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Weekend best bets

A look at what's happening.

By WILMA NORTON
Published December 29, 2006


USHER IN 2007 WITH THE FAMILY AT FIRST NIGHT

First Night St. Petersburg continues to evolve, offering something (except alcohol) for everyone. The family-oriented celebration kicks off with Mid-Day in Midtown, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at six venues along 22nd St. S, south of downtown. Kids' activities begin at 5 p.m. at the Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., with the rest of the music, dancing, crafts and more starting about 7 throughout downtown. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. and midnight. Admission buttons $8 in advance (at the Pier, Publix at Northeast Shopping Center, Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg), $10 at event; $5 ages 6-12. (727) 823-8906; www.firstnightstpete.com. For other New Year's Eve happenings, see Quick Takes on 2E.

Outback Bowl: The game is only part of the fun

The Outback Bowl between Tennessee and Penn State at Raymond James Stadium on Monday is sold out, but revelers can get in on the fun at the Outback Bowl Beach Day with the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday outside the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave. Then at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the TECO Energy Parade marches down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City, followed by the Outback Bowl Band Blast pep rally. All events are free. (813) 874-2695; www.outbackbowl.com.

Do you hear what I hear?

On the year's final weekend, musical choices include '70s Soul Jam, 8 tonight, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $36-$75. (727) 791-7400. The Fixx, 9 tonight, State Theatre, St. Petersburg. $14.99. (727) 895-3045. The Wailers, 7 tonight, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. $18. (727) 896-1244. Jennifer O'Connor, 9 tonight, New World Brewery, Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969. Southern Culture on the Skids, 9 p.m. Sunday, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. $40. (813) 971-0666. Bill Hayley's Comets, 8 p.m. Sunday, Brewmaster Steak House and Seafood Grill, Indian Rocks Beach. $45. (727) 515-8059. Sevendust, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. $32.50. (727) 896-1244. Donna the Buffalo, 8 p.m. Sunday, the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. $35 advance, $45 door. BYOB. (727) 892-5202. Jake Owen, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dallas Bull, Tampa. $20, $25. (813) 987-2855.

Comic operetta on stage

The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg presents the comic Viennese operetta Die Fledermaus at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. $10-$50. (727) 822-3590.

Martele magic

This is the last chance to see the lovely silver pieces in Marvelous, Magnificent Martele: American Art Nouveau Silver at the Florida International Museum, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The exhibit closes Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday with buy-one, get-one-free admission. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and military, $5 students. (727) 341-7900; www.florida museum.org.

Doodlebops do it best

Disney Channel stars the Doodlebops drop in at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for two shows Saturday, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $20-$35. (727) 791-7400.