Plan your weekend
Keith Urban The country star and American Idol judge pushes the boundaries of country music with his new album, Fuse. And on Friday you can see him at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. $29.25-$59; (813) 740-2446.
Romeo and Juliet St. Petersburg Opera Company opens its eighth season this weekend with 19th century French composer Charles Gounod's lush and moving treatment of their love story. Naturally the stage will include a major sword fight. But more important, the show offers some stunning examples of an opera composer's dramatic art. The three performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Performed in French with English supertitles. $21.50-$64.50. stpeteopera.org. (727) 823-2040.
FootGolf What? You never heard of FootGolf? The game is played using a soccer ball on a golf course where 21-inch diameter holes, 14 inches deep, have been carved into the turf. Players tee off and aim for the holes marked with red flags, kicking their way through the 9- or 18-hole course with as few shots as possible. The lowest score wins. FootGolf kicks off this weekend with two big events. A free FootGolf Open House is slated for Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. with a practice round at 4 p.m. for those who have pre-registered for Sunday's Tampa Bay FootGolf Open. Sunday registration starts at 11:30 a.m. with tee off beginning at 1 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Regular FootGolf will be available weekend afternoons beginning Oct. 12. Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road. Visit largofootgolf.com or call the Pro Shop at (727) 518-3024.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival This is the 24th year for this festival, which runs Friday through Oct. 12 at Tampa Theatre, and weekdays only at BayWalk 20 in St. Petersburg. Opening the festival at Tampa Theatre is a free showing of The Happy Sad, examining bisexual curiosity among two Manhattan couples The story's legit stage roots (adapted by Ken Urban from his play) constantly show but the performances are ever-watchable. Tickets are $15 for Friday's 10:30 p.m. party at the Vault, 611 N Franklin St. in Tampa. The opening-night movie begins at 8 p.m. but the festivities begin at 7 on the orange carpet leading into Tampa Theatre, hosted by fashion designer and online personality Jorge Alvarado. Also free of charge is Saturday's first offering Fit (10:30 a.m.), a youth-centered dance revolution against homophobic bullying in schools. All other festival screenings cost $10 for non-pass holders, with a $2 discount for students with proper ID. Visit tiglff.com for information.
Hooters 30th birthday What a wingding! Hooters is turning 30 on Friday, and this week the titillating wing house is having a weeklong series of deals and celebrations leading up to its milestone birthday. On Friday, numbered tickets will be distributed to party guests at all 452 locations for an 8 p.m. national TV reveal on FOX Sports 1, when ex-Bucs coach Jon Grudin announces one winner at each location of free chicken wings for a year. Lynne Austin, one of the first Hooters girls and a former Playboy Playmate of the Month, will be at the Original Hooters, 2800 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, on Friday, along with numerous other original Hooters Girls, including Miss Hooters International 2013 Marissa Raisor, who is also the Hooters calendar cover girl for 2014. They'll all sign autographs from 6 to 8 p.m.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]