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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in the Tampa Bay area this week

Published:   |   Updated: April 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

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 and beyond, from the Florida Orchestra's mash-up with classic video games to Record Store Day at shops around the area.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Bears: they're cute, gigantic, brown, scary, cuddly and funny in the John C. Reilly narrated Disneynature documentary “Bears,” about an Alaskan bear family with two rambunctious cubs that are taught important life lessons.

 

THE HUNT IS ON

(Friday and Saturday)

Watch Lowry Park Zoo orangutans search for colorful eggs or get crackin' and find an Easter egg hunt in your neighborhood from our select list.

 

FOLLOW THE ROAD TO CLEARWATER

(Through Saturday)

The critically-acclaimed traveling production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's “The Wizard of Oz” finishes out its run at Ruth Eckerd Hall with the Tin Man, wicked witches, Dorothy and her little dog, too. Tickets run $35 to $75.

 

JOYSTICK TURNED BATON

(Saturday)

Gamers and nongamers will find a common platform at “rePlay: Symphony of Heroes,” focusing on the music and art of video games, performed by The Florida Orchestra at The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35.

 

SPIN THIS

(Saturday)

On Record Store Day, celebrate music and the independent shops that sell them, with many Bay-area outlets offering special vinyl and CD releases, live performances and more. Check out our guide to what's happening here.

 

MAINSAIL AWAY

(Saturday and Sunday)

The popular Mainsail Art Festival returns to the St. Petersburg waterfront for its 38th year with hundreds of artists works from oil paintings, to sculptures to photography (plus live music and lots of food). Admission is free.

 

MARKET ON YOUR CALENDAR

(Sunday)

There's only two weeks left to visit the Tampa downtown Sunday Market before it shuts down for the season to avoid the heat. You'll find produce, fresh bread, handmade jewelry, clothes and all sorts of other goodies across from Curtis Hixon Park beginning at 10 a.m.

 

DRINKING LESSON

(Sunday)

The writers of “A Brief History of Beer” have described the stage show as “'Star Trek' mixed with comedy and a drinking game.” That's all we needed to hear. It's $7 at New World Brewery in Ybor.

 

UNCHAINED MELODY

(Opening Tuesday)

Make a date with a pottery wheel after seeing “Ghost,The Musical,” the popular movie retrofitted for the Straz Center stage, with new tunes, familiar characters and eye-popping special effects. Tickets run $46 to $81.50.

 

SOMETHING TO SEE

(Tuesday)

Cloud Nothings scored one of the best albums of 2012 with the no-frills, lo-fi guitar assault “Attack on Memory” that owed a lot to 90s grunge, but was also pop punk in the best way. With a great, follow-up album that just came out this month, this is a must see show. Tickets are $15.

 

DANCE, DANCE YBOR

(Wednesday)

EDM hero GRiZ will get the crowd moving at The Ritz Ybor with dance music that's influenced by funk, soul and classic rock. Tickets are $15.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Skate park grand opening: Built by Team Pain Skate Parks, a new park featuring a full pipe, hubba-ledge, granite rails, manual pad, pole jam and other “California-style” features in the snake-run course will be opening in Town 'N Country. The grand opening will feature giveaways, lunch, live music, and an inline skating and skateboarding party; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; free; Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Springs, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, (813) 635-3500

 

Buy a gift card, score a free shake: Through May 31, when you buy a $10 gift card from Steak 'N Shake, you'll be emailed a voucher for a free classic milk shake. The offer is good for one-time use and not valid on gift card reloads. www.steaknshake.com/

 

Bunnyhop: Enjoy free cookies and juice for kids plus a visit from the Easter Bunny at this holiday-themed jump event; 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; $10 for kids older than age 1, parents and kids younger than age 1 are admitted free; Jump!Zone, 12402 Race Track Road, Tampa; (727) 925-1010

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