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Things to do

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 22, 2008


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23 Saturday

Brandon Fresh Market: Pick up homemade baked goods, farm-fresh produce, plants, crafts, antiques and all kinds of other goodies every Saturday morning. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winthrop Town Center, at Bloomingdale and Providence avenues; www.brandonfreshmarket.com.

Puppet Show: The Florida Puppetry Guild presents the family friendly play, The Legend of the Banana Kid. The show follows brave Chucky as he travels out West. Along the way, he encounters a mysterious cowboy who leads him to a remote Western town. A band of seedy outlaws is harassing the town, but Chucky, who has changed his name to the Banana Kid, steps in and saves the day. 2 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $6. Call 932-9252.

Fiesta Day: Get your appetite ready. Fiesta Day returns to Historic Ybor City with a rich selection of food and fun. Guests can enjoy events like the Black Bean Blowout and the anticipated return of the 11 a.m. Flan Fest. This year's event also introduces the Cigar Lounge presented by Cigar City Magazine. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ybor City, Tampa; free. Call 248-0721 or visit cc-events.org.

The Second City: One Nation Under Blog: Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world's best and brightest. The event showcases comedy stars in the making. 7:30 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $29.50. Call 229-7827.

24 Sunday

Oscar Night: Now in its ninth year at Tampa Theatre, the infamous Oscar Night returns with red carpet fun. In addition to watching the Oscars on the large screen at the Tampa Theatre, guests can partake in pre-show festivities including a reception, limo rides around the block and screaming "fans." All proceeds benefit Tampa Theatre's film and educational programs. A VIP party will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. General admission red carpet arrival is at 7:15 p.m. Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $30-$130. Call 274-8286.

Caribbean Extravaganza: In commemoration of this year's 34th anniversary of Grenada's Independence on Feb. 7, Patriots & Friends of Grenada will celebrate with live performances and more. All proceeds to benefit the St. George's Anglican Senior School Library Project in Grenada, West Indies. 8 p.m.; Zendah Grotto, 4402 W Ohio Ave., Tampa; $25. Call 842-4818. Call 842-4818.

25 Monday

Open Mike: Steve and Leigh Humes invite local singers and songwriters with original or cover music to participate in an open mike. Guests are encouraged to sign in as early as possible to ensure a performance spot. The event takes place every second and fourth Monday of the month. 7-11 p.m.; La Casa Dolce Cafe, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Call 259-0002 or visit lacasadolcecafe.com.

26 Tuesday

Keb' Mo' Solo: The guitarist taps into the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson and gives it a contemporary edge with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $33.50. Call 287-8844.

27 Wednesday

Gasparilla Film Festival: Let the films begin! The Gasparilla Film Festival returns for its second year with five days of diverse independent films. Tonight, the public is invited for the opening night party and film screening. The VIP party includes trailers from the entire week's slate of films, food, drinks and top actors, filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world. It begins at 6 p.m., and the general public film screening begins at 8 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $10-$35. Call 274-8286 or visit gasparillafilmfestival.com.

28 Thursday

Bunco for charity: Kappa Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi presents "Bunco for the Kids" a ladies night of fun, fellowship and prizes. All proceeds to benefit local children's charities. 6:30 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon. $20 per person. 685- 7998.

Film Screening: Academy of the Holy Names presents its 2008 Visiting Artist Program, featuring 1994 academy graduate, Rebecca Brown as she presents her film In the Dark. 6-8 p.m.; Brady Center North, Academy of the Holy Names, 3319 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa; free. Call 839-5371 ext. 319.

[Last modified February 21, 2008, 21:08:36]


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