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Tampa Bay Comic Con This huge annual convention scored a pop-culture hit this year, bringing Chandler Riggs, who portrays Carl Grimes in AMC's much buzzed-about zombie hit The Walking Dead, to meet and greet fans. He'll be there all day for both days of Comic Con. Plus, there will be 100 tables of comics, videos, toys and more. Other guests include actor C. Martin Croker, who has voiced numerous cartoon characters including Zorak and Moltar from the cartoon series Space Ghost Coast to Coast. It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger at the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa.
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Times Festival of Reading The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at USF St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For a full schedule, see festivalofreading.com. The Tampa Bay Times will be sharing photos and highlights from author discussions on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TBReads. A number of prominent authors, including Time's Michael Grunwald and Pulitzer winner Robert Olen Butler, will be part of this year's fest.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday For the first time in its 33-year-year history, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which starts today, is charging admission. But the concert lineup is awesome, with Bonnie Raitt today. Friday is Mindi Abair, Esperanza Spalding on Saturday and it wraps up Sunday with folk-rockers the Avett Brothers. Not jazzy? Maybe. But they are the biggest It Band ever booked for the festival. It's $10 per day for anyone over the age of 12. The festival is at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. But pets, coolers and food and drink are not allowed. For details, see clearwaterjazz.com.
Zombie Prom Halloween themes already are cropping up. On Saturday you can see the crowning of the king and queen of the Zombie Prom with makeup and photo stations, a midnight toast and countdown to "Zombiepocalypse," Thriller flash mob and a performance by Cheap Little Punks. 10 p.m. Saturday. $15, $20 day of. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-2555. There are lots more Halloween events this weekend to get a jump on the holiday for kids, pets and adults. See TampaBay.com/Things-to-do for more.
Art After Dark From 8 to 11 p.m., the serene first-floor lobby of the Tampa Museum of Art will be transformed into a cultural bazaar with live music, performance art, film, dance and, of course, visual art. More than 550 works — drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media — all measuring 5 by 5 inches, will be for sale, each $25. The event is $10 with a cash bar at the museum, 120 Gasparilla Plaza.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]