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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

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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 a giant tattoo festival at the fairgrounds, to Smoke on the River in downtown.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Old rivalries and romances reignite when college friends reunite for the holidays after 15 years in “The Best Man Holiday.” It stars Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long.

A GENERATION IN PHOTOS

(Friday through Feb. 23)

“Gangsters, Pirates, and Cigars — A Photographic History of Tampa (1879-1955)” goes on exhibit at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. It's a $10 suggested donation to see it.

SPIRITUAL RAP

(Friday)

Gospel hip-hop artist and five-time Grammy winner TobyMac keeps his eye on the prize as his “Hits Deep Tour” comes to the USF SunDome. Tickets are $75, $38 and $25.

EVERY ROSE

(Friday)

Former Poison front man, “Celebrity Apprentice” winner and bandana lover Bret Michaels will perform a solo concert featuring Poison hits “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Nothin' But a Good Time” and others, plus new material. Tickets to the show at The Palladium are $59 to $85.

TATS AND TUNES

(Friday to Sunday)

Finally get that tattoo you've always wanted, or at least get some rockin' ideas by admiring the work being done by the country's top tattoo artists at the Ink Life Tattoo & Music Festival Tour at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The fest also boasts a lot of live music. Tickets are $20 per day, or $35 for the weekend.

SMOKY FORECAST

(Saturday)

Smoke on the River at Curtis Hixon Park offers up fiery goodness on many levels, from live music to cigar smoking to a bonfire on the river to the 24th annual Steve Otto Chili Cook-Off, judged by The Tribune's own smokin' hot Steve Otto. It's $10 for chili samples and $15 for 15 samples of craft beer.

EARLY X-MAS FUN

(Saturday and Wednesday)

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel brings back its popular, nightly Symphony in Lights show with a special premiere party featuring fireworks on Saturday. On Wednesday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join Santa to light the 34-foot tree at Centro Ybor for a holiday party that includes free hot chocolate and sandwiches. Both events are free.

KILT OPTIONAL

(Monday)

Craig Ferguson, host of “The Late, Late Show,” brings his self-effacing and unpredictable sense of humor to The Palladium in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $65 or $85.

TASTY TIME

(Friday to Sunday)

St. Pete & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts features themed dinners, culinary demonstrations, panel discussions and a Grand Tasting at The Mahaffey with celebrity chefs Curtis Stone, Todd English, Duff Goldman, Lorena Garcia, Ming Tsai and others. Event pricing is ala carte from $50 to $250. See a full schedule here.

ON THE CHEAP

* Family fun day: Enjoy free food, bounce houses, clowns, face painting and much more at this food and toy donation drive for Metropolitan Ministries; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; free, donation of nonperishable food, new toy or cash requested; Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz; (813) 948-4522

* Zootastic Family Fest: Mingle with Lowry Park Zoo's animal trainers and ambassadors, attend animal shows such as “Zoo Keeping 101” and “Native Florida Wildlife” and enjoy the facilities and programs of Sunken Gardens and Great Explorations at the reduced admission rate; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; $5; Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 551-3102

* PeeWee Wednesdays: Enjoy a fun, free science activity or demonstration for children 4 and younger that takes place in MOSI's grand lobby. Stay after to participate in a preschool science class for $6, or receive a free kid's meal in the café with the purchase an adult meal; 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday; free; Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 987-6000

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