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Five for your radar: Ceramic City; Trop's the last spring stop; Tilikum returns; dancing at Airside A; and FC Tampa Bay is kicking

Add another feather — no make that a clay pendant — to the bay area's growing stature in the arts world. From now through Saturday, the Tampa Convention Center will become the center of the ceramics universe, with an estimated 5,000 artists, educators, collectors and other interested parties attending the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. This is the first time in its 45 years the conference has been held in Florida. If you're not part of the conference you can still attend several events.

Our art critic Lennie Bennett gives you the details and her picks for some exhibits to see. And here's a list of some of the exhibit openings associated with the convention.

The Rays finish off their spring training at the Trop against the Blue Jays, and general admission tickets (that means no reserved seating) are just $10. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. Earlier in the day, members of the media have been invited to try out some of the new food offerings at the Trop, including the new Everglades BBQ Smokehouse that's replacing the Batter's Eye restaurant. Expect some reviews to start rolling in for that before opening day on Friday.

The killer whale that killed a trainer at SeaWorld more than a year ago is going back into the park's shows, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Tilikum is expected to appear in an 11:30 a.m. performance of "Believe," the company's main killer-whale show. It's the first time the whale has been in a public performance since it dragged trainer Dawn Brancheau to her death Feb. 24, 2010.

Don't be taken aback if you hear Latin music wafting through the terminal near Airsides A and C at TIA. The Tampa Latin Chamber is hosting a networking event featuring the music of A Son de Plena, to celebrate new nonstop service to San Juan. AirTran will start with one daily flight April 5 and add another in May. JetBlue launches with one flight in May and adds a second in June.

Tampa Bay soccer fans will have a chance to get familiar with its newest club as FC Tampa Bay takes on Saint Leo University in an exhibition match at Azalea Park at 7:30 p.m.

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Five for your radar: Ceramic City; Trop's the last spring stop; Tilikum returns; dancing at Airside A; and FC Tampa Bay is kicking 03/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:45am]
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