Friday, June 22, 2018
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On your radar: Celebrate the first day of spring with a free Italian ice — or go see a jazz orchestra

Free Italian ice at Rita's: Celebrate the first day of spring today with a free scoop of Italian ice, an annual tradition as Rita's Italian Ice marks the end of winter with a bowl of ice in flavors like mango and Island Fusion. Check ritasice.com for locations.

Capitol Classic Film Series: A League of Their Own: Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to succeed amid their own rivalry in this classic with Tom Hanks and Geena Davis at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. $5. (727) 791-7400.

Helios Jazz Orchestra: The 18-piece orchestra performs big band jazz music. Also catered treats, cabaret seating, free valet parking and a full bar at 7 p.m. at NOVA 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 821-6682.

Running for Brews: The social running club, which also hosts runs at World of Beer in downtown St. Pete (Mondays) and World of Beer South Tampa (Thursdays), welcomes runners of all levels to get thirsty with a route around Hyde Park and then enjoy drink specials. It starts at 7 p.m. at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Free, sign up on location. (813) 251-8999.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: Browse live music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts at 9 a.m. along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. (727) 366-4086.

Date night

A Steady Rain: This play, a Broadway hit in 2009, will star Drew DeCaro and Justin Campbell as Chicago cops in crisis at 7:30 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg. $29. (727) 823-7529.

To watch

Season premiere: Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC: The collection of misfits and weirdos on this show gets a bit more recognizable, with Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw, Melissa Gilbert and Jaleel White among the contestants.

Smash, 10 p.m., NBC: Want to know the difference between this show and Glee? Bernadette Peters, someone who has actually won two Tonys, is this week's guest star. That about sums it up.

More to explore

Enter to win a Universal Studios Mardi Gras package at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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