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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 daily horror classics at Tampa Theatre to folk hit-makers The Lumineers at the USF Sun Dome.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

It would have been the action movie dream pairing of all time in the '90s, but even though it comes more than a decade after Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hollywood peak, it's still pretty cool to see them teaming up as the stars of “The Escape Plan.” They play two cons attempting to break out of the most secure prison ever built.

 

FRIGHT FEST

(Through Oct. 31)

Tampa Theatre hosts two weeks of daily horror classics during its “Nightmare on Franklin Street” movie series. Sunday is devoted to Alfred Hitchcock, including a screening of “Psycho.” Take a shower before you go. Tickets are $10 for adults.

 

ART SQUARED

(Friday)

At the “Five by Five” show and sale at the Tampa Museum of Art you'll find that good things come in small packages — or in this case, small canvases. The original artwork comes at a small price, too: $25.

 

FAB FAUX

(Friday)

A week after opening its season with Beethoven, the Florida Orchestra switches gears for the Classical Mystery Tour. The symphony will play 30 Beatles hits, including “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby,” with help from a veteran fab four tribute band. Tickets to the show at the Mahaffey are $35 to $75.

 

ON HOLIDAY

(Friday to Saturday)

Enjoy the beautiful weather with three days of outdoor concerts at the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park. Performers include Paul Brown, Tower of Power and Brandi Carlile. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 on the day of the show.

 

BEAT IT

(Friday and Saturday)

Two days of events will celebrate the life of “On The Road” author Jack Kerouac in St. Petersburg, where the Beat Generation hero spent the final years of his life. Tickets for Friday's Palladium concert with songs and stories about Kerouac are $30. Saturday's Jack Kerouac Night at The Flamingo is free.

 

ALL'S FAIR

(Friday to Sunday)

Celebrate all the greatness of the county — with animals and midway rides and cotton candy thrown in for good measure — at the Hillsborough County Fair in Dover.

 

HO HEY

(Saturday)

Riding the current wave of folk-pop bands hitting it huge, The Lumineers perform at the USF Sun Dome as part of their first major tour. Their smash hit “Ho Hey” should be quite a sing-along with an arena-sized audience. Tickets are $22.50 and $42.50.

 

CUTE AND CUDDLY

(Sunday)

The Shops at Wiregrass outdoor mall will be overrun with pooches during their fifth annual Dogtoberfest. The free event features a doggie costume contest, doggie obstacle course and on-site pet adoptions from various Tampa Bay area rescue organizations.

 

MY KIND OF NIGHT

(Oct. 24 and 25)

Crash the party when Luke Bryan, the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, starts a two-night stand at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre.

ON THE CHEAP

Free food and fun for kids: Kids ages 12 and younger can get in on the fun at Ikea’s Kids Academy with a free craft project, T-shirt and meal; 11 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday; free; Ikea Tampa, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (888) 888-4532.

Free bike helmets:  Amscot Financial services is teaming up with local law enforcement to keep kids safe by giving away free bike helmets; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; free; Participating Hillsborough Amscot locations include 105 W. Alexander St., Plant City; 7731 Palm  River Road, Tampa; 8231 W. Hillsborough, Tampa and 2301 Fowler Ave., Tampa. For other Bay area locations, visit www.amscot.
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Discount dinos: Florida residents get treated to discount admission through Dec. 20 at Plant City’s Dinosaur World; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; $10.95 for adults and kids; Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City; (813) 717-9865.

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