Plan your weekend
Wild at Heart Today may be Valentine's Day, but this progressive dinner with stories about the pairing, partnering and mating habits of the Lowry Park Zoo's residents runs through the weekend. There even may be some live hanky panky going on. Be warned that this event usually sells out. 21 and older only. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $65, $60 pass members. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.
Florida State Fair The state fair heads into its final week with some big-name concerts, more than 80 rides, games, animal exhibits and, of course, lots of fried stuff that has no business being fried. This year, the fair will be celebrating Florida's 500th anniversary of the arrival of Ponce de Leon to Florida, and it's $5 admission for everyone after 5 p.m. Some of the concerts this week include the Gainesville punk band Less Than Jake tonight at 7:30 ($10-$15) and country star LeAnn Rimes on Monday night at 7:30. ($25-$35). The fair closes on Monday, President's Day, with free admission to all area students. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821. Fair hours vary. Go to floridastatefair.com for details and discount days.
Barenaked Ladies The lively alternative bunch out of Ontario, Canada, will perform for Busch Gardens' Bands, Brews & BBQ Series on Sunday. BNL keeps it light and playful when it comes to music. And their stage performance doubles as a quasi-comedy routine as they engage in witty banter with each other and the crowd. Even though co-founding singer Steven Page is long gone, the rest of the group still embodies the quirky sensibilities that brought them to fame in the mid-to-late '90s with hits like One Week and Pinch Me. See them Sunday at 5 p.m. at Busch Gardens. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600.
Brian Regan The hugely popular comic grew up in Miami and cut his teeth in Florida comedy clubs. Now he's one of the biggest touring comics in America — and for the most part, he does it with an entirely clean act. That hasn't stopped him from making fans of edgier comics like Marc Maron, who has said, "If I need a laugh, I'll listen to Brian Regan." He performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets are $42.50. See strazcenter.org.
Take the kids
Rays Fan Fest This free day at Tropicana Field is usually mobbed, but it gets you primed for baseball season. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with setups to meet players, run the bases, tour the clubhouse and shop the Rays Charity Yard Sale with game-used jerseys, balls and autographed memorabilia up for sale, dating to the inaugural season.
Nuclear Cowboyz With high-flying motocross stunts and X Games riders like Ronnie Faisst and Taka Higashino, the show is a flurry of pyrotechnics and lasers, all synchronized to heavy metal and dubstep. $10-$20 for ages 2-15; adults $20-$50; VIP $100. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]