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Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. From a giant Cuban sandwich in Ybor City to Florida's largest anime convention.

THE CLAWS COME OUT

(Now Playing)

Iconic X-Men member Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) goes solo on a trip to Japan where he faces deadly samurai steel and learns what it's like to be mortal in "The Wolverine." He'll face not only his deadliest nemesis yet, but also his own demons.

WARPED PERSPECTIVE

(Friday)

With almost 70 different acts and 10 stages to choose from, fans of practically every rock and punk sub-genre (plus pop, EDM and hip hop) will find something to groove to at the 19th annual "Warped Tour" in St. Pete's Vinoy Park. The fest features Reel Big Fish, Relient K, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos, DJ Crizzly and MC Lars, to name a few. Tickets are $38.50, $42.50, and $47.50.

ANIMATE ME

(Friday to Sunday)

Slip on your geekiest costume and immerse yourself in a world of sci-fi and animé at Florida's largest anime convention, Metrocon 2013, at the Tampa Convention Center. A full slate of anime events will go until the wee hours of the morning. Single-day tickets run $30 to $35.Tickets for Friday's Fantasy Masquerade, which mixes cosplay with a formal masquerade ball, are $10.

Read more about conventions, comic books and the growing Tampa Bay area geek scene here.

THAT'S A BIG SANDWICH

(Saturday)

Bring your appetite as area restaurant owners attempt to make the world's biggest Cuban Sandwich. The culinary event showcases Tampa's signature food at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor campus.

RING A DING DING

(Saturday)

Feel the mood of the Rat Pack era at the black-tie-optional Celebrate Sinatra party at the Cuban Club. There's dancing to a big band orchestra, singers on the main stage and a Latin quartet in the Copa Room, plus hors d'oeuvres, gaming and cigars. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Straz Center and Florida Orchestra. Tickets are $50 to $125.

LEARN TO LOVE THE BOMB

(Sunday)

Get out of the heat and into some air conditioning for one of the funniest movies about the threat of global nuclear devastation, "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." It comes to Tampa Theatre as part of its Summer Classics series. Tickets are $9.

PAWGARITAVILLE

(Saturday)

If you love animals and Caribbean beach parties, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is transforming its shelter into a "Caribbean paradise" during their PAWgaritaville adoption event. The event features food trucks, island-style beverages, children's activities and a DJ. Plus all pet adoption fees will be 50 percent off.

HEY HEY, THEY'RE IN CLEARWATER

(Sunday)

The Monkees, the foursome responsible for a trippy 1960s TV show and such hits as "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," is carrying on as a three-piece after the passing of Davy Jones. The reunited Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz play Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are $50 to $125.
 
Read more about The Monkees surprising reunion here.

END OF THE BEGINNING?

(Monday)

Don't be paranoid as Black Sabbath, with entertaining front man Ozzy "Prince of Darkness" Osbourne, hits the stage - for the last time, perhaps? - at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25 to $119.

MUSICAL MAYHEM

(Wednesday)

Even more metal invades the MidFlorida Amp, when heavy bands Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Amon Amarth play this year's Mayhem Festival. Tickets start at $25.50.

ON THE CHEAP
 
Report card reward: Kids in grades K-12 get free admission when they bring their most recent report card showing an “A” or “E” in science to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Offer is good with paid adult admission; ongoing and free; Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville; (352) 846-2000
 

Ice Cream Social: Sample cool ice cream treats and enter to win gift cards and baskets; 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, free; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600
 

Harbour Island Art Walk: Stroll the aisles of artwork at this pet-friendly event; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; free; Harbour Island, 700 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa

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