Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Sci-Con brings 'Battlestar Galactica' stars, astronaut to Tampa

Tampa's growing convention scene gets a bit bigger Sept. 26-28 when "science meets fiction" at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay for the inaugural Sci-Con. The main draw is actors from the Battlestar Galactica franchise: Richard Hatch (shown at left as Viper pilot Capt. Apollo in the 1978 original series; also terrorist/political schemer Tom Zarek in the 2003 reboot), Jack Stauffer (pilot Lt. Bojay in the original) and Nicki Clyne (deck crewman Cally Henderson Tyrol in the reboot). Also on the lineup: retired NASA astronaut Story Musgrave, actor Aron Eisenberg (Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Gainesville sci-fi author William Hatfield. Single-day tickets start at $20 for adults, $15 for children 11 to 15; weekend passes are $45 for adults, $30 children. For $125, a "gold membership" includes reserved front seating at all events, early entry, lots of Sci-Con swag and a toast with the stars. Autographed photos are $35-$40. Buy tickets and find more information at scicontampa.com. — Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times Staff Writer

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As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

Can you feel it? The air is gradually thickening with humidity and the layers of clothes are getting thinner. Spring has almost sprung and with it brings a bumper crop of festivals in Florida’s theme parks full of food, wine, concerts and parades. Th...
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Plan your weekend Feb. 19-20: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Plan your weekend Feb. 19-20: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Plan your weekend ExtremeMonster Energy Supercross Championship: The action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing returns to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Each track in the 16-city series is different, so competitors will ride between 15 and ...
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An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

ST. PETERSBURG — After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony."This piec...
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Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

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Top things to do this weekend: Supercross Championship, Olate Dogs, Gasparilla Distance Classic

Top things to do this weekend: Supercross Championship, Olate Dogs, Gasparilla Distance Classic

BIKE RACE: Monster Energy Supercross ChampionshipThe action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship return to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Motorcyclists will race at more than 60 mph and fly off ju...
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Orchestra debuts commissioned work, slam poet Neil Hilborn performs in Ybor

Orchestra debuts commissioned work, slam poet Neil Hilborn performs in Ybor

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This week’s top concerts: Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Clearwater Sea-Blues and more

This week’s top concerts: Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Clearwater Sea-Blues and more

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Willie NelsonI’m sure that when Willie Nelson had to postpone his recent Clearwater concert after a bout with the flu, you, like me, took the news well, spitting through clenched teeth: "OH NO YOU DON’T, 2018. YOU WILL NOT TAKE WIL...
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Green Thumb, Flamingo Festival and more spring festivals coming to Tampa Bay

Green Thumb, Flamingo Festival and more spring festivals coming to Tampa Bay

spring eventsFlamingo FestivalHelp celebrate the young flock of flamingos that recently arrived at Sunken Gardens at a colorful festival with live music, kids activities, and beer and wine for sale. Wear pink for $1 off admission. $10, $8 seniors, $4...
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From 5Ks to festivals, things to do outside in spring

From 5Ks to festivals, things to do outside in spring

What’s that smell? Could it be the fragrance of leggings going back in the drawer? The faint perfume of flowers drinking in sunshine, and you drinking in a mojito?The "cold" season (it’s relative) seems to be long gone for the year, but temperatures ...
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5 things to do under $5: The Romantics, Free Hugs Guy, Ybor Fiesta Day

5 things to do under $5: The Romantics, Free Hugs Guy, Ybor Fiesta Day

1 Blast Friday: This block party in downtown Clearwater brings a free show by the Romantics, right, the power pop new wave band that brought us What I Like About You and Talking in Your Sleep. There’s also a family-friendly food and craft vendor fest...
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