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Plan your weekend: Sept. 22-24: Buffyfest, Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust 108 and 'Rent'

Plan your weekend

Pop show

Florida Björkestra's Buffyfest: Pop culture meets pop music when the Florida Björkestra, a 20-piece alternative-classical ensemble that tributes ground-breaking pop artists, on Saturday will play with eight vocalists for "Once More with Feeling," the Season 6 musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And they want the audience to sing along and have fun. St. Petersburg's Palladium plans to turn Hough Hall into the Bronze, a nightclub on the show that was regularly attacked by vampires. The Side Door will be transformed into the Magic Box, with Emerald City Comics and Serenity Games selling their wares. Doors open at 7 p.m., show time 8 p.m. Tickets are $28-$40. Costumes encouraged.


Rent: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical remains one of the most influential shows of all time. With echoes of Puccini's La Boheme it brought the AIDS crisis front and center. The 20th anniversary tour is in Tampa and running through Sunday and it still feels fresh and relevant. $31-$67. Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Take the kids

Happy Anniversary Glazer Museum: The children's museum celebrates its seventh anniversary with free admission all weekend long. It's open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. Then consider using that savings for a ticket to the Harry Potter-themed after-hours party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday that transforms the museum into the Great Hall at Hogwarts with a sorting hat ceremony at dinner. $65 at glazermuseum.org. (813) 443-3861.


Arcade Fire: The Montreal indie rock collective's stellar live reputation comes from years of exuberant anthems like Wake Up, No Cars Go and Reflektor. Wolf Parade opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com. Afterward, multi-instrumentalist Will Butler will swing by Crowbar for a "Disco Town Hall," a dance night designed to encourage attendees to get involved with activist groups and organizations. A dollar from every $5 ticket will go toward Partners in Health. ticketfly.com


Billy Gardell: The star of Mike and Molly is a veteran stand-up comedian best known for his down-to-earth comedy act. Goodness knows we could use a laugh this week. Shows are at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $35-$65. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.


Remembering Snooty: This public memorial was postponed by Hurricane Irma but on Sunday the community gets a chance to honor Snooty, the beloved 69-year-old manatee at Bradenton's South Florida Museum. The world-famous manatee drowned in his tank in late July. The museum will be open to the public for free for a day of remembrance from noon to 5 p.m. The celebration will include a visual tribute to the manatee certified by Guinness World Records as the oldest manatee in human care. There will also be memorial arts and crafts projects and a visit to the Museum's Manatee Rehabilitation Program in the Parker Manatee Aquarium. 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. (941) 746-4131.


Wanderlust 108: The world's only "mindful triathlon" returns to Tampa on Sunday. It's a 5K run (or walk, your choice), followed by 90 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes of guided meditation in the middle of Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park. Last year was Tampa's first, and almost 2,000 people joined in to sweat and chant together. Veterans say it's more fun to do in a group. It's also family friendly. Kids 13 and under are free. With a festival ticket you are able to schedule three classes or activities like hula hooping. Some activities, like aerial yoga, are an additional cost. $21-$48 at wanderlust.com. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.


Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens annual scare fest opens Friday and runs on select nights through Oct. 29 at the Tampa theme park. With seven haunted houses, five scare zones and the chance to ride coasters in the dark, it aims to test your nerves. Two new haunts this year are Undead Arena: Live, set in a post-apocalyptic world with Brain Eaters in the mix, and Demented Dimensions, where every room and hallway holds a door to a different universe. It opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, but a ticket includes early access to the park at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $39.99 at buschgardens.com. (888) 800-5447. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa.

'Rick and Morty' Rickmobile is coming to Tampa next week

We now have details on when and where Rick and Morty's belching Rickmobile will be when the rolling promo for the cult hit Adult Swim show swings through Tampa on Sept. 27.

The Lowry Parcade and Tavern — a perfect fit with Rick and Morty fans with its craft beer and lineup of old-school video games — will host the pop-up merch store. It will be open from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 27 and will only accept debit and credit cards. Supplies are limited and the queue line may be capped. The tavern is at 1213 W Waters Ave., Tampa.

The "Don't Even Trip Road Trip" has been traveling the country since May peddling exclusive collectibles — from hats and tees to pool floats and portal guns.

If you're unfamiliar with the show, it's a loose parody of Back to the Future's Doc Brown and Marty, but the mad scientist in this case is Rick, an ill-tempered genius who travels space and time with his skittish teenage grandson, Morty. Rick and Morty is currently in its third season, scoring its best ratings yet and inspiring countless fan sites that hash over the show's scientific and philosophical themes slipped between burps and crude jokes.

The show airs on Adult Swim at 10 p.m. on Sundays. The season finale will be Oct. 1.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.


FREE MUSEUM DAY: 20 local museums offering free admission on Saturday

5 UNDER $5: Cheap things to do this week, including a Snooty memorial

BUFFYFEST: How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 21

Nas: The Illmatic rapper is considered one of the greatest MCs alive. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Start at $43. (727) 565-0550.

Chronixx: The rising reggae star hails from Jamaica. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $23. (813) 248-9500.

Rent: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31-$67. (813) 229-7827.

Gourmet Feastival: Food fest presents signature menu items from Tampa Bay's best restaurants and beverage providers, with live entertainment and silent auction. Upgrade to VIP for early admission at 5 p.m. and special gift bags. Benefits the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. 6 p.m., A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. General $25-$50; VIP: $75-$100. (813) 251-8437.

Halloween Horror Nights: On select nights through Nov. 4, Leatherface and his lethal weapon turn Universal Studios into a living version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Costumes, make-up and masks are not allowed. Closing times vary. Check schedule when purchasing tickets. 6:30 p.m., Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. $69.99-$80.99. Toll-free 1-888-467-7677.

Brian Regan: His 2015 stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live From Radio City, was the first live broadcast of a special in Comedy Central's history, and prompted Vanity Fair to call him, "the funniest comedian alive." 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $53.50. (727) 791-7400.

John Witherspoon: Best known as Ice Cube's dad in the hit Friday movies, Witherspoon has also starred in The Wayans Brothers TV show and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $22 - $25. (813) 864-4000.

Happy Cole: The comedian got his start in Tampa Bay and has been seen on Comic Strip Live, A&E's Evening at the Improv and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.


SEASON PREMIERE: Gotham, 8 p.m., Fox: In the fourth season, Gordon fears Jonathan Crane is still alive and back in Gotham when the Scarecrow's signature is used in a series of robberies.


Find date ideas at tampabay.com/things-to-do.


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