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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 19

Tampa Bay Comic Con: It just keeps getting bigger, which is why it's taking over the Tampa Convention Center this time to avoid overcrowding. Stars include Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead, Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones and Willow Shields from Hunger Games. There are also comic book artists, a costume contest, cosplay, short for costume play, and panels. Runs Friday through Sunday; $20; $45 for three days; 12 and younger free.

Date Night

Cult Classics at the Dali: Dude, Dali would approve of watching The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges on the patio of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The host is female impersonator Kori Stevens, but that certainly won't be the only costume. Bring a lawn chair and hit the cash bar and food truck. Free.

Backstreet Boys: All five are back in support of their first album since 2009, In A World Like This, which came out at the end of July. Expect a night of hits (I Want It That Way) and '90s nostalgia with opener Jesse McCartney at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. $35-$115. (813) 740-2446.

Casablanca: As time goes by, this 1942 film lives on with famous quotes by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman: "Here's looking at you, kid." Repeat them all 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tampa Theatre. $9.

Liquid Desires: The Dali Museum fundraiser Saturday is set in the 1960s and '70s, when Dali was known to frequent nighttime hot spots like Studio 54. There will be craft beer sampling, food and live music at the St. Petersburg museum. Period dress encouraged. $50, $35 members. (727) 823-3767.

Kevin James: He's known for The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper, but he'll do stand-up 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $52.50-$75.50.

Kids and Family

Zoo Run Run: Sprint like a gazelle through Lowry Park Zoo and along the Hillsborough River in Tampa for a 5K and fun run Saturday. $35, $10 for kids, includes entry to the zoo.

Dog Swim Day: Before Fossil Park Pool closes for the season, they're releasing the hounds for a dip Saturday and Sunday. Proof of dog's vaccinations required. Sorry, humans, no swimming for you. The pool is at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $5 per dog.

more to explore

Michelle and Katie take you to some of the best bars in the bay area as part of our annual bar guide. Watch their weekly Play Tampa Bay video at

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 19 08/18/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:25pm]
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