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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in the 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, from the debaucherous pirates of Gasparilla to the sweet fruit of the Kumquat Festival.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Don't call him Frankenstein's monster, because his name is Adam (played by a ripped Aaron Eckhart), and the secret of his immortality is at the center of a conflict between gargoyles and demons in “I, Frankenstein.”

 

ALL ABOARD

(Opening Friday)

American Stage Theatre continues its salute of playwright August Wilson with “Two Trains Running,” a portrait of “everyday lives in the shadow of a great event.” Tickets run $39 to $49.

 

A MINIMAL EVENING

(Friday)

The Minimalists, a Montana-based duo who gave up their high-paying jobs and possessions to write about the benefits of minimalism for millions of blog readers, kick off their free book tour for “Everything That Remains” at Mojo Books and Music.

 

ALL ABOUT BEADS

(Saturday)

Thousands will flood the streets during the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and parade, turning a big swath of South Tampa into a raging buccaneer street party. Want to keep the party going after the parade? Check out the Light Up The Night after-party in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, featuring fireworks at 10 p.m.

 

A LOT OF APPEAL

(Saturday)

Want to avoid pirates? Celebrate the smallest citrus fruit at Dade City's Kumquat Festival, with its homespun charm and tasty kumquat treats from cookies to salsa. Parking and admission is free.

 

POP CINEMA

(Saturday)

Tying in with its new “Warhol: Art, Fame, Mortality” exhibit, the Dali Museum presents its Dali & Beyond Film Series featuring “I Shot Andy Warhol,” exploring the provocative story behind the shooting of '60s superstar artist Andy Warhol. After the feature, the museum will screen Warhhol's experimental film, “Eat.” Both movies are free.

 

TOUCH A TRUCK

(Saturday)

The popular annual Touch-A-Truck event that lets children climb and play on an assortment of vehicles, including fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles and buses, returns to Largo Central Park in Largo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad, “rocketship car” rides around the block, and a food court. Wristbands are $5.

 

WELCOME HOME

(Saturday and Sunday)

The free Tampa Bay Home Show at Tropicana Field in St. Pete will have plenty of displays for browsing info on remodeling, landscaping, outdoor living and more, plus guest speakers and live entertainment.

 

BIBBIDI- BOBBIDI-BOOM!

(Opening Tuesday)

After years of exploitation, Disney princesses — from Cinderella to Mulan — fight back with biting lyrics in “Disenchanted!,” starting Tuesday at the Straz Center. Warning: this princess tale is for adults. Tickets start at $40.

 

ALWAYS COOL

(Thursday)

Laid-back blues musician Keb' Mo' says he will preview new material at his show at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $45 and $55.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Kids eat free: For a limited time, kids ages 10 and younger eat free with the purchase of an adult entree on Mondays and Tuesdays at Village Inn in South Tampa; Village Inn, 215 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.,Tampa; (813) (813) 877-2617

Florida Holocaust Museum: Active duty military are treated to free museum admission when they present valid Department of Defense ID at the ticket counter; ongoing; free; Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 820-0100

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