Planet Picks

Thursday 3.29

Get to Work! Short on cash? Oddly enough, employment helps with that. Check out your options at a 1 to 4 p.m. Job Fair, at the Holiday Inn Select. Dozens of Bay area businesses are looking for dependable employees, and Abilities of Florida has gathered them together under one roof. While everyone is invited to attend this free event, the fair puts special emphasis on employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The hotel's at 3535 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Call 727-538-7370.

Acid Washed Paul Oakenfold doesn't look like a DJ. A trendy hairdresser, maybe, but not a DJ. Regardless, the UK spinner is a rave music pioneer. While we were digging Duran Duran and Molly Ringwald, Oakenfold was blowing kids' minds in underground warehouses in London. Hear what you've been missing at 9 p.m. (yeah, right), when Oakenfold unleashes acid house and progressive trance on the Amphitheater crowd. Tickets cost $22.50, and the Amphitheater's at 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 813-287-8844.

Friday 3.30

Rhythm Nation Have you noticed all the dance (not rave) events lately? Tampa Bay's not exactly known for the art, but we never stop trying. For example, the USF Department of Dance presents Seize the Moment for Dance, Music and Text, at 8 p.m. in Theatre I. Internationally recognized choreographers Martin Kravitz and Bruce Steival are among the contributors to this mixed repertory program of classical ballet, modern and jazz dance. Tickets cost $8, and the theater's on campus, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Call 813-974-2323.

Identity Crisis What's the best way for an adopted child to find her birth mother? Create an autobiographical play detailing the search and take it from city to city, apparently. At 8 p.m., the St. Petersburg Little Theatre presents Homecoming, a comedic, one-woman play by Lauren Weedman. Throughout the night, you'll meet Weedman's eccentric adoptive mother, emotionally awkward grandmother, sincerely insincere sister and other characters who've helped the search along. Tickets cost $20, and SPLT's at 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-866-1973.

Sexy Siberians The spirit of Elvis is alive and well and channeled through the instruments of the Red Elvises. This wacky, fun-as-hell Russian group keeps you dancing and laughing with its special blend of Russian ethnic music, reckless surf-rock and high-energy rockabilly. This 8 p.m. Skipper's show promises to be a tasty visual and musical treat. Tickets cost $12 on advance, $15 at the door. Skipper's is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813-971-0666.

Saturday 3.31

Going to the Dogs Make your dog and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay happy by attending Bark in the Park, at Al Lopez Park. Beginning with a 9 a.m., 1.25-mile walk (registration begins at 8 a.m.), the afternoon continues with all sorts of fun stuff for your beloved bow-wow, including tail painting, contests, demonstrations, a dog wash and storytelling for the kids by Michael Sterns. Anyone collecting $25 or more for the walk gets a prize. The park's at 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa. Call 813-876-7138.

Get Your Motor Runnin' It's a full-on testosterone bath at the Florida State Fairgrounds when, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., the third annual Florida Motorcycle Expo revs up the biker set. Continuing through Sunday, the nonstop activity includes stunt rider shows, a tattoo contest, IPW Professional Wrestling and women's Jell-O wrestling. Not to mention hundreds of the baddest hunks of metal on two wheels. Admission costs $5, and proceeds from daily drawings benefit the Joshua House. The Fairgrounds are at U.S. 301 and Orient Road in Tampa. Call 813-814-1424.

Gastronomic Gala Cleanse your palates, people. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center celebrates its 16th annual culinary occasion, Best of Tampa Bay. From 7 to 11 p.m., this popular event serves up everything from haute cuisine to sizzling steaks, along with beer, wine, desserts and a healthy side of entertainment from Sounds of Steel, Trio de Sol Caliente, Safka and more. Fifty-plus restaurants are participating, and tickets costs $60. TBPAC's at 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-STAR.

Sunday 4.1

Frequent Fliers If you can't beat the Sunday drivers, join 'em with a drive of your own to the second annual Sunken Gardens Butterfly Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., surround yourself with hundreds of butterflies in the gardens' open-air aviary, and learn how to attract them to your own garden. Other fun stuff includes a plant sale, petting zoo, bird and bat shows, children's activities and music. Admission costs $5 for adult's, $1 for ages 3 to 11. The Gardens are at 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-551-3100.

Punk Props The Orpheum continues its tradition of hosting some of the more interesting shows in the Bay area. Tonight's 9 p.m. event brings yet another bunch of bands, most you've never heard of. Brand spanking new Tampa band Appalachian hopefully rocks harder than its name, and Closure offers some solid post-punk. Pittsburgh-based punk group Teddy Duchamp's Army rounds out the bill. Admission costs $5, and The Orpheum's at 1902 Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. Call 813-248-9500. P.S.: Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour. (You're welcome.)

Monday 4.2

Cuba's Rosewood Incident Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando returns to Tampa Bay to screen her latest film, Raices de mi Corazon (Roots of my Heart). USF-St. Pete's Davis Hall hosts this 6:30 p.m. event, which educates audiences on the hushed 1912 massacre of more than 6,000 members of Cuba's Independents of Color. The viewing is free, and the campus is at 140 Seventh Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-864-3591.

Tuesday 4.3

Hey battah battah battah Springtime's upon us, sports fans, and that means it's time once again to head to the air-conditioned confines of Tropicana Field for watery beer and hot dogs. Oh yeah ... and to cheer on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who host their first home game at 7:15 p.m. against the Toronto Blue Jays. Tickets range from $4 all the way up to $195. The Trop's at One Tropicana Drive (between First and Fifth avenues), St. Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS or 813-282-RAYS.

Wednesday 4.4

Chick Flicks If you're female and have yet to visit Muvico Centro Ybor 20, now you've no excuse. The theater offers one Ladies' Day a week through June 6. At 10 a.m. every Wednesday, ladies can enjoy some of the best (read: sappiest) chick flicks Hollywood has to offer while crying in a theater full of your own gender ... for free!! This morning's film is the 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Movies are first-come, first-served, and the theater's at 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call 813-242-0664.

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