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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

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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 inaugural Scream on the Green at Curtis Hixon to a Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Mahaffey Theater.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Audiences will see what $200 million can buy when "World War Z," reportedly the most expensive movie of all time, opens in theaters. Based on the zombie novel of the same name, the film follows a former UN investigator played by Brad Pitt as he jets around the world in an attempt stop a worldwide zombie pandemic.

CELEBRATION TIME

(Friday)

Get your groove on when popular funk and R&B '80s bands Kool and the Gang and The Ohio Players team up for an evening of Rhythm and Grooves at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $39 to $75.

HEEEERE'S JOHNNY

(Friday)

Can't sleep? Head to a scary midnight showing of horror classic "The Shining," part of the inaugural Scream on the Green at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets welcome. Food will be for sale on the premises.

SOMETHING'S COMING

(Friday to Sunday)

From the first note to the last breath, Tony Award-winning "Westside Story" soars as one of the greatest love stories of all time, as star-crossed loves Tony and Maria battle cultural rivalries to be together. The show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall has been called a darker, gritter version of the classic musical. Tickets start at $50.

LASER FLOYD

(Saturday)

If there has ever been music that deserves to be paired with a 10,000-watt sound system and colorful, choreographed lasers, it's the grandiose rock of Pink Floyd. Maybe that's why "LaserSpectacular: Music of Pink Floyd" is in its 25th year of touring. Tickets are $22 to $29.

WHISKEY LULLABYE

(Saturday)

Brad Paisley was way off the mark with that "Accidental Racist" song he made with LL Cool J (turns out it was kind of accidentally racist), but at least Paisley's ambitious enough to tackle tough topics, and try to make them palatable with a dose of humor and southern charm. Plus, Paisley has some serious guitar chops and is known for putting on a great live show. Tickets are $29.95 and up.

AN AFTERNOON IN HAVANA

(Sunday)

A celebration of the Cuban culture with music from Cuba's Orchestra Aragon, Tropicana showgirls from Havana, food, drinks, a cigar lounge and performances by the World Latin Dance Champions. Theres also group salsa lessons from "Dancing With The Stars" pros Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Tickets are $70 to $145.

GET DIRTY

(Monday)

You won't find a more appropriate band for an outdoor show on a humid summer night than The Dirty Heads. They sound exactly how you'd expect four long-haired, white guys from SoCal who play chillaxed reggae and pop rock with a little hip-hop flavor (think Sublime without the edge) to sound. In this case, it's not a bad thing. Tickets are $28.

TOSH.0

(Thursday)

Hopefully your one of the lucky ones holding tickets to see funnyman and Comedy Central star Daniel Tosh who brings his own brand of politically incorrect humor to the Straz Center.

TAMPA REVISITED

(Thursday)

Bob Dylan is a cultural icon and the standard by which all serious songwriters are measured. We don't yet know if he'll play a nostalgia show filled with his early classics, or if he'll stubbornly stick to modern-era material off albums such as 2012's "The Tempest," but does it matter? He's earned the right to do what he wants. He's bringing Wilco and My Morning Jacket along for the Americanarama tour. Tickets run $25 to $80.

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