Bradenton's South Florida Museum is mighty proud of the world's largest collection of fossilized poop that will be unveiled Saturday for National Fossil Day — a day of half-priced admission and a poo specimen nicknamed "Precious" because of the dungstone's connection to an ancient crocodile with a Tolkien tie.
There's some serious science behind this No. 1 collection of No. 2 samples. George Frandsen's compilation of 1,277 guano clusters are what paleontologists call coprolite, and the fossilized doo-doo provides valuable information about the lifestyles and diets of prehistoric animals....
Yo ho, yo ho, the pirates are back at the Magic Kingdom, and you might notice some new smells.
Walt Disney World announced this week that the popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride is open again after undergoing a summer of fine tuning.
Capt. Jack Sparrow and his pals now have better lighting effects, fresh paint and the animatronic characters are cleaned up with new outfits. And you might catch a whiff of salty sea air or smoke from cannon fire....
Plan your weekend
Oddball Comedy Festival: More than 20 comedians will be at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Tampa Saturday. Presented by Funny or Die, the festival brings Aziz Ansari of NBC's Parks and Recreation as well as Amy Schumer, who has a fresh Emmy for Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and the hit movie Trainwreck. Other comics include Anthony Jeselnik, Ashley Barnhill, Bridget Everett, Dave Attell, Donnell Rawlings, Jay Pharoah, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Rory Scovel, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tim Minchin, T.J. Miller and Todd Barr. Starts 5:15 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre, 4802 N U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets $22.75-$92.75. midfloridacreditunionamphitheatre.org. ...
FILM FEST: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
This year the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival won't be centered in Tampa Theatre but across the bay in Pinellas County and in sidebar presentations at Tampa venues Friday through Oct. 10. St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater is the festival's setting for opening and closing night celebrations, plus key weekend screenings. The Tampa Theatre said in a statement it was proud to host the festival over the years and, "Our doors are always open." The festival has an ambitious slate of films — 87 in all, from 25 countries — and Orange is the New Black's "Big Boo" is making an appearance. The Palladium's opening night film — presented free of charge — is Kiss Me, Kill Me, an exercise in gay noir. Director Casper Andreas, writer/producer David Michael Barrett and actor Van Hansis are expected to introduce the film and join the after-show party in the theater's cabaret. The film starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. On Saturday the festival welcomes comedian-actor Lea DeLaria, right, from Orange is the New Black for a standup comedy show at 6 p.m., and tickets are $35-$75. See tiglff.com for the film schedule. Single film tickets are $12, $10 for students with proper ID. Children under 18 are admitted free to age-appropriate films. Festival passes are available, ranging from a six-pack of admissions ($60) to the Simply Fabulous VIP access pass ($500). ...
Like an urban Brigadoon, outdoor markets are once again about to emerge out of bare parking lots around Tampa Bay, buzz with activity for several hours and disappear again until next week when we need to stock up on artisan jams, organic cucumbers and yard art.
The St. Petersburg Saturday Market, which claims to have given birth to more than two dozen brick and mortar businesses, will open for the season Saturday. There will be live music by the Urban Gypsies, performances from St. Pete Opera, and barbecue, empanadas and freshly squeezed lemonade among more than 130 stalls. One of the largest outdoor markets in the Southeast, it attracts some 10,000 people on a typical Saturday....
1 Screen on the Green: Tampa's Water Works Park will have a series of family-friendly Halloween-themed movies in October beginning with Ghostbusters Saturday. The movies will be shown on a large, inflatable, outdoor movie screen and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be available to purchase and a food truck will also be on site. Bring some water shoes because the park has a fun splash play area. You can pack picnic baskets and bring coolers, blankets, low-back lawn chairs, and well-behaved, leashed dogs. Alcohol is prohibited. Coming up in the series: Hotel Transylvania (Oct. 10), The Goonies (Oct. 17) and Frankenweenie (Oct. 24)....
Zombies are taking over Tropicana Field Friday night and it's not just dead attendance they are trying to lift from the grave.
When the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays Friday at 7:10 p.m. there will be hordes of the undead in the tbt* Party Deck, where a $25 ($35 value) special ticket package gets you a seat there and a special Zombie Night T-shirt.
No word on brains for sale in the concession stand but fans are encouraged to dress up, said Rays spokeswoman Carli Todd. ...
Merry Christmas from Rob Thomas to us.
Fans were bumming when Thomas postponed his July concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall to be with his wife as she underwent treatment for a brain lesion. But the Matchbox Twenty frontman showed up in August just as his new solo album The Great Unknown, was released. And reports are his wife's surgery went well....
The moon is getting a big star turn this weekend.
For the first time in more than 30 years, Americans will see a supermoon and the rare total lunar eclipse — also called the "blood moon" for its reddish color — on the same night.
The eclipse is Sunday, but the harvest moon will shine on Sunday and Monday. And it's not just any harvest moon (which earned its nickname because the strong light allowed farmers to work late into the night). It will be the biggest and closest supermoon of the year, appearing extra bright and large, according to NASA. ...
Now in its 20th year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Friday and runs through Nov. 16, with 30 different food booths and more cooking and tasting demonstrations than ever in this popular way to eat and drink your way "around the world."
Over the next 53 days there will be nearly 400 culinary demonstrations and mixology seminars, and wine lovers will find more than 300 domestic and international wines offered. You'll find loaded mac and cheese with pepper bacon mac, Australia's grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp and old favorites like Canada's cheddar cheese soup....
It's time to get your culture on when 20 museums across Tampa Bay offer free or cheap admission on Saturday.
The annual free museum day is part of Smithsonian Museum Day Live and St. Petersburg's Arts Alive. Many museums are also offering deep discounts and special activities.
Living history re-enactors representing Florida's Civil War-era will appear at the Tampa Bay History Center, and the Dalí Museum will have an Escher tessellation community mural outside the museum that visitors can add to with markers. The Henry Plant Museum will have two ballet dancers from the Tampa Ballet Theatre performing a dance from Giselle at 11 a.m. ...
Florida residents, in case you haven't noticed: The snowbirds are gone, the kids are back in school and we have Florida attractions pretty much to ourselves.
Fall is the perfect time to ride a roller coaster, take in a show, attend a food festival or explore those places that usually are too crowded (and hot) to enjoy during the busy summer vacation season or the late winter snowbird season. ...
1 Free Museum Day: On Saturday, not only are museums across the nation taking part in the Smithsonian day of free admission (See the list and get your ticket at smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket) but St. Petersburg's Arts Alive also brings deals and free admission to select museums and galleries. Tampa Bay museums participating in the Smithsonian event include Ringling, Cracker Country, Henry B. Plant Museum, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts Alive in St. Petersburg will have free admission at the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Dali Museum (Pinellas County residents only), Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and St. Petersburg Museum of History, among others, as well as $1 admission to see the Chihuly glass collection. See events.stpete.org/events/623 for a complete list. ...
HERE COMES THE SUN: Central Avenue Solstice Street Festival
Although technically we are in the fall equinox (when night and day are approximately the same length) and not solstice (which usually marks the shortest or longest day of the year), we won't quibble over definitions when the Central Avenue Solstice Street Festival brings us an all-day celebration of art, music, food, antiques and local businesses along the entire Central Avenue corridor. The St. Petersburg celebration begins on Saturday with yoga at Demens Landing (7-9 a.m.) as the sun rises in the east and ends at Sunset Park as the sun sets in the west. Along the way, there will be $5 breakfast specials at select eateries, music throughout the day on stages set up at Fifth, 18th and 29th streets, as well as art demonstrations, storytelling and painting. Visit centralavenuesolstice.com for a schedule of events. Don't miss the dramatic piece of live art called You Are My Sunshine from sundown to midnight Friday through Sunday when Priatek Plaza (formerly One Progress Plaza at 200 Central Ave.) will use 3D motion graphics over 15,000 square feet and 100,000 lumens to transform the tallest building in St. Pete into "1,000 rays of moving sunshine powered by social media hash-tags to light up the west facing facade." ...
A giant Twister tournament Saturday at Riverfront Park on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus will help the Tampa-based lingerie and swimwear company Ashley Nation celebrate its first store opening at Westfield Citrus Park.
Some 300 people are expected to keep their right foot on red and left hand green to contort their way to the championship.
There will be a raffle to benefit the Bright Pink cancer awareness organization, with prizes including PlayStation 4, a trip to Cancun, $1,000 store credit and a pink Wolf Island scooter....