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Author Judy Blume poses in her New York apartment May 1, 1998. Blume, whose books have long been favorites of pre-teen girls, hopes to bring her readers full circle with "Summer Sisters," her first adult novel in ten years. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Author Judy Blume poses in her New York apartment May 1, 1998. Blume, whose books have long been favorites of pre-teen girls, hopes to bring her readers full circle with "Summer Sisters," her first adult novel in ten years. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: Meet dozens of published authors at the 23rd annual festival with author talks and signings. Judy Blume, internationally beloved by young readers, brings her fourth novel for adults to the 23rd annual book festival. 10 a.m., University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8435.

95.7 Beats By The Bay: Sexy singer-actor, Tyrese Gibson whose latest album Black Rose debuted at No.1 will headline the inaugural R & B festival. Joining him on the lineup are Anthony Hamilton, Blackstreet, 112, Whodini and Rob Base. 5 p.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $45.50-$250. (813) 832-1000.

Guavaween: Now a ticketed party instead of a street parade, this year's Guavaween takes on a post-apocalyptic theme in a Mad Max-style setting and steam punk fashion. Live music includes AC/DC tribute band Highway to Hell. 21 and older only. 6 p.m., Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. $12-$25 general; $65-$85 VIP. (813) 248-2954.

Tampa Pig Jig: The family friendly festival on the waterfront includes 50 barbecue teams, local celebrity judging and live music by the Grammy-winning Eli Young Band and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish. Noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $25, 11 and younger free. (813) 224-0444.

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: More than 40 chalk artists will adorn the sidewalks and promenades with creative works of art as they compete for prizes and awards. Also, a kid's zone, arts and crafts vendors, music and a silent auction. Benefits the Visual Arts Scholarship. 9 a.m., Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. Free. (727) 447-7600.

Jennifer Nettles: The Grammy-nominated country superstar embarks on the headlining Playing With Fire tour in support of her forthcoming second solo album with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.75-$82.25. (727) 791-7400.

Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta: The giant Mexican celebration honoring lost loved ones includes arts and crafts, authentic Mexican food, pinatas, face painting, Groupo Folklorico Mahetzy, wearable art fashion contest and a candlelit procession. 1 p.m., Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Free. (727) 734-9226.

Joey Bada$$: The 20 year-old Brooklyn rapper brings an entourage of openers including fellow hip-hop artists, Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru and Nyck Caution. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30-$115. (813) 248-9500.

Mark Viera: Hailing from the Bronx, the "Latin Prince" has a Showtime special called Tales of Nuyorican, appeared on 30 Rock, and toured with singer Marc Anthony. 7:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000;

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons: Performing one of classical music's most recognizable works, the concert features violinist Lara St. John. The program will also include Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 and The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Piazzolla. Before your go, watch St. John on YouTube play Vivaldi with a camera strapped to her head. It's worth 1,000 violin lessons. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.


Village Fall Festival: Decorated cars will have their trunks open and filled with candy for trick or treating at this festival with pumpkin painting, a bounce house, cookie decorating, face painting, games and photo opportunities. Costumes are encouraged. 10 a.m., Village Presbyterian Church, 13115 S Village Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 961-4115.


SEASON PREMIERE Da Vinci's Demons, 8 p.m., Starz. When the third and final season begins, Leonardo da Vinci's (Tom Riley) world is about to come crashing down as the city of Otranto is brutalized by an Ottoman invasion. Even worse, the enemy is using weapons inspired by Leo's own secret blueprints.


There is no cover charge for Saturday's show by Denise Moore and Then Some at Moscato's Bella Cucina. Thursday's Weekend section contained an incorrect price.


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    Bars & Spirits

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