aaron Copland: Walter Beeler: A Lincoln Portrait, John Wilson, narrator
Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music: Nocturne and Wedding March
The St. Petersburg College Helios Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N
The 22-member jazz big band is a resident ensemble at St. Petersburg College. The group, directed by Dr. David Manson, with guest saxophonist Butch Thomas, will perform swing, Latin, bebop and jazz standards. Admission is $10.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Ave. S
St. Petersburg, (727) 873-4456
"Survival of the Misfits: Why Most Sperm are Duds and Other Interesting Tales of Evolution," 4 p.m. today, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library Science Café
Deby Cassill, Ph.D., associate professor of biology. Free and open to the public.
"Containers, Contradictions, and the Environmental Imagination: Notes on American Cities, Regions, and Regionalism." 6 tonight, Davis Hall, Room 242
Mark Luccarelli, Ph.D., from the American Studies Program at the University of Oslo (Norway) will give an illustrated talk. Free.
The Vagina Monologues, 8 tonight, Campus Activities Center, Second Street and Sixth Avenue S
This benefit production by USFSP students is meant to raise awareness and funds for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls. General admission: $10. Students: $5.
Spring College Day, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday,
Campus Activities Center, Second Street and Sixth Avenue S
Prospective students and their families are invited to Spring College Day, where they can learn about academics, admissions, financial aid and student life at USF St. Petersburg. Campus tours will be available. Admissions Office will waive application fees for students who apply to USFSP during Spring College Day. Free. Call (727) 873-4879.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Legacy of African-American Achievement, 1 p.m. Sunday, Campus Activities Center, Second Street and Sixth Avenue S
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar highlights the lives of America's greatest black heroes. Presented by the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture Series at the College of Education. Free. Doors will open at noon.
The Times lists university and college educational lectures and programs open to the public. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Send information at least two weeks in advance to Alicia Olazabal, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.