AUTHOR TALKS:Lisa Unger, Rhonda Shear
Two Tampa Bay residents who also have bestselling books will be giving talks this weekend. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger will talk about her inventive character-driven thrillers in a fundraiser for Tampa library programming at noon Friday at the University Club, 1 Tampa City Center, 38th floor, Tampa. To reserve your seat, go to foltampa.org/events. $40 includes lunch.
On Saturday, you can meet comedian and author Rhonda Shear at the signing of her new book Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Model, Life Lessons From an Accidental Feminist. She will give a free talk at 2 p.m. Saturday at Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-8616.
TOY STORY: Shopkins Live!
You don’t often see a touring production for a toy line, but Ruth Eckerd Hall brings Shopkins Live! to the stage. The 90-minute show based on the popular toy line takes Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and friends to Shopville’s annual Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair. The tiny collectibles, second only to Legos in pain to step on in the dark, are based on common household items, each with a cute face and unique name. The toy line only began in 2014 but by 2015 a 12-pack of assorted Shopkins was the single bestselling toy, edging out Star Wars and Barbie. The Shopkins YouTube series has more than 1 billion views. 4 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $33.25-$43.25. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
LUCKY NUMBER: Friday the 13th
This Friday falls on the 13th, so Tampa Theatre’s Halloween series Nightmare on Franklin Street is taking advantage. There’s a screening planned for the horror hit Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter at 10:30 p.m., and you can also see the original Friday the 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the historic movie house. The movies are $7. The theater is also offering ghost tours Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 2 to 12, members free. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.
For more frights this week, go to tampabay.com/holiday.
OUTDOORS: Florida Birding and Nature Festival
The second year of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival arrives during Central Florida’s peak bird migration period. More than 180 species travel in Florida during the fall, and this festival will have workshops in bird identification, nature photography, speakers, plus exhibits of birds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals, field trips, kids’ Camp Bayou sessions on Saturday, nature-related products, art, bird boxes and more for sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough Community College SouthShore, 551 24th St. NE, Ruskin. Free admission, but extra charges for seminars ($20), field trips ($30-$65) and other events. (813) 444-0115. See fbnfestival.com for a complete schedule.