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5 things to do under $5 March 17-23: General Tso documentary, free Crystal Gayle show, Dogs in Art

1 The Search for General Tso: As part of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg's Food for Thought Lecture Series, you can see this documentary, followed by a talk with director Ian Cheney. The film was a critic's favorite at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, using the Americanized dish to track the history of Chinese immigration in America. The film, talk and parking is free 7 p.m. Monday at USF's Lowell E. Davis Memorial Hall, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. RSVP requested at usfsp.edu/foodforthought.

2 Dogs in Art: The Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa has a new exhibit that brings together paintings, sculptures and Victorian-era decorative arts featuring man's best friend. The museum, with its Victorian era architecture, felt like it was natural fit since the variety of works will include Dash, one of the most famous 19th century dogs and Queen Victoria's favorite pet. On Friday, William Secord, an authority on 19th century dog paintings, will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. at the Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, and then visitors are welcome to visit the exhibit at no charge. Regular admission is $10, $5 for children.

3 Country in the Park: Pinellas Park's annual festival in England Brothers Park will have a carnival and loads of free activities, not the least of which is a free concert by country star Crystal Gayle (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue) on Saturday. The Pinellas Park Firefighters' annual Chili Blaze cook-off is 6-11 p.m. Friday with $10 tasting tickets, but the rest is free Thursday to Sunday at 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

4 St. Petersburg International Baseball: The sixth season features international teams going to bat with MLB prospect teams. This week features free Australia vs. Europe games at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday at Huggins-Stengel Field, 1320 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Games at Walter Fuller Baseball Complex, 7901 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, are $5, with Team Canada vs. the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. Friday; Canada vs. Europe at 10 a.m. Saturday; Australia vs. Canada at 2 p.m. Saturday; Tampa Bay Rays vs. Canada at 1 p.m. Sunday.

5 Crab and Shrimp Festival: This festival marks the first big party at the SunWest waterfront park near Aripeka that opened last July 4. There will be fresh seafood, a bounce house, rock wall climbing, an arts and craft show, boat show, sand sculptures, island music and an appearance by NASCAR driver Cody Lane. Free admission 5-9 p.m. Friday and $5 admission 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday for adults; free for kids 12 and under and active military at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. (727) 674-1464.

5 things to do under $5 March 17-23: General Tso documentary, free Crystal Gayle show, Dogs in Art 03/16/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:39am]
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