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Best bets

Published May 11, 2007

[Times photo: Eric Issele]
Lowry Park Zoo's monthly Summer Safari Nights start tonight until 8:30 p.m.

This Heat has a smooth beat

The theme of this year's Tropical Heatwave is Tiki Tango, but that doesn't mean the music will be limited to island beats. As always, the more than 30 bands spread across several Ybor City venues represent a diverse sonic range. The Cuban Club at 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba is the hub of the action, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door, $15 after 11 p.m., $12 ages 12-20, 11 and younger free. (813) 248-2954,

Disney skates in

Skating Disney characters take to the rink today through Sunday for Disney On Ice, A Disneyland Adventure. Shows are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $19.75-$41.75. (813) 301-2500, www.stpete

A river of fun

The Cotee River Seafood Festival and Boat Show brings lots of both to downtown New Port Richey today through Sunday. Highlights include boat tours on the river; Flower Power '60s Music Night beginning at 5 tonight; a Corvette show Saturday; Blues by the River on Saturday; and music all day Sunday. Festival hours are 5 to 11 tonight, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Sims Park and Orange Lake areas of downtown New Port Richey. $2 admission; some activities require additional tickets. (727) 842-8066,

Musical selections

Other diverse musical choices include the Charlie Daniels Band "Volunteer Jam Tour" at 7 tonight, Ford Amphitheatre, Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10-$44.50. (813) 740-2446. Godsmack, 8 tonight, Morsani Hall at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $41. (813) 229-7827. Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park with guitarist Angel Romero as soloist and conductor, 7:30 tonight, Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 286-2403.

Going to the dogs

This is the last weekend to see Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs at the Florida International Museum, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The traveling show looks at the history, biology and development of dogs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Last admission 5 p.m. $17, $15 seniors and military, $5 students 7 and older. (727) 341-7900,

A nighttime prowl

Lowry Park Zoo kicks off its monthly Summer Safari Nights tonight, staying open until 8:30 with entertainment, free rides after 5 and up-close views of the animals. The zoo is at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Regular admission applies: $16.95, $15.95 seniors, $12.50 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552,


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