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TAMPA - One week after more than 100,000 fans congregated in California for the San Diego Comic-Con, Tampa Bay area residents will have an opportunity to gather at the Tampa Bay Comic Con, running Aug. 1-3, at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa.

Hours will be Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There also will be after hours programming, from 6 p.m. to midnight, on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $20 for one day or $45 for three days.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con - Tampa’s own comic book get-together - is widely considered as Florida’s premiere family-friendly and fan-owned comic book convention. The annual event originated in 2002, though it can trace its roots back to 2000 when it existed under a different name and was operated through different ownership. Today, the Tampa Bay Comic Con is owned and operated by Action 3 Events & Promotions, founded by Stephen Solomon and Bill Rocker.

Event organizers provide a variety of exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of comic fandom interests. Attendees will find vendors selling comic books, magazines, toys, games, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Enjoy a Night in the Islands Saturday, Aug. 2, 6 to 11 p.m. at the Sponge Docks, on Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets in Tarpon Springs.

The free event features live Greek music with Ellada, dancing and outdoor dining.

An hour of free Greek dance lessons by the Levendia Dance Troupe is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m.

The event features live music by Ellada, an Greek band composed of three of the most accomplished Greek musicians in the state --Leonidas Zafiris, bouzouki; Elias Poulos, vocals; and Dino Theofilos, keyboard.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Black Authors and Business Showcase will be presented Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE.

The free event will showcase more than 30 black authors and dozens of black business owners and nonprofits. There will be a full program of author’s speeches, book signings and live entertainment. This event is in support of National Black Business Month, presented every August, which was founded by Fredrick E. Jordan, P.E., and John William Templeton, executive editor of blackmoney.com, more than 10 years ago.

There will be free book giveaways for ages 5 to 14, provided by the Wee Read Literacy Program and the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg and Rebecca Stewart of ReMax Metro co-sponsor.

One of the participating authors will be award winning children’s author and national screen actor Kentrell Martin, who wrote the “Shelly’s Adventure” book series.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Mahaffey Theater recently announced 20 new performances for the 2014-15 season.

The calendar features a diverse selection of programming, with comedy, R&B, inspirational and educational speakers, dance productions, family events, tribute artists, musical icons and more. Additional events will be added throughout the season.

For the first time, the venue is also offering a “build your own series” called Three for Me. Subscribers may select three or more of these newly-added shows, or mix and match with other shows already on sale and receive one complimentary drink per ticket purchased. Three for Me subscribers can also purchase tickets one week before the general public for the newly-added events. Three for Me is available exclusively by phone at 893-7832 and is only available for a limited time.
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ST. PETERSBURG - On Wednesday, July 30, at 6 p.m., the first in a series of free monthly cultural meetups comes to the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., followed by a 7:30 p.m. happy hour at Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave. N.

Organized through a partnership between local arts agency Creative Pinellas and local literary champions Wordier Than Thou, these CRAFT: Cultural Meetups are open to artists, performers and cultural organizations of all types with RSVP.

The series was created to offer an informal space for artists in all disciplines to meet, learn about local arts venues, and discuss potential collaborations.

CRAFT events begin at 6 p.m. with a casual gathering and tour through a participating Pinellas County arts venue, and at 7:30 p.m. groups adjourn to a nearby local brewery for drinks and conversation.
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GULFPORT - “Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of Gulfport’s sixth annual Gecko Ball. The “Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hair styles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture.

Expect to experience costumes, music and décor celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era.
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LARGO - The Armed Forces History Museum will sponsor two special events this summer.

For special events tickets, visit armedforcesmuseum.com or call 539-8371. The museum is at 2050 34th Way N., Largo.

Upcoming special events include the following:
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TAMPA - Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo recently welcomed the arrival of two African serval kittens who will serve as outreach animal ambassadors for their species.

The 10-week-old felines were born in March in Boise, Idaho, and relocated to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in June aboard Southwest Airlines, snuggled inside a crate resting on a passenger seat between two (human) handlers in the main cabin.

The charismatic kittens weighed only about a half pound each at birth and were hand-raised together by zookeepers. At eight weeks, they made the 2,000 mile journey to Tampa where they continue to receive around-the-clock care from the Zoo’s animal outreach educators. The frisky felines are currently weaning from the bottle to a meat-based diet and have grown increasingly more active and playful.

As outreach educational animals, the servals will not be on exhibit within the Zoo, however, trainers will be working with the animals at noon daily in a temporary habitat to allow guests to see these captivating cats up close while learning more about them. Zoo trainers will use operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training to encourage the cats to walk on a lead and demonstrate natural behaviors like leaping high in the air, pouncing, chasing and carrying objects.
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The kids are out of school and if you are like me, you are looking for fun things to do that won’t cost you ton.

Every year I browse the paper, Internet and flyers sent home from school to find some of the best and cheapest things to do. Here are some of the activities I’ve done with my two girls over the years, and a few new ones I’ve found.

My kids love going to the movies, but they can be so expensive. During the summer, you can go to the movies for $1. This is part of the Regal Summer Movie Express. It runs for nine weeks starting June 10 in our area. The movies are Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
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ST. PETERSBURG - TradeWinds Island Resorts, the Official Beach Resort of the Tampa Bay Rays, are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly game watching parties of away games all season long. This year, the action takes place at Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort.

The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach and Rays Radio will broadcast live. Rays announcer Rusty Kath and the Rays Street Team will also be on-hand with fun giveaways. Food and beverages including cookout items and buckets of beer will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed, but fans are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. Guests can try the new “bucking shark” ride for $4 per ride and slide passes will also be available for $15 (normally $37).

Game and party schedule

- Sunday, June 1, 1:35 p.m. - vs. Boston Red Sox
- Sunday, July 20, 2:10 p.m. - vs. Minnesota Twins
- Sunday, Aug. 10, 2:20 p.m. - vs. Chicago cubs
- Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:07 p.m. - vs. Toronto Blue Jays
- Sunday, Sept. 28, 1:05 p.m. - vs. Cleveland Indians
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• Wednesday, July 30, 2014
God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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• Thursday, July 31, 2014
God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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• Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Dinner and Jazz Series at the MFA featuring New York Guitar Cats
The seventh annual Dinner and Jazz Series at the MFA featuring New York Guitar Cats, Friday, Aug. 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Admission is $5 for museum members and their guests and $10 for nonmembers. Cost includes admission to the entire museum, as well as to the world premiere of My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. Visit www.fine-arts.org.

The series spotlights some of the best jazz in the area. The MFA Café will be open for dinner, and beer and wine will be available. Table reservations are strongly recommended. Call the café at 822-1032.

An audience favorite throughout the area, the New York Guitar Cats – Gary Relkin and Greg Smith – favor contemporary jazz and modern harmonies, with bebop, rhythm and blues, Brazilian, and pop added for good measure. They have been greatly influenced by the likes of Pat Metheny and Chick Corea. Both attended the illustrious Berklee College of Music in Boston, with its superlative jazz program.
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God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-31, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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• Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-31, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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Yes
Yes, Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $49.50. Call 893-7832 or visit www.themahaffey.com.

Yes, the iconic British progressive rock band from the 1970s, comes to The Mahaffey Theater for its 2014 summer tour. They will perform their first two classic albums in their entirety and more.

It will be a first-ever event when Yes performs every song on Fragile, the 1971 groundbreaking album. Following “Fragile,” the group will perform a run-through of 1972's “Close to the Edge” and an encore of the band's greatest hits.

During the night's encore, the group – bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison – will offer a sneak listen and perform material from their upcoming July 8 release “Heaven and Earth.”

Chris Squire and Jon Anderson founded Yes in 1968 and created some of the most important and influential music in rock history. “Fragile,” which sold more than two million copies, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Album charts in the United States. “Close to the Edge,” a gold-certified album, charted in the U.S. for 32 week, peaking at No. 3. It was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World in 2006 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded.

Yes has sold more than 50 million records during its 46-year career. Iconic songs include “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”
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• Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Marly Music Series featuring Gary Schocker
The Marly Music Series featuring Gary Schocker, flute, and Jason Vieaux, guitar; Sunday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m., in the Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID. Visit www.fine-arts.org. Admission to the entire museum is included in the ticket price. For information, call 896-2667.

These two museum favorites demonstrate extraordinary rapport. Both have pursued exciting solo careers and bring the very best of their talent and their eclectic musical interests to their joint concerts. Their inventive program includes Vivaldi’s Sonata in G Minor, Op. 13, No. 6 (“The Faithful Shepherd”), “Café 1930” and “Bordel 1900” from Astor Piazzolla’s L’histoire du Tango, Antônio Carlos Jobim’s A Felicidade (arranged by Roland Dyens), and three works by Mr. Schocker, including the world premiere of Mysterious Barcodes.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-31, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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Under The Sun
Under The Sun, Sunday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $49.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Under The Sun, the annual festival tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock and roll, will return for another summer run, this time starring a spectacular lineup that includes Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth

. In 2013, the inaugural Under The Sun tour was among the most popular and acclaimed events, earning ecstatic media attention with each stop along the way. Critical applause also came from all corners, with Entertainment Weekly officially declaring UTS13 to be “the coolest tour of the summer.”
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• Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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• Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
God of Carnage
“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton; July 18 through Aug. 10, presented by American Stage Theatre, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
 ... Read More 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey; Aug. 1-31, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.
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