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  1. Director Kevin Smith coming to Tampa Improv for one-night show


    Clerks director Kevin Smith is coming to Tampa's Improv in Centro Ybor on Aug. 12 to put one of his famous free-wheeling talks in which he tells candid stories about working in Hollywood. The $30 tickets are likely to be snapped up fast for this one-night event, billed as a Q&A. A writer, director, podcaster and …

    Kevin Smith poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Misery Loves Company", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
  2. Fundraising effort aims to save free floating sandbar concerts


    For eight years now, hundreds and sometimes thousands of people have turned out for the free floating sandbar concerts held every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend in Riviera Bay near the Tanglewood area of St. Petersburg.

  3. Tampa Bay: 'the hottest cult horror movie scene in the country'

    Human Interest

    Call them a creatively incestuous bunch of filmmakers, often working on each other's movies, sometimes helping each other to distribute their macabre artistry. Grisly loves company. Especially in Florida.

    Krista Grotte, who often stars in Tampa Bay movies, teases a killer clown during a break in filming.
  4. Just announced: 'Walking Dead' will return to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights


    To the surprise of no one, Universal Orlando confirmed Thursday that The Walking Dead will return to Halloween Horror Nights for the fourth year in a row. The AMC zombie drama has been one of the most popular mazes at HHN, built in close collaboration with the creators of the series. This year's Walking Dead …

    Walkers in Season 5 of The Walking Dead. AMC
  5. Review: 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' has Tom Cruise at his best


    No matter what anyone thinks of Tom Cruise, about his marriages, divorces, religion, couch jumping or wherever he stands on immigration, one thing is undeniable:

    Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation features a succession of action sequences showcasing practical stunt work at its finest. It’s hard to choose a favorite among the set pieces, but there is a thrilling motorcycle chase in Morocco — with Cruise leaning steel.
  6. Plan your weekend July 31-Aug. 2


    Plan your weekend

    Nerds rising

    Tampa Bay Comic Con With Carrie Fisher — Princess Leia herself — in the house, we won't be surprised if this geektastic event once again breaks attendance records at the Tampa Convention Center. More than 40,000 are expected over …

    Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie.
  7. Things to Do Planner: Meet Grumpy Cat, the Bucs and Willow Shields



    Grumpy Cat, the Internet celebrity with the perpetual scowl, got an endorsement deal from PetSmart and Friskies.
  8. Stage Planner: A Sarasota ballet gala, yes; tickets for 'Mame,' no



    Francisco Serrano, son of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s founders, won the International Student Ballet Competition in Havana in 2014. He will perform at Saturday’s gala.
  9. Dining Planner: Three local drinking festivals and a food truck court

    Food & Dining


    Feeling thirsty, Tampa Bay? Take a gander at the whistle-wetting possibilities this week.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Company beers, including Red E Amber Ale, Iron Rat Stout, Moose Killer Barley Wine, and Old Elephan Foot IPA.
  10. Art Planner: Kristin Beauvois portraits, Dick Jacobs' 'Wonderlust' and a mural festival on the way

    Visual Arts



    After seeing the one shown here that came with a news release, I had to go to Kristin Beauvois' website to see more. They're terrific! These aren't conventional renderings of people. She defines them as abstractions, and indeed, reality is greatly distilled in them. In some ways, they …

    Richard O. “Dick” Jacobs, Leopard, Botswana, from his book Wonderlust.