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GULFPORT - Gulfport's 14th annual GeckoFest will bring entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Beach Boulevard.

GeckoFest is free and family-friendly.

Amid the thousands of festivalgoers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, attendees can expect to come face to face with acrobats, aerialists, break-dancers, escape artists, magicians, jugglers, fire performers and more. GeckoFest brings an interactive circus atmosphere to the waterfront village.

Each year, Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town's unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. GeckoFest has grown to become one of Tampa Bay's most anticipated events of the year.

Live music, a kid's activities area, and vendors throughout the village are all part of the fun. Strolling and stationary street performers are now also a hallmark of the GeckoFest tradition.

This year's street performers bring more fun and thrills to the streets than ever before, allowing visitors get close to the action. Many of the performances include interaction and audience participation with festivalgoers of all ages.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Studio@620 presents the third performance of the Project GenYes! series, “Foreign/Familiar Cities” by choreographer Erin Tracy, on Aug. 23-24.

Show times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15, $10 for students and seniors.

“Foreign / Familiar Cities” is a hybrid of dance theatre and film based on the novel “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino. Live dance integrates seamlessly with dance film shot on location in iconic settings around Tampa Bay and in exotic environments across the globe.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The fourth annual Liquid Desires Craft Beer Party is Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 to 11 p.m., at the Dali Museum, One Dali Boulevard, St. Petersburg.

General admission tickets are $50 a person. VIP Tickets are priced at $85 a person. Call 823-3767 or visit TheDali.org/liquid.

The Dali’s Zodiac Membership Committee hosts the popular fundraising event. The committee is a dedicated group of members committed to helping the museum engage the community and expand its reach.

The fourth annual Liquid Desires Craft Beer Party will celebrate Florida breweries and other unique craft brews with a vibe mirroring Dali’s fascination with double images, in celebration of the new exhibit, Marvels of Illusion.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Skyway Marina District Business Association, a not for profit organization, will host an inaugural event to showcase the area businesses to the public, via a Cruise-in & Car Show Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is the first in a series of events being planned, which are designed to promote the lifestyle and business services available throughout the District.

The inaugural Skyway Marina Cruise-in and Car Show will take place Aug. 23 and be continually held on the last Saturday of every month thereafter.

The event will take place at the Flamingo Resort and will feature antique, classic, hot rod, custom and exotic cars and trucks from yesteryear to today. The event will also be serving up some of the area’s best food trucks, cold beverages, music, entertainment, charity raffles, special offers from District businesses and dash plaques for the cars.
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TAMPA - Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is celebrating Family Fun Month this August with an offer of free weekday admission for members of the U.S. military (active duty, retirees and veterans) and Florida-based first responders. The month-long opportunity is the first of its kind for the Tampa Zoo, one of the Sunshine State’s top cultural attractions and a world-class family destination.
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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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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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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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• Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope, Thursday, Aug. 21, 8:30 p.m., at the Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Visit www.dalasbull.com.

Pope is the first female to win the popular TV show "The Voice.” She will be performing her hits including "Wasting All These Tears" and her latest single, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart." Aaron Parker will open.
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Cool Summer Jazz
The Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society will sponsor an evening of traditional jazz on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 7 to 9:30 P.M., featuring Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park

Admission is $10, students and military free. Call 727-522-6877.
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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-Sept. 14, 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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• Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
August: Osage County
“August: Osage County,” by Tracy Letts, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre; Aug. 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket.

Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. This production features adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences only.
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Dinner and Jazz Series at the MFA featuring Sasha Tuck
The seventh annual Dinner and Jazz Series at the MFA featuring Sasha Tuck, Friday, Aug. 22, 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.

This versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger has performed at more than 100 venues and festivals, including the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, home of the Dallas Symphony. She draws on classics made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Carmen McCrae, among others. Tuck holds a master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas.
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Hawaiian Luau & Beach Paw-TY
MADEIRA BEACH – The Hawaiian Luau & Beach Paw-TY will take place Friday, Aug. 22, 6 to 10:30 p.m., at 15004 Madeira Way.  

Attendees are encouraged to grab their pooch and chair and head to Madeira Way for some family fun. The streets will come alive with amazing beach music, food truck and beer truck rally, unique vendors, and exciting contests. Contests will include Most Talented Doggie, 8:30 p.m.; and Best Dressed Doggie, 9 p.m.  

The city of Madeira Beach, Beach Life, the Chamber of Treasure Island and Madeira Beach sponsor the free event.
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Moon Over Buffalo
Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo,” Aug. 8-24, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.

Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” – "revised, one nostril version" – and Noel Coward's “Private Lives,” when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.
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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-Sept. 14, 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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Shut Up and Laugh
Shut Up and Laugh, featuring Mike Epps, Jo Koy and Michael Che; Friday, Aug. 22, 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.

Mike Epps has generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers and within the entertainment industry for being one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene. With a career that expands from stand-up comedy to TV and film, Epps’ current success is hard earned and well deserved. Movie credits include

“Jumping the Broom,” “Sparkle,” “Next Friday,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Friday After Next,” and “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.” Known for his quick wit and ability to blend hip hop audiences with comedy, Epps hosted both the 2009 and 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards to rave reviews.

In 2010, he also starred in a standup special Mike Epps: Under-rated and Never Faded on Comedy Central and Showtime, and released his first comedy rap album called “Funny Bidness: Da Album.” The album features Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, and Slim Thug to name a few. That year also marked the release of his comedy DVD “Funny Bidness.”

From filling sold-out clubs across the nation to being seen weekly as a regular guest on “Chelsea Lately,” Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest start performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes and family inspired humor cross all boundaries.

In 2007, Variety magazine named Jo Koy one of the “10 Comics to Watch.” Koy has appeared on various VH1 I Love series, as well as “The Joy Behar Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” and “Jamie Foxx: Laughapalooza.” He is a regular headlining comedian at the world famous Improv, tours the college circuit nationwide, and performs in comedy clubs both in the U.S. and internationally.

Critics and audiences agree, NY-based writer and standup comedian Michael Che is a star on the rise. Having recently been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed's "50 Hottest Men in Comedy," and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” he is quickly leaving his mark on the media landscape. In February of 2014, Che became the first-ever standup comedian to perform on NBC's “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” This marks his second late night appearance following his 2012 late night television debut on CBS's “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Che also recently taped a half-hour standup special for Comedy Central that is scheduled to air this summer. In addition to his work in front of the camera and on stage, Che is currently a writer for NBC’s iconic sketch television program, Saturday Night Live.
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Tori Amos
Tori Amos, Friday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $43.25. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Amos is on tour in support of her brand new studio album release, “Unrepentant Geraldines.” The album is pop/rock in both content and feel and is a change in pace from Amos’ most recent releases.

The album is both one step further in the evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation and a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world.

“Unrepentant Geraldines” is her 14th studio recording and a return to her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs, following a series of more classically-inspired and innovative musical projects of the last four years.

These have included the seasonal collection “Midwinter Graces,” the classically influenced “Night of Hunters” and “Gold Dust,” a collection of orchestral re-workings of songs from across her career. Released in October 2012, “Gold Dust” included “Flavor,” which was remixed by the late DJ Peter Rauhofer and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Club Dance Chart in February 2013.
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• Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
August: Osage County
“August: Osage County,” by Tracy Letts, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre; Aug. 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket.

Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. This production features adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences only.
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Gecko Ball
Sixth annual Gecko Ball, Saturday, Aug. 23, 6 to 11 p.m., at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport.

This year’s theme will be “Roaring Geckos.” The theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hairstyles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture.

The event will feature top décor, cocktail specials, cash bar, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, commemorative photo booth, dozens of silent auction items, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists. Appearing live at this year’s Ball, the Z Street Speakeasy Band will offer dance-floor-ready tunes from the ’20s through today.

Tickets for Gecko Ball are $35 per person. Visit www.GulfportMA.com.
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Moon Over Buffalo
Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo,” Aug. 8-24, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.

Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” – "revised, one nostril version" – and Noel Coward's “Private Lives,” when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.
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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-Sept. 14, 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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Regal Railways Train Show
Regal Railways Train Show, Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lopez Inc. Hall, 7177 58th St. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 11 and younger.

The show will feature plenty of vendors with various train items from N to G Scale models. There is usually a small train layout on display for the children to watch as well as videos playing of trains.

For information, call 244-1341 or visit www.regalrailways.com.
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