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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. Plan your weekend: Sept. 22-24: Buffyfest, Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust 108 and 'Rent'

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Pop show

    Florida Björkestra's Buffyfest: Pop culture meets pop music when the Florida Björkestra, a 20-piece alternative-classical ensemble that tributes ground-breaking pop artists, on Saturday will play with eight vocalists for "Once More with …

    The 20th anniversary tour of RENT, shown in 2016, comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 19-24, 2017. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
  2. What's new in theaters: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle,' 'Lego Ninjago Movie,' 'Stronger'

    Movies

    OPENING FRIDAY:

    KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service sneaked up on audiences like a spy in the night, making an unlikely action hero of Academy Award winner Colin Firth. Director Matthew Vaughn mushed the secret agent genre's extremes — …

    Tatiana Maslany, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in “Stronger.”  The film chronicles the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. 
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
  3. American Stage opens season with boxing-themed 'The Royale'

    Stage

    LIVE THAT FANTASY: THE ROYALE

    Three professional sports franchises pour millions of dollars into the Tampa Bay area, branding their images onto caps and T-shirts, flooding the broadcast and print media with every kind of marketing. And a recent study by five arts organizations found that arts and culture …

    The American Stage season opens with “The Royale,” featuring Aygemang Clay as boxer Jack Johnson.
  4. St. Petersburg's Il Ritorno, Cassis American Brasserie close for renovations

    Food & Dining

    Two downtown St. Petersburg restaurants are closing their doors for a bit and undergoing significant renovations.

    IL RITORNO

    Chef and owner David Benstock of Il Ritorno is adding space behind the current location.
  5. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: 'Rick and Morty' mobile, Wanderlust 108, Howl-O-Scream

    Events

    WARP SPEED: Rick and Morty's Rickmobile

  6. Saturday is Free Museum Day, and more art to see this weekend

    Visual Arts

    Priceless: Free Museum Day

    We're incredibly fortunate to be a community with so many wonderful museums to visit and be inspired by. We're even more fortunate that many of them will open their doors for free Saturday, in celebration of the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live and St. Petersburg's Arts …

    Jamie Bates observes the paintings on display during free museum day at the Museum of Fine Arts, which is offering free admission on Saturday
  7. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Arcade Fire, Zac Brown Band, Cardi B and more

    Music & Concerts

    FINALLY: Arcade Fire

    Does it matter that Tampa's long-awaited first concert from Arcade Fire is coming in support of Everything Now, their worst-reviewed album? Not in the slightest. The Montreal indie rock collective's stellar live reputation comes from years of exuberant anthems like …

    Handout photo of the Zac Brown Band, performing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on 9/24/17. Credit: Shore Fire Media
  8. Reschedule, regroup, recharge: Ways to spend the weekend after Irma

    Features

    Well, it's safe to say some of your recent weekend plans got disrupted.