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Published:   |   Updated: August 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the costumes and comics at Tampa Bay Comic Con to the cool cocktails at the first-ever Summer of Rum Fest.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Funnyman Simon Pegg leads a motley crew on an epic pub crawl to reach a fabled pub in “The World's End.” En route they find themselves fighting to save humanity. Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright (the trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” among others) have said it will be their last movie together.

BACKSTREET'S BACK

(Friday)

Twenty years after forming in Orlando, the group that ushered in the late-90s boy band resurgence is back on tour with a new album. Tickets to see the Backstreet Boys, along with openers Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D (of Jersey Shore fame) are $35 to $115.

BANJO MEETS PIANO

Musical worlds will collide in Clearwater when piano-playing jazz icon Chick Corea jams with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $45 to $62.

GET YOUR GEEK ON

(Friday to Sunday)

Expect to see lots of superheroes roaming downtown when Tampa Bay Comic Con makes its move to the Tampa Convention Center. The three-day event boasts comic and action-hero vendors, cosplay and special guests including Jason Momoa from “Game of Thrones,” plus others from “Hunger Games” and “The Walking Dead.” Tickets are $20 per day, or $45 for a weekend pass.

KING OF QUEENS JAMES

(Saturday)

Comedian and actor Kevin James proves he's more than the “King of Queens” when he brings his stand-up act to The Mahaffey Theater on Saturday. $52.50 to $79.50.

GOT RUM?

(Saturday)

Whether you like it shaken, stirred or frozen, all types of rum will be flowing at the inaugural Summer of Rum Fest, which also includes live entertainment, food trucks and street vendors at The Heights Waterfront. Tickets are $15 in advance from summerofrumfest.com or $20 at the gate.

FIREHOUSE FUN

(Saturday)

Two Tampa-area fire stations will be open for a day of free family-friendly tours, refreshments and activities as Hillsborough County Fire Rescue celebrates its 40th anniversary. Just visit Station No.42 at 5209 Ehrlich Road in Tampa, or Station No. 37 at 5602 Providence Road in Riverview from 10 a.m. to noon.

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, KID

(Saturday and Sunday)

Watch the beginning of a beautiful friendship when Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the silver screen in the 1942 romantic classic “Casablanca,” the final screening this season of Tampa Theatre's Summer Classic series. Tickets are $9.

DOWNWARD FACING DOGS

(Saturday and Sunday)

Bond with your pup while improving your and your dog's flexibility during Doga yoga for dogs at SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo. The 2 p.m. session is $15.

GO WITH THE FLOW

(Tuesday) Thousands of dollars in prizes will be on the line for “flow riders” looking to wow the judges as they perform tricks on the massive indoor surf machine at Surf Style in Clearwater Beach. The U.S. National Flow Tour stop will be the last one before the finals in New Jersey. It's free to watch, and the megastore surf shop will have giveaways and other fun for spectators.

UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX

(Wednesday)

Superstar singer Bruno Mars brings his Moonshine Jungle tour to the Forum, along with retro soul band Fitz and the Tantrums. We know he'll perform mega hits “Grenade” and “Locked out of Heaven,” but we can only wish that he'd repeat the spot-on impressions of Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Steven Tyler that he did on “Saturday Night Live” last year. Tickets are $37 to $81.25.

ON THE CHEAP

Free comedy show: Yuck it up for free with comedian Jason Kanter when you bring a donation of new school supplies to benefit Metropolitan Ministries; 6 p.m. Saturday; Side Splitters, 12938 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa; (813) 960-1197

Free haircuts for kids: Kids ages 17 and younger can get a free haircut during the month of August from cosmetology students and instructors; appointments available through Aug. 31; Remington College, 6302 E. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ste 100, Tampa; (813) 316-4470

Free-for-all paintball: Play paintball for free, equipment included, when you play on Sunday; first-come, first-served; Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday; you must provide your own paint; Wayne's World of Paintball, 4841 S. Pine Street, Ocala; (352) 401-1801

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