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Best Bets: Fun things to do this week

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

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 the Sarasota Chalk Festival and Cirque Italia XII at MOSI.

RUN AWAY TO THE CIRQUE

(Opens Thursday, Nov.1)

Cirque Italia XII brings together 22 performers of various of talents, from aerial balancing, to contortion to feats of incredible strength, on a stage surrounded by 35,000 gallons of colorful, dancing fountains. The show happens all month long, under a big top adjacent to MOSI. Tickets run from $10 to $40.

(NOTE: The first five days of Cirque Italia have been canceled due to the circus's lack of insurance. If the situation isn't fixed by Tuesday, Nov.6, all performances will be canceled, MOSI officials said.)

AT THE MOVIES

(Opens Friday)

If the critical buzz over Denzel Washington's role in "Flight" holds true, the two-time Oscar winner might need to clear another spot on the trophy case. In the movie, Washington portrays a troubled airline pilot who's thrust into the spotlight after performing a Capt. Sully-esque, miracle maneuver to safely land a plane with a major mechanical malfunction.

BRINGING THE DEADPAN

(Friday)

Whether you know Steven Wright as the "guy on the couch" from "Half Baked," the DJ in "Reservoir Dogs," or his 30-plus years of late-night, talk show stand-up appearances, you can't deny his place as an all-time master of deadpan, one-liners ("I spilled spot remover on my dog and now he's gone"). Tickets to see him at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater are $65 to $73.

CHALK IT UP

(Friday to Tuesday)

Your teachers never did anything on a blackboard that looked as cool as this. Chalk artists from around the country have been hard at work, transforming the pavement of downtown Sarasota into everything from whimsical cats to Renaissance beauties to surreal 3D images of spooky teddy bears, for the fifth annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. The event is free.

SPICE UP THE WEEKEND

(Friday and Saturday)

The India Festival of Tampa Bay, one of the largest cultural gatherings in the nation, returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds for its 25th anniversary. The festival celebrates Indian culture with Indian celebs, authentic food, hundreds of vendors and huge, colorful, Bollywood-style dance performances. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, organizers have added an all-star cricket match for the first time this year. Admission is $8 per day, or $15 for a two-day pass.

PREPARE TO BE RUSHIFIED

(Saturday)

The Canadian, progressive rock, power trio is known for epic songs that go on for so long you could take a bathroom break in the middle (but you won't want to). They hit Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre with a new album in tow, but expect to hear Geddy Lee's unmistakable voice on classic hits like "Tom Sawyer" and "Fly By Night." Tickets are $44 or $90.

SWING AT THE ZOO

(Saturday)

Modern swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is headlining Zoofari, the annual fundraising bash that combines music, food and art for a night of fun at the Lowry Park Zoo. A total of seven musical acts will play, and 50 local restaurants will be serving food, but more than anything we want to see what a painting by an elephant looks like. The event features an art auction with works painted by zoo animals. Tickets are $75.

THE WORLD IN A DAY

(Saturday)

Ever wanted to eat Ethiopian food for lunch while listening to an authentic Native American drum circle before watching a group of Portugese immigrants take the oath of American citizenship? The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair at Vinoy Park will allow you to do that and more, with representatives of 30-plus nations and ethnic groups serving up authentic food and music on two stages. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students.

ACE IN THE HOLE

(Opens Saturday)

Rembrandt, Childe Hassam, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and more pay tribute to the game Winston Churchill once said was like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture at the Museum of Fine Arts' "The Art of Golf" exhibit. Admission runs from $10 to $17.

A CRUSTACEAN CELEBRATION

(Saturday and Sunday)

Feast on all sorts of delectable seafood while enjoying live island music, arts and crafts and a boat show at the annual Ruskin Seafood Festival at E.G. Simmons Park. Admission to the festival is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for anyone younger.

CREATE LOVE

(Sunday)

A tropical storm caused the Erase Hate Festival to be pushed back a few months, but the free concert and arts fest promoting diversity and cultural sensitivity will finally have its day in Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Folk rock singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile will perform, along with support from locals Halcyon and Busted Blues. There's also food, magicians, bungee jumping and a rock-climbing wall.

CULTURA, MUSICA, Y MAS!

(Sunday)

Salsa, merengue, bachata music and more will fill Al Lopez Park during Conga Caliente, a celebration of Hispanic music, culture and food with musical headliner, Dominican merengue star Milly Quezada. It will be muy caliente! The festival is free.

ORCHESTRATING HISTORY

(Tuesday and Wednesday)

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will make history – and sweet music -- when it performs at the Ybor City Cuban Club and the Mahaffey Theater as part of the Florida Orchestra's multi-year cultural exchange with the island nation. Tickets are $25 and $40.

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