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5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay this week: Feb. 7-11

See documentaries in Eckerd’s free film series, watch a Lightning game among other fans or show off your dogs in a cutest couples contest.
Antonio Banderas stars in the Pedro Almodóvar film "Pain and Glory." It's part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. [MANOLO PAVÓN  |  AP]
Antonio Banderas stars in the Pedro Almodóvar film "Pain and Glory." It's part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. [MANOLO PAVÓN | AP]
Published Feb. 5
Updated Feb. 5

1. International Cinema Series: One of the gems of Tampa Bay’s movie scene is Eckerd College’s International Cinema Series, followed by its environmental film festival. They both bring important films and documentaries and screen them for free in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the campus. Among them is Pain and Glory (March 27) by acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar about a celebrated filmmaker (Antonio Banderas) on the backend of his career. It was chosen by Time magazine as the best film of 2019. And Feb. 25 brings Sea of Shadows, an investigation into the plight of the vaquita, the most endangered cetacean in the world, of which only 15 are known to survive. 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Find the full lineup at

2. Lightning Watch Party: Hang out with Thunderbug and win some prizes at the official Tampa Bay Lightning watch party at Ducky’s Sports Lounge when the Bolts take on the Penguins. Free. The party begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. 1719 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) works to play the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa's Amalie Arena in October. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]

3. Puppy Love: To get ready for Valentine’s Day, the Getaway hosts a “cutest puppy couple” contest that lets people dress up two dogs to walk the runway while DJ Kraze calls the shots. The winner gets a $100 gift card. Free. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday; entrants arrive by 7 p.m. to register. The Getaway, 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 267-1602.

4. First Friday at Noon: The University of Tampa’s popular community series features organ recitals and chamber music. This month brings a performance by Adam Ward, organist and director of music for the Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., on the chapel’s Dobson organ. Free. Noon Friday. Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 257-3344.

UPDATE The Florida Orchestra’s Brass Quintet concert at the Carter Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg has been moved to March 1. An item listed previously in this article is incorrect.,


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