Plan your weekend
Last Damn Show Rap-pack leader Snoop Dogg, aka the recently renamed reggae star Snoop Lion, headlines the big event. Also performing are Spend It hit man and ATL rapper 2 Chainz, who is just about as hot as the surface temperature of Venus right now, as well as pint-sized Oakland gal Kreayshawn, Albanian-born up-and-comer Rita Ora (How We Do) and Machine Gun Kelly. The show is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15-$110. (813) 301-2500.
Oktoberfest The first of many this month, you can bet your bratwurst there will be polka and lots of foamy mugs of beer as the bay area gets its German on. Here's what's happening this week (and there's more to come later in the month) The Dunedin Brewery calls it OktoBEERfest and it kicks off with a street festival Friday at 5 p.m. with rock, jam and electronica sounds at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. The German American Society of Pinellas celebrates the 202nd anniversary of Oktoberfest with German beer, cuisine, bands and dancing. 5 to 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $6; children 12 and younger free. German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 238-8201.
Rock of Ages Get ready for the Don't Stop Believin' earworm to invade again because Rock of Ages, the Tony Award-nominated musical about a wannabe rocker in love with a wannabe actress, is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday for two shows only. The show's campiness works better on stage than on screen, as Tom Cruise found out. Tickets are $50, $60 and $70. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com. 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Fans of Kate and Leo should set course for the Mahaffey Theater, where items from the Titanic rise from the deep for a five-month exhibition set up in the second-floor ballroom. The exhibit of 125 artifacts from the luxury liner runs Saturday through March 3. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $19.12 adult; $17.50 seniors, students and military; $16.50 children 13-18; $15 age 6-12; younger than 5 free. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.
To market, to market
Saturday Morning Market The arrival of fall in Tampa Bay means weekly outdoor markets of produce, crafts and old-fashioned community bonding are sprouting up, including the hugely popular Saturday Morning Market, which celebrates 10 years this week when it opens in downtown St. Petersburg. The Tampa Downtown Market, which had been a Friday lunchtime staple since 2008, moves to Sundays at downtown's Franklin Street mall starting Oct. 14.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival The festival kicks off its 23rd edition Friday, looking fabulous through Oct. 13 at venues on both sides of Tampa Bay. More than three-dozen features, documentaries and short film collections dot the festival's lineup this year. Most screenings are held at Tampa Theatre, and six movies will be shown Tuesday through Oct. 11 at BayWalk 20 in St. Petersburg. Visit tiglff.com for a complete schedule.
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