Things to do
By TIMES STAFF
Published August 31, 2007
Reefer Madness the Musical is a fresh tongue-in-cheek rendition of the 1936 film of the same name. The antimarijuana film was originally financed by a church group and is reminiscent of those terrible educational awareness videos found throughout elementary schools nationwide.
The musical exaggerates the madness that ensues when clean-cut kids try pot - "One puff and you're hooked!" - and involves a trio of drug dealers who entice innocent teenagers to smoke "reefer" cigarettes. They lead the teens to a hysterical downfall featuring sex, violence and evil jazz music.
Presented by the MAD Theatre of Tampa, the musical comedy is not suitable for younger audiences.
Reefer Madness the Musical will debut Wednesday at the Ritz Theatre (formerly the Masquerade), 1503 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. The play runs until Sept. 29. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Call the MAD Theatre box office at 786-6291 or visit www.stagetix.com.31 Today
Movies by moonlight: The 1972 filmWhat's Up Doc? is featured tonight at Winthrop Town Center's weekly outdoor film screening. The show starts at 9 at the shopping center at Bloomingdale Avenue and Providence Road in Riverview. Bring your lawn chair and blankets.
Film at Tampa Theatre: The film 2 Days in Paris follows a couple during a 48-hour period of their relationship. The couple, a French photographer and an American interior designer, try to invigorate their romance by vacationing in Europe. However, their trip to Venice doesn't work out due to an illness. Armed with high hopes and determination, the couple give it all another go in Paris, but things take a turn for the worst. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. today. Film runs daily through Sept. 6. Tampa Theatre, Tampa; $6.50-$8.50. Call 274-8286 for upcoming show times.
Poison: Elaborate dress, tons of makeup and opulent hair styles were just a few things this band was known for. Their repertoire includesNothin' But A Good Time, Every Rose Has Its Thornand Unskinny Bop. Today, reality star Bret Michaels and his band share the stage with Ratt and White Lion. 7 p.m. Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa; $27.50-$45. Call 740-2446.
Battlefield exhibit: Robert Rowen shares his detailed battlefield display and historical knowledge with the public. The battlefields on display are based on the Civil War's Battle of Franklin, Tenn., and the Napoleonic Battle of Waterloo. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry, Tampa; free. Call 875-0511.
Community Art Show: The Westchase Artists Society will hold an opening reception for the exhibit, "Colors of Art," which is full of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and photography. The installation runs through Oct. 31. 6-8 p.m. Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa; free. Visit www.westchaseartists.com.
Meat Loaf: From his 1977 albumBat Out of Hell to his 2006 releaseBat Out of Hell III, Meat Loaf has endured. Today, he shares those decades of music with his fans. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; $51.50-$100. Call (727) 791-7400.
Labor Day Sunday: Though it feels like the summer heat could go on forever, it's all about to end. Today, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino invites guests to don their beach wear as they bid summer farewell with a poolside party featuring a Hawaiian Tropic contest, music from DJs and a barbecue. 2-10 p.m. Then comes the Floyd's South Beach after-party featuring Miami's DJ Oscar G. 10 p.m.-6 a.m.; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa; $15-$20. Call 786-8718.
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