Do It This Weekend: Art After Dark, Tom Petty tribute, Chelsea Handler, Imagine and more

PBR Killer Karnival The popular indie-alternative hipster dance night at Czar gets the Halloween treatment in the spirit of the holiday. $5 entry Includes a free PBR (for 21 and older, of course) and admission. First 100 patrons "covered in blood and guts" get in fREE. Costumes of all kinds encouraged. The night also includes gory carnival games, food and an interactive mural installation by Allen Hampton. Performances include Filthy's Slasher Scene Mash-Up, AZBA’s Chernobyl Freak-Show, Bloody Face-Painted Vixens by Doll Face. Visit the Haunted Pumpkin Patch and The Haunted Hallway to Hell! Horror Music by Prince Presto. Fri., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.  Czar, 1430 Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-247-2664.

IndieCreep The Education Channel presents a selection of spooky shorts from the 2010 Independents Film Festival. Come in costume and get an extra drink ticket and chance to win a surprise prize. Bring a horror-themed limerick (G-rated) to enter the raffle. Fri., Oct. 22, at 703 N. Willow Ave., Tampa. $20 per person; schedule is as follows: 7 p.m.: light supper with one complementary beverage (beer, wine, or soda); 7:45 pm: film screening and discussion, and 9:15 pm: dessert, coffee and more conversation. For more information, call 813-254-2253.

[image-1] Kent: A Show By and About Kent Roberts and for the Global Community The Tampa Bay comedian makes a red carpet entrance, interviews himself, moderates discussions, narrates mallgoers' first impressions and inspires an opera aria. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $15. The [email protected], St. Petersburg. 727-895-6620.

[image-2]Phantom of the Opera Tampa Theatre screens the 1925 silent horror classic starring Lon Chaney; accompaniment by Cliff Shaffer at the Mighty Wurltizer organ. Rosa Rio’s niece Melissa Muys performs Christine’s arias live. The restored print is multi-tinted and includes the Technicolor "Bal Masqué” sequence. 3 p.m. Sun. Oct. 24. $12 ,$10.

Dogtoberfest Meet 40-plus rescue groups and browse vendors; plus, face painters, balloon artists and other activities. More than 500 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies for adoption. Attendees can win up to $1,000 in prizes; pet costume contest, live music; $10 microchips for the first 50 pets signed up. Sat., Oct. 23, 2-6 p.m. Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel.

[image-3]Firemen Calendar Fundraiser Some like it hot, indeed. Dream Makers Events presents the 2011 Hottest Heroes Fireman's Calendar fundraiser. Proceeds benefit several local fire fighters charities. The firefighters featured in the calendar are from Tampa Bay area Fire Departments (Tampa, Hillsborough County, Macdill, New Port Richey, and Port Richey). In addition that same night DME will be auctioning off 15 of the single firemen for dates. Visit For more information, call Lisa McCorkle 813-690- 4850 or e-mail [email protected] Admission is $15. Sat., Oct. 23, 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City.

Free Friday Night Movie Night Free movies every Friday in October at 7 p.m. On Oct 8, see Jailhouse Rock (1957); Oct. 16, The Wizard of Oz (1939); Oct. 22, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953); Oct. 29, Dracula (1931). Fridays. Continues through Oct. 29. Pioneer Park, Downtown Dunedin.

Heals on Wheels Derby Bout Tampa Bay Derby Darlins, our regional roller derby squad, pits local teams against each other during a Breast Cancer Awareness bout. Wear pink and get $2 off general admission. TBDD recommends to bring chairs from home; beer available to 21 and older with ID. $12; $5 for kids ages 6-12; $7 for students, teachers, military w/ID, law enforcement and seniors; group discounts available. Sat., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Skateplex, 5311 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa.

[image-4]India Movie Night Visit India through great three films with discussion led by film expert Charles Lyman. Also see the exhibition by Bhupendra Karia and Derry Moore: Stillness and Shadows/Vintage Photographs of India. See scenes from David Lean’s 1984 award-winning Passage to India; The World of Apu, Satyajit Ray‘s 1959 film, and Richard Attenborough‘s 1982 epic, Gandhi. Admission is $4, free for members. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMOPA) is at 200 N Tampa St. Sun., Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m.

Keegan's Snow Crab Feast The IRB favorite stocks up on the seasonal sensation. Oct. 22-24. Keegan's Seafood Grille, 1519 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. 727-596-2477.

Necronomicon 2010 Stone Hill Science Fiction Association, founded in 1979 and the largest SF club in the Tampa Bay area, gathers people with interests in the many facets of sci-fi, fantasy and horror for a weekend-long convention. Gaming events and uniquely themed activities are planned. Authors, game creators and others famous personalities in the sci-fi and fantasy industry make appearances. $35 advance, $50 at event. $25 for one day only. Oct. 22-24. Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S., St. Petersburg.

Paul Wiborn Cabaret: A Night at the Cafe Carlyle Wilborn and his Blue Roses band, along with wife Eugenie Bondurant, perform a tribute to the uniquely expressive, African-American cabaret singer-pianist to Bobby Short. Performance will be in the lobby of American Stage, Petersburg. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. $15 advance or pay what you can. Oct. 22-24. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-823-7529.

[image-5]Quality Soul Revue The St. Pete Soul Revue, live at The Local 662 in downtown St. Petersburg, features visual artists BlueLucy, Dan Lasata and Justin Runfola. Performing is the Quality Time Crew: Frankie J, Angela Galecki, Jun Bustamante, Nick Hinckley and others. Doors open at 9 p.m; $5 cover. $3 Hennessy special; silent auction, comedy and fashion. Proceeds go to Creative Clay's Artlink and New Roots News. Fri., Oct. 22, 10 p.m. Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Scotoberfest Celebrate the renovated Sterling Commons and Dunedin's Scottish connections at a two-day festival featuring live music, art, food, raffles imported brews and craft beers. Oct. 22, 5-11 p.m.; Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sterling Commons, 120 Broadway St., Dunedin.

Planters Ball Sweetwater’s annual potluck fundraiser event celebrates the farm's official start of their growing season. Dine and dance under the stars during a casual evening outdoors with food, organic beer and music by the Barnstorm Quartet; bring a dish to share; organic salad, bread and dessert provided by Sweetwater. Sat., Oct. 23, 5:30-9 p.m. $10, $5. Sweetwater Organic Farm, 6932 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa. 813-232-0326.

Masquerade in the former Masquerade? Why, yes. Attend the Rocky Horror Masquerade Ball and see performances by Dani Panic, Arica Love and more. Masks and treats are included, and proceeds benefit The Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Event also features raffles and a silent auction, dancing and a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. $20. Order tickets in advance by calling 727-544-8107. Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.  The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City.

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It's Florida son Tom Petty's big six-o this weekend and WMNF celebrates with yet another tribute benefit, Do Me Like That: A Tribute to Tom Petty. Wake us up when they get to Corey Hart and a dozen bands performing "Sunglasses at Night," okay? Jokes aside, this is going to be a good one. Love, love, love the Petty man. Some other concerts this weekend include Carrie Underwood and Young Jeezy. See Leilani Polk's Upcoming Concerts for her take on the music happenings this weekends.

Stand-up comic, E! TV talk show host, humorist, actress and best-selling author Chelsea Handler doesn’t take shit from anyone, and not only will she tell it like it is, she’ll do it with razor-sharp wit and a toothy grin.  Whether she’s trading war stories with the guests on her show, Chelsea Lately, hosting the  VMA’s (which may have been a bit too tame and youthful for her adult brand of barbs), serving as spokeswoman for Belvedere vodka, or writing unabashedly about her experiences in any of her three books, including the latest, 2010’s Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. This is her stand-up tour in support of said book; expect bold honesty, ironic self-deprecation and no shortage of riffing on pop culture topics. Fri., Oct. 23, 11 p.m. (8 p.m. show sold out), Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, $62.50-92.50. (Contributed by Leilani Polk)

Ever wonder about Tampa Bay’s untapped fashion talent? See it for yourself next weekend at Imagine – the International Academy of Design & Technology’s 25th annual design expo and fashion runway show. The elaborately produced and affordable event highlights 250 professional designs developed by 50 IADTstudents and alumni. Their creations draw on styles from the punk movement to resort wear to cocktail attire. Plus, the expo includes inventive visual presentations by IADT students from various multimedia programs. This year, the academy partnered with local St. Pete non-profit My Hope Chest, which raises money for breast reconstruction for uninsured breast cancer survivors. Sat., Oct. 23; expo at 5 p.m., runway show at 8 p.m.; $25 regular, $50 VIP, (cash only the night of the event); The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 813-889-3400 (Contributed by Lily Reisman.)

Dios mio, it’s a Day of the Dead fiesta with a contemporary twist at the Tampa Museum of Art’s next Art After Dark. The celebration invites guests to slink into skeleton getups; prizes go to the best costume. The Pedro Rodriguez and Jurika band performs salsa music, and Moving Current and University of Tampa dancers lead an audience-participation parade with large-scale puppets known as mojigangas. Giant puppets, eh? Could be charming; could be, um, nightmare- inducing? Local artists display holiday-related works and ofrendas (Day of the Dead offerings), and a community altar allows guests to commemorate their dearly departed. Children from Coleman Middle School, Tampa Prep, Mitchell Elementary and Jefferson High created masks and decorations for the event, and if you’re hungry, the museum’s Sono Cafe serves variations on Mexican fare. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 22, 120 W Gasparilla Drive, Tampa. $10, free for museum members.

Celebrate Day of the "Undead" at the  Zombie Nation Book Release Party Oct. 23 at the Pier, when Zombie Nation publishing house celebrates its new creepy collection of short stories. The blowout includes signings by authors, face and body painters, a zombie fashion show and a performance by zombie-fied Americana favorite Have Gun, Will Travel (pictured). The signing takes place in the Pier’s Dockside Activity Room and the band performs in the courtyard by the Bay (5-8 p.m.). At 7 p.m., all are welcome to participate in Thrill St. Pete, the annual dance to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" on The Pier approach. Event organizers want to beat the Guinness World Record of having the most people dance simultaneously to the tune and urges participants to come out in costume. Following the dance, the party will move to the rooftop to Cha Cha Coconuts, where you can cap it all off with a “stiff” cocktail. 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 23. Rehearsals for Thrill St. Pete will be held on the third floor of The Pier 7-8 p.m. Thurs., 6-7 p.m. Fri. Visit to register. Fee for Thrill St. Pete is $5 for adults and $2 for minors in advance; $8, $5 day of the event. For information, call 727-821-6443.

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