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Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
Things To Do

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 for things to do around Tampa, from a “Friday” star doing stand-up, to a Valentine date with your dog.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Now playing)

When police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured in the line of duty, a multinational company seizes the opportunity to build a part-man, part-robot cop in the remake of the satire-filled 80s action flick, “RoboCop.”

 

ONCE AGAIN

(Through Sunday)

Our critic says seeing the traveling production of the powerful, romantic musical “Once” just once might not be enough. The play follows Guy, a brokenhearted, Irish songwriter, who's playing in a pub when he meets Girl, a precocious Czech immigrant, who turns his life upside down. Tickets are $46.50 to $90 at the Straz Center.

 

POPS IN THE HOUSE

(Friday to Sunday)

John Witherspoon, best known for playing Ice Cube's crotchety dad in “Friday,” Marlon and Shawn Wayans' crotchety dad on “The Wayans Brothers,” and a crotchety cartoon granddad on “The Boondocks,” is in town for three nights of stand-up at the Tampa Improv in Ybor. Tickets run $22 to $25.

 

ROW THE BOAT

(Friday to Sunday)

The third annual Roosevelt Rowing Regata takes over Tampa's downtown waterfront with intercollegiate rowing competitions, paddle board, kayak and dragon boat races and a Friday night kickoff where glowing lanterns will be launched on the Hillsborough river to honor loved ones. There are paid events, but you can also watch for free. Check out the full schedule here.

 

PUPPY LOVE

(Saturday)

Take your true love — your dog — to the Valentine “Pup” Crawl that visits SoHo pubs offering drink specials and raffles, all to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

 

WHIG OUT

(Saturday and Sunday)

Whigfest, the annual President's Day festival at Jannus Live (cheekily named after the defunct politcal party) really stepped up its lineup this year by scoring nationally-known rockers Surfer Blood and Pinback as headliners. The best overall way to describe the 48-band lineup: quality, chilled-out indie rock. Tickets are $20 for single day or $35 for the weekend.

 

FAIR TAG TEAM

(Friday through Feb. 23)

You don't even have to break stride between corn dogs as the Florida State Fair winds up its run and the Pasco County Fair starts its seven days of fun — both on Monday.

 

SHORT SIGHTED

(Friday to Feb. 26)

Check out this year's Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts, including “Feral,” about a wild boy found in the woods. Theyscreen on an alternating schedule at Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $10.

 

GARTH WHO?

(Thursday)

Trisha Yearwood cooks, writes and sings. Watch and listen to her do the latter when she stops by Ruth Eckerd Hall.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Share your power at blood drive: Select Golden Corral restaurants are hosting blood drives where donors can share their power to save lives by donating blood. Donors will be treated to a free Golden Corral lunch buffet, voucher for a movie ticket and a wellness checkup; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; free; Golden Corral, 815 Providence Road, 11801 56th St., or 6942 W. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa or 10050 Ulmerton Road, Largo; (727) 656-5239'

A World Full of Animals': The Earthlings Electric Washboard Band takes kids ages 4 to 12 on an interactive journey filled with goats, ► octopi, ◄ horses and more; 2 p.m. Sunday; $6 to $7; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road,Tampa; (813) 269-1310

Zumba: Get fit with a Latin flair with this high energy dance and cardio class. No health club membership required, just show up; 7 p.m. Mondays; $6; Brandon Community Center, 502 E. Sadie St.; (813) 635-8179

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