Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from a midnight horror movie in the park to a chance to dine in some of the Tampa Bay area's best restaurants on the cheap.
AT THE MOVIES
“Blackfish” is the chilling, controversial new documentary about killer whales and theme parks, focusing on Tilikum, the whale that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando. The film, which critics are calling a brutal takedown of the theme park, is getting a limited run at the Tampa Theatre.
SOLVE A MUSICAL MYSTERY
The audience will help determine the outcome of every performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical comedy based on Charles Dickens' final novel about a man who vanishes from an English village. Tickets for the new production by M.A.D. Theatre at the Straz Center are $22.
COMIC TRIO, PLUS ONE
(Friday to Sunday)
You'll have one, two, three chances to “Shut Up and Laugh” when comedians Bruce Bruce, DeRay Davis and Hannibal Buress bring their comedy shtick to the Mahaffey Theater Friday in St. Pete ($29.50 to $65). Meanwhile across the Bay, high-energy comic Pablo Francisco, known for his dead on impression of the “movie trailer guy,” headlines at The Tampa Improv all weekend ($20).
FRANKLY MY DEAR, YOU'RE POSESSED BY THE DEVIL
(Friday and Sunday)
Films from the opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum, “Gone With the Wind,” a sweeping epic of war, passion and loss and “The Exorcist,” a scary tale of faith, demonic possession and, uh, projectile-vomit are screened this weekend. Look for Rhett and Scarlett at Tampa Theatre Sunday ($9) and the devil at the free Scream on the Green at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at midnight.
(Friday to Aug. 30)
Enjoy two weeks of tasty appetizers, enticing entrees and divine desserts when more than 90 restaurants around the Bay area offer prix-fixe three-course dinners for $25, $35 and $45 as part of Dine Tampa Bay Restaurant Week.
Partiers can finally see what's new after the big renovation, when the newly merged Ritz Ybor concert venue and Czar nightclub has its grand re-opening. The Ritz opens its doors at 8 p.m. when Czar's weekly Filthy Richard dance party premieres at its new home.
Would you wear a dress made out of aluminum? Balloons? How about old mops? You don't have to wear them, but can get a look at those fashions and more during the one-of-a-kind Wearable Art 9 fashion show at Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $20 to $75.
RAYS A ROCKIN'
(Saturday and Sunday)
OneRepublic, the group responsible for smashes such as “Apologize” and “All the Right Moves,” performs on Tropicana Field after Saturday's Rays game against the Blue Jays, while Nickelodeon star and singer Victoria Justice performs after Sunday's game. The concerts are included with a ticket to the games.
Swedish electro-house, punk duo Icona Pop — Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt — whose mega-hit song “I Love It” was featured on the HBO series “Girls,” take the stage at the Ritz Ybor. Tickets are $23.
BULLS ON PARADE
USF Bulls football players and coaches will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans during the free USF FanFest at Raymond James Stadium. There will also be games, giveaways and opportunities to check out the view from available season ticket seats.
ON THE CHEAP
Get in free at home show: Visit Florida's Largest Home Show on opening day and skip the admission fee courtesy of ABC Action News; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; free; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; (813) 677-6925
Teacher appreciation day: Teachers with valid ID and their immediate families are admitted free to tour the historic Tampa Bay Hotel; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Free; Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 254-1891
Back-to-School Bash: Enjoy activities from Truck Farm Tampa and MOSI as well as storewide sampling and other festivities. First 100 families will get a free school “fun pack”; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; free; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600