Friday, May 25, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 25

Banned Books Week Open Mic Night: Join the Prohibition-themed open mic night featuring Kamran Mir, the mixologist from Czar. Attendees who want to fight against censorship can share a passage from a favorite book that has at one point been banned from libraries. It starts at 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. Free.

Hump Day Celebration: What better way to get through the rest of the week than a smoothie and a visit from a real camel. Take part in the "Wheatgrass Wednesday" special and take photos with the camel they will have at the store. It begins at 3 p.m. at Xtreme Juice, 619 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 879-6033.

$5 Days: In celebration of three years of innovation, imagination and hands-on play, the Glazer Museum offers everyone $5 admission through Monday. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

Tropicana Field Ballpark Tours: Take a 90-minute, behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. See the dugout, the press box, Touch Tank, 162 Landing and Hitters Hall of Fame. Cameras welcome. Tour starts at 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3-14, 2 and younger free. 1-888-326-7297.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC Manny is headed to Colombia, recalling Jay's wonderful line about how when he and the boy met, the kid was eating cereal out of a bucket.

SEASON PREMIERE Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC Rayna's in a coma and Peggy's pregnant. Just be glad you're not Deacon, waiting to find out about his jail sentence.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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COMING UP

Scary theme parks: On Friday, Tampa's Busch Gardens creaks open the door to Howl-O-Scream, with two new houses: the Basement, featuring Momma's Meats, and Death Water Bayou, with a voodoo queen. Admission is $89, but there are deep discounts online at howloscream.com. Also debuting Friday is Zoo Boo at Lowry Park Zoo, which is more appropriate for the kiddos (lowryparkzoo.com). And don't forget Halloween Horror Nights at Universal in Orlando, with Walking Dead, An American Werewolf in London and Cabin in the Woods themes (halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando).

The Weeknd: Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd, is easily the most unique new voice in modern R&B. He comes to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Thursday. $48.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Dragon Boats: Paddles Up St. Pete brings international dragon boat racing to Lake Maggiore on Saturday. They swear the resident alligators won't be a problem. Also an educational village, food trucks, full bar, animal encounters and eco-tours at Lake Maggiore Park. Free; $5 per car on-site parking.

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