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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Sept. 29

JIM DAMASKE | Times NP_349981_DAMA_Hooters_4 (2/10/2012 CLEARWATER) Chicken wings served to guests at a gathering introducing the newly renovated original Hooters. The fully renovated 7000 sqr. ft. new Original Hooters, the restaurant that in 1983 launched the brand that now boasts more than 480 locations in 44 states and 27 countries. [Jim Damaske, Times]
Published Sep. 28, 2018

The Romantics: Hooters, the original chicken wing house here, first opened in Clearwater on October 4, 1983, and it's celebrating its 35th anniversary with a free concert with the band known for their '80s hit What I Like About You, followed by fireworks. 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5: Opening its 51st season, Michael Francis directs Ludwig van Beethoven's masterpiece along Valentina Lisitsa returning to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$48. Prices may vary. (727) 822-3590;

Buffyfest: The Florida Bjorkestra, an alternative-classical ensemble that performs tributes to ground-breaking pop artists, this time presents "Once More With Feeling," the famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Actors Nicholas Brendon (Xander) and Emma Caulfield (Anya) will be there for meet and greets at 5 p.m. Costumes encouraged. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28-$40. (727) 822-3590;

Super Boat National Championship and Festival: Some of the fastest powerboats in the world will be practicing before Sunday's race off the shore of Clearwater Beach. The race village opens at 10 a.m. with food, drinks, live entertainment and meet and greets with the drivers. 10 a.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 593-5536;

Corey Holcomb: The Last Comic Standing alum has numerous film and television credits including Wild n' Out, The Cleveland Show, Think Like a Man Too and Adult Swim's Black Jesus. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000;

Bertie Higgins: Hometown hero and singer best known for his international chart-topping hit Key Largo will perform. 7:30 p.m., Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. General admission $25. Member $20. (727) 942-5605;

Lucia Micarelli: Fiery violinist who made her international name as a soloist with Josh Groban's world tours and on HBO's critically-acclaimed series Treme will perform. 7:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25-$70. (813) 229-7827;

Skizzy Mars: Rapper, songweiter and record producer will perform. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$25. (813) 248-9500;

Tampa Bay Lightning: Preseason: vs. Florida: 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices vary by game. (813) 301-6600;

Paddle for Peace: Paddleboarders and kayakers of all experience levels participate in 2-mile, 1-mile and 1/2-mile paddles along the Hillsborough River. Benefits The Spring of Tampa. 8 a.m., Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. $30, $10 ages 6-12. (813) 247-5433.

Tampa Bay Women's Expo: Women get some time to relax and take a break while they learn how to pamper themselves with wellness and lifestyle screenings, seminars, exhibits and booths by area businesses. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free. (727) 893-8523;

The Fantasticks!: The world's longest running musical features the classic song, Try to Remember. Through Oct. 21. 2 and 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23-$50. (727) 498-5205;

Judgment at Nuremberg: The powerful story of Ernst Janning and other influential Nazi Party officials and high-ranking military officers that faced military tribunals held from 1945-1949. Through Oct. 14. 3 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416;

Celebrate Oktoberfest: Known as "Tampa Bay's most authentic Oktoberfest," join the German American Society of Pinellas for live German oompah music, keg tappings, a parade, dancers, a variety of imported beers, authentic cuisine and German vendors. 5 p.m., German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. $10, 12 and younger free. (727) 238-8201;

Johnny Beehner: He trained with the prestigious Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He one of the last comedians to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2015. 6 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197;

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Toronto Blue Jays: All fans get a free Dan Johnson bobblehead. 6:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297;

Scream-A-Geddon: Brace yourself for this one. The interaction meter goes off the charts at this Halloween haunt this year with the addition of Rage 3D, Demon's Revenge and Zombie Paintball Assault in which you literally hunt, shoot and kill zombies. 7:30 p.m., Scream-A-Geddon, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. $19.95-$39.95, $9.95-$19.95 paintball. (813) 452-5412;

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens: Get spooked by six haunted houses and scare zones and the chance to ride coasters in the dark, sometimes with a zombie sitting next to you. New haunts this year are Insomnia, set in an asylum and Simon's Slaughterhouse. Includes early access to the park at 5 p.m. and remains open until 1 a.m. 7:30 p.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $39.99 and up. (813) 884-4386;

Silent Film: Watch the 1928 Buster Keaton silent comedy classic Steamboat Bill Jr., set to live organ accompaniment by Tom Hochn. This film was inspired by Disney's Steamboat Willie. 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, 411 Turner St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 446-5955.

Judgment at Nuremberg: The powerful story of Ernst Janning and other influential Nazi Party officials and high-ranking military officers that faced military tribunals held from 1945-1949. Through Oct. 14. 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416;


Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Pacific Rim: Uprising (PG-13) on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 7:45 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036;

Sweetfields Corn Maze: The fun includes a new corn maze design, hayrides, hay play area, animals, farm fun, human foosball, pumpkins and more. Runs through Nov. 4. 10 a.m., Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (no pets allowed). (352) 279-0977;

Roboticon: The public is invited to watch a full-scale steampunk themed competition, see a variety of robots in various stages of construction and operation, a college and career fair and learn more about math, science and tech careers in Tampa Bay. 10 a.m., University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 728-2822.

Worldwide Day of Play: Great Ex celebrates Nickelodeon's annual Worldwide Day of Play, a day in which programing is suspended to encourage kids to "go outside and play," with activities including hula hoop contests, dance time, balance challenges and slime. Included with admission. 12 p.m., Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. (727) 821-8992;


SEASON PREMIERE Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC: Adam Driver (Star Wars) is set to do his second hosting stint as the venerable sketch-comedy series kicks off its 44th season. Kanye West is the musical guest.


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  1. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  2. Ari Shipley, 5, (left) reads to a golden retriever named Turbo, while her brother, Jett, 3, looks on. Reading to Turbo is a new program at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. MICHELE MILLER  |  Times
    Specially trained therapy dogs help youngsters grow their reading skills.
  3. Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT
    Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
  4. A cat named Karma finds a comfortable spot in the lap of Taylor McKenzie during the Kitty Cats and Yoga Mats wellness activity at the Land O' Lakes Library. Michele Miller
    Two Pasco County agencies partner to bring the interactive activity to local libraries.
  5. Spanx founder and Clearwater native Sara Blakely will be the keynote speaker at the Synapse Summit 2020 innovation convention, scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. (Times file photo)
    Organizers say the Clearwater native is a game-changer for the event on Feb. 11-12 at Amalie Arena. It is expected to draw more than 6,000 entrepreneurs.
  6. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
  7. A manatee swims in the discharge canal next to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    When the waters of Tampa Bay begin to cool, hundreds of sea cows will seek warmth around Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station.
  8. During a recent rehearsal of 'In the Heights,' Gulf Middle student Dominic Nitz gets a toss in the air with help from Noah Mederios (left) and Jay Woodson (right). Michele Miller
    It’s a mature stretch for middle school students, but teacher Peter Nason says that’s what it’s all about
  9. Washington Nationals' Trea Turner, right, steals second with Houston Astros' Carlos Correa covering during the first inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) MATT SLOCUM  |  AP
    It’s part of Taco Bell’s, “Steal a base, Steal a Taco” promotion.
  10. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.