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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. Secret's out on St. Pete's newe st speakeasy — here's the Proof


    Everyone talks about be st-kept secrets, but it's hard to find the real thing. Proof Cocktail Club in downtown St. Petersburg may not be a secret to everyone, but it's managed to keep an impressively low profile since it quietly opened in January, despite having one of the be st cocktail li sts in town. …

    Bar manager Pete Ketchum, right, and a few of Proof&#8217;s creative cocktails, above. The Chai Bye Cocktail, left: Papas Pilar Blonde, fresh lemon, chai syrup, egg white and burnt star anise. The Jalisco Hibiscus Mule: Milagro Tequila, muddled ginger and mint, lime, hibiscus-infused agave nectar and topped with ginger beer. &#3;Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  4. 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. …

  5. Review: Pelican Pop Fe st highlights a busy First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg

    Sound Check

    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. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5, Jan. 29-Feb. 4


    1 Young Eagles Flight Rally: Let the kids get behind the controls of a plane? Why not? Kids ages 8 to 17 can actually take flight and explore the world of aviation for free. Volunteer pilots will take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first</span>. Young Eagle certificates are awarded on completion of the program and each child's name is entered into the "World's Largest Logbook" at the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Adventure Museum. Weather will be monitored. Check for possible cancellation. Free, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Albert Whitted Airport, 540 First</span> St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-1532.  …

    This year&#8217;s Kumquat Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Dade City. The event celebrates the distant Asian relative of the citrus family
  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 30


    Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Party with the Commodores: The late '70s funk and soul group, the Commodores headline the new Gasparilla warm up party with the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Daniel B. Marshall opening. 6 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $30.  …

  10. Man convicted of murder in St. Petersburg killing


    A St. Petersburg man was convicted Friday of first</span>-degree murder for shooting another man at a local nightclub. …

  11. Dancin' in the street


    LARA CERRI | Times  …

    Barbara and Ryan Beck of Philadelphia dance to the tunes of The Billy Rice Band during First Friday in downtown St. Petersburg June 6, 2014. The Central Avenue crowd danced and sang along to the band, who covered tunes by The Greg Kihn Band, The Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire. The event is held between Second and Third streets South every first Friday of the month, from 5:30-10 p.m.
  12. SoundCheck: Chris Cage, Hoodie Allen among top live music picks


    Chris Cagle With Lyndsey Highlander Details: Friday 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $15-$30. (813) 987-2855. …

    International DJ/producer Ferry Corsten spins an 8-hour set in celebration of the 250th episode of his Corsten&#8217;s Countdown radio show live at SiriusXM Studio in New York City.
  13. Plan your weekend Feb. 27-March 1


    Plan your weekend Berry bash …

    Amy Ray, left, and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls.
  14. Ticket Window: Santana, Diana Ross


    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week: • Santana, 7 p.m. May 8 at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, $89-$179.50, on sale at noon Friday at the box office, 400 First</span> St. S, St. Petersburg, or online at, or by calling (727) 893-7832. …

  15. Something new in St. Petersburg: Third Thursdays in the Edge


    ST. PETERSBURG — A new addition to the city's social scene will launch this month in the city's Edge Di strict, which stretches along Central Avenue from 16th to Martin Luther King Jr. streets.  …

    Barbara and Ryan Beck of Philadelphia dance to the Billy Rice Band on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue during the First Friday event in June. [Times]
  16. This week in Tampa: Strawberry Fe stival, Indigo Girls, Miranda Sings, Chris Tomlin and more

    Sound Check

    Are you heading to Plant City tonight for the kickoff of the Florida Strawberry Fe stival? Good! The 11-day affair features a ton of country music talent (Hunter Hayes, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Brett Eldredge and more) as well as a few Oscar-winning A-li sters (Kevin Co stner, above, and John Legend) on this year's bill. It runs tonight through March 8 at the Strawberry Fe stival grounds. If you've missed our previews so far, here's a look at the lineup, here's our interview with Hunter Hayes, and here's our interview with Scotty McCreery. …

  17. Football: Bradenton Manatee 52, St. Petersburg 31


    BRADENTON — Johnnie Lang rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns as Manatee rallied from an early first</span> half deficit to defeat St. Petersburg 52-31 Friday at Frank Hawkins Stadium. …

  18. Florida Orche stra expands Pops in the Park with food, more music


    If you want to scope out the ideal spot for your white tablecloth picnic — heck, we've even seen tables, chairs and china — for the Florida Orche stra's wildly popular Pops in the Park concert, you have to get to Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg's waterfront early. You and 10,000 other people, by some e stimates.  …

    Janice Clifton and Ross Johnson both of St. Petersburg enjoy a picnic just before the Pops in the Park performance by the Florida Orchestra at Vinoy Park in 2013.
  19. SoundCheck: DMX, Winter Jam among top live music picks


    Lettuce With Break Science Details: Friday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045. …

    Rapper DMX missed a performance at Jannus Landing in November. He&#8217;s slated to be there on Friday.
  20. SoundCheck: Donna the Buffalo among top live music picks


    Donna the Buffalo With Lanzallamas (Tues.), Under The Willow (Wed.) Details: Tuesday-Wednesday 8 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25-$40. (813) 971-0666. …

    EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

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