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Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks for things to do in Tampa, from celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes to rocking out at the Vans Warped Tour.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday

A drug mule (Scarlett Johansson) evolves beyond logic and gains superhuman powers after the drug she’s carrying enters her body and boosts her brain power in the R-rated “Lucy.”

 

*FIN

Friday

Check out one of Anberlin’s last shows as the Orlando-based band with Tampa ties plays the Vans Warped Tour, the day-long music festival at St. Pete’s Vinoy Park. Also in the lineup: Air Dubai, Mixtapes, Teenage Bottlerocket, Mayday Parade, The Ready Set, The Devil Wears Prada and Cute is What We Aim For. Tickets are $38.50.

 

BEACH PAW-TY

Friday

The free, weekly Flip Flop Friday street party comes alive with music, food and beer trucks and vendors on Madeira Way off Gulf Boulevard in Madeira Beach. Bring your dog along to compete in the best-dressed luau doggie contest.

 

FLY ME TO THE MOON

Saturday

Play among the stars at the annual Celebrate Sinatra, a swinging event with big band favorites, dancing, signature cocktails and all things Ol’ Blue Eyes at The Ritz Ybor. General admission is $50.

 

YOU’RE BEING PUNKED

Saturday

Pop-punk powerhouses Fall Out Boy and Paramore come together at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre for the Monumentour, a 30-city, co-headlining jaunt that promises plenty of hits from two bands that are both on a comeback roll. Tickets start at $26.

 

THE BIG DITCH

Saturday

A new exhibition,”Building the Panama Canal” at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, showcases Ernest “Red” Hallen’s photos of the great engineering feat celebrating its 100th anniversary. Admission is $15 to $17 for adults, $10 for kids.

 

FEELING QUIZZICAL?

Ongoing

Feel like putting your useless sports/movies/music/science knowledge to good use? Team trivia nights are happening around the Tampa Bay area seven nights a week, offering a chance to show off your skills (and maybe win back the cost of your dinner).

Read our story on team trivia and check out a full list of local trivia nights here.

 

HELLO, COWBOY

Sunday

Cowpokes, a campfire and baked beans. Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” playing at the Tampa Theatre as part of its Summer Classics, will have you laughing until you ... well, you know. Tickets are $10.

 

RAYS CONCERT

Sunday

It’s Christmas in July as the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field and fans 14-and-under receive a Chris Archer Christmas stocking. The game will be followed by a Christmas-themed concert from The Imagination Movers (your 6-year-old loves them). Tickets start at $21.

 

A LIFE LIVED WELL

Opening July 29

“Life Itself,” the acclaimed documentary exploring the impact and legacy of Pulitzer-winning film critic Roger Ebert’s work, as well as the highly public battle with cancer that ultimately took his life, screens at the Tampa Theatre for three days only. Tickets are $10.

 

NO JACK SWING

Opening July 31

You may know her as computer whiz Chloe from “24,” but Mary Lynn Rajskub will get back to her risque comedy roots when she performs stand-up at Side Splitters in Tampa. Tickets are $10 to $16.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Summer home show: Browse over 100 vendors and get ideas for home improvement projects while enjoying seminars and giveaways; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; free; Expo Hall at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 2301 W Oak Ave., Plant City; (727) 674-1464

 

‘Ride through History’: Enjoy military re-enactments, see firearm demonstrations and ride on military vehicles at this history museum special event. Free hot dogs and discounted admission are also part of the festivities; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; $10 adults, $5 kids ages 4 to 12; Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo; (727) 539-8371

 

Back to school with the Yankees: The Tampa Yankees want to send Tampa Bay area children back to school in style. The first 600 ages 14 and younger to arrive at their game against the Fort Myers Miracle will get a free Tampa Yankees backpack filled with school supplies. Fans can get $2 admission to the game when they find the codeword on the Tampa Yankees or Bill Currie Ford Facebook page prior to the game; 6 p.m. today; $2; George Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa; (813) 673-3055

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