Five Things to Do This Weekend

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1. St. Pete-based alt-pop rock band Talk to Mark hosts and performs at A Benefit for Ryleigh and Reece Russo. The benefit concert is held to raise funds for the escalating medical expenses of two St. Petersburg children: 2-year-old Ryleigh (right, reading the paper) was recently diagnosed with leukemia and while she was undergoing chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital, her appendix ruptured and had to be removed; newborn Reece (left, with dad) came into the world shortly after and suffering from persistent pulmonary hypertension, a disorder that limits blood flow to the lungs. Parents Dennis and Teresa Russo are struggling – breadwinner Teresa was just laid off from her high-salary job and Dennis is a Gibbs High School teacher with a teacher’s diminutive income. All proceeds raised at the concert go directly to the family. Fri., July 11, 7-11 p.m., Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, $10 suggested donation. For more info, call 727-385-1529.

2. Vans Warped Tour brings Against Me! and 50 or so other alt rock acts to Vinoy Park today.

3. The Warlocks and The Black Angels play Crowbar Saturday night.

4. Rome, New York and Tampa academic scholars from a range of disciplines delve into the cultures, identities and perspectives of Sicilian and Italian Americans during a weekend symposium, “Sicilians in Tampa – Unfolding the Journey,” which is hosted by the Ybor City Museum Society.

5. Two local theaters present productions of Forever Plaid.

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