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Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off

By WILMA NORTON
Published October 21, 2005


THE MARTIANS ARE COMING

American Stage adapts the famous 1938 radio play The War of the Worlds as a Halloween bonus production, relying on Orson Welles' words rather than special effects to convey the work's eeriness. The show opens at 8 tonight and continues at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. It runs through Oct. 30. The theater is at 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $21-$34, $7.50 younger than 16. (727) 823-7529.

MUSICAL MENU

This weekend's musical melange includes Nine Inch Nails with Queens of the Stone Age, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $37.75-$46.75. (813) 301-2500. Hanson, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 896-2276. Trisha Yearwood, 8 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $34.75-$65. (727) 791-7400. Plena Libra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $15.50-$30.50. (813) 229-7827. Southern Culture on the Skids, 8 p.m. Saturday, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. $15. (813) 977-6474.

FESTIVUS CONTINUOUS

The fall festival season continues with New Port Richey Founders Day Friday through Sunday, Florida WingFest 2005 Saturday and Sunday in Pinellas Park, Country Jubilee at Heritage Village in Largo Saturday, the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival Friday through Sunday (featuring country star Terri Clark at 2 p.m. Sunday) in Manatee County.

SPIKE IT, BABY

The Corona Light Big Shot Volleyball Series hits Clearwater Beach Saturday and Sunday. Tournment play starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, with playoffs from 4 to 6 p.m. both days, on the south end of the beach, across the street from Red Roof Inn. Free for spectators. 631 728-0397; www.eevb.net

- WILMA NORTON, Times staff writer

[Last modified October 21, 2005, 10:16:20]


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