Do It Today: Sex and the City 2-themed girls' night out, USF Honors Theater offers Animals and Plants, movies in the park and an evening with Broadway star Ben Vereen


In conjunction with St. Pete's Waterfront Parks Centennial Celebration, 'Burgians (Burgers? Burgites?) are invited to picnic in the park each Thursday for free concerts and movie screenings, including: a concert by songstress Valerie Wisecracker and Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Cary Grant (May 27). Music begins at 7 p.m.; movies screen at dark. North Straub Park, St. Petersburg.


[image-1]Seinfeld showed us that a show about nothing could actually be pretty darn entertaining, heck, even legendary. Animals and Plants, a play by the award-winning writer Adam Rapp being staged this weekend by USF Honors Theater (pictured), seems to follow suit. Described as “a raunchy comedy set in the underbelly of Americana,” it tells the story of two friends snowed in a shabby North Carolina motel fueled by talks on life, existence and an upcoming magic mushroom deal with someone called “The Burning Man.” They should really just call this thing “College.” May 27-30, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., USF Theater Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, $15, $10 students and seniors, arts.usf.edu. —Andrew Silverstein


Thom Vernon signs his debut novel, The Drifts. An Arkansas blizzard sets the stage for a diverse array of worries: an unhappily expectant mother, a man in love with a cow, and a transsexual who can't afford the surgery that would make his body make sense. inkwoodbooks.com. Thurs., May 27, 7 p.m., Inkwood Books, Tampa.


Broadway Theater Project: An Evening with Ben Vereen is an intimate evening with Tony-winning star of Pippin, Roots and All That Jazz, with proceeds to benefit the Broadway Theater Project, now celebrating two decades of student workshops with luminaries of the Great White Way. 813-974-2323. Thurs., May 27, 7:30 p.m., USF College of Visual & Performing Arts Theatre I, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. $30-$60.

I don't know about you, but every group of gals I know made a weekly appointment to watch Sex and the City, choosing which characters they most identify with (like the grown-up equivalent of Barbies). In celebration of the release of the second SATC movie, tonight's Girls Night Out: Sex and the City 2 Party fashion bash takes that tradition to a grand scale, with a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte-themed fashion contest (judged by "St. Pete's fashion experts," who choose prize-winners); a fashion and hair show by VLVT Salon; an SATC-themed dinner, dessert, and drink (my money's on some kind of pink martini); free wine from 8-10 p.m.; and music by DJ Ich, so you can shake what your mama gave you all night long. nova535.com. (PS: The movie itself might actually be pretty good. At least CL's  Joe Bardi thinks so.) Thurs., May 27, 6 p.m., Nova 535, St. Petersburg, free cover.

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