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Best Bets: Fun things to do in Tampa this week

Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks for things to do in Tampa Bay, from a fashion retrospective at Tampa Museum of Art to the shock rock of Alice Cooper.



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Movie critic Steve Persall says not a single lewd pun or food blasphemy gets past Seth Rogen’s latest “friendsourced mugging of political correctness” in “Sausage Party,” the R-rated, animated flick about a weiner named Frank (Rogen) who resides on a supermarket shelf near a hot dog bun named Brenda (Kristen Wiig).



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Buya, St. Petersburg’s first restaurant dedicated to ramen noodles, opened this week on Central Avenue offering two kinds of broth: “a traditional meaty tonkotsu (a 22-hour process) and a soy-based broth, with toppers like crispy duck and wagyu brisket, and a seafood version with grilled langostinos,” plus a nice variety of Japanese whiskey. Just don’t expect to waltz right in, reservations filled up quickly.



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The new exhibition, “Norma Kamali — City: Fashion+Art+Culture,” has arrived at the Tampa Museum of Art. You can get out of the heat and check out timeless works by the pioneering designer, including her iconic sleeping bag coat that debuted in the 1970s. Admission is $15, with discounts for seniors, educators, students and military members.



Thursday, Aug. 11

The annual summer Perseid meteor shower is going to be the best sky show in decades, NASA predicts, and it is peaking in the wee hours of Thursday night into early Friday. Perseids (pronounced percy-ud) can be seen in the early evening if the sky is clear, but it’s after midnight until dawn that the meteors bombard the sky most abundantly. Pinellas beaches and Davis Islands, near Peter O. Knight Airport, are among the best places to watch from.




Brad Paisley, who has played the Midflorida Amphitheatre every year since at least 2005, and other venues around town for years before then, is back in town for his guitar-driven brand of country show that will likely include hits “Alcohol,” “Ticks,” “Online,” and “Celebrity.” Tickets start at $15.



Friday to Sunday

There really is a convention for everything. On the heels of Tampa Bay Comic Con, we have the Grand Brony Gala, a family-friendly event catering to fans of My Little Pony this weekend in Tampa. The event includes stars from the TV show including Kelly Sheridan and Peter New, cosplay contests, games, vendors, panels and shows. All day programs are PG-13 with some evening events like the Brony Chef Cocktail Hour catering to adults. Entry to the event at the Sheraton Tampa East runs $10 to $55.



Friday to Sunday

Speaking of a convention for everything …If you’ve been rehearsing kinky karaoke, these are your people. Fetish Con returns to the Hilton in downtown St. Petersburg with a Kinky Red Carpet. The 16th annual trade show brings vendors, models and a Super Heroine Showdown). New this year, the Twisted Dungeon play space is open to everyone attending the convention. You must be 18 or older to attend. Entry is $40 per day, or $107 for the weekend.




Fans of alternative comedy can catch David Liebe Hart at New World Brewery on Saturday but it’s difficult to categorize what they will find. The off-kilter comic, musician and puppeteer is best known for his appearances on Adult Swim’s absurdist Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!

Tickets are $10.




For the annual Dog Swim Day on Saturday, St. Petersburg Recreation Department offers two sessions to let man’s best friend paddle around Fossil Park Pool in St. Pete and even leap off the diving boards. The first session is 9:30 to 11 a.m. and the second is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for leash-free swim and play for pups before the pool closes for the season. You must have proof of your dog’s current vaccinations. It’s $5 per session dogs, humans are free (but can’t get in the pool).




Rock Hall of Famer Alice Cooper and his iconic shock-rock stage show (known to include some large boa constrictors) arrives at Ruth Eckerd Hall where he’ll preside as carnival barker over a set likely to include hits such as “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” “Poison” and “Elected.” Tickets start at $48.75.




With summer winding down, it’s time for one last beachy fling by the water. Enter Slightly Stoopid, above, and SOJA, two of America’s most successful post-Sublime reggae-rock outfits, who perform at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $37.50 and up.



Sunday Bicycle Rides: The Pinellas Trail is one of Florida’s best bicycle trails, and the spot the Tampa Bay Sunday Bicyclers will tour this week is widely considered its prettiest section. From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin, the ride will head north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and beach. The route is scenic and shady, with one biking bridge over Alt U.S. 19 to add a small challenge. The group will return to Dunedin via the trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly cafe. It’s free to join the 29-mile ride. Meet at the Dunedin Historical Museum at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, 349 Main St. Helmets are required and riders maintain speeds of 12 to 16 mph. For information, call Wayne Green at (801) 520-0350.


Cobb Theatres Back to School Bash: The Pete’s Dragon-themed back to school party at the Wesley Chapel movie theater features free school supplies, games, dental and health supplies, face painting and free hair cuts 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Grove 16, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 948-5445.


A Well-Crafted Tale: The closing reception Saturday for the exhibit on story-telling at Florida CraftArt Galleries will feature local wordsmiths, including St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace, and stories from members of the LitSpace class inspired by artwork in the exhibit. You can meet the artists in the exhibition, check out the gallery of vintage typewriters and post your own entry to AARP’s bubble board about the dreams and wishes for yourself and for friends and family. It’s free at 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.


Summer Beer Tasting: In its continuing series on the best small craft beers, Cuatro Restaurant and Bar in Lutz this month brings in Big Storm Brewery for tastings of a tall cold one for a hot summer day. Representatives present their latest brews starting at 6 p.m Friday at 5300 W Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz. Free.


Woodstock at Johnny’s: Party like it’s 1969. Peace out at this love fest with live music, all day hippie happy hour specials, dancing, vendors with ‘60s paraphernalia, giveaways, raffles and contests for best dude, dudette and dog at 4 p.m. Saturday at Johnny’s Taphouse and Grill, 224 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free.

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