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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:22 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 Robin Williams' "sit-down comedy" at the Mahaffey Theater and MOSI's annual Einstein on Food and Wine dinner.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

"Warm Bodies" is being called a refreshingly new take on a genre in danger of being overdone. In this one, an odd zombie rescues a woman from an attack by his brethren and during their blossoming relationship he becomes more human, threatening to set back the zombie apocalypse.

COMIC RELIEF

(Friday)

It's billed as a sit-down conversation between comedians Robin Williams and David Steinberg, but we bet our rainbow suspenders the frenetic Williams can't keep his nanu nanu in a chair for long. Tickets are $59 to $125.

TECHNOPOP

(Friday)

Music will dance to technology's tune during two unique concerts. At Video Games Live!, the Florida Orchestra will perform music from popular video games. Meanwhile, the Touch: iPad Quintet, comprised of USF professors and graduate students, will use only their Apple tablets to cover a variety of songs. Tickets are $12 to $15.

POPS IN THE HOUSE

(Friday and Saturday)

Comedian John Witherspoon is known for roles as diverse as the grumpy, demeaning dad to Ice Cube in the "Friday" movies, to the grumpy, demeaning dad on "The Wayans Brothers," but who needs range when you're hilarious. Tickets to his standup show at the Tampa Improv are $25.

BRAIN FOOD

(Saturday)

MOSI's 18th annual Einstein on Food and Wine features tastings from some of the Bay area's top restaurants, a huge variety of wines and an auction to support the museum's educational programs. WFLA morning show co-host Corey Dylan hosts the event, and "Top Chef" fan favorite Fabio Viviani will be in attendance. Tickets are $80.

ON THE ROAD, TO CLEARWATER

(Saturday)

Willie Nelson has been around long enough to see songs he's written become true American standards. The country icon will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Tickets are $48.50 to $100.

ARTISTS' VISION

(Opening Saturday)

In "To See as Artists See" at Tampa Museum of Art, works from influential painters such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grandma Moses, Philip Guston and Jacob Lawrence, will open visitor's eyes to the best art America has to offer. Admission is $5 to $12.

KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

(Saturday)

In case you missed it two weeks ago, Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium with a lineup of giant trucks set to fly through the air and crush lesser vehicles beneath their tires. Tickets are $15 to $35.

QUICK THINKER?

(Saturday)

Teams of two to four will rediscover their city as they go on an "Amazing Race"-style scavenger hunt through Tampa for The Great Urban Race. Teams take on challenges and puzzle as they race through the 12 clue locations around the city. The contest begins at Splitsville at noon. Tickets are $40 to $75.

MARKET WATCH

(Sunday)

Enjoy the nice weather at downtown Tampa's Sunday Market, North Franklin Street. The tents begin to rise at about 10 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m., during which time they'll be offering gourmet foods, plants, artwork, pet goods and more.

GAME TIME

(Sunday)

You can say the Super Bowl is about the football, but really, we know it's just as much about the food and commercials. Bars and restaurants are throwing parties all over the place, but local barbecue chain Lee Roy Selmon's Super Spread Sunday is one of the best. Enjoy all you can eat and drink for $63 at all the locations.

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

(Opening Thursday)

Get ready for 12 days of animal exhibits (we love the chickens), amusement rides, plush prizes, live entertainment and deep-fried goodness as the Florida State Fair opens its gates and celebrates the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Ponce De León to the state. Admission is $4 to $10.

ON THE CHEAP

College softball matchup: Come out and support the USF Bulls as they take on the Samford University Bulldogs; 6 p.m. Friday; Students with ID and kids up to 12 years old are free, $7 adults; USF Softball Stadium, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 974-3517

I Wonder Magic Show: Be amazed with a display of illusions; 11 a.m. Saturday; $7.50 adults, $6.50 children; Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 587-6751

Mardi Paw: Approximately 225 pedigreed cats from around the world will compete for best in show with vendors of all types on-site; 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; $7 adults, $6 children and seniors; The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland; (863) 834-8100

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