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  1. 'Lights Rise on Grace' spotlights tough emotional issues at Stageworks


    Stageworks Theatre starts its season this weekend with Lights Rise on Grace, a play that explores fear and family and love.

     Lights Rise on Grace explores a love triangle between Grace (Jessica Stone, L), Riece (Alexander Craddock, center) and prison inmate Large (Aaron Washington).
  2. A varied, lively season in store at Ruth Eckerd Hall


    CLEARWATER — The season starting this month at Ruth Eckerd Hall offers nine Broadway plays, 18 comedians and more than 80 popular concerts, plus dance and classical music.

    Highlights of the theater season include a six-day run of the The Book of Mormon (Feb. 16-21), the Tony award-winning musical that has been called both crass and ground-breaking.
  3. Internet Cat Video Festival set for return to St. Petersburg park


    Saturday belongs to the dogs when the SPCA holds its annual PetWalk fundraiser in Vinoy Park, but Friday is for felines, with an outdoor screening of the wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival in Vinoy Park.

    We don’t know if Cat Wearing a Shark Costume Cleans The Kitchen on a Roomba will be part of the festival, but we laugh at it every time.
  4. Plan your weekend Oct. 9-11: Oktoberfest, Internet Cat Video Festival, ZooBoo


    Plan your weekend


    Oktoberfest: Tampa Bay's monthlong obsession with all things German continues with Oktoberfest Tampa's giant beer garden in Curtis Hixon Park, and games from stein races contests to Carry the Wench races. Friday through Sunday ($10, $25 weekend) at Curtis …

    Strong-arm tactics are needed for the beer stein-holding competition at Oktoberfest Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa.
  5. Review: '99 Homes' a psychological thrill set to Florida foreclosures


    99 Homes is a very American horror story, a red ink massacre of dreams during the great recession, when houses and hope were foreclosed.

    Laura Dern and Andrew Garfield star as an evicted mother and son in the foreclosure drama 99 Homes. The movie was researched in Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area.
Broad Green Pictures
  6. Dining Planner: All you need to know about St. Petersburg's Localicious

    Food & Dining


    Last year the first Localicious Eat Local and Drink Local week, the brainchild of Olga Bof of Keep St. Petersburg Local, seemed audacious. Were there really enough locally made foods, food trucks, breweries, distilleries, markets and so forth to merit a solid week of festivities? …

    Sarasota chef Paul Mattison will be in Tampa for a pair of events in October: a cooking class and dinner at the Epicurean Hotel on Oct. 16; and a meet-and-greet at Oxford Exchange to debut his new cookbook on Oct. 18.
  7. Things to do planner Oct. 8-14: Monty Python comedy greats, Tampa zipline, ZooBoo treats for kids


    COMEDY GREATS: Something funny's going on

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) John Cleese and Eric Idle perform on the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
  8. Music Planner: Club shows abound, from Ghost to Drive-By Truckers to Death Grips

    Music & Concerts


    There are big concerts all around Tampa Bay this week, including Big Sean at the USF Sun Dome. But if there's ever been a week to go to a club show instead of an arena, this is it. Whether you love punk, pop, folk, soul or metal, you'll find it in spades at one of the area's top …

    Death Grips
  9. Movie Planner: Mel Brooks at the Straz, '99 Homes' opening



    Grab your Raisinets and get to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday night. Mel Brooks is ridin' into town, a whompin' and a whumpin' every livin' thing that laughs within an inch of its life.

    Mel Brooks comes to the Straz Center on Wednesday for a screening of his film classic, Blazing Saddles, and a Q&A session.
  10. Art Planner: Graphicstudio benefit sale, Clayton Galleries and Ringling faculty show

    Visual Arts


    Alex Katz, Tracy, 2013, lithograph/woodcut.