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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 9

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers: Popular Americana band Have Gun Will Travel will play a free show before the game on the west plaza starting at 5:30 p.m. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum), 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices vary by game. (813) 301-6600.

USF Homecoming XVIII: Carnival and Student Showcase: The campus parking lot is filled with carnival rides, student performances and vendors selling food. At 4 p.m. at University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-9047.

Taste of Clearwater: Sample culinary treats and beverages from more than 25 local eateries, with live music and an Iron Chef-style cook-off. It's at 5:30 p.m. at Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 US Highway 19 N, Suite 2096, Clearwater. $35, $20 per ticket when purchasing five or more; $125 VIP. (727) 461-0011.

Florida Viking Fest: The salute to Leif Ericson Day includes a Viking ship display, Scandinavian food, vendors, music, a proclamation presentation by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and a Viking re-enactment show at 5:30 p.m. at Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. $25, $10 children. (727) 415-5088.

New Found Glory: The group, touring off their new record Resurrection, headline this year's Glamour Kills Tour that also features We Are the In Crowd, Fireworks and Candy Hearts at 6:30 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$25. (813) 248-9500.

April Macie: She may look sweet, but just wait until this comic opens her mouth and starts spouting her bawdy humor, talking about sex habits and more. Show is at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$14. (813) 960-1197.


Pumpkin Patch for Dogs: Bring your children and your pets for photos among thousands of pumpkins and gourds and festive Halloween decorations, starting at 10 a.m. at Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. Free admission. (813) 876-4150.

Radley Haunted House: This elaborate haunted house has a new theme: Dr. Radley's Nightmare Machine. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Opens at 7:30 p.m. at Radley Haunted House, 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 420-5593.


Gracepoint, 9 p.m., Fox As the detectives continue their investigation into the murder of young boy Danny Solano, his dad looks increasingly shifty and his mom turns to the town minister, who is way too nice not to be up to something.


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Tiempo Libre: The Straz is converting seats to a dance floor for a concert mixing traditional Cuban timba with funk, jazz and R&B on Saturday. $10-$15.

Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color: This exhibit of 49 masterpieces comes to the Tampa Museum of Art on Saturday, exploring how Paris emerged as the center of the art world in the 19th century . $10; $7.50 seniors/military; $5 students. (813) 274-8130.