Make us your home page

Things to do Planner: Metrocon, Straight Outta Oz, Snooty the manatee's birthday


The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. Now Florida's largest anime convention, Metrocon has grow into a four-day extravaganza where more than 12,000 attendees are expected to dress in costume and do some serious shopping. There will also be artists, a video game room, comedy shows, an anime human chess match at noon Saturday and Sunday, a Fire Show on the Riverwalk at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and lots of cosplay. Voice actors Cristina Vee and Robbie Daymond will sign autographs and talk about their experiences in creating the world of Sailor Moon Crystal. Also signing autographs: Kirby Morrow, who is best known as Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Cyclops from X-Men: Evolution and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Tickets are only available at the door now: $10-$40 for children 12 and younger, $30-$70 for single and multi-day tickets. Schedule at It starts at noon Thursday and at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday with events running into the wee hours at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 517-1171.

TODRICK HALL: Straight Outta Oz

Broadway actor, American Idol finalist and YouTube star Todrick Hall arrives at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Monday, performing his modern musical Straight Outta Oz. His musical flick of the show (with appearances by celebrity friends Wayne Brady, Jordin Sparks and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the wizard) has already drawn more than 1.3 million views on YouTube since its June release. The musical is a modern twist on the L. Frank Baum classic that tells the journey of his adventures from a small Texas town to "Oz Angeles." The family-friendly show promises 20 original songs, powerful musical numbers, innovative sets and dazzling costumes with a social message as Hall journeys to Oz in sparkly red Timberland boots. Tickets are $25-$100 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

JUST FRIENDS: Storm brings in Biz Markie

It's Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Storm game, and hip-hop artist Biz Markie, below, will perform a free post-game concert after the team's regular season finale against the Portland Steel. Markie's biggest hit, 1989's Just a Friend, is still a beloved oddball ode to unrequited love, earning him accolades as the clown prince of hip-hop. In 2002, Markie appeared as an alien in Men in Black II with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, essentially playing an alien parody of himself, speaking an alien tongue that sounds like beatboxing. The Storm Game will include pre- and post-game specials on food and drinks along with other special festivities around the game at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $11.75-$122.25 at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Snooty the manatee turns 68

No doubt Snooty the manatee feels right at home among retirees near his home at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where he holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest known manatee in captivity. He turns 68 this week, and his birthday party on Saturday will be celebrated with children's games, art activities, cookies, drinks and a display of his birthday cards for the Tampa Bay area's elder sea cow. Admission is $18, $16 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. (941) 746-4131. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Things to do Planner: Metrocon, Straight Outta Oz, Snooty the manatee's birthday 07/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:06am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Cridlin: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington had a wail that stood apart

    Music & Concerts

    For all the old-timers' talk about how they don't make singers like they used to, about how rock vocalists of the 21st century can't hold a candle to the frontmen of yesteryear, here's a fact no hater could deny:

    Chester Bennington could flat-out wail.

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park  performs at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa for the 2014 Carnivores Tour. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. Ready to go it alone? Tips for easing into solo travel


    Since 2012, Kristin Addis has been traveling the world. More often than not, she's solo.

    Travel author Kristin Addis takes soloness to another level at Dead Horse State Park in Utah. Before you book an international trip, try starting small to test the waters.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 21


    Taking Back Sunday: The emo heroes will be joined by Every Time I Die and Modern Chemistry. 6:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26.50. (727) 565-0550. Afterward, guitarist and co-lead vocalist John Nolan performs a DJ set at 10 p.m., The Bends, 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free.

    Taking Back Sunday, performing in St. Petersburg this weekend. Credit: Reybee, Inc.
  4. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 16: An evening of wine and song transcends all language barriers for these travelers


    Day 16: Castrojeriz to Villarmentero de Campos: 35 km, 10.5 hours. Total for Days 1-16 = 360 km (224 miles)

  5. Artist exchange creates Tampa-Havana friendships

    Visual Arts

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Bad weather rocked the Southwest Airlines flight from Havana to Tampa.

    Marian Valdes of Havana, Cuba, who is a resident artist through the Tempus Projects artist exchange program, stands for a portrait at the non-profit art space in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 17, 2017. Valdes has an upcoming exhibit titled “Addicted Involution.”