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Things to do Planner Feb. 18-14: Arenacross, Jeff Dunham and glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Driving Range

PUPPET MASTER: JEFF DUNHAM

The only ventriloquist famous enough to fill Tampa's Amalie Arena, Jeff Dunham, brings his comedic puppet squad. That's Peanut, Walter, Jose Jalapeno on a Stick and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Dunham's show is a mix of monologues, puppets and even improv and crowd interaction when he takes questions for Achmed, a turbaned dummy whose body is a skeleton (because he is an incompetent suicide bomber). You might want to ask Dunham about his 2014 tour in Malaysia, when he was ordered by the ministry of arts and culture to leave Achmed out of the show. He also couldn't say virgin or reference any religion. Achmed was the viral YouTube hit that first made Dunham famous, so he cleverly side-stepped the ban. "Who knew that Achmed had a brother who's French?" he asked, and out came the skeleton puppet, except now he had a French beret and a mustache. The audience went wild, and Dunham avoided arrest. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.25. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

DIRT BIKES: Arenacross

All the high-flying dirt bike action of indoor motocross, known as Arenacross, will take over the Amalie Arena with two days of racing Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Produced by Ellenton-based Feld Motor Sports, the producers of the Ringling circus and Monster Jam, Arenacross takes the sport of motocross and compresses it into a hockey-sized oval, with dirt bikes racing around a track studded with obstacles such as steep jumps and a series of small hills, called "whoops" (short for whoop-de-dos), that riders try to get through fast by skipping along the tops of the multi-hump moguls. Professional class racing starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, and amateur class racing starts at noon on Sunday. Nashville-based country rapper, remixer and producer DJ KO performs. $10-$50. (813) 301-2500. arenacross.com.

GLOW GOLF:Cosmic Driving Range

The Chi Chi Rodriguez sports and family complex in Clearwater will light up this weekend by extending golf games into the night with glow-in-the-dark markers on the Cosmic Driving Range from 7-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. With neon targets that change color and emit sound when they're hit with a lit-up golf ball, the setup includes such fun challenges as the "car bubble shootout," which is exactly what it sounds like: a car trapped under a giant plastic bubble. You can also practice your flop shot and putting skills at other brightly-colored interactive challenges such as wedge tic-tac-toe, Flop Shot Limbo, a cosmic long drive and cosmic putting. Glow sticks and glowing clubs are encouraged. Sign up a group of four or five for one hour of unlimited glow golf. Benefits the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. $40 group, $10 skills challenge, 2987 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 216-6389.

Things to do Planner Feb. 18-14: Arenacross, Jeff Dunham and glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Driving Range 02/17/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:04am]
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