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Things to do Planner: Amalie Arena awash in Beach balls, comic Eric Andre, Great Brain Wash 5K

BEACH BALLS: The Beach Tampa opens at Amalie Arena

Starting Friday, Amalie Arena will have a beach for three weeks, or rather a sea of white plastic orbs you can swim through. Beach Tampa is an "ocean" of 1.2 million antimicrobial plastic balls in an all-white architectural installation created by New York design firm Snarkitecture and brought to Amalie Arena by the private Vinik Family Foundation. Just be careful to hang onto your stuff. When this exhibit was the sensation of the summer last year at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., visitors lost hundreds of cellphones, eyeglasses, Fitbits and flip-flops that would "float" away in a sea of plastic balls. The play zone will be around through Aug. 25 and admission is free, though a timed ticket is required and available through the arena box office, or (no charges apply). The website, which has had some glitches in its startup, now notes that few tickets are available on the three weekends Beach Tampa is there but you can still find times available on weekdays. And in response to the demand, the arena will be open at 10 a.m. instead of noon this Monday and Tuesday. The arena will have some tickets every day for walk-in traffic, though you may have to either wait or come several back hours later. Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; noon-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.


The chaotic, anarchic comic Eric Andre, host of his own Adult Swim talk show with comedian Hannibal Buress, will perform his standup act in a Tampa nightclub this weekend. The Eric Andre Show is a parody of low-budget public-access talk shows and returned for its fourth season this week. Entertainment Weekly calls it "the freakiest late-night talk show on TV." Andre, who also appeared in 2 Broke Girls and plays Mike on the FXX series Man Seeking Woman, made news recently when he crashed a Citizens for Trump rally at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Catch him live at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$25 at (813) 248-9500.

WIPE OUT: Great Brain Wash

No, it's not a duathlon, but it is a 5K you kinda have to swim through. The Great Brain Wash on Saturday in St. Petersburg's Straub Park will have water-based obstacles in the 5K course, including a foam pit with slip-n-slides and numerous water slides. This race with music, dancing, food and a beer garden also features a Florida Cane Vodka bar. It's all for a good cause: to benefit the Brain Tumor Alliance. $45 at 7 a.m. Saturday in Straub Park, Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 781-4673.

Things to do Planner: Amalie Arena awash in Beach balls, comic Eric Andre, Great Brain Wash 5K 08/03/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:50am]
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