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Published:   |   Updated: March 6, 2014 at 03:27 PM

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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 this week, from Muppets, to improv to running with bulls.



(Opening Friday)

The abs are back in town as Greek Gen. Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) leads the charge against Persian forces in “300: Rise of an Empire,” the sword-and-sandal sequel to the Gerard Butler epic “300.”




“Fans Rule” means the audience influences the game when the Harlem Globetrotters hit the court with a show filled with gags, comedy and lots of trick shots at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets are $24.75 to $111.75.




Dana Carvey brings his stand-up comedy, and a long list of SNL characters, from the “church lady” to Garth of “Wayne's World” fame, to the Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $49 to $69.



(Friday to March 30)

The passions, plight and ties that bind of three Mississippi sisters comes to the stage in Jobsite Theater's presentation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart.” Tickets are $28.




Take your furry friend for a little pampering, live entertainment and obedience demonstrations, plus meet animal advocate and actress Linda Blair (of “Exorcist” fame) at the Tampa Pet Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Admission is free.




Spain's famous Running of the Bulls gets recreated on a smaller scale at Little Everglade's Ranch in Dade City for The Great Bull Run. Survive the bulls and participate in the massive tomato fight afterwards, dubbed the “tomato royale.” Registration is $65. You can read all about the Great Bull Run, and how to survive it, here.




It's guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind performance when improv masters and former “Who's Line Is It Anyway” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring their “Two Man Group” tour to The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $29.50 to $47.50.



(Saturday and Sunday)

Enjoy a giant turkey leg while taking in some jousting next to gypsies, executioners, leech breeders and a bubble fairy at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Admission to the annual festival at MOSI is $10.95 to $18.95. Read the full story here



(Saturday and Sunday)

Hold on to your, well, everything. The Flaming Lips bring their legendarily over-the-top live show to the third annual Gasparilla Music Fest. We can only hope frontman Wayne Coyne will traverse the audience in his signature man-sized bubble. Read all about the fest, and the 30-something other bands in the lineup here.




Our beloved felt friends hit Broadway in “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” the kick-off of Tampa Theatre's Family Favorites Classic Series. See the full lineup of movies here.



(Through Sunday)

Tampa Bay Beer Week wraps up with a weekend filled with brews from around the bay and beyond. Highlights include the Bacon and Beer Bash at Word of Beer in downtown St. Pete (6 p.m., Friday) and the Best Florida Beer Championships leftover party at Southern Brewing and Winemaking in Tampa (6 p.m., Friday). A full list of events is at the Beer Week website.



Free doughnut: Head to your favorite Krispy Kreme location on Sunday morning (after you set your clock ahead one hour, of course) and enjoy a free original glazed doughnut to make up for the lost hour of your precious weekend; all day Sunday; free; participating Krispy Kreme locations www.krispykreme.com/

Ride the mini trains in Pasco: On the second Saturday of the month, mini train rides are given for free by the Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; $2 parking, rides are free; Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr., Brooksville; (727) 639-7639

Free Slurpee: Text “DIETCOKE1” to 711711 for a code for a free Diet Cherry Coke Frost Slurpee from 7-Eleven. Offer good through May 20. www.slurpee.com/Promo tions/DietCoke

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