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Plan your weekend Oct. 5-7: Celebration of Prince, Bernstein's Broadway, Tailgate Taste Fest, Halloween parties

For the Haunted River Tours, the Pirate Water Taxi along the Hillsborough River turns creepy on select nights Oct. 5-28. With a ghoul at the wheel you?ll hear ghost stories, get a spooky treat and make a stop under a bat bridge. $25, $15 children at courtesy Pirate Water Taxi
Published Oct. 5, 2018

Concerts of note

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince: The Roots bandleader Questlove was tapped by the Prince estate for the first-ever symphonic tribute to Prince on Friday at the Yuengling Center (formerly the SunDome). He is mixing into the hit parade a few deeper cuts that come to life when accompanied by a 27-piece orchestra. 8 p.m. Friday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 974-3004.

A Tribute to the Last Waltz: Rockers will be raising money for the Florida Holocaust Museum on Saturday in a special concert. On Nov. 25, 1976, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, the subject of an exhibit currently at the Holocaust Museum, presented the Band in the final performance of their career, known as the Last Waltz. They were joined by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood and Muddy Waters, among others, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. At St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater on Saturday, Americana roots rockers Have Gun, Will Travel and special guests will perform the entire set list. 8 p.m. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$45. (727) 822-3590.

Trick Daddy and Trina: It's Miami hip hop to the 'Burg. As a new generation of South Florida rappers changes the scene it again, it's nice to look back on the 20 years of these hitmakers at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $40 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Tailgate Taste Fest: While college football games are playing on large screens, restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area serve up tailgate foods and compete to win People's Choice and other categories at this year's Tailgate Taste Fest. The event, 3 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday will also broadcastthe Tampa Bay Lightning home opener starting at 7 p.m. Country singer Craig Campbell headlines. Admission is free; food and drink: $15-$25 five samples, $25-$35 10 samples; $90-$100 VIP. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 342-4065.


Florida Orchestra Pops: Bernstein's Broadway: Michael Francis conducts a performance celebrating a century of Leonard Bernstein, one of America's greatest composers and musicians featuring some of his best loved works for musical theater, including selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and more. 8 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18-$48. (813) 229-7827. Also playing at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Saturday 2 and 8 p.m.


Creatures of the Night and more: It's officially October, so Halloween events are jumping out at us left and right this week. ZooTampa at Lowry Park opens its Creatures of the Night, a party running weekends through Oct. 27. There's trick or treating, animal shows and a ghoulish dance party. Included with admission ($34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free). There is also $24.95 admission after 4 p.m. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. Also starting this week, Pirate Taxi is bringing back Haunted River Tours, where a ghoul delivers spooky tales of ghosts as you glide along the Hillsborough River. Departs hourly 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25, $15 children. (813) 559-1804. This weekend also brings the premiere of the I-4 Fear Park, with three dark, intense walking trails in a wooded forest in Plant City.Runs through Oct. 28. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. $30, $45 VIP. (863) 944-0748.


Between Riverside and Crazy: American STage opens its season with this 2015 Pulitzer-winning play. Walter "Pops" Johnson, a retired New York City police officer, has his hands full providing a roof for his ex-convict son while fighting eviction from his rent-controlled apartmentFriday through Nov. 4 at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44 and up.(727) 823-7529. For show times, go to


Hari Kondabolu: The former contributor to Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell is one of the sharper social comics touring these days. Just watch his Simpsons-rattling documentary The Problem With Apu, which argued, convincingly, that the character voiced by the white Hank Azaria was kind of racist. If you were a fan of his spring special Warn Your Relatives, good news: Friday's show at the Jaeb Theater of the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place in Tampa, will be mostly new material. $26.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Take the kids

Disney Junior Dance Party: Cable network Disney Junior is bringing its high-energy live music and dance show to the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall. The 90-minute Disney Junior Dance Party caters to kids and families, starring characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Sofia the First and Puppy Dog Pals via interactive on-screen moments. A giant Mickey-shaped DJ booth, 4D special effects and LED technology accompany the dancers who perform in character. 3:30 p.m. Sunday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50-$49.50. (813) 229-7827.


An Evening With Pete Rose: Baseball's hit king will share stories of his past in a Broadway style theatrical event at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre. Storytelling, enhanced with visuals, takes you inside the game of baseball with "Charlie Hustle" using high-tech multimedia to create a game-day atmosphere. 7 p.m. Sunday. 405 Cleveland St. $29.50-$39.50. (727) 791-7400.


Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Now in its 29th year, TIGLFFis one of the largest and longest-running LGBT film festivals in the country. Starting Friday and running through Oct. 13, it brings 31 features and 31 shorts to multiple venues, including Tampa Theatre and Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg.See for a full schedule. $15, $50 four; a few are free. (813) 274-8982.

Take the dog

Canine Estates Howl-O-Ween: A Halloween party for dogs with goodie bags, rescue groups, music, games, a "Tricks for Treats" contest, auction, raffles, costume contest and Halloween photos. Kids and owners should come in costume too because they qualify for a few categories in the costume contest. Benefits Canine Estates dog rescue. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway. $5, dogs free. (727) 784-8576.

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