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Best Bets: Fun things to do around Tampa this week

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Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the Red Bull Wake Open in downtown Tampa to Jay and Silent Bob in St. Petersburg.

AT THE MOVIES

(Now playing)

Steve Carrell is back as the voice of Gru in Disney Pixar's "Despicable Me 2." Take your children or your younger siblings if you need an excuse to see a "kids movie," but we know you love those mischevious Minions as much as we do.

MAC ATTACK

(Friday)

Fresh off the release of his critically-acclaimed new album "Watching Movies With the Sound Off," rapper Mac Miller is playing Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. He'll be there with newcomer Chance the Rapper, who's gaining a reputation as the best emcee to come out of Chicago since Kanye West. Tickets are $27.50 to $30.

TAKING FLIGHT

(Friday and Saturday)

Watch 36 of the best wake board athletes from around the world catch big air and big money in varied competitions at the Red Bull Wake Open in the waters around the Tampa Convention Center. The action is free to watch.

SILENT BOB SPEAKS

(Saturday)

Director Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes, known for playing stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob in "Clerks" and other cult classics, will host a screening of their new flick, "Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie," at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. The Q&A after the movie will be recorded for an episode of their podcast "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old." Tickets are $25 to $59.

MOUNTAIN MUSIC

(Saturday)

It's all about "Songs of the South" when Grammy-winning band Alabama brings their infectious rockin' country melody to Ruth Eckerd Hall for its "Back to the Bowery Tour," the band's first tour since 2002.Tickets are $69 to $499.

COLORFUL EXPRESSIONS

(Opening Saturday)

See how colors influence one another and their effects on visual perception in "Color Acting," a collection of abstract works inspired by painter, teacher, and theorist Josef Albers at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $10.

BARKING AT THE BALLPARK

(Saturday)

Bring your dog along to Bark at the Park at Brighthouse Field to watch the clearwater Threshers take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Along with the baseball game there will be a pet/owner lookalike contest, and a chance to run the bases after the game. Tickets are $7 to $9.50 or $5 for dogs and proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.

RUN THRU HELL

(Sunday)

The finish line will feel like heaven if you can make it through hell, which in this case is Run Thru Hell 5K race through the brush and mud at Al Lopez Park on a summer day in Florida. You can pre-register online for $25 at active.com, or pay $30 on race day.

GET PATRIOTIC

(Sunday)

We think you'll be tapping your toes and possibly singing along when Tampa Theatre screens "Yankee Doodle Dandy," the life story of legendary song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney at his Oscar-winning best. Tickets are $9.

REV IT UP

(Sunday)

A Biker Bash takes over the fifth floor of the Winner's Way parking garage at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino with a motorcycle show and contest for bikes in 10 different classes, a poker walk, live music and $3 beer specials. It's free from noon to 6 p.m.

ON THE CHEAP

Kids eat free: Kids ages 12 and younger eat free every Monday in July with the purchase of a full-price adult meal at Sweet Tomatoes restaurants; all day Monday; www.souplantation.com/ for locations

Cool off on the ice: Beat the heat and go ice skating at the Lakeland Center in July; times vary daily through July 13; $7 adults, $6 kids; The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland; (863) 834-8100

Yoga in the park: Free group yoga class for all levels is held every Sunday evening in downtown Tampa. Bring your own mat and water; 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday; Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 601 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8677

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