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Published:   |   Updated: October 3, 2013 at 04:23 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from country star Keith Urban at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre to climbable dinosaurs at the Glazer Children's Museum.

 

AUSSIE BOOM

(Friday)

Country singer Keith Urban, four-time Grammy Award winner and “American Idol” judge, lights up the MidFlorida Amphitheatre with his “Light the Fuse Tour.” Tickets run $29.25 to $59.

 

DREAMS DEFERRED

(Friday to Oct. 20)

Divergent dreams and conflicts within a black family living in Chicago is the focus of the ground-breaking play “A Raisin in the Sun,” presented by Stageworks. Tickets are $26, or $35 for Friday's opening night that includes music, drinks and food.

 

THE CHICKEN ANNIVERSARY

(Friday)

The 30th anniversary is traditionally considered the pearl anniversary, but when the locally-founded Hooters restaurant chain celebrates the milestone this week it will be all about the wings. Visit the original location on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater to take part in the celebration with some of the original Hooters girls, food and drink specials and a chance to win free chicken wings for an entire year.

 

INSIGHTFUL FESTIVAL

(Friday to Oct. 12)

Diverse films that will entertain, empower and enlighten will screen at three area theaters as part of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Single screenings are $10 each.

 

JURASSIC TAMPA

(Saturday to Jan. 20)

Walk with the dinosaurs, climb them and learn how they lived at “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice,” a new exhibit opening at the Glazer Children's Museum. Admission is $15 for adults, $9.50 for children.

 

ONE DAY, TWO NEW MUSIC FESTS

(Saturday)

The now-defunct Antiwarpt Festival has been replaced by two new, similarly-minded music fests on the old Antiwarpt date. Altogether, more than 100 indie bands are set to play the Don't Stop St. Petersburg fest in St. Pete's Central Arts District and the Plan B Block Party in Ybor City, including national acts Murder By Death and the So So Glos. Tickets run $10 to $15.

 

ART, ART, ART

(Opening Saturday)

Three art museums in the greater Tampa Bay area are debuting fall exhibits this weekend, including “Fragile Waters,” featuring photographs by environmental artists at the Tampa Museum of Art, “Mixing Metaphors,” which includes works in various by contemporary black artists at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and “Icons of Style,” which showcases custom fashions by designers such as John Galliano.

 

HOCKEY, FLORIDA STYLE

(Saturday)

Bring along chairs and towels to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Chicago Blackhawks on a big screen placed directly on the beach. TradeWinds Resort on St. Pete Beach hosts the free watch party at its Guy Harvey Outpost, starting at 8 p.m.

 

SLITHERING SUNDAY

(Saturday and Sunday)

If you're into things that crawl and slither, Repticon at the Florida State Fairgrounds is the place to peruse all sorts of reptile pet vendors. There's also raffles, seminars and children's activities. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 12 and free for kids 4 and younger.

 

ICY INDIE ROCK

(Monday)

Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós brings its glacial soundscape of beautiful noise to the Sun Dome for a theatrical show featuring an additional nine-piece touring band. Tickets are $27 and $47.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Free cinnamon bun: Enjoy a complimentary fresh-baked cinnamon bun when you purchase a coffee or travel mug; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; free; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (888) 888-4532

Ride the rails: Take a spin on a large scale model train this weekend at Largo Central Park. Kids must be at least 1 years old and accompanied by an adult. Pregnant women not permitted to ride; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 585-9835

Faculty recital: Enjoy a performance by University of Tampa music faculty featuring the sounds of classical guitar, voice and violin performing works by Giuliani, Paganini, Purcell and Stephen Foster; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Free; University of Tampa, Fletcher Lounge, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa; (813) 253-3333

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