American Stage in the Park: 23rd Annual event features The Pirates Of Penzance, 8 p.m. today through May 5, Demens Landing, Bayshore Drive and First Avenue SE. A swashbuckling musical theater under the stars for the whole family by Gilbert and Sullivan. Park opens 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs. Reserved seating available. $11-$26. Call 823-7529 or check the Web at www.americanstage.org.
"How to Think about Movies That Don't Make Sense": How does one think about films that lack rational explanation? Nathan Andersen explores several strategies for making sense of films that don't fit conventional narrative patterns, 7:30 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave, N, St. Petersburg. Andersen teaches philosophy and film at Eckerd College. Free. Call 895-6620.
Festival of Radiant Peace: All ages are invited to events ranging from interactive museum tours and family activities to a nature walk, Wednesday through April 13 at the International Museum of Radiant Peace, 5601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, and Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole. The 22 year-old nonprofit educational charity aims to inspire, encourage and promote radiant peace, which is seen as natural, whole, universal, harmless, benevolent energy within all of us. It is not political or religious. Call 343-8212 for more details or check the Web at www.radiantpeace.org.
Africanized bees in Florida and the Southeast: Understand where these bees came from, how they have affected the European honeybee and the effect of their invasion on our docile, native pollinators, 7 p.m., Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Jerry Hayes, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry shows how to recognize a potentially Africanized colony, what to do and the negative impacts of overreacting to the presence of nonthreatening insects. Free. Registration required. Call 582-2673.
Movies under the stars: Agent Cody Banks (PG), 8 p.m., Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. Bring chairs and blankets. Popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Free. Call 391-8345.
Festival of States event: Jazz concert and competition, 10 a.m., Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 321-9888 or check the Web at www.festivalofstates.com.
"Woven Threads through Time, The Maya Art of Backstrap Weaving": Dr. Gabrielle Vail of New College of Florida explores the work of contemporary Maya weavers and their predecessors as recorded in Maya books and art, 7 p.m., Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. Best for adults. Free. Registration required. Call 453-6500.
Pinocchio: The story of a puppet who dreams of being a boy is adapted for the stage by Gidget Cross and presented by the Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N, Broyhill Plaza, Pinellas Park. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday (April 11 only) and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 27. $6, a family five-pack for the same performance is $25. Call 822-6194, e-mail [email protected] or check the Web at www.VenueActorStudio.org.
Water for wildlife: First in an Earth Day series of backyard wildlife habitat presentations that promote understanding and protection of our natural world, 2 p.m., Weedon Island Preserve. Learn about the value of birdbaths and small ponds as excellent ways to attract wildlife to the back yard. In addition to their wildlife value, these water features can serve as attractive focal points in residential landscapes. Best for adults and suitable for children 12 and older. Free. Registration required. Call 453-6500.
Healthy Kids Day: The YMCA helps kids put play in their day emphasizing the importance of daily activity and proper nutrition, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jim and Heather Gills YMCA, 3200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Event features activities and games that show children that being active can be fun, with a fitness course, bounce house, carnival games, African drumming, balloon demonstrations, face painting, goody bags and refreshments. A representative from the Pinellas County Extension Office will host healthy cooking classes to teach parents not only the importance of good nutrition but how to make healthy, kid-friendly foods. Free. Call 895-9622.
Suncoast Mustang Club's Second Annual Spring Fling car show: Registration 8-10 a.m., judging 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., awards 3 p.m., Town Square Plaza Park, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Come out and see the classic and new Mustangs. A new "Work In Progress class" has been added to the show for those who haven't quite finished restoring or modifying their car. Refreshments available. Spectators free. Call 573-9696; or check the Web at www.restomodplus.com.
Festival of States Day Parade: Bands, floats and clowns fill the streets, 10 a.m., begins at Central Avenue and Fifth Street, heads east to Bayshore Drive and north to North Shore Park. Call 321-9888 or check www.festivalofstates.com.
Florida Gulfcoast Harley Owners Group motorcycle show and competition: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., South Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue N and North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. Spectators free. Call 321-9888 or check the www.festivalofstates.com.
Family Funfest: Family event with two stages of entertainment, make-n-take crafts, Radio Disney and more, noon -4 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, after the Festival of States Day Parade. Free. Some venues require a purchased ticket. Call 321-9888.
Take a Walk on the Art Side: Gallery walk throughout downtown St. Petersburg, starting at 5:30 p.m. See what's new at downtown galleries, meet artists and gallery owners. Hop aboard the Jitney van for a flier that lists participating galleries and restaurants with special offers. For more information, call 821-6767 or check the Web at www.stpetearts.org.
Pinchas Zukerman: The violinist conducts and plays with the Florida Orchestra, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $21-$56. Call 892-5767 or check the Web at www.mahaffeytheater.com.
Floral Reflections, Architecture and Art: Opening party for the Art in Bloom exhibit, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Dinner buffet, wine and cocktails, music, dancing and a silent art auction featuring works by leading Tampa Bay artists. $85, patron tickets $150. Complimentary valet parking. Dress is cocktail chic. For reservations, call Suzanne MacDougald at 822-9040. For information, call 896-2667 or visit the Web at www.fine-arts.org.