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JEREMY IRONS TO CLOSE FEST

Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons is the first celebrity confirmed to appear at the upcoming Blue Ocean Film Festival Conservation & Industry Summit in St. Petersburg.

On closing night, Nov. 9, Irons, below, will present the 2012 eco-documentary Trashed in which he starred, in a special presentation at Mahaffey Theater. Directed by Candida Brady, Trashed follows Irons to locations around the world wrecked by pollution.

The Blue festival begins Nov. 3 with panel discussions and a reception, followed by a screening at Mahaffey of James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D, chronicling the filmmaker's underwater exploration in a submersible vehicle. The eight-day event focuses on environmental storytelling to promote conservation.

Irons earned his best actor Oscar for 1990's Reversal of Fortune. He may be best-known for voicing the villainous Scar in 1994's The Lion King. - Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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Lightning debut today with new arena food

The Tampa Bay Lightning, which has its first home game of the season today, announced new menu items at the Amalie Arena for fans, including a new PDQ and Holy Hog concession as well as carving and sushi stations.

Local chain PDQ, a fast, casual dining restaurant that specializes in chicken tenders, will open a concession outside of section 102, and local barbecue restaurant Holy Hog will open a second location on the 100 level this season, selling barbecue, beef brisket sandwiches and mac and cheese.

Additional portable eating stations on the concourse levels this year include the return of Mr. Empanada and newcomers Tacos Trueno, Anthony's Italian Sandwich, Deli and Stir Fry and a carving station. The 100 Level will also feature hand-rolled sushi as well as a gourmet grilled cheese concession stand.

On the premium side, the Firestick Grill will now offer fresh rolled sushi, grilled veal rack chop, hydroponic green salads and fresh stone crab claws.

For today's first home game, the red carpet will be rolled out at 4 p.m. for players' arrival and Americana band Have Gun Will Travel will play a free show on the west plaza starting at 5:30.

The game against the Florida Panthers starts at 7:30 p.m. See lightning.nhl.com for tickets or call (813) 301-6600. - Sharon Wynne, Times staff writer

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Pianist cancels orchestra appearance

American pianist Peter Serkin has canceled his performances with the Florida Orchestra days before he was slated to open the new season.

Serkin, 67, canceled due to illness, the orchestra announced Wednesday. New York City pianist Shai Wosner will step in on the same program Friday through Sunday, which features Adams' Lollapalooza, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein. It's the first program of the orchestra's 2014-15 season.

The son of pianist Rudolf Serkin and grandson of violinist Adolf Busch, Serkin was one of the more prominent names the orchestra had lined up for the season. - Stephanie Hayes, Times performing arts critic

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