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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in Tampa Bay area this week

Published:   |   Updated: June 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our best bets for things to do in Tampa this week, from “Dancing With the Stars” pros at the Straz Center to the White Elephant Sale at Lowry Park Zoo.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday

Whether your a Tom Cruise fan or would like to see him die over and over, you'll get what you want in the futuristic “Edge of Tomorrow,” in which a demoted military officer (Cruise) finds himself in a time loop in which he lives and dies repeatedly in the same battle, gaining skill in each “rebirth” with help from a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt).

 

ROCK OR COUNTRY?

Friday

Classic rockers Boston will play Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater ($49.50 to $125), while across the bay country songstress (and soon to be reality TV star) Leann Rimes plays the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa ($55).

 

GO M.A.D.

Friday to June 22

History, relationships, gay politics and faith are scrutinized during the raucous satirical comedy “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” presented by m.a.d. Theatre. Tickets are $22.

 

THE NEXT GENERATION

Opening Saturday

The multi-venue exhibit “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists” will completely shatter your preconceived notions of Chinese arts and culture with trailblazing photography, videos, paintings, drawings and mixed-media works by 27 Chinese artists who are leading the country's vibrant contemporary scene. Admission at Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete ranges from $10 to $20.

 

SUMMER VACATION

Opening Saturday

Take your kids on a road trip across the country without leaving Tampa at the interactive “Road Trip USA” exhibit at Glazer Children's Museum, featuring “Mount Rushmore,” “Roswell, New Mexico” and world-record-holding balls of twine. It's $15 for adults, $9.50 for children.

 

NEED A NUTCRACKER?

Saturday

At the Lowry Park White Elephant Sale, you'll find a wide assortment of items used in the park, from seasonal decor to retail fixtures — but no actual white elephants. Last year, the wares included giant candy corns and a full-size werewolf in a gold-trimmed jacket. It's free to browse, starting at 9 a.m.

 

SKY SHOW

Saturday

The theme for this week is veteran's appreciation at the weekly free fireworks show, happening every Saturday through the end of August at the Channelside plaza. There's also food trucks, live music and vendors beginning at 6 p.m.

 

SUMMER CLASSICS

Sunday

This week's film in the historic Tampa Theatre's Summer Classics Series is “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's famous novel about a white attorney defending a black man charged with raping a white woman. Tickets are $10.

 

PASSIONATE STORYTELLING

Sunday

Fly, don't walk, to Tampa Theatre to see Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning portrayal of Southern lawyer Atticus Finch defending a black man in Harper Lee's “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

 

MOVE IT, MOVE IT

Tuesday

Get a “Dancing With the Stars” experience when the brother-and-sister team of Derek and Julianne Hough tango, salsa and quickstep into Ruth Eckerd Hall for the Move Live On Tour. Tickets are $125, $75, $55 and $35.

 

LONG DECEMBER IN JUNE

Wednesday

Counting Crows bring hits such as “Long December,” “Mr. Jones,” “Colorblind” and “Big Yellow Taxi” to the Straz Center with support from Toad the Wet Sprocket. Tickets run from $56.50 to $290. You can read our interview with Crows frontman Adam Duritz here.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Summer arts and crafts: Kids can make a free Father's Day card to take home at the Michaels open house event. Sign up for ongoing arts and crafts classes for kids ranging in price from $2 to $15 per session. Sign up for a $20 adult class and get a coupon for $20 in free supplies; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; free; Michaels, 14829 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; (813) 960-3002

Minor league baseball: Sunday is family fun day when the Lakeland Flying Tigers take on the Dunedin Blue Jays. All kids ages 14 and younger are admitted for free and can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases after the game; 1 p.m. Sunday; $5.25 for adults, kids admitted free; Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland; (863) 834-6035

Kids eat free: Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to enjoy their choice of combo meal from the children's menu; no purchase is necessary, limit one per child; 11 a.m. until the restaurant closes Tuesday; free; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (813) 623-4042

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