By Times Staff Writer
Published January 27, 2008
Vegetarian Food Fest: Experience an array of Asian and Vietnamese vegetarian favorites, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Southwest Florida Buddhist, 1770 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Can be purchased to go or to eat at the temple. Free admission. Call 520-9209.
Theater in Ancient Art, the William Knight Zewadski Collection: Guest curator Dr. Robert Bianchi introduces the collection and provides an overview of Greek comedy and drama, 3 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 896-2667.
Sunshine City Band Concert: Musical entertainment for the whole family, 2 p.m., Williams Park Band shell, Second Avenue N and Fourth Street, St. Petersburg. Free. Call 898-1541.
A Parisian in St. Petersburg: International piano soloist Pascal Roge teams with five current or former Florida Orchestra players, 7:30 p.m., St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Musicians include Catherine Landmeyer, flute; Lane Lederer, oboe; Brian Moorhead, clarinet; Mark Sforzini, bassoon; and James Wilson, horn. $12-$17. Call 822-3590.
Learning from the Past: Find out how the study of the earliest humans to arrive in the Western Hemisphere continues to provide exciting and unanticipated discoveries, 7 p.m., Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. To register, call 453-6500.
Viva La France: Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert, 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $21-$34. Call 892-5767.
Transcendental meditation: Scientific research and health benefits of meditation, 6:15 p.m., South Branch Public Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive, St. Petersburg. Space limited, reservations required. Call 526-9233 E-mail: life_is_bliss_now @yahoo.com
The Way I Spent the End of the World:Film set in Bucharest in 1989, the last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship, follows Eva, a 17-year-old girl who lives with her parents and her 7-year-old brother, Lalalilu. Shows at 8 p.m., Studio@620 620 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. Call 895-6620
Get Downtown: First Friday street party, 5:30-10 p.m., on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. Features the music of Venturas. Proceeds from beer and wine street sales benefits Suncoast Voices for Children. Free. Call 393-3597.
Keyboard Conversations: Pianist Jeffrey Siegel performs The Romance of the Piano, 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater. Program includes Chopin's A Flat Polonais, Debussy's Clair de Lune, Liszt's Rhapsody No. 13, Rachmaninoff's C Sharp Minor Prelude and Schubert's The Trout. $10-$20. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call 822-3590.
Canopy Tree Climbing: Come get vertical and see life from a new perspective 60 feet off the ground in a live oak tree, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $10 for the first climber, add a family member for $5 each. For ages 6 and older. Call Pathfinder at 328-0305.
Floridian Highwaymen Festival: Meet many of the original Highwaymen painters at a celebration of everything Florida, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Artists in attendance include James Gibson, Robert Lewis Jr., Issac Knight, R.A. McLendon Sr., Willie Reagan and Al Black. Free appraisals of your vintage Florida paintings. $6. Call 321-8454.
By George! By Ira! By Gershwin!: Florida Orchestra Super Pops concert celebrating the sizzle, flair and fun of many of George Gershwin's hits, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $21-$56. Call 892-5767.
Groundhog Day: Family story and puppet craft activity day, 2:30 p.m., Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Free. Call 893-1074.
Love's Magic Spell: The Sunsation Show Chorus examines all aspects of love in this special Valentine show, 3 p.m., Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $15. For tickets, call 530-7190 or 541-4501.