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Weekend Planner

Our insiders help you plan your weekend: dining, movies, music, arts, stage, things to do, shopping, and outdoors:

  1. It's possible to do Tampa Bay Comic Con on a budget. Here's how.


    One of the best parts about being a geek is going to conventions. Huge halls packed with cosplayers, celebrities, comic books, collectibles and a community of like-minded weirdos. It's paradise.

    Luis Romero of Tampa has five Spider-Man suits and has made 25 different covers and inside panels out of $3 presentation boards. 
“I spent three years of research trying to find the perfect red and blue classic Spider-Man suit,” the 37-year-old said.
  2. Plan your weekend: DJ Kitty Onesie, Taking Back Sunday, Kid Day, comic Felipe Esparza



    DJ Kitty Onesie: The first 15,000 ticket holders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie. It's complete with a tail, a hood featuring a cat face and "DJ Kitty" written across the back. …

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  3. New theater company, Innovocative Theatre, opens at Stageworks with 'Proof'



    Dennis Duggan plays Robert while Marie-Claude Tremblay plays his daughter Catherine in the play Proof at Innovocative Theatre.
  4. Tampa Bay chefs go head to head and Disney Springs gets another James Beard winner

    Food & Dining

    Epic Chef Showdown: Feeding Tampa Bay

    In a shoulder-to-shoulder format cook-off competition, chefs from Parkshore Grill and Mise En Place strove Monday night to become the Epic Chef of Tampa Bay. In this course, using ramen as a mystery box ingredient.
  5. What's new in theaters this weekend: 'Dunkirk,' 'Valerian,' 'Girls Trip'



    Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne can’t wrangle Valerian’s clunky dialogue or plot.
  6. This week's best art: Performance art with honey, video montage of old motels

    Visual Arts

    Micheal Hooker: (100 Pitchers) of Honey

    Selina Rom?n, That Liminal Space, 2015, archival inkjet print.
  7. From PetSmart to Home Depot, take your kids boring places


    Who remembers being kind of bored as a kid?

  8. Top things to do this week: Celebrate Shark Week and Snooty the manatee



    Shark Week starts Sunday on the Discovery Channel and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is using the occasion to highlight its toothy residents, Thelma and Louise. A special $25 Shark Adoption gets you a tote bag, a plush shark and a bio on the aquarium's two nurse sharks. CMA is also launching a …

    Tyler Wann looks at one of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s two nurse sharks, who are stars (other than the human ones of Dolphin Tale) at the aquarium’s Shark Week.