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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:10 AM

Can't decide what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got it figured out for you. Here are our editors' picks, including Orlando Jones at the Tampa Improv and the Roosevelt Rowing Regatta on the Hillsborough River.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Matt Damon portrays a natural gas company salesman who has an epiphany after arriving in a small town where his company wants to tap into the community's available resources in "Promise Land."

JONESING FOR LAUGHS?

(Friday to Sunday)

Orlando Jones has starred in network TV shows ("MADtv," "The Evidence), appeared in Hollywood films ("Office Space," "Magnolia") and been the face of the funniest soft-drink campaign in recent memory (remember 7-Up's "show us your can" commercial?). He'll be performing stand-up at the Tampa Improv all weekend. Tickets are $20 to $23.

ROWING THE RIVER

(Friday to Sunday)

The annual Roosevelt Rowing Regatta features a Hillsborough River lantern-launching in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Friday), rowing races (Saturday) and kayak and dragon boat races (Sunday), as well as live music, drinks and food throughout. Admission is free.

IT'S GREEK TO US

(Saturday and Sunday)

More than 20,000 spectators are expected in Tarpon Springs for Epiphany, the yearly Greek Orthodox festival combining faith, fun, and highlighted by teens diving into Spring Bayou to retrieve a cross. Pack a blanket for a seat on the lawn, wear dancing shoes for the catchy music and save an appetite to feast on authentic Greek food.

THAT BLUESY FEELING

(Saturday)

Visit Lucille and the King of the Blues who plays her with passion when B.B. King takes center stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets run from $39.50 to $79.50.

OLD MONEY

(Saturday)

Is that old family heirloom worth big money? Bring up to four items to be evaluated by an appraiser, "Antiques Roadshow"-style, at the University of Tampa's Henry B. Plant Museum. Appraisals start at 10 a.m. and cost $5 per item.

A PRINCIPLED PERFORMANCE

(Saturday)

World-renowned ballet dancers will perform beloved works, from "Swan Lake" to "Sleeping Beauty" to "After The Rain," on the Straz Center stage at "Ballet's Greatest Hits." Tickets start at $32.

OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CAUSE

(Saturday)

The Wilson Van, fronted by actor Patrick Wilson, with his brothers FOX-TV anchor Mark Wilson and Paul Wilson performs in concert with Pitbull Toddler and comedian Tim Wilkins at the Seminole Hard Rock Café. The concert will benefit wounded service members and their families. The concert is free with donations suggested.

RAGING RAPPER

(Saturday)

The controversial, venom-spitting, 17-year-old, Chief Keef, brings his scary-yet-compelling style of rap to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Tickets run $20 to $25.

LET'S GET READY TO ROCK

(Monday)

The return of The Rock to WWE Monday Night Raw is only a part of the landslide of hard-hitting wrestling talent that will rumble in The Forum in Tampa, including John Cena, Sheamus, Big Show and Dolph Ziggler.

AMERICANA HARMONIES

(Thursday)

Delta Rae, the up-and-coming folk-rock group that made a splash with a highly-praised appearance at 2012's South by Southwest festival, plays the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Their powerful harmonies, a combination of four talented lead vocalists, combine into a soulful mix of alt-pop, country-rock and gospel influences. Tickets start at $20.

ON THE CHEAP

Train depot tours: Free docent-led tours of historic 1927 train depot; 10 a.m. Friday; free; Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice; (941) 861-7245

Barkarilla Pooch Parade: Dress as a pirate and join Ye Loyal Krewe of Samuel Bellamy in pet costume contests, raffles, magicians and more; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; $5, pets free; Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa; (813) 248-5900

Photo editing class: Learn how to use free, Web-based photo editing tools to enhance your digital images; 10:30 a.m. Saturday; free; Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa; (813) 273-3652

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