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Shoot zombies with a paintball gun or escape a real WWII ship at Tampa Bay haunted houses

Shoot zombies with a paintball gun or escape a real WWII ship at Tampa Bay haunted houses

Here’s a look at some haunted houses and Halloween-themed attractions coming to Tampa, Plant City and Pasco County.Christopher Spata, Times staff writerSCREAM-A-GEDDONFor the past three years, Scream-A-Geddon, located in a frighteningly dark and wood...
Published: 09/19/18
Visit 20 Tampa Bay museums for free (or nearly free) on Saturday

Visit 20 Tampa Bay museums for free (or nearly free) on Saturday

Art Holiday: Free Museum DayIt’s that time when museums show the community some love by offering free admission on Saturday, like early Christmas for art lovers. Two events are the same day; Smithsonian magazine’s nationwide Free Museum Day and St. P...
Published: 09/19/18
Swizzle it: The tool bartenders turn to for a certain kind of cocktail

Swizzle it: The tool bartenders turn to for a certain kind of cocktail

TAMPAIt’s a long stick with an irregular claw at the end, something a little macabre, like a skeletal monkey arm or a ritual tool made out of a chicken foot. It is crafted from the wood of the Quararibea turbinata tree, an aromatic and perennial shru...
Published: 09/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 19

The Last Goodbye: The Florida Holocaust Museum museum is now offering the first virtual reality film to take audiences along with a survivor revisiting a concentration camp. Running daily through Jan 16. This 17-minute virtual reality experience is a...
Published: 09/18/18
Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream look to the ’80s and classics for horror nostalgia

Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream look to the ’80s and classics for horror nostalgia

A thin guy with perfectly Purple Rain era Prince curly mullet hair, blood dripping from his mouth to the front of his puffy shirt, struts past a group of theme park guests onto the streets of "New York City."With Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam blaring in the...
Published: 09/18/18
Pumpkin spice haters, back off: It’s okay to crave the seasonal flavor

Pumpkin spice haters, back off: It’s okay to crave the seasonal flavor

All right, okay, enough, I get it: You all hate pumpkin spice. But I’ve got one request as we head into fall: Can you just let us have this?There are many things on which to heap anger and despair right now, but please, that thing does not need to be...
Published: 09/18/18
Rainbow Kitten Surprise added to 97X Next Big Thing lineup

Rainbow Kitten Surprise added to 97X Next Big Thing lineup

Now that Rainbow Kitten Surprise has sufficiently rocked Tampa, the secret can be told: They're coming back in December for 97X Next Big Thing.The fast-rising North Carolina indie rockers have been added to the bill for this year's Next Big Thing, pe...
Published: 09/18/18
New Charlie’s Angels reboot could star Patrick Stewart

New Charlie’s Angels reboot could star Patrick Stewart

"Good morning, Angels." I must be speaking directly to heaven if I'm hearing that the great Patrick Stewart – that's Sir Patrick to you – will been cast as "Bosley" in the latest Hollywood money-grab (or "reboot" if you prefer) of Charlie...
Published: 09/18/18
What’s that bug gunk on your car? There’s an app for that

What’s that bug gunk on your car? There’s an app for that

Florida is rich in biomass. It’s got a lot of bugs. You’re driving down the highway, and all of a sudden — splat — a bug smacks your windshield, leaving a gooey glob on the glass. That’s the end of it from the bug’s perspective, but did you ever wond...
Published: 09/18/18
SoundBytes: Nile Rodgers, Noname, Rosanne Cash, Kyle Kinane and more

SoundBytes: Nile Rodgers, Noname, Rosanne Cash, Kyle Kinane and more

— In case you missed it, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will open for Cher on Jan. 21 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Click here.— Jazz- and spoken-word-inspired rapper Noname is coming to the Ritz Ybor on Jan. 18. Tickets are $25.50 and up....
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/19/18