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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 16

1905 Day: Dine at Columbia restaurants Sunday just like they did in 1905, with chicken and yellow rice or boliche for $2.95, the 1905 Salad for $1.95 and flan for 50 cents. Walk-in seating as space allows only. Includes all locations except the cafes on the Riverwalk in Tampa and at Tampa International Airport.

Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Orlando's jam-packed scare fest opens Friday with attractions based on the The Walking Dead, American Werewolf in London, Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead and more. It runs through Nov. 2 on select nights. Tickets are $42.99 Florida residents, $91.99 general at halloweenhorror nights.com.

Date Night

Tampa Theatre wine fest: This year's clever theme is Rebel Without a Cork, with three days of wine, food and fundraising for Tampa's historic movie palace. On Friday, for the first time, the wine pairing dinner will be served on the historic stage. On Saturday, there's a tasting while James Dean's 1955 teen drama Rebel Without a Cause plays. $43-$88; $50-$100 tastings at the theater box office; TampaTheatre WineFest.org.

Miranda Lambert: The reigning CMA female vocalist of the year will be joined by Dierks Bentley, who has been known to fend off flying undergarments on stage. Show is Friday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. $29.25-$67. (813) 740-2446.

Russell Brand: His comedy tour, the Messiah Complex, touches on everyone from Jesus to Gandhi to Adolf Hitler. So nothing will be even close to politically or culturally correct. He's at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Friday. $35-$67. (813) 229-7827.

Fiddler on the Roof: It's the classic musical, but this is St. Petersburg's Freefall Theatre, so don't expect it to be presented the classic way when it opens the season Saturday, with previews Thursday and Friday. $16-$44. (727) 498-5205.

Kids and Family

Glazer Children's Museum Birthday Party: The hands-on museum is turning 3 — and like any toddler's birthday it calls for dancing, games and cake. It's a free day of play Sunday in Curtis Hixon Park and the museum in Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

Air Potato Picking Contest: George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo needs volunteers to pluck a pesky weed (bor-ing!) so they're disguising the event as a contest. Brilliant! On Saturday, pick as many air potatoes as you can and you'll be rewarded with prizes for most picked, ugliest and largest potatoes.

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Let Michelle and Katie plan your weekend with their Play Tampa Bay video at tampa bay.com/things-to-do.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 16 09/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 6:13pm]
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