FILM FEST: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
This year the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival won't be centered in Tampa Theatre but across the bay in Pinellas County and in sidebar presentations at Tampa venues Friday through Oct. 10. St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater is the festival's setting for opening and closing night celebrations, plus key weekend screenings. The Tampa Theatre said in a statement it was proud to host the festival over the years and, "Our doors are always open." The festival has an ambitious slate of films — 87 in all, from 25 countries — and Orange is the New Black's "Big Boo" is making an appearance. The Palladium's opening night film — presented free of charge — is Kiss Me, Kill Me, an exercise in gay noir. Director Casper Andreas, writer/producer David Michael Barrett and actor Van Hansis are expected to introduce the film and join the after-show party in the theater's cabaret. The film starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. On Saturday the festival welcomes comedian-actor Lea DeLaria, right, from Orange is the New Black for a standup comedy show at 6 p.m., and tickets are $35-$75. See tiglff.com for the film schedule. Single film tickets are $12, $10 for students with proper ID. Children under 18 are admitted free to age-appropriate films. Festival passes are available, ranging from a six-pack of admissions ($60) to the Simply Fabulous VIP access pass ($500).
MAKE NOISE: Library loosens up
The fundraiser for East Lake Community Library on Saturday called You Can't Do That at the Library! sounds like every kid's dream. The old days of whispering in the library are gone for this raucous event with miniature golf in the aisles, rubber chicken corn hole, cheese ball toss, bounce house, carnival games, raffle, pizza, ice cream, food samples and photos with the Chick-fil-A cow. It's $15, $10 ages 3-12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665.
A-MAZE YOURSELF: Corn mazes return
Sure it's 90 percent humidity and still shorts weather, but it is technically fall and you can indulge the fall tradition of getting lost in a corn maze. Just in time for hockey season, Harvestmoon Farm in Masaryktown in Hernando County will debut a 5-acre corn maze on Saturday with the Lightning logo in its design. The ThunderBug mascot and the Lightning Girls will be at the grand opening on Saturday and if you are wearing Lightning gear its $10 (a $2 discount) to run the maze Saturdays and Sundays through November from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 15990 Stur St. See harvestmoonfl.com. The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, with 1.5 miles of paths cut through a 5-acre corn field, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. There's also hay rides, a pumpkin patch, games, food, arts and crafts. $11, $10 children. (770) 862-0655. Or check out Sweetfields Corn Maze in Masaryktown with its 6-acre labyrinth made of corn. They also have hay rides, games, farm animals, pig and rubber duck races, crafts and a tree fort. $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977. Make sure you wear sneakers or hiking boots for these and tote along some water because it is still muggy Florida, after all.
YOU GLOW GIRL: Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure hits the streets at night this year for a glow run or walk with distances ranging from 1 mile to 10K starting at Albert Whitted Airport, 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. It's $30; timed 5K is $35, 10K is $40. Students $25 (untimed only), $10 for kids. The race will be 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday through downtown St. Petersburg. Register at komensuncoast.org.