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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 the giant anime fest Metrocon at the Tampa Convention Center to the many hits of Lionel Richie at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre.



Opening Friday

A fragile peace between evolved apes led by Caesar and a band of humans who survived the devastating virus unleashed 10 years ago is shattered, and it seems only war will determine Earth’s dominant species in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."




One of the true characters of R&B, who portrayed Prince’s foil in the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” returns to St. Pete. Tickets to see Morris Day and the Time take the stage at The Mahaffey Theater are $29.50 and $59.50.



Today to Sunday

More than two dozen mutants, special agents, extraterrestrial gods, heroes villains come together in the family-friendly “Marvel Universe Live!,” the first live show of its kind to feature the comic book characters you know from the movies. Tickets range from $30 to $100.



Friday to Aug. 3

Painter Vincent van Gogh faces off with “himself” in “Inventing Van Gogh,” a Jobsite Theatre production that explores what is real and what isn’t. Tickets are $28.



Friday to Sunday

Human chess matches, a Fantasy Masquerade and Maleficent. You never know who — or what — you’ll find at Metrocon, the three-day event devoted to anime. It’s $35 per day to enter, but you can get a three-day pass for $60.




The Tampa Theatre’s “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” fundraiser features craft beer and food from some of the best and newest local breweries (Cigar City, Green Bench, Coppertail) and restaurants (The Refinery, Ella’s, Rooster & the Till), plus the manic madness of Hunter S. Thompson as the 1998 Johnny Depp film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” screens in the background. Tickets are $45 or $70.



Saturday and Sunday

Put yourself on island time at the 2014 Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival in St. Petersburg with live music, vendors, a parade and Caribbean Mardi Gras. Tickets are $15.




You might find yourself dancing on the ceiling all night long after Lionel Richie breaks out his brick house of hits. (Sorry, but we had to do it.) Tickets range from $26 to $150.50.



Ride the mini trains for free: Hop aboard the 7½-inch gauge riding railroad for a 25-minute trip; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; free, $2 parking; Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Brooksville; (727) 639-7639


Post game concert: Catch ‘80s and ’90s rappers Slick Rick (“Children’s Story,” “Ladi Dadi”) and Coolio (“Fantastic Voyage,” “Gangsta’s Paradise”) in a post-game concert after Clearwater Threshers vs. Palm Beach Cardinals; 6:30 p.m. Friday; Tickets start at $5 for berm seating; Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater; (727) 467-4457


Anime blood drive: Visitors to Metrocon who donate blood will score a limited-edition anime T-shirt. Donors must be at least 16 years of age and in good health; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; free; Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa; (727) 568-5433

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