Fred Barton is the world's leading producer of museum-quality robot replicas. Barton's company produced this replica of the robot Robby from the 1956 film "Forbidden Planet." Image from Fred Barton Productions, www.the-robotman.com (Note: SMALL FILE SIZE) (Friday Extra, 12/12/08)
Camp in comfort: The Tampa Bay Summer RV Show rolls into the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., offering a chance to check out the latest in comfort-camping technology.
New and used RVs will be on display and suppliers will set up booths to answer a variety of questions including those seeking information on the best places to camp and how to finance an RV purchase.
Admission is $4 for adults and kids ages 16 and under get in free. Seniors get $1 off admission on Thursday and active and retired military and all first responders get $1 off admission on Friday. Parking is $6 per car and $12 per RV or bus.
For information, call 813-741-0488 or visit www.frvta.org.
Girl's night out: Comedian Traci Kanaan, dubbed "The Princess of Parodies," will headline the third annual Girls Night Out Comedy Show at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road.
Kanaan combines stand-up comedy with piano and singing and covers topics from her life and family to pop culture and current events.
Comedian Long Island Mary and emcee Robin Savage will also perform.
Advance tickets are $10 for members, $14 for non-members and $12 for seniors 65 and older. Prices increase by $2 on the day of the show.
Betty Spaghetti: Denise Hall will perform as the World Famous Chef Betty Spaghetti from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa.
The interactive show features singing, dancing, magic and physical comedy as Betty tells how her dream led her to become a world famous chef.
Tickets are $6 for members and $7 for non-members or $24 for a family four pack.
For information, call (813) 269-1310.
Science Fiction flicks: The Summer Classic Movie Series at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., presents "Forbidden Planet," the 1956 science fiction film featuring Leslie Nielsen who plays a commander of an expedition from Earth that arrives on Altair IV to find only two survivors from the original mission some 20 years before.
The program will open with the 1902 Georges Méliès short "A Trip to the Moon" at 3 p.m.
Harriet Deer, a film professor from the University of South Florida, will lead a discussion after the films. The session is free.
Tickets are $9 general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre members and are available at the box office. For information call (813) 274-8981 or go to www.tampatheatre.org.
Drink to a cure: The Krewe of Zingaro hosts its ninth annual "Uncork the Cure" wine tasting event to benefit the Children's Cancer Research Group at 1Voice Foundation from 4-7 p.m. at the Tampa Club, 101 Kennedy Blvd.
The event features wine, food and live music and will be hosted by Linda Hurtado of ABC Action News. Guests can also bid on silent auction items.
Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and can be purchased online at www.uncorkthecure.com or by calling (813) 786-0234.
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