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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: November 7, 2013 at 06:01 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from a treasure trove of beer, food and bands at Coastline Festival to dancing and a traditional feast at the Tampa Greek Festival.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

The Oscar buzz is deafening for “Twelve Years a Slave” the true story of a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, and forced to fight for years to survive and maintain his dignity.

 

SHE'S STILL UNUSUAL

(Friday)

Cyndi Lauper proves she and girls (and guys) still wanna have fun at what promises to be a raucous night in Clearwater. Tickets are $49.50, $60 and $100.

 

OPA!

(Friday to Sunday)

Raise a glass and some Tsuraki sweet bread at the annual Tampa Greek Festival which includes a feast of Greek food, live traditional music, dancing, a children's play area and the Opa! Party Tent. It's $2 to enter.

 

WELCOME, MR. PRESIDENT

(Friday to Dec. 8)

See how President John F. Kennedy spent a day in the Tampa Bay area — four days before Dallas — at a new exhibit, “JFK in Tampa,” opening Friday at the Tampa Bay History Center. It's $12.95 for adults, $10.95 for seniors and ages 13 to 17, and $7.95 for ages 4 to 12.

 

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

(Friday to Nov. 24)

Stageworks' saucy production of the Tony-nominated play “Venus In Fur,” is a play within a play, telling the fast-paces and unpredictable story of an audition from hell that turns into a dramatic shift in gender roles. Tickets are $26, or $10 for students.

 

HEAD FOR THE COAST

(Saturday)

A treasure trove of indie-minded bands, including the headlining Passion Pit, food trucks, craft beer and progressive art marks the first-ever Coastline Festival, playing at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Tickets are $30 to $55.

 

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

The Zombie Run 5K gets your adrenaline pumping in a way that your normal jog will never be able to, as flesh-hungry “zombies” chase you through 3.1 miles of obstacles and forest trails at Lake Park in Lutz. Registration is $35 to $90.

 

TIME LORDS UNITE

(Saturday)

Fans of “Doctor Who” will come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British sci-fi series with full day of Whovian events at Time Lord Fest, including a performance by the Ken Spivey Band, once praised by MTV Geek as one of the best TROCK bands around (that's Timelord Rock, for the uninitiated). Tickets are $20.

 

R.I.B. SPEEDWAGON

(Friday to Sunday)

It's tough to decide if it's the music or the food that's most enticing part of Rib Fest. Good thing you can enjoy both at this annual St. Pete concert featuring food by master barbecue chefs and tunes by classic rockers REO Speedwagon, '90s alternative band Gin Blossoms and country star Justin Moore, among others. Tickets are $20 per day.

 

MISSIONARY MAYHEM

(Tuesday to Nov. 24)

Tickets to see the traveling production of the raunchy Broadway super-hit “The Book of Mormon” at the Straz Center will be hard to come by, but at least you can take your chances in the ticket lottery before each performance. Face value on tickets runs $69 to $153.50 (though resellers have them going for way more).

 

ON THE CHEAP

Free fun at Ikea: Kids ages 12 and younger can make a patriotic craft on Veterans Day while enjoying a free meal in the restaurant. Participants also get a free Kids' Academy T-shirt; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday; free; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (888) 888-4532

Free skating: Military or veterans and up to five family members can skate for free on Veterans Day with proper ID; noon to 4 p.m. or 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday; free; United Skates of America, 5121 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa; (813) 876-5826

Math Mondays at MOSI: PricewaterhouseCoopers will lead financial literacy learning stations along with offering free general admission to MOSI; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; free; Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 987-6000

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