Band concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Barry Riley, presents a free concert, 4 p.m., Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Call 584-1391.
Sickle Cell Dinner and Jazz Extravaganza: This 16th annual event features the music of the Florida International Jazz and Blues Band and guest artists. Plus dinner, dancing and door prizes, 5-9 p.m., Hilton St. Petersburg, 333 First St. S. Proceeds benefit the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association. $40 at the door. Call 896-2355.
Emit Concert Series, O Som Do Jazz: Join the Brazilian band as it performs bossa nova and samba-jazz from the new release, Infinita Bossa, 3 p.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Features Rio de Janeiro vocalist Andrea Moraes Manson. $10. Call 895-6620.
Made in the USA, Strike Up the Band: The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet performs a program that encompasses classical, jazz, Broadway and ragtime, 7:30 p.m., Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $12-$17. Call 822-3590.
Kitty talk: A fun and informative evening for owners of kittens up to 4 months old, 6:30 p.m., SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. $15, free to SPCA adopters. Register at www.SPCATampaBay.org or call 586-3591, ext. 167.
Arms and the Man: The Gulfport Community Players perform the comedy by George Bernard Shaw today through March 23, Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Runs 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Free parking. $15; students $10. Call 322-0316 or 893-1070.
A Salute to the Big Bands: The Nate Najar Trio with Harry Allen on tenor sax explores the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, Woody Herman and more from the era of the big bands, 7:30 p.m., Palladium. $20. Call 822-3590.
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: More than 115 national and international dealers selling rare and out-of-print books and vintage Floridiana, 5:30-9:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10, three-day pass; $6 single day. Also lectures and author book signings. Call 892-5202.
Tampa Bay Boat Show: Three-day event showcasing area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies and accessories, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Plus Florida fishing school seminar series with St. Petersburg Times outdoors writer Terry Tomalin and friends. $2, under 16 free. Call 893-8523.
Chili Blaze: Sample more than 40 recipes with a $7 armband, 6-11 p.m., England Brothers Band Shell, 5000 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Plus music, bike show, crafts. Proceeds benefit Tampa Bay Muscular Dystrophy Association. Go to chiliblaze.com or call 687-4494.