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10 Today

West Side Story: Music Showcase and the Showcase Players present the classic musical at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2914 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico. There's also a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Call 685-5998.

Downtown Alive After Five: Let your weekend begin on an artistic note with an evening of art. The event, which happens every second Friday of the month, features live entertainment and more. 6-7:30 p.m.; Lykes Gaslight Park, 415 N Franklin St. (near Tampa Street and Kennedy Boulevard), Tampa; free. Call 817-6731 or visit

Wine Rave: Tampa Bay Uncorked invites you to tantalize your palate with more than 40 wines from all over the world. Also featured are food selections, live entertainment and other creative treats. Proceeds benefit the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and the Hillsborough Education Foundation. 7-10 p.m.; Czar Nightclub, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa; $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 247-2664.

Toby Keith: The Oklahoma-born musician has racked up a number of awards, and five of his albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Tonight, the star shares the spotlight with special guests Miranda Lambert and Flynnville Train. 7:30 p.m.; Ford Amphitheater, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa; $25.77-$65. Call 740-2446.

Summer Safari Nights: The zoo stays open late with free rides and other activities. After 5 p.m., guests can enjoy special animal encounters, live entertainment from Impulse and George Aldrich, and food and beverages from all the zoo's restaurants and snack stands. The Summer Safari Nights series is included in regular zoo admission prices and is free for Zoo Pass holders. 5-8:30 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa; $12.50-$16.95. Call 935-8552.

'Florida Showcase': The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts kicks off its latest exhibition, "Florida Showcase," with a reception. The exhibit features Florida's flora, fauna, landscapes and ranchlands by photographers Clyde Butcher, Connie Bransilver, John Moran, Jeff Ripple, James Shadle, James Valentine, Carlton Ward Jr. and Eric Zamora. 6-8 p.m.; Florida Museum of Photographic Art, 200 N Tampa St., Tampa; $4 donation. Call 221-2222.

11 Saturday

Bromeliad bonanza: The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is all about the lovely bromeliad this day. Did you know that the bromeliad family contains more than 3,000 different species, including the Spanish moss and the pineapple plant? 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; USF Botanical Gardens, Tampa; free. Call 974-2329.

Art auction: The works of 35 local artists will be displayed during an evening of food, wine and an auction to raise funds for the Spring of Tampa Bay domestic violence shelter. 4-8 p.m.; Old Hyde Park Village, 1618 Snow Ave., Tampa. Call 254-3443.

Vino Java and Jazz: In addition to wine, jazz and fresh espresso, this event features entertainment by Les Sabler & Citiheat, Stacey Knights, a live auction and food. 7 p.m.; The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $50 online, $60 at the door. Call 769-5915.

Back-to-school bash: Teens have one more week left for summer fun. Spend the day at the Teen Summer Bash, sponsored by the Brandon Family Support & Resource Center and the Hillsborough Youth Collaborative, 3 to 7 p.m at the center, 1277 Kingsway Road.

12 Sunday

Summer Classic Movie Series: Casablanca's blend of romance, intrigue, suspense and humor ranks it among the most famous of all time. In the early days of World War II, an American expatriate in Morocco (Humphrey Bogart) meets a former lover (Ingrid Bergman), with unforeseen complications. The Writer's Guild of America recently named it the greatest screenplay in the history of film. 3 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $7.50. Call 274-8286.

Back-to-school party: Palma Ceia invites the community to the Palma Ceia Neighborhood Association Back-to-School Party. The event features food, drinks and activities. Also, a flat-screen TV will be given away to one lucky person. 2-5 p.m.; 3503 W Tacon St., Tampa; free. Call 870-2838.

15 Wednesday

Korn and Evanescence: Since the Freak on a Leash duet between Evanescence front woman Amy Lee and the guys from Korn aired on MTV, fans have wanted more. And more is what the two groups, Evanescence and Korn, are going to give during the 2007 Family Values Tour. 2:30 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa; $9.99-$59.50. Call 740-2446.

16 Thursday

Empowerment briefing: Three African-American entrepreneurs come together to share their stories and expertise with small-business owners. The three scheduled guests are Carolyn Lighty, Jarvis El-Amin and Candy Lowe. 6:30 p.m.; Harbor Club, 915 E Grant Ave., Tampa; $15. Call 394-6363 (guests must RSVP).

Macy Gray: Her debut album, On How Life Is, sold more than 7-million copies. Her debut single from that album, I Try, earned her the 1999 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She also received nominations for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Now she is back after almost four years with her album BIG, which contains soulful songs, beautiful ballads and modern dance-floor smashes. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $37.50-$67.50. Call 229-7827.

Next week

Clay Aiken, Aug. 17, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

Aly and AJ, Aug. 18, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa.

Summer Classic Movie Series, Aug. 19, Tampa Theatre, Tampa.

Tampa Comic Book Convention, Aug. 19, Doubletree Hotel, Tampa.

Compiled by Jonathan Milton and Eric Smithers