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DON'T BE SQUARE DUDES: THE BIG LEBOWSKI

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True fans of The Big Lebowski - and proud we are of all those Achievers - know the Dude's favorite beverage is the Caucasian, better known as the White Russian. But he has been known to tip a beer when he's bowling or if the vodka runs out.

The Dude imbibes Saturday night at Tampa Theatre's second annual suds-and-snacks fundraiser, this year dubbed The Big Lebrewski in honor of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 comedy masterpiece.

A dozen local breweries will offer their beers to wash down food samples from eightTampa restaurants. Later, a screening of The Big Lebowski will really tie the historic room together.

Tickets are $70 for premium tastings at 7 p.m., or $45 to begin sampling at 8, around the time the movie starts. Tampa Theatre members get a $5 discount (limit two tickets per member). A silent auction also will be conducted. Proceeds directly benefit the theater's digital projection conversion campaign, to sustain the venue as a outlet for new releases.

Costumes honoring your favorite Big Lebowski characters, quotes and what have you are optional, and talking back to the screen in the parlance of its time is acceptable. Unless your name is Donny.

Steve Persall, Times movie critic and unabashed Achiever

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NATURE: COMES FULL CIRCLE

In honor of last week's news that Elton John is returning to Tampa after a three-year absence, we proudly point out a Circle of Life trilogy of events this weekend. Here we go!

Repticon: Everything at Florida International Reptile Show will slither or crawl. Can you feel the love tonight? Vendors will be on hand with reptile pets and items related to reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals, as well as raffles, seminars and children's activities. Tickets are $10, $5 ages 5 to 12, ages 4 and younger free. Enjoy it while it lasts this Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds because swooping in from above are...

Birds of Prey: A gecko is no match for a raptor! Several live birds of prey will be used at this Saturday workshop at Brooker Creek Preserve to illustrate predator-prey relationships and their important role in the ecosystem. This event, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Tarpon Springs, is free (reservations are required). Well, Hakuna Matata! We're guessing family pets aren't welcome, especially if you're considering bringing a contender for the ...

Cat show: They have nine lives; the birds of prey don't! Judges from across the country will evaluate hundreds of cats at this weekend's CFA Championship and Household Pet Cat Show. Six of the CFA-Iams Ambassador cats will make appearances. (Oh, they just can't wait to be king!) Tickets are $12, $10 seniors or children, free ages 6 and younger. Those with feline allergies should avoid the Tampa Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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DIVE IN: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

POP QUIZ, TV AND FILM FANS. ARE YOU READY, KIDS?

1. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

2. Who's absorbent and yellow, and porous is he?

3. Who drops on the deck and flops like a fish?

The answer to all three is obviously - yell it - "SpongeBob! SquarePants!" And if nautical nonsense be something you wish, then head to the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center on Friday for a "dive-in" movie screening of SpongeBob SquarePants. As always, it's BYO-pool floaties for the movie, which starts at 8 p.m. Price is $4.

PUSH THE ROUND BUTTON: #TAMPABAYLIVE

A lot of you have made our day by snapping concert pics and tagging them #tampabaylive so that we can document the bay area's lively music scene this summer. They're featured at tampabay.com/tampabaylive. Each week, we also pick one to feature in Weekend, like the Trigger City Trio at Fubar this past Saturday, shared with us by Kendra Moody (@KendraMoody5). Great for clipping and posting on the fridge!

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