Do It Today: Willie Nelson, Berlin ’36, DinoQuest at Lowry Park Zoo and more

And, as we all know, the performer of such hits as "On the Road Again," "Blue Eyes Cryin' in The Rain" and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" has had some more brushes with the law, all in the name of that pesky ol' war on drugs.


Seriously, who should get more attention — a harmless old gent with braids or some murderous kingpins along the Mexican border. Hmm. Tough call.


Music Editor Leilani Polk posits in her Upcoming Concerts: "You could argue that pot has stimulated Willie's creativity all these years (he’s produced upwards of 75 albums so far), and that poking him with the authoritative stick (which is essentially what happens every time he’s arrested) isn’t going to keep him from spreading his activist brand of alternative country, just make him more circumspect about where he does it." Indeed.


8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $42.50-$88. rutheckerdhall.com.


[image-1]Prehistoric fun awaits at the Lowry Park Zoo limited-engagement exhibit, DinoQuest: Jurassic Journey, where you can see life-like and life-size dinosaurs – ones that move, blink and roar. See a brachiosaurus that towers at 18 feet tall, and be forewarned of the dilophosaurus that sprays water. The zoo created the outdoor exhibit area using mostly unused space near the Garden of Love. The dinosaurs were leased from Billings Productions of Texas, which provides life-size dinosaurs to zoos, museums and theme parks. Feb. 9-May 11. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.




[image-2]The Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival continues tonight. See the 2009 German film Berlin 36, a historical drama based on the true story of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann (directed by Kaspar Heidelbach). With no other German female to challenge Bergmann, the unknown Marie Ketteler is introduced onto the team. The two rivals form a precarious friendship, with Marie carrying a secret that puts her loyalty and the hidden Nazi agenda to the test. The powerful drama celebrates the small victories strong-willed individuals can win over tyranny and hate. As a bonus, the screening also features Gefilte Fish, a 10-minute short about a young woman's pre-wedding family tradition to kill and prepare gefilte fish, but her sympathy for the live fish swimming in her bath gets in the way. 7:30 p.m. $6. Beth Israel of Sun City Center, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E., Sun City Center, 813-634-2590. tbjff.org.


[image-3]Lastly, if you're in Pinellas and need some mellow inspiration, head out to Craftsman House to meet poet Barbara Crooker. A winner of numerous national awards, Crooker reads from her work More.


Crooker's work has been described as "poems full of passion, yearning, gratitude, keen observation and finely honed language." Copies of Crooker’s books will be available and she will sign copies for guests. 6 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged; call or 727-323-2787 or e-mail [email protected]

Willie Nelson returns to the Bay area tonight to fill the giant oyster shell of Ruth Eckerd with his mellifluous and soulful croon.

You gotta love Nelson for still sporting a self-possessed sincerity and dignity that distinguishes him from the fat cats in the country hall of fame. This past April, Nelson's Country Music, produced by Grammy and Oscar-winning T Bone Burnett, was released on Rounder Records.

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