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MLK celebration joins weekly calendar of events

Shauna Jones has a vision for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration titled Urban Demeanor that her company is hosting in St. Petersburg on Saturday. She hopes to see families joining together to celebrate the man who inspired so many.

"Urban Demeanor is a day for families in the community to come out and celebrate the life, legacy, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's an event where all people can appreciate and reflect on his vision," said Jones, who is the president of Classie Entertainment Agency and a resident of St. Petersburg.

The festivities will take place in the old Kmart parking lot on 34th Street S and will run from noon to 7 p.m. Features include a car show and bounce houses and games for the kids. For those with an appetite, smoked barbecue might be in order. Admission is free; so is parking.

There will be live R&B music playing throughout the day and vendors selling clothing, barbecue, Caribbean cuisine, seafood, wings, fruit and more. The Blue Nile Food store in St. Petersburg will offer Southern cuisine.

Jones predicts the car show will be the highlight of the event. "Both kids and adults love extravagant cars," she said.

Vehicles of all makes and models are expected to delight car enthusiasts of all ages, and perhaps evoke a few oohs and aahs. Last year, one of the vehicles had SpongeBob SquarePants painted on the hubcaps. Another featured a 50-inch plasma TV and video game system mounted in the bed of a truck for children to play with.

"Unique styles will be displayed from different areas of the state and there is still time to register," said Jones.

Car show categories include Dunk Chevy, Way Back When, SUV, Motorcycle, Best Interface, New School, Best Sound and Best Paint Job. Awards will be given for each category, but the biggest prize, the "2010 Urban Stunna," honors the most stunning car. Jones said judges will select the winners, who will be presented with plaques and other gifts.

Urban Demeanor is the "perfect name" for this event, said Jones, who came up with it when she thought of a community coming together to achieve unity and embrace diversity. She wanted to create a family-friendly event with a community-oriented atmosphere.

"I would say if you're looking for a fun, wholesome, daytime event with variety for all ages, then this is the event to attend," said Jones.

10 Today

Collectors Circle Lecture: "Fernando Botero and the Art of Radical Stylization," presented by Dr. Don Bacigalupi, director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. $15, $8 MFA members. Call (727) 896-2667.

Ryan Montbleau Band: Band members Jason Cohen, Ryan Montbleau, Matt Giannaros, Laurence Scudder and James Cohen are generating a buzz as the top new jam band in the country. 6 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. Call (727) 323-2787.

11 Monday

Auditions for The Sunshine Boys: Needed are two men able to play age 70-80, one man age 35-45, one woman age 25-40 and a Hispanic or black woman age 35-55. All readings from script. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg Little Theater, 4025 31st St. S. Call (727) 866-1973.

Dalí Museum 365 day countdown: Museum supporters will join in celebrations as Mayor Bill Foster, museum director Hank Hine and other St. Petersburg notables share their visions of the future. 11 a.m. New Dalí Museum site, corner of Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 823-3767.

Radio theater project: Authentic radio theater, complete with sound effects, narrated and announced by Ron Satlof. Live performances include Loss of Appetite by David Kranes, performed by Rich and Mimi Rice; Some Say Fire by Eric Ramsey, performed by Eugenie Bondurant and Paul Wilborn; Alice's Brother, a short story by Peter Meinke, performed by Hersha Parady and Julia Flood. Program will be recorded live for broadcast on WMNF's Soundstage. 7 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can at the door. Call (727) 895-6620.

12 Tuesday

Hangin' With Steve: A Sondheim Cabaret: The American Stage Youth Ensemble presents a program of Sondheim compositions from favorite musicals, including Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Assassins, and Sunday in the Park with George. This limited engagement benefits American Stage Educational Community Programming, which lost 80 percent of its funding this year due to state funding cuts. 7 p.m. Cabaret Space at American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $5; cash only. Call (727) 823-7529.

Search engine optimization (SEO): This is the first part of a three part Web site series. Cost is $20 per session, payable to SCORE/Chapter 15. Recommended prerequisites are effective use of the computer in small business marketing and advertising. Call or go to for registration or information. 6 to 8 p.m. St. Petersburg Business Assistance Center, 440 Second Ave. N. $20. Call (727) 893-7146 or visit

13 Wednesday

Coffee talk: Nan Colton's Dora Maar: Two Aspects in a Face tour, and refreshments. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Included with admission. Call (727) 896-2667 or visit

Wine 101: Casual wine class with sommelier Jodi

Fritch shows how to identify grapes by aroma and flavor, basic tasting, food pairing guidelines and more. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Lou's Wine Garden, 7800 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. $20 person or $35 per couple. Call (727) 367-1921.

14 Thursday

Icons of Loss lecture: Lecturers Dana Nolan Fewell, professor of biblical literature at Drew University, and Gary A. Phillips, dean and professor of religion at Wabash College, present Icons of Loss: The Haunting Child of Samuel Bak. 6:30 p.m. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. $14, museum members/USF students free. Call (727) 820-0100 or toll-free 1-800-960-7448 to RSVP.

Tampa Bay job fair: Employers showcase their organization and promote available employment opportunities, give tests and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 893-8523 or visit

15 Friday

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: The gallery kicks off its fifth year. 7 to 10 p.m. C. Emerson Fine Arts, 909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 898-6068.

Theater on the Bay: Kids can enjoy a cartoon before viewing Horton Hears a Who at the Point behind the Gulfport Recreation Center. Movie munchies for sale to benefit the Gulfport Teen Council. 6 p.m. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Free. Call (727) 893-1118.

16 Saturday

Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 100 local vendors, including farmers and growers with fresh produce, gourmet foods. Also crafts, prepared foods, live music and entertainment, flowers, plants and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free admission (items individually priced). Call (727) 455-4921.

Mark Twain Tonight: Hal Holbrook as the always bemused Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $34-$54. Call (727) 892-5767 or go to

Poker run benefit: A six stop poker run with prizes, barbecue lunch (at Amvets Post 8), five bands, auctions and more to benefit Paws for Patriots. American Legion Post 104, 7550 60th St. N, Pinellas Park. 10 a.m. $20 per hand; lunch $10. Call (727) 374-4106.

Wing Fest: Taste some yummy chicken wings by numerous area wing restaurants while enjoying live rock music, a Kid's Zone with fun activities, a wing eating contest and much more. Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission; $5 for six wings. Visit


Urban Demeanor

Where: In the parking lot of the former Kmart, 3951 34th St. S,

St. Petersburg

When: noon to 7 p.m. Saturday

For information: Visit or call (727) 776-4555

Admission: Free admission and parking. Concessions available

for purchase.

If you'd like to exhibit your car: Visit the Web site for registration and fee information. All makes and models are welcome.

MLK celebration joins weekly calendar of events 01/09/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 9, 2010 3:30am]
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