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Plan your weekend


Chris Tucker The comedian best known for the Rush Hour films returns to his standup roots on his Guess Who's Back Tour at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. He also was one of the defining voices of Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. Look for him in a new film, Silver Linings Playbook, with Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It's scheduled to be released in November. $45.75-$65.75. (727) 892-5798.

Party animals

Wazoo! Have an ale with the antelopes or a lager with the llamas at the 17th annual Lowry Park Zoo benefit. With more than 250 beers and specialty ales from around the world and bites from local restaurants, the VIP area has been expanded and they will be capping VIP ticket sales and moving stages to accommodate more people. Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $60, $20 designated driver; $90, $30 designated driver VIP. (813) 935-8552, ext. 329.

Tampa Bay Rays Not only is Sunday's Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles the first Bark in the Park dog-friendly day at Tropicana Field, but there's a DJ Kitty bobblehead doll giveaway, too. Afterward, everyone will get to enjoy a free postgame concert by Australian kiddie-pop supergroup The Wiggles. Three of the four original Wiggles — Jeff Fatt (purple), Murray Cook (red) and Greg Page (yellow) are retiring, so this is your last chance to see this Fab Four live in concert. First pitch is 1:40 p.m. at the Trop. Predicted time that entire family collapses from fatigue: 6:45 p.m. 1-888-326-7297.

Only in Florida

Fetish Con Fifty Shades of Grey isn't a best-seller for nothing these days. Fetish Con, the massive annual convention for the leather-and-latex set, returns to Tampa this weekend for a trade show, seminars and appearances by adult stars. The 18-and-up event is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. See (but, um, maybe not in your office).

sports (of all kinds)

World Rope Skipping Championships The world of competitive rope jumping has arrived in Tampa, with single jumpers and the double Dutchers competing this week at the USF Sun Dome as part of the World Rope Skipping Championships. The competition will continue through Wednesday. An opening ceremony is scheduled Saturday night, with world championships on Sunday. Spectators are allowed but must purchase tickets through the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Tickets are $15 a day, $5 child; opening ceremony: $15, $5 child; gala: $20, $10 child. For info, see

Stop! Drop! And Shuffle! The weekly shuffleboard night at the Mirror Lake club in St. Petersburg will be livened up with shopping and music by Can't Do It, Yo! Kissimmee and Luke Preston. Proceeds benefit families that have lost their homes to the Colorado wildfires. Free admission; $5 shuffleboard. 7 p.m. Friday. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp It's free to watch the Bucs practice at One Buc Place in Tampa and Saturday's is the best one to catch. The free night practice Saturday is at Raymond James Stadium starting at 4 p.m., and it goes until 9 p.m. Enjoy $1 hot dogs and sodas — and fireworks — while staking out players for autographs. See for a schedule.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Plan your weekend 08/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:58pm]
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