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Can't decide what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got it figured out for you. Here are our editors' picks, including Weezer at the Mahaffey Theater and Ribfest in St. Petersburg. AT THE MOVIES (Opening Friday) "Skyfall," the 27th movie in the 50-year-old James Bond franchise is getting rave reviews, with some calling it the best Bond flick ever. This time Bond has to pick up the pieces when a mission gone awry leaves to the exposure of undercover agents and an all-out attack on MI6. Plus Javier Bardem plays the creepiest Bond villain in years.
BRING YOUR SWEATER (Friday) Nerd rock heroes Weezer have been making hits and rocking hipster glasses since way before anybody was even using the word "hipster." Their concert at the Mahaffey in St. Pete will mark the first time they'll play the Bay area since 2005, but hardcore fans might opt for a trip to the House of Blues in Orlando on Nov. 11, where Rivers Cuomo and company will play their beloved "Pinkerton" album in its entirety. Tickets for the Mahaffey run from $29.50 to $99. CIRQUE DU SPECTACLE (Opening Friday) Kooza, Cirque du Soleil's story of an innocent who enters a zany, exotic world of kings, thieves and clowns, with thrilling acrobatics, contortionists and dare devils, is at the big top at Tropicana Field until Dec. 9. Tickets run from $43.50 to $143.50. EAT, DANCE AND BE GREEK (Friday through Sunday) Thousands of baklava-stuffed revelers will dance into the night at the Opa! party tent, as authentic Greek music spills into the streets of South Tampa at the annual Tampa Greek Festival at St. John Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy the selection of food, shopping and entertainment for $2 admission. MUSIC MEATS BARBECUE (Friday through Sunday) Award-winning barbecue chefs from as far away as Australia (where they call it "barbie") will be on hand to serve up ribs, while musical acts such as Heart, Jonny Lang and Montgomery Gentry will serve up tunes at Ribfest in St. Petersburg. There's also a classic car show and a family fun zone. Admission is $20 at the gate. DIRTY JOKES (Friday through Sunday) Don't let Mitch Fatel's charming, boyish smile fool you. The frequent Howard Stern Show guest and "Late Show with David Letterman" veteran is hilarious in a way that can't even begin to be described on a family-friendly website. See him at the Tampa Improv all weekend. Tickets run from $17 to $23. UP IN SMOKE (Saturday) The iconic duo known for taking a toke in troubled times bring their latest stand-up show "Cheech & Chong: Joint Venture" to the Straz Center. Leave the kids at home for this one. Tickets are $34.50 or $54.50. HOT CHILI, COOL MUSIC (Saturday) Watch teams of zany cooks battle it out in Steve Otto's Chili Cook-off, then chill to the sounds of Trailer Choir, Caroline Kole, Easy Posse and more during RiverFest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Yacht Starship will be offering $10 river cruises as well. Admission is free. GET TICKETS ASAP (Saturday) A$AP Rocky is the latest in a trend of rappers signing huge-money, major-label record deals off the strength of their viral mixtapes, but the Harlem-bred emcee's "LiveLoveASAP" mixtape was better than most studio albums anyway. He'll be joined by opener Danny Brown, whose schizoid stage antics could steal the show, much like they did when Brown opened for Das Racist in St. Petersburg last year. Tickets to the show at The Ritz Ybor are $30. GAMER'S PARADISE (Saturday and Sunday) Gamers will test their skills during MOSI's Press Play video gaming expo, where locals and experts from around the world will test out new gaming tech, compete in tournaments to win prizes and hang out with fellow players. Local gaming software company ARTIX will be on hand to answer questions from aspiring game designers. MURDER SHE WROTE (Opening Tuesday) Mystery writer Agatha Christie's popular tale of mystery, intrigue and revenge comes to life – or death – in the "BBC Murders" coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Tickets are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall box office for $40 or $55. ANIMAL ADVENTURE (Thursday) Jeff Corwin, probably the most famous face on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet these days, will speak as part of the University of South Florida's University Lecture Series. We like Corwin, but it probably won't matter what he has to say – he's bringing a variety of animals with him. The free lecture takes place in the Marshall Student Center. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (Thursday) The New York-by-way-of-Moscow songstress Regina Spektor has been garnering high praise from concert reviewers since she went out on tour in support of her latest full-length, "What We Saw from the Cheap Seats." The album's single "Call Them Brothers" is an oddball charmer, poignant and funny at once, and a good example of why the multi-instrumentalist is worth the price of a ticket to see her at Ruth Eckerd Hall, which runs from $39.50 to $49.50. ON THE CHEAP Free salon services: Throughout the month of November, anyone who brings in a nonperishable food donation will be treated to a free haircut, manicure or pedicure; daily; free; Remington College – Tampa Campus, 6302 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Tampa; (813) 333-7939 Music makers: Children ages 2 to 10 can enjoy an interactive workshop where they can hear, see or even try band and orchestral instruments, such as the flute, trumpet, tuba and more; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday; free; Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon; (813) 685-5998 Doga: Enjoy a yoga class and learn massage techniques to share with your best friend — your dog; 10 a.m. Saturday; $10; Whatadog Play Center, 13247 38th St. N., Clearwater; (727) 571-3647
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