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Plan your weekend Sept. 1-4: Kendrick Lamar, Labor Day fun, Threshers fireworks, Art of the Brick ending soon

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Kendrick Lamar: He conquered all of pop at the VMAs and now the rapper of critical acclaim and a No. 1 pop hit (HUMBLE) is coming to Tampa with YG and D.R.A.M. opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.


Summer of Rum Festival: This island-inspired celebration of rum moves to Curtis Hixon Park, allowing for more "rum zones" and shacks to serve up more than 40 rums from around the world. Includes live entertainment by headliner Baha Men (Who Let the Dogs Out?), fireworks and food trucks. $15 (general); $80 (VIP). Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 786-7480. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday.


Clearwater Threshers: It's Fan Appreciation Night for the last game of the season and after the game the Threshers will have their biggest fireworks and laser light display of the season. $6-$10. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457. 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Take the kids

Art of the Brick: It's the last few days to experience Nathan Sawaya's ingenious transformations of Legos at the Art of the Brick, which runs through Labor Day. Among more than 100 pieces are a life-sized sculpture of a man ripping open his chest, a 20-foot-long T. rex skeleton, a giant skull and replicas of famous artwork including Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. The free exhibit runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Monday at 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. (813) 301-6500.


Shephard's Labor Day Weekend: The three-day EDM weekend includes headliners 3LAU, SNBRN and Jersey Shore's Pauly D on Saturday; and Borgeous and Grandtheft on Sunday. The kickoff party has DJ Brandon James opening for DJ Lodato Friday at 9 p.m. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $25. (727) 442-5107. The party starts at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.


St. Pete Crab and Music Festival: Queen B of 95.7 the Beat hosts this festival with crabs and crab dishes, local seafood, children's activities, a big screen viewing of the FSU/Alabama game and live entertainment by acts including Rome, Tonny Terry and comedian Tiny. $20. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-7919. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday.

Date night

Capitol Cult Film Series: The Capitol Theatre kicks off a series of free screenings this week for its Capitol Cult Film Series. Saturday at 7 p.m. brings the classic The Big Lebowski, in which "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski. He seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Theme park

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: For its 22nd year, foodies get an extra helping of this popular festival that starts today and runs for a longer-than-ever 75 days until Nov. 13. It's also bigger, with a record number of global food and wine marketplaces — 35 in all. Expect new bites like a Madras red curry vegetarian dish and pistachio cardamom bundt cake in India and charcuterie in a cone in Spain. A nightly Eat to the Beat concert for a little dinner music features The Hooters ( Saturday-Sunday) Baha Men (Monday-Tuesday) and Fuel on Wednesday.


The Flick: Jobsite Theater is off to an early start this season with this Pulitzer-winning play about employees of a second-run movie theater in Massachusetts, one of the last to use 33mm projectors. Their conversations wander from movie trivia to popular culture, the march of technology and their own dreams. It opens Friday and runs through Sept. 24 at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50. A preview performance at 8 p.m. today costs $15. (813) 229-7827.

Get outside

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day: Held a few times a year in Florida, this free fishing day on Saturday provides an opportunity to introduce friends or kids to fishing. License requirements are waived for all recreational anglers. All other rules regarding season, bag and size limits apply. The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required this day. Find details on fishing rules and licenses at

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend Sept. 1-4: Kendrick Lamar, Labor Day fun, Threshers fireworks, Art of the Brick ending soon 08/30/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 4:46pm]
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