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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:41 AM

Can't decide what to do? Don't worry, we figured it out for you. Here are our editors' picks for the upcoming week.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

In "Dark Shadows," Johnny Depp embraces another quirky character in his portrayal of Barnabas Collins, an imprisoned vampire who is set free and finds his dysfunctional descendants living in his ancestral home. Also opening: "Girl in Progress."

A PIRATE'S LIFE

(Friday)

Celebrate John Levique's discovery of John's Pass at the 11th annual Pirate Days with pirate sea battle and boat parade, walking parade, pub crawl, food and beverage vendors and live entertainment. The event begins at 10 a.m.at John's Pass Village & Boardwalk in Madeira Beach.

BUELLER? BUELLER?

(Friday)

Pretend you're Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago, at a screening of the John Hughes classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara. It's at 7:30 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater; admission is $5.

FRIDAY EXTRA CONCERT SERIES

(Friday)

SAA plays a multi-cultural fusion of jazz, funk and rock and Kraig Kenning plays the blues guitar. Check them out tonight at 7 at the Lowry Park bandshell, 7530 N. Boulevard; admission is free.

BEAUTIFUL MUSICA

(Friday-Sunday)

Enrique Perez Mesa will make beautiful musica – and history – when he becomes the first Cuban conductor to lead the lead the Florida Orchestra this weekend at three area concerts.

BURNIN' IN A HEATWAVE

(Saturday)

We're facing a heat wave, a Tropical Heatwave — that annual spring night of music spread across Ybor City. Just about every style will be served up by more than 70 bands on 13 stages starting at 5 p.m.

'SWAN LAKE' MAGIC

(Saturday)

Shake your tail feather and head to the Straz Center on Saturday to watch the Next Generation ballet perform "Swan Lake," Tchaikovsky's perennial favorite about swans, sorcery, royalty and love turned tragic. Shows are at 2:30 and 7; tickets are $17.50.

TIME TO TRAIN

(Saturday)

Celebrate the 143rd anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad and the 100th anniversary of the opening to Tampa's Union Station at this event featuring an Amtrak and model raildroad displays, numerous educational exhibits, live music by Busted Blues and Ray Chiaramonte, history programs and food trucks. Admission is free for the event at Union Station, corner of Nebraska Avenue and Twiggs Street.

LAKESIDE CULTURE

(Saturday-Sunday)

Mom is sure to find something she likes at Mid-Florida Mayfaire-By-The-Lake, the annual Mother's Day weekend art show and festival, where artists show their jewelry, sculptures, paintings and more along the picturesque shores of Lake Morton. The event includes a road race, food vendors, live music and a Saturday night street party. Admission is free.

BEACH EATS

(Sunday through May 19)

More than 20 area restaurants, including Island Way Grill, Lobster Pot Bistro, and various Frenchy's locations, will offer specially priced items during Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week. The event is designed to boost traffic and raise awareness that Clearwater Beach is more than just a place to dip your toes in the sand.

WILCO WILL BE GOOD

(Monday)

Underground guitar hero Nels Cline, who deftly handled jazz, country, rock and a variety of avant sub-genres before landing with Wilco, was justifiably named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "20 New Guitar Gods" in 2007. See what makes him great when the band performs Monday night at Morsani Hall.

ICE PRINCESSES

(Thursday through May 20)

Enchant your inner child at "Dare to Dream," a new Disney spectacular at the Forum where Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana are brought to life on the ice.

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