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Best bets for fun this weekend: Margarita Festival, science fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer, comic Pablo Francisco

LIME TIME: Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

Get ready for summer with your favorite blender drinks at the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, headlined by the Barenaked Ladies (One Week) with opener Cowboy Mouth. Also new this year is a cashless wristband. There will be more than 50 varieties of margarita drinks, including Sriracha strawberry, bacon and even jalapeno Cabo. There's beer and vodka for the non-tequila drinkers. $15-$25, $30 at door (if available); $85-$150 VIP, $175 at door (if available). It runs from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (727) 452-6984. tampamargaritafest.com.

AUTHOR TALK: Jeff VanderMeer

Science fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer will celebrate the release of his critically acclaimed novel Borne at a talk at Tampa's Oxford Exchange on Sunday. He will be joined by debut novelist and Harvard graduate Weike Wang (Chemistry). VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy — Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance — became bestsellers and are set to be made into films. The first film, Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, is set to be released early next year. The talk is at 1 p.m. Sunday at 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. It's free, but registration is required at oxfordexchange.com. (813) 253-0222.

Comedy: Pablo Francisco

MadTV star Pablo Francisco is working on a new one-hour comedy special, so audiences at the Improv Thursday through Sunday will get a first look at Here We Go Again, which includes animation segments. He's best known for spot-on impressions like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howard Stern, Celine Dion, Dennis Hopper and Dog the Bounty Hunter. His two Comedy Central one-hour specials, They Put It Out There and Ouch, are on the network's most-requested list. Later this year, his stand-up will be featured on the new MTV show Acting Out. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Best bets for fun this weekend: Margarita Festival, science fiction writer Jeff VanderMeer, comic Pablo Francisco 05/24/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:50am]
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