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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: July 18, 2013 at 03:16 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from George Lopez's stand-up act to a free zombie flick in the park.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

A murdered police officer (Ryan Reynolds) is recruited to work for the Rest In Peace Department, an undead police force that battles spirits not ready to leave this world, in "R.I.P.D." It's the summer. Don't overthink it.

NOVEL ADAPTATIONS

(Opening Friday and Wednesday)

Chaim Potok's novel about a young art prodigy whose talents threaten to estrange him from his Hasidic faith is adapted for the stage in "My Name Is Asher Lev," opening Wednesday at American Stage Theatre, while the Tony Award-winning "Spring Awakening," a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations of the teen years, is at St. Petersburg's freeFall Theater beginning Friday. Tickets range from $37 to $49.

WAPA!
(Friday)

He starred in his own long-running ABC series and hosted his own talk show, now actor and comedian George Lopez brings his stand-up to the Mahaffey Theater stage. Tickets are $66, $56 and $46.

ZOMBIES UNDER THE STARS

(Friday)

Night owls and horror fans take note, Scream on the Green returns to Curtis Hixon Park with a free midnight screening of 2004's "Dawn of the Dead," in which a group of survivors bands together in a shopping mall. Bring a chair, bring a cooler ­- you can even bring your dog.

A SNOOTY PARTY

(Saturday)

Snooty, the world's oldest known manatee, is turning 65. To celebrate Snooty's senior citizenry, the South Florida Museum (where Snooty lives) is throwing a party with live music, games, activities and exhibits in the museum's Spanish Plaza. The outdoor party is free, and admission to enter the museum and see the birthday manatee will be discounted to $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for kids 4 to 12.

MR. MANSON

(Saturday)

Marilyn Manson, who thrilled legions of fans and ignited the outrage of everyone from senators to reverends to other musicians when he burst on the scene in 1996 with "Antichrist Superstar," continues a push behind his latest album, last year's "Born Villain." Tickets to the concert at Jannus live are $44.

KEEP IT COOL

(Saturday and Sunday)

Get out of the heat and enjoy the cranked-up air conditioning at The Coliseum in St. Pete during the Cool Art Show. The free annual show, now in its 25th year, brings together about 80 artists to showcase their crafts, from funky chairs, to cat sculptures to paintings, teapots and more.

BECAUSE WE CAN

(Sunday)

"Moulin Rouge," the colorful musical about the budding romance between a poet (Ewan McGregor) and a beautiful dancer (Nicole Kidman) in Paris, comes to the Tampa Theatre as part of its Summer Classics movie series. Tickets are $9, or $7 for members.

SUMMERY VIBES

(Tuesday)

Whether you're in search of '90s nostalgia or mellow SoCal vibes, you should get a strong dose of both (and possibly a strong whiff of secondhand smoke) with a lineup including 311, Sublime w/ Rome, Cypress Hill and Pennywise at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25 to $68.

WING IT

(Thursday)

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, the man who devoured his own world record by scarfing down 69 hot dogs at the annual Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, will be in Clearwater for the World Wing Eating Championship. The event goes down at 7 p.m. at the original Hooter's, of course.

ON THE CHEAP

Nordstrom Beauty Bash: Take advantage of complimentary beauty treatments such as blow-outs, polish changes, mini-cleansing facials and more at the kickoff of the department store's annual sale; 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; free; Nordstrom, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 875-4400

Leon Festival: Annual Metropolitan Ministries toy drive includes snow slide, photos with Santa and more. Donate a new toy or $10 and get a free ticket to that evening's Tampa Bay Storm game; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; free; The Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa; (813) 301-6500

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