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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Monster Jam Triple Threat, silent movies at Tampa Theatre

In this 2017 photo, a crew member from the El Toro Loco monster truck installs a tire in preparation for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Amalie Arena. The competition will return to the Tampa venue on Saturday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2017)]
Published Aug. 21

BIG WHEELS: Monster Jam Triple Threat

Dirt and obstacles have been hauled into Amalie Arena for the sole purpose of pushing drivers to a high-flying limit for the return of the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. As if the ginormous monster trucks weren't enough, this competition challenges each driver to race three different vehicles: the famous Monster Jam trucks — including Grave Digger and El Toro Loco — as well as lightweight Speedsters and ATVs, customized to look like a corresponding truck to compete in various obstacle courses. The audience gets to play a part, too, by voting on their phones. This is in an arena instead of an outdoor stadium, so bring some earplugs because it will be loud when 12,000-pound machines do backflips and vertical two-wheel skills. Hit the pit party from 10:30 a.m. to noon to see the drivers and vehicles up close and snap pictures. $15 and up. There will be two shows Saturday, at 1 and 7 p.m. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

AFTER HOURS: For kids, adults

The notion of cutting loose after closing time has appeal for both adults and kids this week, when MOSI hosts an adults-only party and a Dunedin recreation center lets teens and tweens have a late-night skate jam. Science After Dark was a popular date night option that sold out when the Museum of Science and Industry offered it last spring. There will be appetizers, beer and wine sampling, robots, astronomy and rockets. $14.95, $12.95 members. 6 p.m. Friday. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.

Dunedin's MLK Jr. Recreation Center is letting kids 9 to 14 have a night of skating and "extreme inflatables" for Midnite Madness. There will also be outdoor laser tag and the "Big Games Truck." Throughout the night there will also be game raids, mini skate park jams, snack food buffets and prize giveaways. $15-$20. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday. 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920.

BAR CRAWLS: Football or suds

Tampa is crawling with bar hops both wet and dry. The Sun, Swimsuits and Suds wet bar crawl returns with a splash. Revelers with swimsuits and Super Soakers hop to five Ybor City locations to get soaked or take turns in the dunk tank. $10, $15 VIP, includes drink specials, a towel and T-shirt. 1 p.m. Saturday. Stone Soup Company, 1919 E Seventh Ave.

The College Football Kickoff Bar Crawl party bus will shuttle fans to four Tampa bars with a free shot at each stop, food and drink specials, a beer pong tournament and a beer shotgun. $15-$35. 3 p.m. Saturday. Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa.

SOUNDTRACK: Silent movie organist

Nationally renowned theater organist Steven Ball of St. Louis will be at the Tampa Theatre to play along with classic comedies of the silent film era. The Silent Clowns is a collection of four short comedies from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. It's part of the summer classics series, and Tampa Theatre remains one of the only movie houses in the world that can revive its original programming by presenting a silent film with live musical accompaniment on the theater's original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Retired film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion afterward. $10-$13. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.


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