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By MARY ELMORE

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


ASTRONOMY DAY: Astronomy Day is an international event to show the public how much fun astronomy can be. Come celebrate this free, all-day event Saturday with the Museum Astronomical Resource Society Club.

Displays will include telescopes from the Saunders Planetarium, static and computerized displays on various astronomical subjects, material on "Getting Started in Astronomy," tours of Verizon Challenger Learning Center to see AMIGO the space fish, solar viewing, prize drawings, demonstrations on "Making a Meteor Crater" and "How to Cook a Comet."

Started in 1973 by amateur astronomers in northern California in 1973, Astronomy Day has grown across the United States and now includes more than a dozen other countries. The event is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. For information, call (813) 987-6100.

"A FUNNY THING HAPPENED': The Carrollwood Players present A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tonight through May 19.

The comedy details the antics of a Roman slave as he tricks and teases his way to freedom in ancient Rome. The cast includes Jeff Roush, Bob Moran, Reid Lashley, Eric Misener, Pat Connolly, Mike Arnold, Jan Brown, Jim Whicker, Anita Hocker, Seth Travaglino, Frank Weiss, Lenny Germinario, Jill Wright, Kim Winso, Lisa Reedy and Hillary Gale. The musical is directed by Carlyn Postle with Liz Stewart as musical director and Kristin Hintz as choreographer.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway, just north of Linebaugh Avenue. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors (55 and older) and students with identification. For information, call (813) 265-4000.

BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS: The six-piece band, Blueground Undergrass, incorporates jazz, blues and swing into its self-described mix of "psychedelic hip-hop bluegrass." The electric band includes pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and drums. The group is a favorite of Phish and Widespread Panic as well as their fans.

See them perform at 8 tonight at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Nebraska Road. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For information, call (813) 971-0666.

- If you have cultural or entertainment news, write to Mary Elmore at North of Tampa, St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. Fax: (813) 226-3352. Or e-mail us at northtampa@sptimes.com.

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