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  1. Weather cancels First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg


    Friday's popular Get Downtown First</span> Friday event in St. Petersburg was canceled because of the weather, according to the event website. The monthly event that closes off part of Central Avenue downtown features live music and food, with proceeds from beer and wine sales benefiting area organizations. …

  2. Bitter cold (of 50 degrees) cancels St. Pete's First</span> Friday


    Don't laugh, but St. Petersburg's First</span> Friday block party has been canceled because of the cold. …

  3. On your radar: First</span> Friday in St. Pete and an outdoors family flick


    Get Downtown First</span> Friday Music Series: The Tempests provide live music this month at the festivities between Second and Third streets on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. (727) 393-3597. …

  4. Weekend concert roundup: Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, John Lydon, Warrant, Ratt and the Florida Orche stra

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    It was a major weekend for live music in Tampa Bay. Maybe you couldn't get to all the big shows in town, or maybe you stayed firmly on the couch with Netflix. No worries. Check out these reviews from our pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin and correspondent Jim Harper, and you'll feel like you were there. …

    She's still their Cherry Pie. Warrant and Ratt broke in the new concert digs at Ferg's.
  5. Review: Pelican Pop Fe st highlights a busy First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg

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    On Friday, St. Petersburg got it right. …

  6. On your radar: free Edwin McCain show, First</span> Friday in St. Pete and 'Jaws' on a pool float


    Edwin McCain: The singer-songwriter from South Carolina, known for his ballad I'll Be performs a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. …

  7. See photos from First</span> Friday in downtown St. Petersburg

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    Were you dancing in the streets la st night in downtown St. Petersburg? Lots of other folks were, and photographer Andrea Lypka captured photos of the monthly outdoor party,  Get Downtown. Take a look, see who was letting loose on Friday night: …

  8. Football: Northside Chri stian 34, Auburndale Jordan Chri stian 6


    ST. PETERSBURG — For the first</span> 18 scoreless minutes Friday, Auburndale Jordan Christian had ambitions of pulling an upset. The Mustangs put a quick end to that, scoring four times in the last six minutes to take a 28-0 lead into the half. Things only got uglier, as Northside Christian (8-0) forced a running clock for most of the second half. …

  9. Battle Run: Heroes vs. Villains finishers will receive this medal. The 1-mile run/5K is Saturday in Clearwater.
  10. Many in law enforcement oppose proposed open carry law for guns


    Law enforcement officials around Tampa Bay oppose legislation that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to openly carry firearms. …

    Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, testifies during a state redistricting trial in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The League of Women Voters and others challenged the redistricting, saying it violated a 2010 constitutional amendment forbidding political favoritism or incumbent-protection in redrawing the congressional political boundaries. (AP Photo,Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Cotterell, Pool) FLTAL101
  11. Events: Five poets to read at Inkwood on Sept. 24


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  12. Football: St. Petersburg Catholic 14, Poinciana 13


    St. Petersburg Catholic 14, Poinciana 13 …

  13. Saturday's letters: Another nail in Florida's coffin


    Mormons' plan in Florida: homes for 500,000 people | Oct. 19 Another nail in Florida's coffin Another day, another coffin nail for Florida. This story's headline is ju st the newe st twi st on the sad hi story of Florida's de struction. …

  14. Stage Planner: Leonidas Lipovetsky, St. Pete Opera does 'Carmen,' Florida Orche stra tackles Led Zeppelin


        We thought Leonidas Lipovetsky had a remarkable story when the retired Land O'Lakes music professor was continuing a busy career as a concert piani st at age 69. It was nine years ago that he was profiled in the Tampa Bay Times. At 78, he's still going strong.  …

    Brian Shea plays frustrated playwright Sidney Bruhl in Hat Trick Theatre&#8217;s production of Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts.
  15. Music Planner: Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns, Zedd blows minds and reggae rock takes over


    Four years in, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday's strategy of booking more pop-friendly acts seems to be paying off.  …

    Scott Avett, left, and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers.
  16. This week in Tampa: Ribfe st, Zac Brown Band, Brian Wilson, Chaka Khan and more

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    A jam-packed week of music starts Friday with Ribfe st, one of the bigge st annual happenings in Tampa Bay, featuring Bret Michaels, Three Dog Night, Kip Moore (above) and many more. Click here for our full Ribfe st 2015 preview. …

  17. Plan your weekend: July 3-5


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    Fireworks light up the sky above Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.
  18. Art Planner: New shows in Sarasota and a Chad Mize project at The Bends


    So much is happening in the Tampa Bay regional arts scene we forget that farther south, Sarasota remains the matriarch of the arts on Florida's we st coa st where the Ringling complex of museums and performing arts stages rules.  …

    Mabel Poblet, Simply, Beautiful, mixed media, 2015 at Tampa Museum of Art.
  19. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 June 25-July 1


    1 Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail: With much fanfare, the final connection between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties opened June 22. Now joggers, cycli sts and skaters can enjoy panoramic views of Upper Tampa Bay and safe passage between Clearwater and Tampa on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The Hillsborough portion of the trail, completed in 2013, consi sts of 5.5 miles of paved sections and bridge along the south side of the causeway that runs to the Pinellas County line. There is free parking available at Ben T. Davis Beach, 7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, as well as Cypress Point Park, 5620 W Cypress St., and Skyway Park, 3901 George Road, Tampa. On the Pinellas side, it's a bit trickier, with no big parking areas available in the leadup to the causeway, but there are plans in the works to create one in the future, planners have said.  …

    Tiffany Edens, 41, of Tampa takes in the view as she climbs up the big bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. Runners, bicyclists and pedestrians can now traverse the entire span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway from Clearwater to Tampa.
  20. This week in Tampa: Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, Nas, Damien Rice and more

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    A massive weekend in live music, and hip hop rules it all, with shows by Chance the Rapper tonight, Mary J. Blige and Keyshia Cole on Sunday, and the huge H.I.T. Music Fe stival on Saturday, featuring Lil Wayne, Nas, Yo Gotti, Augu st Alsina, DJ Khaled and many more. …

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