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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: Nov. 14-17

A daylong music festival aims to preserve a Tampa landmark, Jay and Silent Bob visit Tampa Theatre and Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens.
Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes pose during an interview on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles to promote "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." [WILLY SANJUAN  |  Invision/AP]
Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes pose during an interview on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles to promote "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." [WILLY SANJUAN | Invision/AP]
Published Nov. 13


The boys are back. Jay and Silent Bob, the New Jersey stoner icons who first hit the screen 25 years ago in Clerks, have a new movie. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are coming to Tampa Theatre on Thursday to screen Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. As established in Smith’s 1997 film Chasing Amy, the Jersey drug dealers are the inspiration for the comic book series Bluntman and Chronic. In 2001′s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, they traveled to Hollywood in an attempt to stop a Bluntman and Chronic movie from being made. Now, almost 20 years later, the dynamic duo learn that a Bluntman and Chronic reboot is in the works, set to be directed by, of all people, Kevin Smith. The film is loaded with cameos from Smith’s many famous friends. The pair will take the stage for a postfilm discussion. Smith is notoriously talkative, so expect long answers to any question. $50, VIP $110-$750. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.


A grassroots effort has bubbled up for the preservation of the historic Sulphur Springs water tower and the surrounding park. The result? The River Tower Festival. It’s an all-day music festival in the riverfront park in Seminole Heights with food trucks on the lawn. The Sulphur Springs water tower has been a part of Tampa’s history since 1927. It stands 214 feet tall and was built on top of an artesian well by a developer with dreams of an entertainment empire. It was used as a water source until 1971 and became a magnet for graffiti until the city bought it in 2005 and added lights. Now there’s a movement to preserve it. There will be music on two stages with Have Gun, Will Travel and Baker Acted, both at 8:30 p.m. There will be kids’ activities throughout the day, including a magician (1-3 p.m.), balloon art (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and a drum circle at noon. Bring chairs or blankets for sitting on the lawn. No coolers. $15-$20, 9 and younger free. 11 a.m. Saturday. River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St., Tampa. (813) 230-3517.

The old Sulphur Springs water tower at River Tower Park in Tampa is the focus of Nov. 16's River Tower Festival. [Tampa Bay Times (2006)]


Yes, yes, we know it’s not even time for the Thanksgiving turkey yet, but Busch Gardens is getting a jump on the holidays. The Sing-Along Train pulls into Christmas Town starting Saturday, delivering a land with millions of twinkling lights, holiday shows and meet and greets with Rudolph and Santa. Opening night on Saturday will also feature a special night of pin trading from 6-8 p.m. Visit the Toy Shoppe in the Christmas Town Village and purchase a pin to play the Disc Drop game for a chance to trade pins from their expansive collection. Special pins for this event include the new holiday releases as well as presidential pins from the company’s sister parks such as SeaWorld. Included with admission. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Millions of lights are strung across Tampa theme park Busch Gardens for Christmas Town. [Busch Gardens]


  1. Lindsey Stirling will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 20. [Cara Robbins]
    The superstar EDM-pop violinist brings her third annual holiday tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 20.
  2. The cast of "Floribama Shore." Season 3, which was shot in Pinellas County, premieres in November. [Courtesy of MTV]
    It’s probably not related to Floribama Shore filming in the St. Petersburg bar.
  3. Shakey Graves will open for the Lumineers at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 22. [Six Shooter Records]
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  4. Florida Orchestra music director and conductor Michael Francis, left, celebrates with his wife Cindy and their five-year-old daughter Annabella. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    The conductor, who grew up British, has been performing in the U.S. since he was 16.
  5. Year 3 Barrel-Aged Barleywine, Mastry’s Brewing Co. [Justin Grant  |  tbt*]
    This hefty brew packs a bourbon barrel-aged punch.
  6. Duck Fat Potatoes [KATHY SAUNDERS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Plus, where to buy duck fat.
  7. A rendering of the new restaurant Olivia, from Tampa Bay chef Chris Ponte. [Courtesy of Olivia]
    The Italian restaurant took over the space that used to be Carmel Kitchen.
  8. Hillsborough County Sheriff Office arrested 22-year old Ozcan Rodriguez Okur, an Amazon delivery driver who kept approximately $890 in items and gift cards from packages he was responsible for delivering to customers. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
    Ozcan Rodriguez Okur Junior kept approximately $890 in items and gift cards, marking them as “missing.”
  9. Thomas Rhett performs "Remember You Young" at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13 in Nashville. [MARK J. TERRILL                       |  AP]
    The country star will hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in June.
  10. Alanis Morissette is seen onstage at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in 2011 in Los Angeles. [MATT SAYLES  |  AP]
    Whitney Cummings, Def Leppard and Patton Oswalt are other highlights.