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Flying high

Tampa Bay AirFest Grounded last year because of budget cuts, MacDill Air Force Base revives the show this weekend with a dozen high-flying acts, including the popular Thunderbirds. Free admission, but you can get a reserved seat for $15 at www.macdill.af.mil/airfest. Gates are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first performers starting at 10 a.m. at MacDill, 6700 S Dale Mabry, Tampa. Big crowds are expected, and on-base parking fills up fast. HART is offering bus service from Dale Mabry and Himes, Marion Transit Center, and Britton Plaza every 15 minutes. Call the info line at (813) 254-4278; gohart.org. The fare is $2, or $4 all day.

Food

Cuban Sandwich Festival If you want to start an argument, try to decide who has the best Cuban sandwich. Celebrity judges (including actor Armand Assante and tbt*'s own Ernest Hooper) will test entries from restaurants, delis or food trucks for both traditional and nontraditional Cuban sandwiches. There will be music from Cuba's Sol Y Son, in their first trip to the United States, among the music and dance performances on stage. More than 100 food, art and cultural exhibitors kick off the third annual festival at the Ybor City Saturday Market at Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, it moves to the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus, 2112 N 15th St., where the Cuban Sandwich Awards will be awarded and the World's Biggest Cuban Sandwich put together. Sunday's festivities are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Skate

Tampa Pro 2014 Now in its 20th year, the biggest annual event at the Skatepark of Tampa has competition, live entertainment, culture and art. It starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4215 E Columbus Drive. For a full schedule of details, see skateparkoftampa.com.

Film

Gasparilla Film Festival The eighth annual Gasparilla festival opened Wednesday with a movie starring Tampa native Brittany Snow, and closes Sunday with Chu and Blossom, a culture-clash comedy filmed locally in 2012. In between are features, documentaries and shorts with Tampa Bay ties, before and behind the camera. The festival has screenings at Centro Ybor 20 in Ybor City, Cinebistro in Hyde Park Village, Tampa Museum of Art, and Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. Tickets $12-$15 per session; unlimited screening passes ($120) are available. There are also panel discussions of movie-related subjects, free to the public. Visit gasparillafilmfestival.com for information.

Comedy

Kevin Nealon From Saturday Night Live to Weeds, Kevin Nealon, right< has found ways to make fans laugh from the stage, from behind the camera and even subliminally. And he makes a pretty great Tina Turner, too. Catch his stand-up act at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Stage

American Monkey Making its international debut Saturday at Freefall Theatre, the play is by Mihkel Raud, a rock star in Estonia and a judge on the franchise of American Idol there. Writing the play was a way to absolve himself for what he saw as sins of reality TV, chief among them humiliating innocents for our amusement. The play runs through March 30 at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Before each show, audience members can sign up to sing in front of the panel of judges. $20-$44. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.

Yee hah!

Professional Bull Riders The PBR comes to Tampa to compete to find the toughest bulls and riders on the circuit. This competition is a stepping stone to the elite Built Ford Tough Series. Points are awarded to the rider based on both performance and the tenacity of the bull during the eight seconds that the rider is required to stay on the bull. And let's face it, a lot of people watch NASCAR for the wrecks. It's the same for bull riding. Tickets are $10-$75. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Concert

Pink Martini Their shows are an intoxicating mix of the musicals of the 1940s, shaken and stirred with symphonic global pop, moody Parisian cafes and Latin-rhythm sections. Their September release, Get Happy, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard jazz albums chart. Ever-eclectic, they will be joined at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts by Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of Capt. and Maria von Trapp made famous in The Sound of Music. You'll swoon when they croon Edelweiss. By show's end, there will be some 14 musicians and singers on stage, including lead vocalist China Forbes, who claims to be able to sing in at least 18 languages. 8 p.m. Sunday. $45-$85. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

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