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Plan your weekend Oct. 2-4

Amy Schumer is one of the headliners of the Oddball Comedy Festival.

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Amy Schumer is one of the headliners of the Oddball Comedy Festival.

Plan your weekend


Oddball Comedy Festival: More than 20 comedians will be at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Tampa Saturday. Presented by Funny or Die, the festival brings Aziz Ansari of NBC's Parks and Recreation as well as Amy Schumer, who has a fresh Emmy for Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and the hit movie Trainwreck. Other comics include Anthony Jeselnik, Ashley Barnhill, Bridget Everett, Dave Attell, Donnell Rawlings, Jay Pharoah, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Rory Scovel, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tim Minchin, T.J. Miller and Todd Barr. Starts 5:15 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre, 4802 N U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets $22.75-$92.75.

'80s flashback

Molly Ringwald: Now 47, Molly Ringwald visits Clearwater's Capitol Theatre Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club. The actor, author and singer will conduct a Q&A session after a 7 p.m. screening. Tickets are $60 and $75, $175 for a meet and greet Saturday night in Clearwater, 405 Cleveland St. (727) 791-7400.


Brad Paisley: The country singer has partnered with both ESPN and CBS for their college football coverage, and he's in the midst of a free fall college tour that's hitting campuses like Virginia Tech, Auburn, Georgia and, on Oct. 8, Florida State. Paisley performs with Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $19.75 and up.

Tampa Bay Rays

Baseball freebies: This weekend's home stand against the division-winning Toronto Blue Jays has lots of freebies. Superstar DJ and EDM honcho Steve Aoki will headline the Rays' final postgame concert of the season Saturday. The Rays also will give away cool swag: a bandanna on Friday, an Oktoberfest freezer mug on Saturday, and a Raymond mask for kids on Sunday. The Aoki concert is free with a game ticket.

Football food

Tailgate Taste Fest: It will be top-tier tailgating food options Saturday in Curtis Hixon Park: Live, in-game action, live music and some of the best sliders, chicken, barbecue and small plate food options in Tampa. Participating restaurants include Cask Social Kitchen, Champions, James Joyce Irish Pub, Sonny's, PDQ, Shula's, Splitsville, Hablo Taco, Hooters and many more. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of (five tastes); $15 for additional tastes; $75 for unlimited at Festivities begin at 3 p.m. and continue through 9 p.m. at the park at 600 N Ashley Drive.


Great American Bacon Race: This 5K at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday forgoes the Gatorade stops for bacon stations. After the race, there's a Bacon Bash party. There are awards and prizes based on time and age group (including a 1K Bacon Dash for kids), and it is walking- and stroller-friendly. Registration ($49 price for adults ends Friday, $60 day of) opens at 8, and the race starts at 9 a.m. 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. You also can register online at


Clyde Butcher: The photographer is a Florida artist who prefers the wilds of the state to its cities, so meeting him on our turf doesn't occur often. He'll be at Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery, 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, for a free reception and signing Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. to launch a show of his work. Prints on the walls will be for sale as well as books and a 2016 calendar. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (727) 823-1100.


Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater is the festival's setting for opening- and closing-night celebrations. The festival begins Friday and plays at several Pinellas and Tampa venues through Oct. 10. There are 87 films in all, from 25 countries — and Orange is the New Black's "Big Boo" is making an appearance. The Palladium's opening night film — presented free of charge — is Kiss Me, Kill Me, an exercise in gay noir. Director Casper Andreas, writer/producer David Michael Barrett and actor Van Hansis are expected to introduce the film and join the after-show party. The film starts at 8 p.m. at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N. On Saturday, the festival welcomes Lea DeLaria, "Big Boo" from Orange is the New Black, for a stand-up comedy show at 6 p.m.; tickets are $35-$75. See for the film schedule. Single film tickets are $12, $10 for students with ID. Children under 18 are admitted free to age-appropriate films. Festival passes are available.


Vault of Souls: As the creative director at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Scott Swenson knows how to craft a good scare. The new reservations-only attraction at the Vault in downtown Tampa makes you a character in the show. Starting Friday, with slots open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, the $100 and up ticket brings an adults-only evening with free drinks, valet service, and a terrifying white face mask. 611 N Franklin St., Tampa. Reservations required at


Florida Orchestra: Kicks off its Masterworks series with new music director Michael Francis leading Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Valentina Lisitsa. Performances are Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $15-$45 at (727) 892-3337.

Take the kids

Screen on the Green: Tampa's Water Works Park will have a series of family-friendly Halloween-themed movies in October beginning with Ghostbusters Saturday. The movies will be shown on an inflatable, outdoor movie screen and begin at 7:30 p.m. Snacks available for purchase, or you can bring picnic baskets, blankets, low-back lawn chairs, and well-behaved, leashed dogs. No alcohol.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend Oct. 2-4 09/30/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2015 11:23am]
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