Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Called AC², the Emmy-winning journalist and the late-night talk show host spontaneously interview each other at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday ($59.50-$350). strazcenter.org.
The Blood District: Enter, if you dare, into a haunted attraction that opens Thursday in St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District. Includes several scare zones, a midway, scary entertainers, food, drink and vendors ($20). Recommended for ages 13 and older. Friday brings a costumed launch party at 8 p.m. that costs $39 and includes access to the attraction. 2338 Emerson Ave. S. blooddistrict.com.
Music: Tuesday, Wicked Game rocker Chris Isaak plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($89-$99). Wednesday, Hawaiian surfer-songwriter Jack Johnson brings the vibes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa ($35-$70). Thursday, Robert Randolph and the Family Band keep it smooth and funky at the Capitol Theatre ($25-$50). Friday, indie-rockers Band of Horses perform at St. Petersburg's Jannus Live ($29.50-$35), where Sarasota trio of brothers Boyce Avenue play on Saturday ($24).
Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Carmina Burana: The 50th anniversary season opens with Carl Orff's haunting masterpiece, Friday at Tampa's Straz Center, Saturday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall ($15-$45). floridaorchestra .org.
Comedy: Friday, F is for Family comedian Bill Burr takes the Mahaffey Theater ($42.50 and up; themahaffey .com), and Saturday, Rush Hour and Friday star Chris Tucker is joined by D.L. Hughley at Tampa's Amalie Arena ($25-$61.75; amaliearena.com).
The Capitol Steps: The premier political-musical-satire troupe brings their act Orange is the New Barack to the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Sunday ($45-$65). mypalladium.org.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: It kicks off Friday at Tampa Theatre and runs through Oct. 14 at several venues ($15 single ticket, $75 for six; a few are free). tiglff.com.
Kids and Family
Winter and Hope's Bubble Birthday Party: The beloved dolphins of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium celebrate with bubble machines in Spectrum Theatre, hula hooping, music and Pin the Tail on Winter games. Kids ages 12 and younger bringing a birthday card get in for $9.99. $16.95-$21.95, 2 and under free. seewinter.com.