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Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks, from Fantasma Fest in Ybor City to a zombie triple feature at the Tampa Theatre.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

“Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville uses hidden cameras to freak people out by pretending to be an 86-year-old man taking his grandson to inappropriate places, such as a strip bar and funeral homes in “Bad Grandpa.”

 

SHAKING IT UP

(Friday)

The audience suggests a title for a yet-to-be-written Shakespearean play and The Improvised Shakespeare Company makes the whole thing up on the spot, with often hilarious results. Tickets for their performance at the Straz Center start at $25.75.

 

GREEN & GOLD & BLACK & YELLOW

(Friday)

The University of South Florida’s homecoming celebrations culminate in a free concert by rap star Wiz Khalifa (who burst on the scene with his 2010 smash “Black and Yellow”). He’ll take the stage at the Tampa campus’ Fowler Fields directly after the Running of the Bulls parade.

 

A NEW TRADITION?

(Friday and Saturday)

Guavaween, the signature Halloween happening in Ybor City for decades, has been scaled back to little more than a costume contest, but Fantasma Fest is filling the void. There are ghost stories and a zombie prom on Friday, and a pumpkin patch for kids, bed races and a beer fest on Saturday.

 

CIRQUE DU ORCHESTRA

(Friday to Sunday)

It’ll be a treat for your eyes and ears when the Florida Orchestra provides the music as jugglers, strongmen, dancers, aerialists and more perform on stage during three performances of Cirque de la Symphonie at the Straz Center, the Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall.

 

SIDEWALK CHALK

(Friday to Sunday)

Elaborate 3-D chalk art will cover the sidewalks and promenades of Clearwater Beach this weekend during the city’s second annual Chalk Art Festival. You can see the work in progress when the artists begin on Friday afternoon, or be there when the winner’s are announced Sunday.

 

SARDONIC HUMOR, ANYONE?

(Saturday)

From life as a Macy’s Christmas elf to Donny being the “lightning bolt” of the Osmond family, humorist and author David Sedaris will share his quirky observations when he hits the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage on Saturday.

 

THRILLING NIGHT

(Saturday)

Zombies will recreate the baddest zombie dance in history from Michael Jackson’s smash-hit “Thriller” — and hopefully help break a world record — during Thrill St. Pete at Jannus Landing. It’s free to watch.

 

INDIA FESTIVAL

(Saturday)

The annual festival draws tens of thousands to the Florida State Fairgrounds to experience the food, music and culture of India. There’s a Bollywood fusion dance contest, hundreds of vendor booths a fashion show and special guests. Admission is $8.

 

BAD MOON RISING

(Sunday)

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty is ready to play some new songs but will tap into the oldies, too, at the Straz Center.

BRAAAIIINS

(Sunday)

The Tampa Theatre’s daily horror movies leading up to Halloween continue with Zombie Sunday. Three will be screenings of “Paranorman” (3 p.m.), “Night of the Living Dead,” 7:30 p.m., and “Dead Alive” (10 p.m.). Tickets for the Nightmare on Franklin Street film series are $10.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Cheap Boo-rito: Visit any Chipotle location in costume on Halloween night from 4 p.m. until closing and score any order of tacos, burrito, bowl or salad for just $3. For information, visit www.facebook.com/chipotle

Pumpkin patch portrait: Visitors to Bass Pro Shops this month can get a free 4x6 portrait in the pumpkin patch. Trick-or-treating and other giveaways and goodies for kids are also planned; noon to 5 p.m. weekends; free; Bass Pro Shops, 5156 International Drive, Orlando; (407) 563-5200

Laugh your can off: Enjoy the comedy stylings of Andy Hendrickson from “The Late Show with David Letterman” and Fox TV’s “Red Eye” for free when you bring a donation of canned or other non-perishable food items to the show. Donations to benefit Metropolitan Ministries; 10:15 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday; free; Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa; (813)960-1197

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