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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: August 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from a pub crawl with your dog, to killer sharks invading local movie theaters.

AT THE MOVIES

(Now playing)

Hollywood heavies Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up for the action comedy "2 Guns," about a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel.

BATTLE OF THE HEARTTHROBS

(Saturday and Thursday)

OK girls, start warming up those vocal cords for the screamfest, er, concerts by the Jonas Brothers at the MidFlorida Amp on Saturday and Justin Bieber next Thursday at the Forum. Tickets may be few and far between for both shows, but determined JoBro and Beliebers will find a way to show the love for the pop idols. Face value tickets ranged from $29.50 to $79.50.

HE'S SO FUNNY

(Friday through Sunday)

Funny man and actor Tommy Davidson will be live and in living color when he takes the stage at the Tampa Improv this weekend. We're hoping to see his impression of President Barack Obama. Tickets are $20.

WHEN SHARKS ATTACK

(Friday and Sunday)

You might need a bigger bowl of popcorn when two shark movies take a bite out of your weekend. The 1975 classic "Jaws," the movie that made us afraid to go in the water, plays Sunday at Tampa Theatre ($9), and Syfy's "Sharknado," a movie that makes us worry the beasts will fall from the sky, storms into select movie theaters for a midnight show ($12). It's also Shark Week at the Florida Aquarium, featuring discounts, a shark-themed scavenger hunt and a chance to touch a shark at the Stingray Beach attraction.

CREATURE COMFORTS

(Saturday)

More than 250 ales and lagers will be flowing, food will be eaten, and music, from hip-hop to blues, will be heard during the 18th annual WaZoo Beer Fest at Lowry Park Zoo. You'll also have close encounters with some of the zoo's more friendly creatures. Tickets are $70, or $20 for designated drivers.

PUPPY POWER

(Saturday)

The Humane Society has free events for animal lovers on both sides of the Bay. In Tampa, bring your dog along for the Pup Crawl, featuring drawings, adoptions and drink specials at bar stops along Howard Avenue. At the Pinellas Pet Expo in Largo, there's a pet fashion show, doggie splash zone, vendors, vaccinations and more.

BRUTAL BREW

(Saturday)

Some interesting collaborations led to the Brutal Gwar B-Q and Brew at Crowbar. First, a local home brewer decided to make a beer to honor the over-the-top costume wearing heavy metal band Gwar. Then that brewer teamed up with Cigar City brewing to meet demand. Now Gwar front man Oderus Urungus is coming to Ybor to hang with fans, who can also enjoy live music, burgers with Gwar B-Q sauce and free samples of Gwar Impaled Ale. The cover is $5 at the door.

AUTOGRAPH HEAVEN

(Saturday and Sunday)

Get ready for a big, strange mix of cult celebrities, tattoos, costumes, comic books and karaoke at the inaugural Fanboy Expo. Billy Dee Williams ("Star Wars"), Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, Jerry "The King" Lawler and Lorenzo Lamas ("Renegade") are just a few of the movie and TV personalities that will be there to meet fans and take part in Q&As. It's $20 for a single day or $35 for the weekend.

IT'S 3 A.M.

(Sunday)

Actually, it's 7:30 p.m. at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre, when 90s alt-rock bands Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty unite for a co-headlining concert that's sure to feature hits "Iris," "Push" and "3 a.m.," plus material from both band's newer releases. Tickets are $25 to $95.

REDISCOVER TAMPA

See the Tampa sights in a new light by taking a guided tour of the city on foot, bicycle, helicopter, Segway or boat. Some of the tours are completely free.

Read about ways you can explore Tampa by land, air and sea here.

ON THE CHEAP

Free haircuts for kids: Bring your son or daughter for a fresh new look just in time for back-to-school. Adults also can score free salon services by donating school supplies; Friday through Wednesday; free; Remington College, 6302 E. Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Suite 400, Tampa; (813) 316-4470

Octonauts: Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the children's television series "Octonauts," will perform two free shows; 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; free; Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa; (813) 926-4644

Largo Central Railroad: Ride the rails on the mini-train in Largo Central Park; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free, but donations accepted; Largo Central Park, 225 Third St SE, Largo: (727) 585-9835

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