Do It This Weekend: Back to the Future pub crawl, a Rays watch party, ARTpool's Tra'shion Fashion show, the Tampa Elvis Festival, St. Pete's Cool Arts Show and more


[image-1] is this Saturday, July 17, at ARTpool Gallery in downtown St. Pete. Tra’shion Fashion is known for showcasing fun — and often outrageous — alternative looks crafted from recycled and other unconventional materials.  This year’s show promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 15 designers and 45 models showing their stuff. There’s also live music from local bands (The Punctual Hippies and Meteroeyes), an artist/designer market featuring more than 100 local artists, and nosh from Cafe Alma. DJ SORTA and DJ ENation.FM are spinning beats all night.  Don’t miss this annual ode to designing treasure from another man’s trash: Doors open at 8 p.m., and the runway show starts at 10 p.m. (Pictured: Tra'shion Fashion 2009. Photo by Chip Weiner) $20 advanced tickets, $25 at the door; Check out artpoolrules.com for more info. --Chanhtha Thach


If you are so over the Florida heat (and boy do we have a few more months of it), the 22nd annual indoor Cool Arts Show is your ticket to an artsy experience in the AC. More than 75 artists and craftspeople gather at the Historic Coliseum and display their work -- including painting, sculpture, wood, glass, jewelry and photography. It’s presented by the Professional Association of Visual Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of community art and art education. Nosh and hydrate as you tour the showcase of imaginative artistic explosions -- the refreshment stands are open, and I bet they’ll be serving up a few heat-beating beverages. July 17-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., The Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, coolartshow.com. --Lily Reisman


It takes more than mutton chops and a sexy sneer to pull off a convincing impersonation of the immortal Elvis Presley. See for yourself whose routine [image-2]will reign supreme at The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. It’s the highlight of the eighth annual Tampa Elvis Festival, held this weekend at All People’s Life Center.  The winner of the daylong contest earns a spot in the – drum roll, please -- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finals in Memphis during Elvis Week, this August. When pelvii aren’t being thrust about, the rest of the fest features the usual: fam-friendly entertainment -- including Elvis Square Dancing -- live music (OK, more pelvii being thrust about),  food (grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches, anyone?) and vendors selling their tasteful, Elvis-themed merchandise (perhaps dogs playing poker with Velvet Elvis). Thank  you, thankuver’much. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat., July 17, 6105 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, $25; children under 16 get in for half price and tots under 5 get in free, 813-977-6011. --Anthony Salveggi


Instead of languishing in the blessed (and ungodly expensive) air conditioning of your house/apartment/car/friend’s couch, get out for some fun in the form of Christmas in July, which screens at the Beach Theatre this Saturday. (You didn’t think I would ask you to adventure out of the AC, did you?) The Preston Sturges comedy classic is an oldie but a goodie, and best of all, it’s a freebie. Plus, even though it’s really about a guy who’s been duped into believing he won 25 grand and not a freak summer blizzard (a gal can dream), at least it conjures up memories of cooler weather. If the cash you save on movie admission is burning a hole in your pocket, you can also brave the heat to check out St. Pete Beach’s “sales extravaganza,” taking over the streets just outside the theater, where you’ll find door prizes, discounts, and live music. 10 a.m. Sat., July 17, Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, coreyave.com. –Franki Weddington


The wearable art experience comes back to the Bay in three related exhibitions, all in preparation for the sixth installment of the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Wearable Art fashion show in August. Mixed media artist Carolina Cleere headlines the show with works in photography, acrylic, and digital media meant to “lure viewers into a narrative world full of allusions, leaving the mind room to explore its own meanings.” The All Dolled Up! show and silent auction follows, where you can bid on mini masterpieces by DFAC artists, who explored their fashionable sides by designing mail art for paper dolls; sales of all work benefit DFAC’s scholarship funds. Rounding out the couture collection is Designing Kiddos, where young artists design duds for the next generation. Opening reception for all three exhibits, 6-8 p.m. Fri., July 16; $5, free for DFAC members, on display through Aug. 14., Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, dfac.org. –Jamie Oakes[image-3]


In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry is treating guests to free samples of Blue Bell’s newest flavor, Caramel Kettle Crunch -- sweet and salty kettle corn, smooth ice cream and a swirl of caramel. Fear not, vanilla lovers, because they'll be serving that, too. In addition to the free doses of brain freeze, museum-goers get a chance to learn about the Science of Freezing as MOSI’s InterActors demonstrate cryo freezing using liquid nitrogen (a word to the wise: don't stick your hand in it). (Photo courtesy Michal Marcol and freedigitalphotos.net) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., July 17, MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, mosi.org. --Katie Machol

Let's be honest: we're all itching for a chance to dig out our box of '80s gear — you know, the one hiding scrunchies, leg warmers in every shade of neon, and stirruped leggings for the ladies; acid-wash jeans, puffy vests and hair band tees for the guys — and Saturday's Back to the Future Pub Crawl and scavenger hunt is the perfect excuse. Form a team of 2 to 5 dudes and dudettes, and hit up Kelly's Chic-A-Boom Room, the Dunedin Brewery, Jolli Mon's Grill and more in search of the required items — the first team back to The Boxcar wins. Proceeds benefit the Family Network on Disabilities. fndfl.org/pubcrawl. Sat., July 17, 7 p.m., The Boxcar, 349 Main Street, Dunedin, $50 per team.

The Rays Watch Party is the next best thing to going out to the ballgame (since this one’s in NYC, it’s definitely friendlier on the wallet, too). See the action on an ginormous screen set up right on the beach while the 620 WDAE “The Sports Animal” guys commentate the whole thing play by awesome play. It’ll be like Crawford is hitting homers right into your frozen margarita. You can also get all your deliciously artery-clogging gametime snacks like grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches, wings and bratwurst with sauerkraut (and, of course, the brews will be flowing) — all without missing an entire inning in line at the concession stand. Sunday's game is against the hated New York Yankees. 1:05 p.m. Sun., July 18., Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, free, 727-367-6461. —Franki Weddington

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