Plan your weekend
AC² — Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: These two very funny talkers love to push each others' buttons. As viewers of Cohen's Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live well know, there isn't much he considers off the table. And Cooper's reputation as a journalist aside, he loves to dish. The night of conversation begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the David J. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $59.50 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Chris Tucker and D.L. Hughley: Hurricane Irma postponed the original Sept. 8 show, so if you bought a ticket, it's still valid for Saturday's stand-up spectacle featuring Rush Hour star Chris Tucker. He will be joined by D.L. Hughley, one of the Original Kings of Comedy, at 8 p.m. at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.75 and $61.75. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Still going strong after 28 years, the film fest returns this weekend through Oct. 14 with a wide range of films and shorts. Tickets are generally $15, $75 for six — but a dozen shows are free, including Friday's opening night screening of Freak Show, starring Bette Midler and directed by Trudie Styler (Sting's wife), at 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Tampa. Visit tiglff.com for the lineup.
Take the kids
Winter and Hope's Bubble Birthday Party: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium's dolphin stars are having a birthday this week, and the aquarium is celebrating with a party running Saturday through Oct. 16 as Winter, the star of Dolphin Tale, turns 12 and Hope, whose story was featured in Dolphin Tale 2, turns 7. Kids 12 and younger who bring a birthday card will get $9.99 admission (down from $16.95). There will be bubble machines in the Spectrum Theatre, hula hooping, music and Pin the Tail on Winter games. Regular admission is $21.95, but the aquarium is running a special through Oct. 10 of $9.99 for Florida residents at the ticket window. Free for ages 2 and younger. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790. seewinter.com.
The Florida Orchestra: The orchestra opens its 50th season with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, one of the most explosive pieces of classical music that is familiar to many an action movie fan. The Buccaneers often use it to rev up the crowd. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
Take the dog
New York Dog Film Festival: Take your dog on a date night to Water Works Park on Friday. Pups are welcome for the film fest featuring two programs, each a different medley of documentary, animated and live-action short canine-themed films from around the world. Running about 70 minutes each are Second Chances (6 p.m.) and Love Changes Everything (8 p.m.). Benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. $12, $20 double feature, $5 dogs. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 870-2255. dogfilmfestival.com.
Shine Mural Festival: Keep your eyes peeled for murals popping up around St. Petersburg now through Oct. 14 as the popular festival returns for its third year. With more than a dozen new murals, the festival turns downtown St. Pete into an outdoor art museum. The roster is a mix of local, national and international artists, including local artist John Suarez, who goes by the moniker Suarezart, the artist known as Cryptik (Los Angeles), Joram Roukes (Netherlands) and Waone (Ukraine). In total, 15 walls and an underpass will be transformed into works of art. shineonstpete.com.
Lighting home opener: The Tampa Bay Lightning opens its season this weekend at home against the Florida Panthers. Captain Steven Stamkos, left, is looking forward to a return to the ice after being sidelined by injury much of last season. The team will mark its 25th anniversary with a commemorative ticket given to fans entering Amalie Arena that will have Friday night's game on the front and a back with the look of a ticket that people received at the first game in 1992. Tickets start at $43, and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. lightning.nhl.com.
Downtown Saturday Morning Market: The popular fresh market is back for its 15th year with a free performance by the Urban Gypsies. The market draws 10,000 customers and 170 local vendors a week, making it the largest such market in the Southeast. It's in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through May.
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