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What's happening in Tampa Bay: Larry the Cable Guy, PJ Masks Live, Jack Hanna weekend

On Sunday, PJ Masks Live, a show based on the hit Disney Jr. series, offers two performances in Ferguson Hall at Tampa’s Straz Center. [Courtesy of Straz Center for the Performing Arts]
Published May 15

NERD OUT: Megacon Orlando

The Southeast's largest fan convention, Megacon Orlando, is returning to the sprawling Orange County Convention Center this weekend and again bringing a celebrity lineup of film, television, anime and gaming stars. Even if you aren't going, just know that Interstate 4 traffic will be stuffed with more than 100,000 fans heading there. There will be a reunion of the cast of Back to the Future — Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan — and The Goonies — Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Ke Huy Quan. Dr. Who fans can meet David Tennant and Billie Piper. Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter and Shazam! star Zachary Levi will be there, as will actors Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips. The floor will have loads of merchandise, gaming, steam punk and geek speed dating. It opens Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. $20 and up.

BLUE COLLAR: Larry the Cable Guy

The comic best known for his catchphrase "Git-R-Done," Larry the Cable Guy (real name Daniel Whitney), returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows. It's his first time back since a sold-out 2013 show. He first rose to prominence as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and went on to produce mega-selling albums and tours. He's also the voice of Mater in Disney/Pixar's Cars films. $59.50-$69.50. 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

WILDLIFE: Jack Hanna weekend

Internationally known animal expert Jack Hanna will be at Busch Gardens to share animal facts and travel tales. He will also be available for autographs and meet-and-greets. Included with admission, which starts at $84.99. "Jungle Jack" shows are at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

DISNEY JR.: PJ Masks Live

Now in its second season, the hit Disney Jr. series PJ Masks follows the nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos — Catboy, Owlette and Gekko — when they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets to solve mysteries. PJ Masks Live! Save the Day is a new live musical show with sneaky villains Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl. $25-$120. Noon and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.


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