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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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We asked Neil deGrasse Tyson to rate ‘space things’ like ‘Star Wars’ vs. ‘Star Trek’

We asked Neil deGrasse Tyson to rate ‘space things’ like ‘Star Wars’ vs. ‘Star Trek’

Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a habit out of visiting Tampa.Last fall he was here talking film in An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies. On Thursday, he’ll be at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to perform An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper...
Updated: 11 hours ago

5 things to do under $5 Oct. 19-25: Wiener dog racing, Streetcar Festival, Clearwater chalk art, Dia De Los Muertos

1. Wienerfest: They had us at wiener dog racing. This day devoted to dachshunds features racing, a dog costume contest, food trucks, photo booth and raffles at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. Leashed dogs of all breeds welcome. 10 a.m.-4 p...
Published: 10/11/17
Updated: 10/15/17
Tampa Bay Fashion Week educates a 12-year-old aspiring designer

Tampa Bay Fashion Week educates a 12-year-old aspiring designer

TAMPA — Sarah Crawford sat inches from the runway at Tampa Bay Fashion Week, wearing a sleeveless blue dress and a bright pink necklace she had picked out the night before. Her eyes scanned intently as models made their way down, draped in the work o...
Published: 10/11/17
Adventure Island is adding a slide with a floor that drops out from under you

Adventure Island is adding a slide with a floor that drops out from under you

A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check for adrenaline junkies at the 30-acre water park adjacent to Busch Gardens.The heart-stopping attraction will p...
Published: 10/12/17
Updated: 10/13/17
Top things to do this week: Shopkins Live, Florida Birding and Nature Fest, authors Lisa Under, Rhonda Shear, Friday the 13th

Top things to do this week: Shopkins Live, Florida Birding and Nature Fest, authors Lisa Under, Rhonda Shear, Friday the 13th

AUTHOR TALKS:Lisa Unger, Rhonda ShearTwo Tampa Bay residents who also have bestselling books will be giving talks this weekend. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger will talk about her inventive character-driven thrillers in a fundraiser for ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens

Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winnifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds. And she will grow quickly, gaining as much as four pounds a day, said Peter Black, a senior veterinarian at the Tampa theme park.The name Winnif...
Published: 10/06/17
Can you come up with a name for this two-headed calf?

Can you come up with a name for this two-headed calf?

The freaky two-headed calf born in Safety Harbor in the 1920s has long been a popular oddity at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, where its stuffed carcass has been on display.But it has never had a name. Deuce? Maybe famous twins, like Ashley an...
Published: 10/06/17
5 things to do under $5: Nacho concert, free movies at Capitol, Tampa Theatre

5 things to do under $5: Nacho concert, free movies at Capitol, Tampa Theatre

1Nacho: Venezuelan singer Nacho is performing at the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Clearwater on Sunday, but he’s also playing a free show at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 18 courtesy of Pandora. Karol G will open. All you have to do is RSVP at spectrumprese...
Published: 10/11/17
Theme park news: Epcot marks 35th birthday, Legoland gets virtual reality, Daytona revs up holiday lights

Theme park news: Epcot marks 35th birthday, Legoland gets virtual reality, Daytona revs up holiday lights

The virtual reality craze on coasters has mostly been aimed at thrill seekers, like those looking for an extra oomph on SeaWorld’s Kraken. Now Legoland, the Winter Haven theme park aimed at the younger than 10 set, is turning its Project X roller coa...
Published: 09/28/17
Updated: 10/06/17
Directors of Haunted Mansion doc talk bringing piece of Disney history to Orlando

Directors of Haunted Mansion doc talk bringing piece of Disney history to Orlando

Filmmakers Ryan Grulich and James H. Carter II aren't just casual fans of The Haunted Mansion ride. They're obsessed. The two are so into the not-so-scary ride at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, they teamed up to create a d...
Updated one month ago