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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. 23-25: Howl-o-Scream, Free Museum Day, Lightning Fan Fest, the Illusionists

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    Plan your weekend

    Halloween

    Howl-O-Scream: Halloween attractions and haunted houses are already popping up. Busch Gardens brings an Evil Encore theme to its annual scare fest starting Friday. Tickets start at $45.99; buschgarden …

  2. 5 things to do under $5: Free Florida Orchestra concert, Central Avenue festival

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    1Sebastian Junger: The author (Perfect Storm) and Oscar nominee (Restrepo) will give a free talk at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts today, thanks to the University of South Florida's Frontier Forum Lecture Series. Admission is free for the 7:30 p.m. event, and doors open at 6:30. …

    Author-filmmaker Sebastian Junger will give a talk at USF on Tuesday.
  3. Movie Planner: Reviews of Jerry Lewis' 'Max Rose,' John Krasinski's 'The Hollars'

    Movies

    INDIE FLICKS: MAX ROSE

    Two diversely remarkable performances make a cloying pair of indies tolerable this week. One comes from a certified Hollywood legend; the other by a quintessential character actor.

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  4. Dining Planner: Eat out this week for an array of kids' causes

    Food & Dining

    DINE: DO IT FOR THE KIDS

    At Night of the Iguana on Friday, guests can help grant the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions while enjoying food samples from 20 restaurants, live music from the Black Honkeys and Pelican King, an open bar, dancing, and silent and live auctions at …

    Grey Salt at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa will have a dinner Oct. 5 to benefit No Kid Hungry.
  5. Stage planner: The Illusionists do the impossible , 'Unelectable You' rolls with political realities

    Stage

    NOW YOU SEE IT: THE ILLUSIONISTS

    The Illusionists are blowing through Tampa like superheroes, each endowed with special powers. The Anti-Conjuror (Dan Sperry), a Goth apparition with black fingernails and lipstick, multiplies birds and nearly beheads himself with dental floss. The Escapologist (Andrew …

    Yu Ho-Jin, a member of the Illusionists known as the Manipulator, is a master at sleight of hand.
  6. Art Planner: Free museum admission, Fashion Week art, new shows at Syd Entel, Clayton Galleries

    Visual Arts

    IT'S HOT OUTSIDE: GO TO A MUSEUM (FOR FREE)

    A show of fashion photography is at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts for Fashion Week Tampa Bay.
  7. Things to Do Planner: Lightning Fan Fest, model Nyle DiMarco, horror convention, Lego Mustang

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    GO BOLTS: Lightning Fan Fest

    Time to hit the ice, Bolts fans. Sunday brings a free day to get ramped up for hockey season at the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest. There will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, a high school hockey shootout, food and beverage …

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, right, says goodbye to Cael Wintjen, 2, and Bethany Clark with a high five after they got a jersey and T-shirt autographed during Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest in 2014. The fest returns this weekend.
  8. Music Planner: Toby Keith, Purple Xperience, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, Gojira, Matt Hires

    Music & Concerts

    COWBOY UP: TOBY KEITH

    Like Brad Paisley and Dave Matthews, Toby Keith is a fixture at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, playing the shed at least 10 times since it opened in 2004. Friday makes it 11. The man who once sang he should've been a cowboy recently dropped a new single, A …

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