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Thursday 7.26

Road Trip Sports Illustrated for Kids, the nation's quote-unquote premier youth sports magazine, is traveling across the country with its interactive sports-based multimedia tour for families. It's 18-wheeler trailer is stocked with virtual reality, video and racecar games, plus a virtual sportscasting booth, where participants can give play-by-play to famous moments in sports history. Each stop on the tour also includes live entertainment and outdoor sports challenges. The event is free and takes place noon-6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Brandon Town Center, as part of the mall's signature back-to-school event, Kidfest. Brandon Town Center is on State Road 60 just east of I-75 at 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon (813-661-5100). Sports Illustrated for Kids provides updates on the mobile tour at www.sikids.com.

Garden Swing Guitarist Nate Najar and acoustic bassist Joe Aromola, two-thirds of the Nate Najar Trio, perform smooth, swinging jazz in a fashion uncommon among younger musicians. They play a repertoire of swing standards, gentle ballads and easeful Latin. Najar and Aromola perform 7-10 p.m. Thursdays at the Garden Restaurant, which is at 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-896-3800).

Friday 7.27

Heavenly HardcoreSince 1995, Eighteen Visions have been hampered by bandmates leaving, unpopular early 7-inch releases and name changes — the average independent band bio fodder — but what they've settled into is something of a glam-rock attitude toward hardcore. With pretty faces and a frontman seen as the Jim Morrison of hardcore, 18V are poised to break the genre's mold of hectic and brutal metal and become one its most intriguing and forward-thinking bands. Nothing Promise and The Blackout Terror open the $5 show. Doors open at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City (813-248-9500).

Sheltered? Expose yourself to Elements, Tampa's latest upscale dance club. Elements is part of Pop City at Channelside, situated between the Ice Palace and The Florida Aquarium. Fridays, the club offers high-energy light and sound, featuring fire-breathers, dancers and the latest in techno from DJ Wikkid. The club's multiple plush settings and private rooms are outfitted with leather couches and provide excellent vantages. The $3 cover affords ladies 18-and-up and guys 21-and-up free drinks till midnight, plus $2 mixed drinks and longnecks all night. Elements is at 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa (813-229-2489).

Saturday 7.28

Fiesta A group of Puerto Rican residents of Pinellas Park along with the Puerto Rican Cultural Association of Central Florida have organized the area's first Puerto Rican Patron Saint Festival. The festival is an annual event in every town in Puerto Rico, in honor of each town's saint. The purpose of this event locally is to celebrate the cultural heritage of Pinellas Park's residents of Hispanic descent. The festival is free and takes place from noon to 8 p.m. at England Brothers Band Shell Park. Festivities include regional food, a folklore show and performances by the Erika Salsa Dance Studio, Raphy Ramos and Los Tipicos Del Caribe. The England Brothers Band Shell Park is at 5160 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. For booth rental and information, call 813-949-2048.

The Queen of Folkabilly Nanci Griffith has recorded 16 albums since 1978, including this year's Clock Without Hands, her first album of new songs since 1997. The album comes at a time of heightened activism for Griffith, who has been involved with such humanitarian efforts as the Campaign for a Landmine Free World for almost two years. Griffith found the inspiration for several of her new songs through experiences with the campaign organizers, the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra perform at 8 p.m. at the Bayfront Center's Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $25, $35 and $50, and the Bayfront Center is at 400 First St., S., St. Petersburg (727-892-5767).

Sunday 7.29

Freak, Pest, Homeboy... A multifaceted performer, John Legiuzamo has established a career that defies categorization. His one-man shows, Mambo Mouth and Spic-0-Rama, have won him rave reviews and a Hollywood movie career. His filmography includes roles as a gangster in Carlito's Way, a transvestite in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and most recently French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulon Rouge. Leguizamo's stage shows combine maniacal dancing and darkly funny observations. He performs his new show, John Leguizamo Live, at 8 p.m. at Ferguson Hall of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Admission costs $32.50, and the Performing Arts Center is at 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa (813-229-7827).

At the Rock Show The Vans Warped Tour hits town with more punks than a boys' home, featuring the likes of 311, Rancid, Alien Ant Farm, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Less than Jake, hold on, let me catch my breath, Kool Keith, Bouncing Souls, Good Charlotte, Sum 41 and more. Several Vans-sponsored pro athletes are also scheduled to perform stunts on the vert ramp, including skateboarder Mike Frazier and BMXer Rick Thorne. Tickets are $26.50 in advance, $30 day of. The show begins at noon at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-974-3002).

Monday 7.30

Say What? KJ (Karaoke Jockey) Patti K. hosts karaoke every Monday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Gasoline Alley. Patti accommodates the crowd's eclectic musical tastes with a CD selection of nearly 800 songs, ranging from new wave to country, and the club offers $1 drafts and $1 fajitas. So whether you want to grab the spotlight or just be entertained, this is a sure bet for both. Gasoline Alley is at 17928 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater (727-532-0265).

Tuesday 7.31

Alice Unchained After recording five platinum-plus albums with Alice in Chains, guitarist/songwriter Jerry Cantrell has taken leave to record solo works, Boggy Depot and yet-to-be-released Degradation Trip Vol. 1 and 2. For his first tour as a solo artist, Cantrell has put together an ensemble featuring guitarist Chris DeGarmo, formerly of Queensryche; bassist Nick Rhinehart, from Seattle-based Old Lady Litterbug; keyboardist Chris Dowd, formerly of Fishbone; and Alice in Chains bandmate Sean Kinney on drums. San Francisco sludge-rockers Swarm and MIRV open the show. Tickets are $14 advance, $17 day of. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show takes place at the Hanger at Frankie's Patio, 1920 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813- 248-3337).

Wednesday 8.1

All that Glitters Nancy Markoe Gallery presents the work of premier jeweler Patricia Daunis, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a multi-award winner, including a DeBeers award and a grand prize from the World Gold Council. Her woven pieces are copywritten master works that involve her own innovative techniques and designs, adorned with gemstones. Daunis' work is on display through Aug. 12. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Nancy Markoe Gallery is at 3112 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (727-360-0729).

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