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27 Today

Art exhibit: The Tampa Museum of Art hosts an opening reception for The Big Picture: 2006 Photographer Laureate Steven S. Gregory. Today's reception will be the first public exhibit of Gregory's photographer laureate pictures. The exhibit runs through Sept. 16. Reception, 6-9 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; free for members, $10 for nonmembers; normal admission is $3-$8. Call 274-8130.

Marilyn Manson: Known for his shock rock music, Manson and his band have become famous for their controversial content. Today, Manson performs with supporting acts Slayer, Bleeding Through and others. 6 p.m., Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. $27.50-$55. Call 287-8844.

28 Saturday

Thomas and friends Live: Thomas the toy train and his friends have made their way from TV to the stage via a production entitled Thomas Saves the Day. The show follows Thomas and his engine friends as they work together to get the railroad ready for Sodor's Magic Lantern Festival. Along the way, they encounter life lessons ranging from friendship to cooperation. 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m., today and Sunday; Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $12.50-$35.50. Call 229-7827.

Summer concert: Few things can distract Floridians from the sweltering summer heat like a free concert. Centro Ybor hosts a live concert featuring Latin, calypso and jazz music. 6-10 p.m.; Centro Ybor Courtyard, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa; free. Call 242-4660.

29 Sunday

Summer Classic Movie Series, A Hard Day's Night: Richard Lester's original classic captures the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo at the height of the Beatles' musical career. It's a wildly irreverent day in the life of the Beatles as they prepare for a big TV appearance, perform songs, look for adventure and try in vain to keep Paul's grandfather out of trouble - all while avoiding hordes of screaming fans. 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $7.50. Call 274-8982.

Art show: The Resort and Club at Little Harbor will host the second annual "Wild About Art" show. The show features the work of Central Florida's finest artists, who feature wildlife and natural themes in their work. Artwork will be on display and for sale. 3-7 p.m., Little Harbor Resort, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin; free. Visit www.staylittleharbor.com or call 645-3291, ext. 414.

Jazz fundraiser: Grille 29 hosts a night of jazz to support the Jazztorian's school programs. The night features music by Rose Bilal and friends, Denise Moore and Then Some, the Don Capone Trio, and the poetry of Arbra Tawwab. 3-6 p.m.; Grille 29, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Call 221-3088.

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