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Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off.

Published May 19, 2006

Refreshing, with a twist

Pink Martini, the Portland, Ore., ensemble known for its mix of musical styles from jazz fusion to Latin dance, performs three pops shows with the Florida Orchestra, Susan Haig conducting. Concerts are at 8 tonight at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15.50-$50.50. (813) 286-2403 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Free amusement at museums

Residents of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties can check out downtown St. Petersburg museums for free on Saturday as part of ArtsAlive2006. Participating are the Dali Museum, the Florida Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Great Explorations: the Children's Museum, Sunken Gardens and Pier Aquarium. Most are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (727) 893-7111 or

All shook up over Elvis

Elvis reigns in Tampa during the Elvis Festival. Highlights: Elvis music, 7 to 9 p.m. today, Lowry Park Bandshell, Sligh Avenue and N Boulevard, free; Family street festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along Franklin Street, downtown, free; Tribute to Elvis Concert, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., $15; Southern Style Sock Hop and dinner with Elvis tribute music, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Barksdale Center, 1801 N Lincoln St., $15; and "Hunka Hunka Burning Love Vow Renewal and Brunch" and tribute concert, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, poolside at Courtyard by Marriott, 102 E Cass St., $20-$40. (813) 274-8615.

Ybor City when it sizzles

It's the 25th anniversary of Tropical Heatwave, the fundraiser for WMNF-FM 88.5 that brings dozens of eclectic bands to Ybor City. Among this year's featured musicians: Chuck Prophet, the Saw Doctors, the Blasters, and the Lee Boys. The shows start at 6 p.m. Saturday in and around the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. $30 advance, $35 at the door, $12 ages 12-20, 11 and younger free. (813) 239-9663.

Let the shows begin

Three theatrical productions open today: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, set on St. Pete Beach, 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, through June 11, American Stage, St. Petersburg. $21-$34. (727) 823-7529. Teo Castellanos' N.E. 2nd Ave., a one-man show, 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $18.50. (813) 229-7827 or Menopause The Musical, 7 p.m. today, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, through July 16, Jaeb Theater at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. $38.50.


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