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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
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Best Bets: Fun things to do in Tampa Bay area this week

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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 wearable art to tailgating in downtown.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Now Playing

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” returns to the gory, black-and-white glory of Frank Miller’s comic book with stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Once again, the town’s hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants.

 

SHUT UP AND LAUGH

Friday

Veteran stand-ups Mike Epps (“Next Friday,” “The Hangover”) and Joe Koy join rising star Michael Che from “The Daily Show” for 94.1’s “Shut Up and Laugh” comedy fest in St. Pete. Tickets are $49.50 and $89.50.

 

SINGULAR SINGER

Friday

Tori Amos will perform songs from her latest release, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” and tap into her storied musical catalogue at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets run $43.25 to $73.25.

 

OH CAPTAIN

Friday

The Tampa Theatre pays tribute to Robin Williams with a free, public screening of the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society.” Williams plays John Keating, an inspirational English teacher at an elite all-boys high school who implores his class to “seize the day” (and stand on their desks).

 

RARIFIED EATS

Saturday

Forget hot dogs and soft pretzels and experience finer game-day fare at the Tampa Bay Tailgate Taste Fest, where a Bucs win over the Bills would make a delicious dessert. A $20 ticket gets you five food samples from restaurants including Shula’s Steak House, Copperfish Seafood & Oyster Bar, Anise Global Gastrobar and Ducky’s.

 

FLASHY FASHION

Saturday

Watch artists and designers push the envelope on what is fashion at Wearable Art 10, the annual out-of-this world runway show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Tickets are $20 to $75.

 

REGGAE RHYTHMS

Saturday

Chill-to-the-max reggae/folk rock singer Cisco Adler performs a “low dough show” at Jannus Live in St. Pete for only $5. On the Avenue and Crazy Carls will also perform.

 

TOON TIME

Opening Saturday

Head to Ybor City for the opening of “Toons,” the new, cartoon-inspired art show by the Bluelucy art collective. Dozens of local artists have produced works that reference everything from Speedy Gonzales to “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to “King of the Hill,” but in ways you’ve never seen them before. The free opening reception runs 7 to 11 p.m.

 

SILENT PIRATE

Sunday

Watch Douglas Fairbanks go all swashbuckler in the silent film “The Black Pirate,” which will be accompanied by Tampa Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitizer Organ. Tickets for the theater’s Summer Classics Series are $10.

 

AYE CARUMBA

Through Sept. 1

FXX’s record-setting marathon of every “The Simpsons” episode ever—that’s all 552 of them—is underway and running around the clock. Check out our favorite episodes and when they’ll be on TV here.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Parents treated to “morning escape”: Parents can enjoy a free coffee or tea, muffin and a five-minute chair massage when they check in at the customer service desk; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday; free; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600.

 

Military appreciation “Sunday Funday”: Free family event with games, raffles, giveaways, veteran guest speaker and live music from country musician Jamie Tate (“Love Looks Good On You”). Four local military families will win prize packs of theme park tickets and restaurant gift cards; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater

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