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Best Bets: Fun things to do around Tampa this week

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg to funnyman Tracy Morgan at the Hard Rock in Tampa.
The Muvico Baywalk in St. Pete will screen indie flicks from around the world, from locally-produced zombie movies to bigger-budget comedies, during the Sunscreen Film Festival. There are also dozens of parties, lectures and film workshops helmed by industry talent. Admission to individual events starts at $8; all-day passes are $50.
(Opens Friday)
The first-ever Sugar Sand Festival celebrates Clearwater Beach's abundance of fluffy, white sand with 10 days of sand-sculpture exhibitions, sand-sculpture competitions, free sand-sculpture clinics and more at Pier 60. The Sugar Sand Walk exhibit is $5 to $7; other events are free.
(Friday to Sunday)
Whether you're ready to spend or you just want to fantasize about what your house could look like, the Tampa Home and Garden Show has you covered with more than 600 exhibits, seminars and guest speakers, including Lightning player Dave Andreychuk and “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” star Teresa Guidice. Admission is $5. Children 16 and under are free.
(Friday and Saturday)
Two of the world's brightest-shining pop stars will be on stage at the Forum less than 24 hours apart. Maybe they'll trade some relationship advice as they pass each other in the doorway. Rihanna (Friday) tickets are $36.75 to $122.25. Taylor Swift (Saturday) tickets are sold out, but are floating around on the secondhand market.
Read the full story on Swift and Rihanna here.
(Friday and Saturday)
Oscar winner, comedian and talk show host Mo'Nique will bring the funny when she headlines shows at the Tampa Improv in Ybor City. Tickets are $40.
Get out your record player and join local record stores as they celebrate vinyl and CDs during Record Store Day with limited edition releases, free stuff, and in-store concerts.
Check out our Record Store Day guide here.
(Saturday and Sunday)
The Mainsail Arts Festival, one of the most exciting outdoor arts events in Florida, sets up shop at Vinoy Park with more than 250 fine art and craft exhibitors in ceramics, fiber, glass, watercolor, jewelry and sculpture; live entertainment, a children's activity tent, food court and more. Admission is free.
Dance Theater of Harlem is back to touring after a nine-year hiatus. The legendary dance institution hits the stage at the Straz Center with ballet pieces drawing on music from James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Tickets run $29.50 to $65.50.
It's been a crazy week for Tracy Morgan, who was announced as host of the Billboard Music Awards days after he made headlines over sex jokes that spurred women's activists to boycott him in Australia. In other words, be ready for anything when the “SNL” alumnus and stand-up-comedy wild-man hits the Hard Rock. Tickets are $55 to $65.
(Opening Monday)
Two traveling musicals will spoof E.L. James' erotic best-selling trilogy “Fifty Shades of Grey” in Lakeland and Tampa. Stop biting your lip. Tickets for “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” at the Straz are $35.50 and $45.50. Tickets for “50 Shades! The Musical” at the Lakeland Center are $43 and $33.
Read about the Tampa actress starring in "Spank!" here.
C'mon and take a free ride: Give your car and your wallet a break on Earth Day. Anyone riding with a friend will be treated to a free fare when they board any regular HARTline bus; all day Monday; free. For information and routes, visit www.gohart.org/index.html; (813) 254-4278
Earth Day Tampa Bay: There will be environmental exhibits, vendors, food, farmers market, children's activities and more at the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; free; USF Botanical Garden, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa; (813) 974-8368
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