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Flan Fest, They Might Be Giants, highlight weekend activities surrounding Brandon

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Flaunt your love for the creamy dessert at the seventh annual Flan Fest that includes a 40-contestant bake-off competing for the "Top Flan in Tampa Bay" title, live entertainment, shopping and a flan eating contest during the Saturday Morning Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Ybor City's Centennial Park on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street. Bake-off judging is at noon. The eating contest is at 2. Visit

26 Today

They Might Be Giants: An unlikely alternative band that hit success in the late '80s and early '90s comes to the Ritz Ybor, 8 p.m. at 1503 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 the day of show. Call (813) 247-2555.

27 Saturday

Antiques show: Nearly 50 booths of antiques for show and sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Higgins Hall, 5225 N Himes Ave. The cost is $6; children 11 and under admitted free. Also Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (315) 430-6515 or visit

Meet the Iron Chef: Accomplished chef, television star and humanitarian Cat Cora will give a cooking demonstration at 5 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Limited seating. A free public meet and greet will be from 3 to 4 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Call (813) 627-7771.

Renaissance festival: Discover an enchanted realm of wizards and warriors among tasty treats and other entertainment at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 28 at 11315 N 46th St. The festival has eight stages, street theater, jugglers, fire-eaters, magicians, live jousting, human chess matches and special theme weekends. Tickets are $17.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors. Call (813) 983-0111 or visit

Hands on art: Kick Start My Art, Skatepark of Tampa and Urban Outfitters have invited artists to paint, modify, deconstruct, reconstruct and modify a vinyl Munny, a customizable toy from Kidrobot, 7 to 11 p.m. at 4215 E Columbus Drive. Free admission, music, Red Bull and drinks to those of age. Call (727) 709-2423.

Russian ballet: The romantic Swan Lake has enchanted audiences through time with its tale of love, sacrifice, sorcery and transformation, 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet. Tickets start at $29.50. Call (813) 229-7827 or visit

28 Sunday

Step Afrika: Performers incorporate world traditions, demonstrated through the lively South African gumboot dance. Audience members enjoy learning basic step choreography and discover how dance brings people and culture together, 2 and 4 p.m. in Ferguson Hall of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $8.50. Call (813) 229-7827 or visit

Get musical: The Tampa Theatre hosts the final movie in its weekly Oscar-winning films series. Today's feature is Chicago, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, 3 p.m. at 711 Franklin St. $9, $8 for students and $7 for seniors/military members. Call (813) 274-8286.

Indie tunes straight up: Local band Nervous Turkey performs in celebration of the group's upcoming gig at the popular South by Southwest festival in Texas. Show is 10 p.m. at the Hub Bar, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. Call (813) 229-1553.

Pat Benatar: The '80s pop rocker performs with Neil Giraldo as part of Bands, Brew and BBQ, four weekends of live country/classic rock performances, barbecue, beer, attractions, rides and shows at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. Show starts at 4 p.m. and is included with park admission, $69.95 for adults and $59.95 for ages 3 to 9. Call toll-free 1-888-800-5447.

02 Tuesday

Game time: The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Tickets start at $15. Visit for package deals. Call (813) 301-6600

03 Thursday

Art for thought: "XYZ" is a multi-disciplined exhibit exploring what triggers beliefs and showcases work from Dolores Coe, Sheryl Haler and Dee Hood. Opening reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Building, first floor, 2112 N 15th St. Call (813) 253-7674.

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