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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: September 19, 2013 at 05:58 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from a wine festival at the Tampa Theatre to country star Miranda Lambert at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre.

 THE WIZARD IN 3-D

(Opening Friday)

You'll feel as if you're dodging the flying monkeys when the beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz” goes 3-D and follows the yellow brick road into IMAX theaters today.

 

SHE'S A PISTOL

(Friday)

Country music superstar Miranda Lambert teams up with country renegade Dierks Bentley for the “Locked & Reloaded Tour” when it rides into the MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Tickets run $29.25 to $54.

 

SWIRL, SWISH, DONATE

(Friday to Sunday)

Channel your inner James Dean at “Rebel Without a Cork,” Tampa Theatre's three-day movie-themed, wine-filled fundraiser. Raise your glass, open your wallet, question authority. Tickets are $50 to $85.

 

33 BIG ONES

(Saturday)

The quirky, hippie-rific North Tampa landmark Skipper's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar celebrates 33 years of marching to the beat of its own drum with a 33rd birthday bash. It's free to hang out and watch the huge lineup of local bands performing from noon to midnight.

 

MESSIAH COMPLEX

(Saturday)

Self-described “S&M Willy Wonka,” “gauche philanderer” and “modern day gypsy” Russell Brand promises to talk about Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ and Hitler in his stand-up show at the Straz Center. Tickets are scarce, but this one might be worth paying a premium for.

 

CHARTING HISTORY

(Opening Saturday)

The Tampa Bay History Center's new exhibit, “Charting the Land of Flowers,” opens with hundreds of maps spanning 500 years of Florida history on display. Keep an eye out for one from 1493 featuring the location of cyclops, and a dog-headed man. Admission is $12.95 for adults, $7.95 for children.

 

STRINGS ATTACHED

(Opening Saturday)

The FreeFall Theatre Company has gained a reputation for its fresh takes on classics. This week it opens its season with “Fiddler on the Roof” — with puppets. That fresh enough? Tickets are $20 to $44.

 

BIRTHDAY BASH

(Sunday)

Help the Glazer Children's Museum celebrate its 3rd birthday with a free party at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park that includes a kids' playground, dancing, food vendors, children's activities and cake. And you don't have to bring a gift.

YEAR OF THE DRAGON

(Tuesday)

It's been a huge year for pop-rock band Imagine Dragons, which went from unknown to superstardom in just a few months behind hits “Radioactive” and “It's Time.” Tickets to see them at the USF Sun Dome run $32 to $37.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Cupcake decorating demonstration: Representatives from Sweet Ida Mae's Bakery will be on hand to demonstrate cupcake decorating tips for beginners. A tasting of the fresh-baked items will follow. Pre-registration is requested; 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday; free: Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor; (727) 724-1525, extension 4112

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