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By Times Staff Writer
Published February 22, 2008
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 are 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.
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 preshow 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 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 will 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.
Tampa Bay Symphony: The Tampa Bay Symphony presents a program of music by noted French and Spanish composers like Berlioz, Bizet and Rodrigo. The concert also will feature a solo performance by local guitarist John Parris. 4 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $15. Call 229-7827.
Open mike: Steve and Leigh Humes invite local singers and songwriters with original or cover music to participate in an open mike event. 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.
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.
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 public film screening begins at 8 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $10-$35. Call 274-8286 or visit gasparillafilmfestival.com.
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.
Wine and gelato tasting: La Casa Dolce Cafe opens its door for members of the public to diversify their palates at a tasting where gelato and wine rule the menu. 7-10 p.m.; La Casa Dolce Cafe, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $10. Call 259-0002 or visit lacasadolcecafe.com.
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