Friday, August 17, 2018
Events

Top things to do this week: Risk podcast live, Ink Mania, zoo’s Roaring Springs

RISK: True tales boldly told

For the storytelling podcast Risk, people have told tales of accidentally discovering their mother’s heroin addiction or confronting their rapist years later at a BDSM club. Or they’ve told embarrassing stories of soiling their pants during a date or a comically bad audition for a TV commercial. These are just some of the "true tales boldly told" that Kevin Allison, left, a member of MTV comedy show The State, encourages people to share, and Risk Live is coming to Ybor City on Friday. Organizers put out the call more than a month ago, and they now have a lineup of Tampa Bay residents ready to tell their true and risky tales to a room full of strangers. 8-11 p.m. Friday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (828) 773-9481. $20. Tickets were available on Ticketfly, which was recently hacked and took its site down. The Attic has encouraged ticketholders to print their Ticketfly receipts and confirmation emails at home, and bring those to the venue. In a recent post on its Facebook page, the venue said the event has not sold out and it hoped Ticketfly’s issues would be resolved soon.

TATTOO ART: Ink Mania

The tattoo and art convention Ink Mania returns to the Coliseum in St. Petersburg this weekend. You can get inked by award-winning tattoo artists from around the world, get a body piercing, attend seminars and enter a tattoo contest. There’s also a bike show, graffiti wall and a dance competition. An art auction benefits Miracle 4 Michael, which assists single parents of disabled children. 2-11 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25, $60 three days. (813) 310-3877. inkmaniaexpo.com.

SPLASHDOWN: Roaring Springs opens

ZooTampa at Lowry Park on Saturday opens the gates on its biggest expansion in 10 years. Roaring Springs, a ride and realm set up like an Old Florida town, features a new water raft ride and a food stand selling more sophisticated food (conch fritters, fish tacos, bourbon iced tea served with sprigs of mint). The ride is made for families, so it’s not very big or scary. But it does make a dramatic splash as the raft makes a three-story plunge that pushes out a shower of water. The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and the ride is included with admission. $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. The Zooper Pass gives you unlimited admission for the rest of the year for the cost of one-day admission. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. zootampa.org.

AQUARIUM: World Oceans Day

The Florida Aquarium is celebrating World Oceans Day this weekend with a variety of themed activities to learn about ocean habitats, as well as crafts and programs throughout the aquarium. Included with admission. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $4 cheaper if you buy tickets online. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.

 
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