Do It This Weekend: Taste of Pinellas, Carmen at the opera and Chicago at the theater, pepper and beer fests, a Rays watch party, the Living Green Expo and more

Immerse yourself in all things green at the fifth annual Tampa Bay Living Green Expo. This year's event, focused on energy retrofitting, will include a green jobs fair, dozens of seminars on sustainability and environmental issues, a childrens activity and craft area, the Trashy Art Show, and outdoor displays and demos (including an electric boat). Formerly known as the Pinellas Living Green Expo, the name isn't the only thing that's changed this year: the weekend festivities will be held in downtown St. Pete at the Coliseum, and includes the entire Mirror Lake Complex: the Sunshine Center, shuffleboard courts, and ballroom. June 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, free, --Katie Machol

[image-1]Snuggle up for a movie showing under the stars (on a giant, 50-foot inflatable screen): Tampa Theatre's Saturday night Sunset Cinema selection is the classic Western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (pictured), starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross. Toss a Frisbee or a football; bring a blanket or a lawn chair; nosh on Junior Mints and popcorn, or pack a picnic and a bottle of wine (though you might want to keep that one under wraps) — tonight, it’s all about viewing al fresco. Sat., June 5; gates open at 6:45 p.m., film screens at 8:45 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa, free.

The St. Pete Shakes Company is bringing the Bard Bayside -- but before they can begin, they need some seed money. Give them a hand at tonight's fundraiser, Shaken' It Up, where you'll hear live music from Rhymes with Orange (who composed the soundtrack for the Company's inaugural production, Hamlet, which begins later this summer); see body-bending acrobatics by Acrobellum; meet the cast of Hamlet and the founding members of St. Pete Shakes; and get those paddles in the air for the auction. Sat., June 5, 7-10 p.m., Interior Motives Gallery, St. Petersburg, $15 per person; $25 per couple.

[image-2]Rays Watch Parties are the next best thing to going out to the ballgame (and definitely friendlier on the wallet). Watch the game on an enormous screen right on the beach while the 620 WDAE “The Sports Animal” guys commentate the whole thing. 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). Today's game is against the Texas Rangers. Call 727-367-6461 for more info. 3:05 p.m. Sun., June 6, Tradewinds island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, free.

If you're anything like Fred Flintstone or The Dude, a night of bowling and a few stiff drinks (especially a White Russian or two) is right up your alley. Tonight's Krewes Kare Hurricane Bowl is a ten pin extravaganza that pits Gasparilla krewes against each other for a good cause: proceeds from the evening bowling, barbecue buffets, raffles, and drink specials benefit charities working along the gulf coast to rescue wildlife affected by the BP oil spill. Sat., June 5, AMF University lanes, Tampa, $25 bowlers; $15 party only.

The St. Petersburg Opera offers Carmen, Bizet's fiery opera set in Seville (but sung in French) about a spicy gypsy with an equally hot temper. After Carmen seduces Corporal Don Jose, he goes from inexperienced soldier to pirating smuggler in a matter of arias. The title vixen is played by Cherry Duke (whose name makes her sound like a bit of a firecracker herself), who has sung with the New York City Opera and Glimmerglass. June 4-6, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, $20-$61.50. [image-3]

It's virtually impossible to dislike Chicago. It's got burlesque dancers for the guys; sly, singable musical numbers for the dolls; and its collected more Tonys, Grammys and Olivier awards than you can shake your jazz hands at. June 4-6, 8 p.m. Fri.; 2 and 8 p.m. Sat.; 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $50-$70.

Ah, the American Dream, that elusive, all-encompassing goal for every red-blooded guy and gal born in the good ol' US of A...or is it? Jane Martin's Pulitzer-winning play Talking With follows the stories of women who question our presumed ideals, and embrace the "value of eccentricity." Appropriately, proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. June 5-6, 3 p.m. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun., Carrollwood Playhouse, Tampa, $15.

If you're willing to brave the heat, you'll be rewarded with handcrafted folk art, jewelry, paintings, clothing and more, culled from the collections of the country's best craftsmen at the Corey Area Craft Festival. June 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, free.

While the name of tonight's guys and dolls-themed fundraiser might conjure some bizarre images, it's for a good cause: proceeds from tonight's Let's monkey Around for Boobies auction (hosted by WQYK's Dave McKay) benefit the Susan G. Komen Cure Foundation and the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. Fri., June 4, Push Ultra Lounge, St. Petersburg, $10; includes drink ticket.

Bring your sunscreen, family and friends to Taste of Pinellas, the annual three day festival of food, music and fun. Munch on miniature servings from The Venue, Sushi Rock Grill, Red Mesa, Moscato’s Bella Cuisine, Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, Fresco’s and many more. The food is fab, but the entertainment line-up might just match it: Martina McBride (pictured), Mitchel Musso, and Huey Lewis and the News are the headlining acts, but attendees can also hear The Greg Billings Band, Lonestar, and Holes and Hearts. World-famous Frisbee catching dogs Disc-Connected K9s are on site all weekend with their wild, energetic performance, and Saturday night ends with a fireworks show. All proceeds from the festival benefit the All Children’s Hospital. June 4-6, 5-10 p.m. Fri, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat, and noon-7 p.m. Sun.; Vinoy Park, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, $5 Fri.-Sat., free admission Sun., —Lily Reisman

USF's art department is thinking outside the (idiot) box: the Contemporary Art Museum airs Broadcast, a collection of video-projection installations and interactive broadcasts that explores the role of artists since the late 1960s, who have "engaged in official channels of broadcast television and radio." Some of the thirteen participating artists (among them Dara Birnbaum, Doug Hall, neurotransmitter and Siebren Versteeg) chose to create their own footage, inserting themselves into the medium to question the rules of what we watch; others chose to cut up and manipulate existing film stock in an homage to the art form that has mesmerized the world since its introduction to the mainstream five-plus decades ago. Opening reception 7-9 p.m. Fri., June 4, runs through Aug. 7, USF Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, —Franki Weddington

India Pale Ales (including those of the double and triple variety) that will highlight the importance of hops — particularly during the opening blind tasting. Your 25 bucks gets you a raffle ticket and souvenir tasting glass; plus you can sample foods expressly prepared to complement the 20 to 25 beers that are expected on tap. Pinellas Pepper Fest, June 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park, $2 general admission, kids 12 and under free,; Hoppy Endings IPA Festival, 7 p.m.-midnight, Sat., June 5, Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, $25, —Anthony Salveggi


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