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SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR ALL THIS CAT FOOD: Now home to almost 200 exotic felines, Wild Life on Easy Street is a sanctuary for dozens of species: leopards, lynxes, lions and Bengal tigers among them. The park is a refuge for endangered and wounded cats, and maintainance of the 40 acre non-profit center costs more than $600 a day. Wild Life on Easy Street depends solely on its volunteers and the donations it receives from visitors. Events such as the upcoming Y2K-Yes 2 Kats raise money to buy food and build cages. Construction of the new leopard cages alone will cost $2,000. From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, WildLife on Easy Street, in addition to unveiling its new way of showing the cats, will hold a silent auction, serve food (for people) and provide live entertainment. The benefit costs $20. The park is at 12802 Easy Street. For information, call (813) 920-4130.

AN OUTDOOR ATMOSPHERE INDOORS: Many times the atmosphere of a gallery or museum seems a little too formal, too stuffy, like a library. You know the feeling, when you hope you won't have to stifle a sneeze. Even less common than an opportunity to view art in a relaxed, casual environment is a chance to do it while all the artists are present every day of the exhibition. The Professional Association of Visual Artists describes "Cool Days/Hot Art," as "an outdoor art festival in an indoor setting." Thirty-three artists, all members of P.A.V.A., whose works have been shown and sold locally and nationally, will accompany their pieces from 12 to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Special Events Center at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave. For information, call (813) 974-3180.

THIRTY YEARS IS NOTHING: This band has been around since the first time bell-bottoms were in style, but according to the weekly music magazine Billboard, NRBQ "never goes out of style." Known for a stage presence as outrageously entertaining as their 500-song repertoire is diverse, the band since 1994 has recorded two live albums, Tokyo and You Gotta Be Loose, a collection of children's songs, You're Nice People You Are, and the definitive NRBQ. Rock ballads, country music parodies, polka, jazz: The band has played all styles of music, gotten tired of them, mixed them up and changed them around just to keep themselves and their fans interested. According to the band's biography from Rounder Records, blues queen Bonnie Raitt once called NRBQ, "the best band in the universe." As the 30th Anniversary Tour winds down, the band will drop by Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 the day of the show. For information, call (813) 971-0666.