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Show deals in boomer kitsch

By SANDEE DAVIES
Published March 4, 2007


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The Baby Boomers Antique and Collectables show promises to transport you to a mid century time of nostalgic chrome, clothing and kitschy kitchen stuff.

More than 50 dealers will show and sell everything from 1940s and 1950s pinup girlie art to vintage movie posters and memorabilia.

Pop culture icons like the Beatles and Barbie show up on everything from vinyl records to old metal lunch boxes. There also will be plenty of costume jewelry, vintage clothing, toys and retro decor.

Several authors of cool, classic books with retro themes are scheduled to speak, including Gary Moss, author of Hippie Artifacts: Mind-Blowing Stuff to Collect, and Tim Walsh, author of Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them.

Another highlight is the vintage fashion show, where 20 models will don fashions from the 1940s through the 1960s. The event also includes live entertainment, swing dance demonstrations and a vintage Volkswagen display.

TUESDAY 06

Encore Concert: Join former Florida Orchestra concertmaster Amy Swartz Moretti and her percussionist husband, Steve Moretti, for the premiere of Richard Drexler's, Bach in Time, Palladium Brandenburg No. 3, 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Program also includes David P. Jones, Music for South Africa for violin, marimba, vibes and shekere. Talk-back session follows with host John Fleming, performing arts critic for the St. Petersburg Times. $12-$20. Call 822-3590.

WEDNESDAY 07

Oldies but Goodies: Dance to the big band music of the Ron Berringer Trio, noon-3 p.m., the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 821-6164.

Cake and Cava: On March 7, 1982, the Salvador Dali Museum opened its doors in St. Petersburg.

An anniversary celebration at 12:45 p.m. will feature birthday cake and Spanish cava to mark the day. 1000 Third St. S. Free. Call 823-3767.

THURSDAY 08

Social Cards: Poker, rummy and blackjack Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at St. Pete Beach City Hall, upstairs conference room, 155 Corey Ave.

Cards are supplied, and it's free to play. All ages and abilities are welcome. Call 363-2146 or 363-9245.

March Madness: South Pasadena Community Band performs a program of marches, 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Community Church Life Enrichment Center, 227 70th St. S, St Petersburg. Free. Call 345-4502.

FRIDAY 09

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: 115 national and international dealers selling rare and out-of-print books, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Coliseum. $6 a day or $10 good all three days. Call 892-5202.

Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: Seventh annual event spices up St. Petersburg with savory vittles, live Zydeco music, Cajun dancing, Mardi Gras costumes, arts and crafts, and more in Vinoy Park.

Other events include kid's crawfish races, a mini-Mardi Gras bead toss, and the famous Crawfish Eating Contest, which takes place Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Festival gates open at 4:30 p.m. today, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket are $12 Friday, $15 Saturday, $12 Sunday or $35 for a weekend pass. Children age 10 and under are admitted free.

Call 892-5767 for tickets or visit www.cajun connection.org.

'Madam Butterfly': Collaboration between the Sarasota Opera and the Florida Orchestra, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

Classic romantic musical tale of a young geisha who falls in love with a handsome American naval officer.

Also at 2 p.m. Sunday. $25-$100. Call 1-800-662-7286.

'No Sex Please, We're British': St. Petersburg Little Theatre presents a classic farce filled with mistaken identities and mail order gone wrong, 8 p.m., 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg.

The production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., through March 25. $10-$18. Call 866-1973 or check the Web site at www.splt.info.

SATURDAY 10

Wildlife Weekend: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's third annual family event is held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg.

Includes environmental and wildlife exhibits featuring plants, bats, birds, butterflies and turtles; interpretive walks, tram tours, nature-related vendors, kids crafts and more. The event is free and includes admission to the park's trails. Information: 893-7326 or visit www.stpete.org/boyd.

Gallery Walk: Catch the Looper trolley at the Pier and view fine arts and crafts at galleries in downtown St. Petersburg from 5-9 p.m. the second Saturday each month.

Enjoy national, regional and local artists' work at more than 25 galleries.

The event is free; trolley is 25 cents a ride. For more information on the galleries and to download a map of the locations, go to www.stpetearts.com or call 821-6767.

. IF YOU GO

A look back in time

What: Show and sale of 1940s-1960s collectables.

Where: The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today.

Details: $6, $3 under age 2. Call 892-5202.

[Last modified March 3, 2007, 19:35:11]


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