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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in Tampa Bay area this week

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks from Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre to Brian Regan's stand-up comedy at the Straz Center.


Opening Friday

Guy Pearce stars as a ruthless ex-soldier finding his way in a declining society after a major financial collapse whose one possession is stolen by hooligans, forcing him to give chase with a wounded gang member as a hostage. The gang member is played by the former “Twilight” sparkly vampire star Robert Pattinson, in a gritty, career redefining role.



More than a week of preliminary contests leads to Saturday's crowning of the new Miss Florida, who will replace reigning titleholder Myrrhanda Jones. This year's theme is “viva la diva” – a tribute to the Music of Elvis Presley. Tickets are $90 for the show at The Mahaffey.



It's “turn back the clock night” at Tropicana Field when the Rays take on the Astros and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers The O'Jays take the field post-game for the next installment of the Rays Summer Concert Series. Both teams will turn back the clock by sporting retro jerseys. Ticket prices vary but it's $10 for a wristband that gets you on the field for the concert, otherwise it's free to watch from your seat.



The Krewe of Zingaro hosts the 10th annual installment of its popular Uncork the Cure Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, with proceeds going to local pediatric cancer research. The event features an assortment of food and wine plus a silent auction with trip packages, restaurant gift cards and lots of other goodies at The Tampa Club. It's $50 in advance, $60 at the door.



Are you a jock, or a cheerleader? Either way, the Rotary Club of Dunedin wants you to dress in your best jock or cheerleader outfit and assemble a team of five (plus a designated driver) to compete in beer pong, flip cup, darts, cornhole and other games for its annual Beer Olympics at several bars in downtown Dunedin. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. at The Boxcar. Registration is $20 per person (including five beers).


Saturday and Sunday

Everything is coming up Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious this weekend as Tampa Theatre hosts a sing-along version of “Mary Poppins,” with lyrics on the screen if you don't know the words. Tickets are $10.


Friday to July 6

The campy musical “Return to the Forbidden Planet” is inspired by the '50s film “Forbidden Planet,” but combines comedy, Shakespeare, science fiction and a long list of classic, rock 'n' roll hits at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theatre.


Free bowling for kids: Register your kids ages 15 and younger online at freesummergames.amf.com/ and they can enjoy three free games each weekday all summer long; Monday to Friday until 6 p.m., free; AMF Lanes, 13109 North 56th St. Tampa or AMF Lanes, 1850 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater

Go Skate Day: Free admission for skateboarding all day, plus free barbecue at noon while supplies last; 9 a.m. Saturday; free; Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; (813) 621-6793

Military admitted free: Military members with valid ID are admitted free to the Tampa Yankees vs. Daytona Cubs game. Burgers, chicken tender baskets and small sodas are half-price from 6 to 8 p.m.; 7 p.m. Monday; free for military, general admission prices approximately $8; George M. Steinbrenner Field, Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa; (813) 875-7753

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