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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: September 5, 2013 at 03:07 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from guitar master Joe Satriani in Clearwater, to all the seagoing vessels you can explore at the Tampa Boat Show.

 

SUPREME SONGSTRESS

(Tuesday)

Motown's First Lady of Soul, Diana Ross, will bring a Supreme songbook of memorable hits, including “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and her own standout, “I'm Coming Out,” when she plays the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $69.50 to $129.50.

LOST & FOUND

(Opening Friday)

In Jobsite's production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” campy humor is used to bring focus on gender identity and the search for what makes one feel complete. Tickets are $28.

 

HIS KIND OF PARTY

(Friday)

Country star Jason Aldean rides his big green tractor (figuratively) right onto the stage at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre for his Night Train Tour. The tour is getting great reviews, but expect a country show with a hard rock edge. Tickets run $25.50 to $55.25.

 

VOICE DO-OVER

(Saturday)

Does John Mayer still have it? That's the question he'll be answering on his “Born and Raised” tour, his first big outing since surgeries to remove a granuloma on his vocal cords took away his famously soft, smooth voice and forced him on a hiatus. Good thing his impressive guitar playing is the main attraction at his concerts — he's been known to switch guitars a dozen times during a show. Tickets to the MidFlorida Amphitheatre show are $35 to $75.

 

HOPE FLOATS

(Friday to Sunday)

Channel your inner Capt. Stubing or this generation's equivalent and head to the Tampa Boat Show to pick out your ultimate vessel. Boats will be inside and docked outside the Tampa Convention Center. It's $12 for adults, free for ages 15 and under.

 

STRANGE BREW

(Saturday)

The folks from Tampa Bay Beer Week just couldn't wait for beer week to get here, so they decided to throw the Halfway There Rare Beer Festival with more than 30 participating breweries at the Cuban Club in Ybor. Tickets are $50 to $75.

 

SHRED THIS

(Wednesday)

Rock guitarist Joe Satriani will prove his latest release, “Unstoppable Momentum,” is aptly titled when he rips through Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $38 to $81.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

(Friday to Sunday)

See cinema's most famous “man ho,” Deuce Bigalow, in the flesh when actor Rob Schneider brings his stand-up routine to the Tampa Improv. Tickets to see the former “Saturday Night Live” alum, and perpetual Adam Sandler cast-mate are $27 to $30.

 

ANNIVERSARY DEAL

(Through Sept. 30)

As the Glazer Children's Museum celebrates three years, it's offering a deal on admission through the end of the month. It's only $5 each for everyone, adults and kids, to come in and explore the hands-on museum.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Swaptember: MOSI members get treated to free admission to Lowry Park Zoo and The Florida Aquarium in September. Just bring your membership card and photo ID to the ticket counter. Some restrictions apply; daily through Sept. 30; free, Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 273-4000; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552

Free skating: Everyone is admitted free to skate on Sundays in September at SpinNations Skating Center; 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; free, skate rental $2 to $3 but you can bring your own for free if you have them; SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey; (727) 847-4336

State parks for free: Sunday is International Literacy Day and everyone is admitted for free to Florida state parks when they show a valid library card or book checked out from a library or donates a new or gently used book; All day Sunday; free; http://www.floridastateparks.org/

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