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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: October 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the beer-fueled Oktoberfest games in downtown Tampa to Chicago headlining this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Tom Hanks serves up real-life heroics in “Captain Phillips,” the new movie based on the 2009 pirate attack on M.V. Maersk Alabama. First-time actor Barkhad Abdi, who plays the pirate leader, is already getting Oscar buzz for his intimidating performance.

 

SAVE ME A BRATWURST

(Friday to Sunday)

The weather may not be crisp but the beer will be cold, so put on your lederhosen and head to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for Oktoberfest Tampa. General admission is $10 per day.

 

AHOY TAMPA

(Friday to Sunday)

Whether you're an experienced seafarer or just want to fantasize about being one, there will be boats of all sizes, plus fishing gear, on display at the Florida State Fairgrounds during the free Tampa Bay Boat Show.

 

SOUTHERN IDOL

(Friday)

A month before her new album “The Woman I Am” hits stores, “American Idol” finalist and “Dancing With the Stars” champion Kellie Pickler brings her Southern-girl charm to a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets run $29 to $55.

 

ART ON THE CHEAP(ER) SIDE

(Friday)

The USF Graphicstudio opens its doors for its annual benefit sale, featuring art packed into every inch of space in the campus workshop (even the bathroom). It's free to browse, and big discounts make it less expensive than usual to take home a print by a big-name artist such as Chuck Close or Robert Mapplethorpe.

 

RIDE THE RAILS

(Saturday)

Celebrate the 11th anniversary of Tampa's TECO Line Streetcar system by catching a ride at the discounted rate of 25 cents during Street Car Fest 2013. Activities along the route on Saturday include a Florida Aquarium animal presentation, a Cupcake Festival and a concert by The Distinguished Men of Brass.

 

GIT 'ER DONE, OR NOT

(Saturday)

If you prefer your comedy with a twang, Ruth Eckerd Hall has you covered when Larry the Cable Guy performs two shows in Clearwater. If not, you can head to the other side of the Bay to see Pittsburg native Anthony Jeselnik, of Comedy Central's “The Jeselnik Offensive,” take the stage at the Straz Center. Tickets for Jeselnik start at $27.50. Tickets for Larry the Cable Guy start at $49.75.

 

HEY, STELLAAA!

(Sunday)

Drama meets dance when the Scottish Ballet presents a new take on “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Tennessee Williams' classic tale of a fragile Blanche DuBois seeking refuge but finding brutality at her sister's home. Tickets are $35 to $74.50.

 

LECTURE

(Monday)

You don't have to get on NBC's “The Biggest Loser” to get some inspiration from the show's trainer Dolvett Quince. The famous fitness expert will speak live as part of the University Lecture Series at the USF Marshall Student Center. It's free and open to the public.

 

THURSDAY IN THE PARK

(Thursday to Oct. 20)

Four days of great sounds gets started as Chicago headlines Thursday's kickoff of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Lisa Casalino and The Ries Brothers with Vini Lopez also will perform. Tickets start at $30.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Lightning pep rally: Enjoy a free lunchtime concert and meet Thunderbug, The Lightning Girls and the Bolts Brigade with opportunities to win game tickets and other giveaways. Live music by Alan Darcy; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; free; Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, corner of Pierce St. and Kennedy Blvd.;

 

Play day: Come out for a day of play at Frances Avenue Park with food, games and relays, hosted by the city of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department. The first 100 children will get a goodie bag; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; free; Frances Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Avenue Park; (727) 841-4560

 

Pet Party: Whole Foods Market Carrollwood is hosting a pet party and adoption event with costume and talent contests as well as giveaways and freebies. Contest prizes include pet food gift bags and store gift cards. Pre-registration for the contests is required by calling (813) 264-3600; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; free; Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600

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