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Best Bets: Fun things to do around Tampa this week


Published:   |   Updated: May 10, 2013 at 01:12 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the eclectic sounds of Tropical Heatwave to two new exhibitions opening at the Tampa Museum of Art.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel “The Great Gatsby” hits screens in glossy, glitzy, glamorous 3-D, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of mysterious 1920s millionaire (and amazing party thrower) Jay Gatsby.
 
Read the review, and check out our Gatsby-inspired fashion guide.

A HELPING HAND

(Friday)

Actor Gary Sinise, best known for playing a U.S. Army double-amputee in the movie “Forrest Gump,” brings his Lt. Dan Band to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to raise money for a home for Tampa's Sgt. Michael Nicholson, who lost both legs and part of an arm serving in Afghanistan. Tickets are $35, or $75 for reserved VIP seats.

HORROR SMACKDOWN

(Friday)

WWE wrestler and Tampa resident Brodus Clay is making his movie debut in the gory, new horror flick “No One Lives.” He'll be at the AMC Veterans 24 to watch the film with fans and answer questions afterward. Tickets for the screening and Q&A are $10.50.

MUSEUM MUNCHIES

(Friday)

Games, music and food trucks from around the Bay area will be at MOSI during MOSI After Dark, an after-hours event that keeps the museum open until 10 p.m. with discounted $5 admission to most exhibits and the Sky Trail Ropes Course.

SOME LIKE IT HOT

(Friday and Saturday)

A Tropical Heatwave will hit Ybor City this weekend when more than 60 acts take over a big chunk of the historic district during WMNF's 31st annual, multi-venue music festival. Tickets run $20 to $40.

CULTURAL EXHIBITIONS

(Opening Saturday)

Havana and Mexico are in the spotlight as two exhibits open Saturday at the Tampa Museum of Art. “Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman” explores Cuba's changing cultural landscape, while “Miradas – Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art, Works from The Bank of America Collection,” features work from both sides of the border after the Mexican Revolution. Museum admission runs $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and military and $5 for students.

FILTHY FUN

(Saturday)

Hot on the heels of her new series “Inside Amy Schumer” debuting on Comedy Central, potty-mouthed comic Amy Schumer doesn't hold back at all when it comes to discussing her sex life. Tickets to see her stand-up act at the Straz Center start at $32.

MR. MCGRAW

(Saturday)

With 33 No. 1 hits under his cowboy hat, country megastar Tim McGraw will have plenty of material to work with when his “Two Lanes of Freedom” tour hits the Amphitheatre. Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft will also perform. Tickets are $30.25 and $70.
 
Read our interview with McGraw.

OUTDOOR ART FEST

(Saturday and Sunday)

Pick up a little something for mom and yourself at Mayfaire-By-The-Lake, one of Florida's premiere outdoor art festivals featuring more than 165 artists selling a little of everything along the beautiful shores of Lake Morton in Lakeland. Also includes live entertainment, food, a kid's zone and fireworks.

OH, MOTHER

(Sunday)

It's time to celebrate the woman who made you. Whether it's a meal where she doesn't have to clean up or a fun day at a local attraction, you can spend the day with mom on Mother's Day without breaking the bank.

Check out these free and cheap special offers for Mother's Day

ON THE CHEAP

National Train Day: Featuring displays of Amtrak equipment and historical societies, tours, model trains, telegraph demonstrations, live music and more; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; free; Union Station, 601 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa; (813) 221-7600

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