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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 jousting and turkey legs at the Bay Area Renaissance Fair, to the spiritual healing of Deepak Chopra.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

With the eruption of Mount Vesuvius imminent, a slave-turned-gladiator (Kit Harrington) races to save his true love, who is betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator in “Pompeii.” We won’t spoil the ending.

 

SADDLE UP

(Friday to Sunday)

The Nuclear Cowboyz freestyle motocross show at the Forum gets an injection of Eastern discipline with the new addition of the Shaolin Warriors martial artists. Tickets for the show, filled with stunts such as “the oxecutioner” the “suicide can” and the “stale fish,” run $20 to $100.

 

AUTOGRAPH ALERT

(Saturday)

It’s time for Rays Fan Fest, the annual preseason event where fans get up-close with players on Tropicana Field. You can tour the locker rooms, hit balls in the batting cage, or enjoy a kids story read by a Rays player for free. For $25 to $125 you can reserve a time slot to meet a player for an autograph at raysbaseball.com/fanfest.

 

CELEBRATE YBOR

(Saturday)

Celebrate the food, culture and heritage of the historic district during Fiesta Day and Flan Fest, two free events that promise a day full of family fun and a lot of flan along Seventh Avenue and in Centennial Park.

 

GET MEDIEVAL

(Saturday to April 6)

Recreate historical times with comedy, romance, kings, queens, knights, jousting, turkey legs and more at the 36th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry. Admission is $10 to $19.95.

 

SPIRITUAL Rx

(Sunday)

Deepak Chopra, the “poet prophet of alternative medicine” as Time magazine once called him, brings his mainstream-meets-Eastern-medicine message of enlightenment to the Straz Center, ahead of the release of his new book, “What Are You Hungry For?” Tickets are $35 to $100.

 

NICE AND FUNNY

(Sunday)

“SNL” alum Jim Breuer brings his metalhead meets family man brand of stand-up comedy to the Palladium in St. Petersburg. We can only hope he busts out his Joe Pesci impression. Tickets are $29 to $49.

 

MADE IN THE USA

(Wednesday)

Girl power will reign when pop singer and former Disney star Demi Lovato brings her Neon Lights tour to The Forum. Tickets are $26.75, $34.75, $42.25 and $62.25.

 

SHORTCAKE OR BISCUIT?

(Opening Thursday)

Midway rides, livestock shows, live entertainment, food and lots of big, juicy strawberries await visitors at the 79th annual Florida Strawberry Festival at the Plant City Fairgrounds. Admission costs $4 to $10.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Military admitted free: Active duty military are admitted free when they present valid ID at the ticket counter; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street S., St. Petersburg; (727)820-0100

Free breakfast: Rise and shine with a complimentary continental breakfast, including pastries, juice, fruit and coffee; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday; free; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600

Discount day at the zoo: Everyone is admitted for just $6 at Lowry Park Zoo; kids under 3 are admitted free; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552 and www.lowryparkzoo.com

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