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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 16

1905 Day at Columbia Restaurants: Columbia Restaurants travel back to 1905, with food prices from that era: Today only you can order chicken and yellow rice for $2.95, the famous 1905 Salad for $1.95 and creamy flan for .50 cents. Don't get greedy, there's no carry out. It starts at noon, but it's a good idea to get there early, at all Columbia Restaurant locations in Tampa Bay except the cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the one in Tampa International Airport.

Toby Keith: When it comes to supplying honky-tonk party patriotism in the modern age, cowboy Toby Keith (Red Solo Cup) is still the go-to guy. Rising star Brantley Gilbert, co-author of Jason Aldean hick-hop smash Dirt Road Anthem, opens the show. It starts at 7 p.m. at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $30-$83. (813) 740-2446.

Chris Isaak: The crooner specializes in '50s rock, covering tunes by the visionary artists who got their starts then, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. He performs at 7 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $39.50-$75.50. (727) 892-5798.

Kids and family

$5 Admission to Glazer Children's Museum: To celebrate the museum's second birthday, admission is reduced to $5 starting today until Sept. 30. The museum opens at 10 a.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

$5 Day at the Zoo: It's also $5 day at the zoo, so make sure to be there early because it gets crowded for this deal. Lowry Park Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.

To watch

SEASON PREMIERE Boardwalk Empire, 9 p.m., HBO We're starting on New Year's Eve, but it really is just after Labor Day. Thanks for ruining our sense of time, HBO.

SERIES FINALE Weeds, 10 p.m., Showtime It's time to say goodbye to pot-selling mom Mary-Louise Parker.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 16 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:36pm]
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