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Big Guava Music Festival Florida's answer of Coachella, this huge music festival takes place Friday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds with reunited hip-hop duo Outkast in their only Florida concert. The buzz-worthy lineup comes with everything from indie rock (Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara) to hard rock (Blue October, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience) to EDM and hip hop (Girl Talk, Chance the Rapper). Each day is filled with quality acts spanning all manner of genres. Tickets are $75 for one day up to $165 for a weekend pass at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.


Sunscreen Film Festival The ninth annual Sunscreen Film Festival begins Thursday through Sunday at various St. Petersburg locations including American Stage, Salvador Dali Museum, Studio@620, Museum of Fine Arts and the Palladium. The lineup of more than 100 features, docs and short films, not to mention a party every night at various downtown bars and workshops focused on various aspects of filmmaking and distribution, fills the bill. Visit to peruse the entire list of events. Tickets are $8 per session. All-access passes for single days ($50) and the entire festival ($150) are available.

Take the kids

Mythbusters It's fitting that the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry's visiting MythBusters exhibit will end with explosions. From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, University of South Florida engineers will show some creative combustions while teaching the science behind the reaction (from a safe distance). The show is included with admission; see for hours and prices. The exhibit ends May 8. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.


Shark Con This weekend's two-day Shark Con at the Tampa Convention Center was modeled after fan conventions this time, with stars of the marine biology community, Sylvia Earle and Stuart Cove, panel discussions with conservation experts and interactive exhibits with marine animals in the expo hall. Fans will be able to touch bamboo sharks — which are small and found in shallow water — in a tank in the expo hall. Title sponsor the Florida Aquarium will host one of the largest booths in the exhibition area and have a rotating cast of volunteers and animals including penguins, pelicans and an alligator. Saturday's highlights include Sylvia Earle, first female National Geographic Society explorer in residence, author of The Shark Whisperer Ellen Prager and a seminar on standup paddle boarding. On Sunday, shark wrangler Stuart Cove will give a talk, and organizers say mermaids, pirates and Aquaman will be roaming the expo hall. For more information, visit Tickets are $19.99 for adults, $4.99 for children; military/teachers $18. If you want to add Florida Aquarium admission to your ticket, the price is $34.99 for adults and $19.99 for children. It runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. in Tampa.


Burger Showdown Chefs from Danny's All American Diner, Ferg's, Eats American Grill and other Tampa Bay restaurants fire up their grills for a sizzling competition for Best Burger in Tampa Bay. Attendees vote for People's Choice, with other categories like 'Bring the Heat' and 'Best Use of Bacon' judged by celebrity judges. Benefits Culinary Operations Academy Parent Booster Organization that provides assistance to culinary students. $20 advance, $25 day of (includes unlimited burger samples and one drink ticket). Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 5-9 p.m. Friday.

Play the ponies

Kentucky Derby Saturday all the TVs will be tuned to Churchill Downs and some of the parties around the bay area even add legal gambling to the mix. The betting window is what draws a big crowd to Derby Lane every year for derby day where every TV in the place will be tuned to the horse race on Saturday. Doors open at the track at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday to allow for early wagering. Themed food and drinks available for purchase, 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. At the horse track at Tampa Bay Downs they celebrate the 140th Kentucky Derby with a huge reserved-seating-only party. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the action starts with the simulcast of the first race of the day at Churchill Downs. Party goers are treated to a buffet lunch, Tampa Bay Downs racing program, a mint julep served in a Kentucky Derby glass and entry into a Derby hat contest. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $45.95. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-4401.


Cinco de Mayo parties Sure we know that it's not May 5 until Monday but people have to work, so the weekend is filled with Cinco de Mayo parties held on Tres or Quatro de Mayo. At Catrinas Cocina Y Galeria, 2402 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, there will be margarita, beer and shot specials every day, plus live music, Mariachis and DJs Friday through Monday. Red Mesa Cantina also has a party stretching from Friday to Monday, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. And MacDinton's SoHo hotspot celebrates happy hour with a $15 Dos Equis bar, music, jalapeno eating contest and free sombreros for the first 100 people. 5-8 p.m. Monday. $15 at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999.


Broad Comedy: A Tribute to Women Humorists Tampa Bay women will read selections from funny women including Dorothy Parker, Tina Fey, Fran Lebowitz and Mindy Kaling. $5; proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Pinellas. See Meredith Myers, the Stand-Up Librarian, host Broad Comedy: A Tribute to Women Humorists at 7 p.m. Sunday at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. T(727) 895-6620. To learn more about Meredith Myers or buy her products, visit


Amy Grant Pop music's most successful Christian artist performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $55-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Things to do today

Bruce Springsteen: Expect a steamy night of songs from new album High Hopes and some classics, too. Show is 7:30 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. $41-$124. (813) 740-2446.

Music and Movies in the Park: The series kicks off with music by Rob Tyre at 7 p.m., followed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid under the stars in St. Petersburg's waterfront North Straub Park. Free.

To Watch

The Millers, 8:30, CBS When Tom proudly announces he's dating a much younger woman, Nathan spies on his dad to make sure the woman isn't a gold digger. That's being a good son, Nathan, but we bet there's some jealousy of the old man involved.

Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Cristina (Sandra Oh) seeks Meredith's advice as she considers her future at the hospital. We don't think she has much of one, because this show has been on the air for an inexplicable 10 seasons and Oh is said to be leaving.

Black Box, 10 p.m., ABC Catherine's team of medical students tries to diagnose a young nanny who's having hallucinations that her head is exploding. We'll just throw out our diagnosis: You think your head is going to explode? The medical term for this is called: Being a Nanny to Small Children.

Plan your weekend 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:18pm]
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