Top things to do this week: Meet 'Gator Boys' star, marijuana doc premiere, WMNF birthday

Published September 7 2018
Updated September 7 2018

ONSCREEN WEED: #Legalizeit Red Carpet Event

The producers of The Marijuana Show, now in its third critically acclaimed season on Amazon Prime, have created a political documentary called #LegalizeIt, which premieres in Tampa Thursday before a tour of 10 cities across the country. Timed before midterm elections, the film tour aims to influence ballot initiatives across the country, as well as the politicians up for election. Like the TV show, the documentary features stories of veterans with PTSD and parents with children suffering from cancer or epilepsy fighting for access to cannabis. The #LegalizeIt Red Carpet Event will be held at Carrollwood Villagio Cinemas (a theater with reclining seats and a bistro that serves dinner and cocktails during the movie). After the film, producers Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull, as well as Moriah Barnhart of CannaMoms, will take questions. Audience members are encouraged to "bring a prohibitionist to the movies." 6-9 p.m. Thursday. 11778 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15, $12 veterans, $25 VIP. (813) 498-2800.


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WMNF: Street of Dreams Birthday Party

Community station WMNF FM-88.5 is celebrating its 39th birthday on Monday, and like any good midlife crisis the WMNF 39th Birthday: Street of Dreams party comes with cocktails and sexy dancers. The speakeasy event will have Prohibition-era cocktails and a buffet. Dean Johanesen and the 24 Hour Men provide the soundtrack, and Surface Noise & DJ Thee Ana Lu spins era-appropriate songs. Burlesque performers Ruby Vesper and Nilla Bean, above, are the headliners. 6-9 p.m. Monday. Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $35 ; $40 at the door. (813) 234-1000.


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CHRISTIAN MUSIC: Rock the Universe

The largest Christian music festival in Florida is about to set a 20-year milestone. When Walt Disney World officially canceled its annual Christian concert event, Night of Joy, after 34 years, Universal Orlando’s Rock the Universe became the largest and longest-running Christian music festival in the state. For two days of the separate-ticket event, visitors get a FanZone setup in Universal Studios with dancing to music by DJ Promote and Sarah Reeves, autograph sessions, a candle-lighting ceremony and access to Universal Studios attractions until 1 a.m. The music lineup has some of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music. Friday features performances by Jesus Culture, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, Red, Zach Williams and Trip Lee. Saturday features Casting Crowns, above, For King and Country, Family Force 5, Brandon Heath, Andy Mineo and Ryan Stevenson. 4 p.m. $69 and up.


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JAWS: Meet Gator Boy

The Alligator Attraction upstairs at the John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk will have a meet and greet on Saturday with Jimmy Riffle, the star of Animal Planet’sGator Boys. The co-owner of Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Riffle’s company rescues wildlife animals and wrestles alligators in the Florida Everglades. From
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday you can hear his stories. The attraction itself has more than 60 live gators and another 30 reptiles and 100 fish. Included with admission: $7, $6 children 2-12. 12973 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach.


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THURSDAY: Top things to do on Thursday, Sept. 6

FRIDAY: Top things to do on Friday, Sept. 7

SATURDAY: Top things to do on Saturday, Sept. 8 

SUNDAY: Top things to do on Sunday, Sept. 9

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