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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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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 final weekend of ice skating downtown to pirate pooches in Ybor.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

The frighteningly realistic horror film franchise returns with “Paranormal Activity 4: The Marked Ones.” This time, things go awry quickly when a Nevada family takes in a neighbor after his mother is rushed to the hospital.

 FINAL SKATE

(Friday to Sunday)

It's your last chance this season to re-enact “Blades of Glory” before Downtown on Ice breaks down the tent and the ice melts in the midday sun. It's $10 for skate rental and 90 minutes on the ice at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

 HUMOROUS HANNIBAL

(Friday to Sunday)

Hannibal Buress is best known for his Comedy Central special “Animal Furnace,” but the Chicago-bred stand-up, who Chris Rock called “the funniest comic I've seen in years,” has also appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Conan.” Tickets to his show at the Tampa Improv run $20 to $22.

 HOME FREE

(Friday to Sunday)

Florida's Largest Home Show returns to the Tampa Convention Center with more expert advice, decor ideas, cooking demonstrations and landscaping gear. It's free admission for everyone on Friday, $8 on Saturday and Sunday.

 LEGENDARY PRODUCTION

(Through Sunday)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's new “Legends” production at the Forum is meant to conjure mythical creatures and figures from history, but you can still expect the elephants, tigers, high-flying acrobatics and clowns the circus is famous for. Tickets range from $16 to $40.

 EN POINTE

(Saturday)

International ballet stars and some of the world's brightest young dance talent, including Beckanne Sisk of The CW's “Breaking Pointe,” will share the stage at the Straz Center for the Youth American Grand Prix Gala. Tickets are $32.50 to $74.50.

 PIRATE POOCHES

(Saturday)

The fourth annual Barkarilla festival, including dogs in pirate costumes parading down Ybor's Seventh Avenue, will be held at The Dirty Shame. There's live entertainment, raffles, and the crowning of a canine king and queen of Barkarilla. It's a $5 admission to benefit animal charities (dogs are free).

 WORKPLACE IMPROV

(Sunday)

Local comics Hawk and Wayne present “It's a Living” at Raymond James Theatre, a stream-of-consciousness improv show inspired by an audience member's suggestion of their place of employment. Be ready for bizarre coworkers, workplace politics and corporate shenanigans. Tickets are $10.

 REBOUND MAN

(Tuesday)

With health issues seemingly behind him, a renewed Gregg Allman comes to Clearwater to deliver some soulful blues. Tickets range from $41 to $125. Read our interview with Allman here.

 HOWLING FUN

(Wednesday to Feb. 2)

Who knew a desolate moor could be so much fun as Jobsite presents “The Hound of the Baskervilles” — complete with Sherlock Holmes and a spectral pooch. Tickets are $28.

 ON THE CHEAP

Join the Y for free: Sign up to be a member of any Tampa Bay-area YMCA during the month of January and the joining fee will be waived for a savings of $29 to $49, depending on membership level; daily through Jan. 31; free; tampaymca.org; (813) 224-9622

Free breakfast: Enjoy complimentary coffee, juice, fruit and pastries when you visit The Whole Foods Market Carrollwood location Sunday; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday; free; Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600

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