1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 24-30

Darius Rucker performs at the 2018 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP) TNAW128
Darius Rucker performs at the 2018 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP) TNAW128
Published Sep. 24, 2018

Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum: Two of country music's most upbeat and crowd-pleasing acts perform Friday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. ($35.25 and up).

Super Boat National Championship: The high-speed powerboats return to Clearwater Beach. There's a parade and block party at 6:30 p.m. Friday on Cleveland Street, a race village in Coachman Park on Saturday and races start at noon Sunday near Pier 60. Free.

Hooters 35th Anniversary: The wing house celebrates its 35th anniversary with a free concert by The Romantics (What I Like About You) followed by fireworks at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

date night

The Florida Björkestra Buffyfest: The alternative-classical ensemble presents "Once More With Feeling," the famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander, and Emma Caulfield (Anya) will be there Saturday at St. Pete's Palladium. $28-$40.

Music: The Australian Pink Floyd Show plays all the hits Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($40.50-$70.50). Polish global fusion jazz/pop singer Basia plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre Thursday ($35-$55). That bloomin' Aussie Troye Sivan performs Friday at the Mahaffey ($45.50 ) Dashboard Confessional plays with All Time Low on Friday at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ($38.50). Tampa wrestler and rocker Chris Jericho brings his grunge-glam band Fozzy to the Orpheum on Friday ($22)

Florida Orchestra: Kicking off its season with Beethoven's 5th, the masterpiece will be performed Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa; Saturday at Mahaffey in St. Petersburg; and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $18-$48.

Tampa Bay Women's Expo: Exhibits, seminars, vendors and some of the Tampa Bay Times' favorite female writers and editors will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; parking is $8.

kids and family

Roboticon: See a variety of robots in various stages of construction. USF Yuegling Center, Tampa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free.

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  1. As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
  2. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. []
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  3. Charlie explains to his parents and sister, Beth, that the best thing about church is that there are no Herdmans there. Pictured, from left: Sarah Krug as Mother (Grace Bradley), Amber Marino as Beth, Frank Miller as Father (Bob Bradley) and Jude Mys as Charlie. [Kristina Mitten]
    Live Oak Theatre presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
  4. Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
    Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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