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The crew from Turn Up Furs of Orlando pose for a photo at MetroCon 2014 Anime Convention at the Tampa Convention Center.Luis Santana | Times (2014)

Things to do Planner: Metrocon, Straight Outta Oz, Snooty the manatee's birthday

ANIME ACTION: Metrocon The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. Now Florida's largest anime convention, Metrocon has grow into a four-day extravaganza where more than 12,000 attendees are expected to dress in costu …

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  1. Ybor City was once a "hotbed" of radicalism, historians say

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    It took Ybor City's tobacco industry decades to grow large enough to earn Tampa the title of Cigar Capital of the World.

    Manny Leto of the Tampa Bay History Center discusses Ybor City’s role as a revolutionary hub. 
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 24

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    97X Shinding: Sail rockers, Awolnation headline along with special guest New Beat Fund. The show is open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis, but you do need a ticket to get in. The station will be handing them out between now and the concert, with the first announced drop coming July 1. 7 p.m., …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12: Musicians Aaron Bruno (L) and Duff McKagan of Awolnation perform onstage during 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015 at The Forum on December 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio)
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 23

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    Counting Crows and Rob Thomas : The two adult-alternative stars are responsible for some of the biggest adult alt-pop hits of the past 20 years, including Counting Crows' Mr. Jones, A Long December, Hanginaround and Round Here; and Thomas' Lonely No More and This Is How a …

    Singer-songwriter Rob Thomas. (Getty Images)
  4. Tampa Bay Pokémon Go guide: How to get started, stay safe and find more Pokémon

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    What goes better with a craft beer than slinging a Poké Ball and snagging a Charmander?

    Ponyta, a horse Pokemon, appears on William Lucero's cell phone over a live image of his son, nine-month-old William Lucero, center, and his wife Kimberly Lucero while searching for Pokemon on Monday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 22

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    Time Stands Still: The story of a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donald Margulies, of Dinner with Friends and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at …

    Photo by Pritchard Photography. David M. Jenkins and Joanna Sycz in Jobsite Theater's Time Stands Still.
  6. Metrocon returns to Tampa Convention Center with anime, cosplay and comedy

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    If you start seeing a large number of people in downtown Tampa sporting pink, blue or purple pigtails, here's the reason: Metrocon returns to the Tampa Convention Center today and runs through the weekend.

    MetroCon is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend. 
[Times files]