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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 Aug. 18-20: Elvis in concert, Jason Aldean, Monster Jam Triple Threat, Sing-Along Grease

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    The king

    Elvis: Live in Concert: This year marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and Ruth Eckerd Hall will have a Graceland-produced Elvis concert on a movie screen, accompanied by a full live orchestra. Graceland calls it the closest audiences …

    Handout photos of Elvis: Live in Concert, a tour spectacle featuring a live orchestra backing the voice of Elvis Presley, projected onto a movie screen. The tour comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on 8/18/17. Credit: Graceland.
  2. What's new in theaters: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard,' 'Logan Lucky,' 'Wind River'

    Movies

    OPENING FRIDAY:

    THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD

    Loving the trailer for The Hitman's Bodyguard (R) poking fun at quotes from reviewers prone to phrases like "It's a roller coaster ride!" for better chances to see their names in TV ads.

    Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
  3. Top shows on stage this week: 321 Improv Festival, Andrew Dice Clay

    Stage

    JUST POPPED UP: 321 IMPROV FESTIVAL

    Improv duo From Justin to Kelly spend most of the show in silence.
  4. This art show celebrates the '90s nostalgia with a DJ bumping jams

    Visual Arts

    THROWBACK: KID AT HE(ART)

    Artist collective He(Art) puts together art exhibits around Ybor, and their latest one — Kid at He(Art) — happens Saturday at the Creative Loafing event space. The show features the work of 14 artists, including Sebastian Coolidge, Daisy Robles

    Emiliano Settecasi’s work is part of the Young at HeART exhibit.
  5. Where to pig out for National Bacon Lovers Day

    Food & Dining

    That's right: Sunday is the national day devoted to all things bacon, National Bacon Lovers Day. Which, really, isn't too different from the other 364 days of the year. But here's a little roundup of some special places to celebrate everyone's favorite meat snack (seriously, even vegans have a grudging respect …

    A creme-filled doughnut topped with maple frosting and bacon at Dough on MacDill Avenue in Tampa.
  6. This week's best Tampa concerts: Jason Aldean, Elvis: Live, Cheat Codes and more

    Music & Concerts

    HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE: Jason Aldean

    Country singer Jason Aldean, pictured at a benefit concert in August, will hit up Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday, Aug. 18.
  7. This weekend in Tampa Bay: Monster Jam, Sing-Along Grease, Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

    Events

    POWER PLAY: Monster Jam Triple Threat

    Speedsters in the new arena show Monster Jam Triple Threat coming to Amalie Arena Aug. 19. Each competitor will drive three customized high-powered vehicles: Speedsters, ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks.
  8. August marks the deaths of both Elvis and Princess Diana

    Music & Concerts

    I was in a restroom at a Palm Harbor pizza shop last weekend, with Elvis.

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles, pictured in 1990, are featured in tons of new TV specials this year marking the 20th anniversary 
of Diana’s death.