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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week in the Tampa Bay area

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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 bunch of angry Disney princesses at the Straz Center to suits made for outer space at the Tampa Bay History Center.

 

BIBBIDI- BOBBIDI-BOOM!

(Through April 13)

After years of exploitation, Disney princesses — from Cinderella to Mulan — fight back with biting lyrics in the comedy “Disenchanted!” at the Straz Center. Warning: this princess tale is for adults. Tickets start at $40.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

A Labor Day weekend encounter with an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) forever changes the lives of a reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) and her teenage son in “Labor Day.”

 

UKULELE WIZARD

(Friday)

Jake Shimabukuro — declared a musical hero by Rolling Stone — will show you why the ukulele is cool when he takes the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets are $40 or $50.

 

THE DUDE ABIDES

(Friday and Saturday)

Fans of The Dude can don their bathrobe or cardigan for two evenings at Lebowski Fest Tampa, which includes White Russians, a screening of the cult film, live music, a bowling party and more. Tickets are $20 to $30.

 

ST. PETE GETS ROCKED

(Saturday and Tuesday)

Two high-quality rock shows from kindred bands go down within a few days time in St. Pete. First, Arctic Monkeys play Jannus Live on Saturday. Then Queens of the Stone Age, fresh off their Grammys performance with Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor, play a Tuesday night show at The Mahaffey Theater.

 

EATING SMART

(Saturday)

MOSI's annual Einstein on Food & Wine returns with a tremendous variety of wine, a beer garden, samplings from local restaurants, an auction and stand-up comic/chef Alex Thomopoulos. Tickets, which run $75, benefit the science museum's educational programs.

 

DRESSED IN SPACE

(Opening Saturday)

The Tampa Bay History Center hosts the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Suited for Space,” exploring the history of the spacesuit — a critical piece of engineering that allowed Neil Armstrong to step onto another world. It's included with general admission, which runs $7.95 to $12.95.

 

MOVIE MVP

(Sunday)

Watch how baseball legend Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when Tampa Theatre screens “42” as part of its Spring Training Series. Tickets are $10.

 

A FAIR TO REMEMBER

(Opening Thursday)

Deep-fried deliciousness, stomach-churning midway rides, lively livestock, entertainment and more are in store when the 110th Florida State Fair opens its gates.

 

ON THE CHEAP

See “Captain America” monster truck in person: Get to see the 1500 horsepower monster truck sporting 66 inch tires up close and personal; Friday 2 to 6 p.m.; free; Metro PCS, 9133 Little Road, New Port Richey; (727) 376-4425

Heroes admitted free to Florida State Fair: On opening day all active, reserve, former or retired military veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders are admitted free with valid ID to the Florida State Fair; Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday; ► free; ◄ Florida State Fair, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa; (800) 345-3247

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