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  1. Florida Orchestra season opens with Rachmaninoff in triumphant fashion

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Before the first note sounded for the first concert of the season, the Florida Orchestra faced a daunting challenge.

    Michael Francis, Florida Orchestra Music Director, poses in the Mahaffey Theater in mid-September. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  2. Zipline to be set up in downtown Tampa for one day only


    TAMPA — You don't have to be as dauntless as Tris Prior in Divergent to zipline over the city streets this fall — hundreds of people will get the chance to zip overhead in downtown Tampa for a day.

    Weather permitting, there will be 1,000 chances on Oct. 9 to zip down Franklin Street downtown Tampa for fun or to participate in various challenges.
  3. Yo ho! Disney reopens Pirates of the Caribbean ride


    Yo ho, yo ho, the pirates are back at the Magic Kingdom, and you might notice some new smells.

    Captain Jack Sparrow on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
  4. Plan your weekend Oct. 2-4


    Plan your weekend


    Oddball Comedy Festival: More than 20 comedians will be at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Tampa Saturday. Presented by Funny or Die, the festival brings Aziz Ansari of NBC's Parks and Recreation as well as Amy Schumer, who has a fresh Emmy for …

    Amy Schumer is one of the headliners of the Oddball Comedy Festival.
  5. Freefall promises an undead evening with 'The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies'



    The witty dialogue and plot entanglements are still there. Oscar Wilde's satirical depiction of Victorian society is still funny. It's just that this particular version of The Importance of Being Earnest, adapted by Freefall Theatre artistic director Eric Davis, includes the walking dead.

    Kelly Pekar plays a zombie-fighting Gwendolen Fairfax in Freefall Theatre’s zombie apocalypse adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest.
  6. Review: 'The Martian' is smart sci-fi with a dose of humanity


    Ridley Scott's The Martian is a brainy blockbuster, melding genuine science and fiction into a rare popcorn epic that actually makes you feel smarter for watching.

    In 'The Martian,' Matt Damon portrays an astronaut who draws upon his ingenuity to subsist on a hostile planet.
  7. Column: 4 ideas for local Tampa Bay Halloween costumes


    Going local is getting predictable, right?

    Crews from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc. dismantle the Pier in St. Petersburg on Monday.
  8. Art Planner: Make your own glass pumpkins, meet Clyde Butcher and take in photos of 1960s rockers

    Visual Arts


    You can meet Clyde Butcher on Saturday at Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery, 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
  9. Things to do planner: Gay and lesbian film fest, corn mazes, Race for the Cure glows at night


    FILM FEST: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Actor Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black will give a comedy show on Saturday during the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
  10. Music Planner: Party with Paisley and Aoki, protest with DiFranco, dance with MisterWives

    Music & Concerts

    BRAD ATTITUDE: Brad Paisley

    They don't make 'em like Brad Paisley anymore — mischievous sips of moonshine who can write a killer hook about as well as he can pick a Fender.

    Brad Paisley will play the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday.