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Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off

By WILMA NORTON
Published September 9, 2005


"Drawer Boy' opens theater's season

American Stage starts its season with the award-winning Canadian mystery The Drawer Boy, a story about two middle-aged bachelor farmers in Ontario who grew up together and served in World War II. When a young actor shows up to research a play he wants to write about farming, a dark secret eventually emerges. The opening performance is at 8 tonight, followed by shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The play continues through Oct. 2. Tickets are $21 to $34. "Pay what you can" nights are Sept. 20 and 27. American Stage Theatre, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

Back from strike, Lightning greets fans

The Tampa Bay Lightning welcomes back fans from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for IceFest at the St. Pete Times Forum. Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and new goalie Sean Burke are among the players set to sign autographs and meet fans. Other activities include games, entertainment, and tickets and merchandise for sale. Admission is free. The Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813 301-6500; www.tampabaylightning.com

Bulls to kick off season against FAMU

The University of South Florida Bulls football team starts a new season in a new conference against the Rattlers of Florida A&M at 7 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. And, yes, the Marching 100 of FAMU are scheduled to perform at halftime. Tickets are $20 to $29 at the athletics ticket office at the USF Sun Dome, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, or toll-free 1-800-462-8557. Or contact Ticketmaster.

Hop, or walk, to art galleries

Check out new exhibits at art galleries in Tampa and St. Petersburg this weekend. The free Tampa Gallery Hop from 7 to 11 tonight features new shows at Covivant Gallery & Studios, 4906 N Florida Ave.; Kama Gallery, 2929 N 15th St.; Bleu Acier, 109 W Columbus Drive; plus music and artworks by members, staff and other artists at Renaissance Center, 2201 N Florida Ave. In St. Petersburg, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, about 20 galleries will be open for the monthly Downtown Art Walk. Many are on or near Central Avenue. The Arts Center at 719 Central Ave. or Florida Craftsmen Gallery at 501 Central Ave. are good places to start. (727) 821-6767. Free.

[Last modified September 8, 2005, 11:02:03]


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