1Jazz Scores of Film Noir: The [email protected] put together this film festival based on the jazzy soundtracks created by influential composers and musicians as part of the gallery's year-long Harlem Renaissance Initiative. Known for a gritty edge, melodrama, and often featuring a femme fatale, the film noir era remains a popular draw. At just $5 per film, you can see 1959's Odds Against Tomorrow with Harry Belafonte and Ed Begley at 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 9 p.m. they will screen Blake Edwards' Experiment in Terror, the 1962 thriller starring Lee Remick and Glenn Ford. The festival continues at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday with Louis Malle's Elevator to the Gallows and Sweet Smell of Success, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. It wraps up at 6 p.m. Sunday with Anatomy of a Murder (above), the 1959 Otto Preminger film starring Jimmy Stewart, Remick, George C. Scott and Ben Gazzara, with music by Duke Ellington. It's lauded by film critics as one of the best courtroom dramas ever made, and Ellington's masterful score interweaves blues, swing and classical influences in the film. Tickets available at the door at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
2Pasco Parks and Rec Anniversary: We're certain Amy Poehler's character would be pleased that Pasco County's Parks and Recreation workers are celebrating the department's 40th anniversary with a day of play at various locations across the county Saturday. There's a free day of play on the beach at Anclote River Park, 1119 Bailies Bluff Road, in Holiday. Or check out the "build and create" fun set up at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Or join in the Chalk the Walk, where artists of all ages can create works of art with chalk at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. It all starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Free.
3Friday Flight: Tampa International Airport's monthly entertainment series gets an early start on St. Patrick's Day by inviting revelers to wear green and kick up your heels with the Irish Buskers, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third floor of the main terminal between Airsides A and C. The entertainment also includes a special performance by dancers from the Scariff-Hardiman School of Irish Dance. Free.
4Tampa Bay Flute Choir: This chamber ensemble Sunday consists of a range of extensions of the flute family, like a flight of twittering birds, at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace in St. Petersburg. Sunday's performance is entitled, "Journey Through the Seasons," and it features music for flutes of all sizes and shapes and music specifically written for such ensembles. Hear it at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 515 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free.
5Victorian Picnic in the Park: Like a scene out of Sunday in the Park with George, the annual picnic in the park at the Henry B. Plant Museum gets you into a low-key Victorian mindset with a barber shop quartet and community bands, a live theater performance, Victorian games including horseshoes and badminton and free ice cream. Bring lunch, coolers, chairs and blankets for a picnic under the shade of the stately DeSoto oak tree. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but you need to get there early to stake out a good spot. A theater performance from the Museum's Upstairs/Downstairs series will be at 2 p.m. Admission is free, and $1 museum admission will be offered at the museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. on the campus of the University of Tampa.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer