Plan your weekend
Tampa Bay Comic Con: The huge gathering at the Tampa Convention Center this year brings Emperor Palpatine and King Joffrey Baratheon, as well as costume contests, cosplay and panel discussions with guest artists and voice over artists. Actor Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), Jack Gleeson (Game of Thrones) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) will be signing autographs and posing for photos. Comic and cartoon artists Bob Camp, Steve McNiven, Don Rosa and Dan Veesenmeyer will also be in artist's alley at the event. Price: $30-$40 single day, $60 for three days, 12 and younger free. Phone: (407) 619-2128. tampabaycomiccon.com.
The Beach Tampa: Starting Friday, Amalie Arena will have a beach for three weeks. The Beach Tampa will be an "ocean" of 1.2 million antimicrobial plastic balls. It will be in an all-white architectural installation created by New York design firm Snarkitecture and brought to Amalie Arena by the private Vinik Family Foundation. The play zone will be there through Aug. 25 and admission is free, though a timed ticket is required and available through the arena box office, thebeachtampa.com or ticketmaster.com (no charges apply). Tickets distributed at the box office are first-come, first-served. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; noon-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
Eric Andre: The chaotic, anarchic comic Eric Andre, host of his own Adult Swim talk show with comedian Hannibal Buress, will perform his standup act in Tampa this weekend. A parody of low-budget public-access talk shows, Entertainment Weekly called the Eric Andre Show, which returned for its fourth season this week, "the freakiest late-night talk show on TV." Andre, who also appeared in 2 Broke Girls, plays Mike on the FXX series Man Seeking Woman, made news recently when he crashed a Citizens for Trump rally at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 7 p.m. Saturday. The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$25 at ticketfly.com. (813) 248-9500.
Great Brain Wash: Straub Park transforms into a 5K foam pit with slip-n-slides and numerous water slides for this race with music, dancing, food, beer garden and a Florida cane vodka bar. It's all for a good cause, to benefit the Brain Tumor Alliance. $45 at braintumoralliance.org. Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 781-4673. 7 a.m. Saturday.
Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made: Tampa Theatre will have a double feature Saturday with a screening of a documentary that follows a group of young fans as they recreate Raiders of the Lost Ark. A screening of their finished product is followed by a Q&A with the creators. $10. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. 2 p.m. Saturday.
Blink-182: It won't have the sneer of singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge, who left the pop-punk trio amid plenty of acrimony last year. But singer-bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker could've done worse by replacing him with Matt Skiba, the respected frontman of Alkaline Trio. A Day to Remember and All-American Rejects open at 7 p.m. Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
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