Sunday, February 25, 2018
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 1

Ghost Tours: Costumed guides lead a candlelight walking tour of downtown St. Petersburg that includes chilling tales of wandering spirits, haunted mansions, phantom lovers and curses. Tour starts at 8 p.m. at Hooker Tea Company, 300 Beach Dr. NE, Suite 124, St. Petersburg. $15, $10 ages 4-12. (727) 894-4678.

Greensky Bluegrass: This band plays traditional bluegrass instruments like the dobro, banjo, guitar, upright bass and mandolin, with a contemporary twist. Concert starts at 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $18. (813) 977-6474.

Writers at the University: Author Matt Batt will talk about how he and his wife renovated a crack house into their new home. It starts at 7 p.m. at the University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Blvd. , Tampa. Free. (813) 253-6233.

Haunted Hangar: This creepy tour unravels eerie stories of aviation lore, including mysteries from the Lost Squadron and Lindbergh's phantom companions. It starts at 1 p.m. at Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City. Included with admission: $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $14.95 ages 6-15, ages 5 and younger free. (863) 984-3500.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE Barter Kings, 10 p.m., A&E Steve and Antonio go looking for an RV and end up in Vegas. At least the room rates will be cheaper.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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COMING UP

The Birds: St. Petersburg's American Stage opens its season with the Conor McPherson play — not like the famed Alfred Hitchcock movie but with plenty of psychological horror nonetheless. It opens Friday, with previews Wednesday and Thursday. $29-$49. (727) 823-7529.

More stage: Tampa's Stageworks Theatre's new play is the classic A Raisin in the Sun, about three generations of a black family on the south side of Chicago. It opens Friday. $26, $35 opening night. (813) 727-2708. Coming to the Straz Center in Tampa are two plays: Hat Trick Theatre's Land of the Dead, based on a plague outbreak in the Globe Theatre in 1599 London, $23 and up; and Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus Live, based on the book. $50 and up. (813) 229-7827].

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The long-running festival opens Friday at Tampa Theatre with festivities and a free screening of The Happy Sad. It continues through Oct. 12, with some screenings at BayWalk in St. Petersburg. tiglff.com.

Dinosaur exhibit: The Glazer Children's Museum opens Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice on Saturday. Kids can meet touchable dinosaurs and dig for fossils. Museum admission: $15, $9.50 children, under 1 free.

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