Things to do Monday March 24

To do today

Yellowcard The pop-punk group pulls the plug in an acoustic performance with Spill Canvas, Secondhand Serenade, Play Radio Play and Treaty of Paris. The cello and violin make for an interesting sound tonight at 6 at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $21 (727) 895-3045.

Spring training baseball Let the countdown begin. Today's Tampa Bay Rays game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (1:05 p.m.) and Friday's against the Cincinnati Reds (1:05) are the last at Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $7-$20. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. www.raysbaseball.com. You can also catch the New York Yankees tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:15 at Legends Field, Dale Mabry Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Tampa. $17-$27. (813) 879-2244. yankees.mlb.com.

Cleveland Orchestra One of the finest orchestras in the world is at the Mahaffey Theater tonight, with Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor, and superstar violinist Midori in a show that benefits the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. It's at 7:30, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$65. (727) 892-5767.

Kenny G The sax man's show is sold out but malls should be empty because his fans are all at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight at 8.

Steinway Piano Series Tonight features pianist Richard Cionco, a former child prodigy (he was a soloist with an orchestra at age 9) who has performed with orchestras around the world. The performance is at 8 at the Music Recital Hall at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $12, $6 students/seniors. (813) 974-2323.

Indie Mondays The Beach Theatre will be screening Starting Out in the Evening, the critically loved 2007 film about a nearly forgotten novelist who is hounded by an ambitious grad student (Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose). The show is at 8 at the Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. $7, $5 seniors, students, military. (727) 360-6697. beachtheatre.com.

Coming up

Whet Your Appetite Tour This spotlight tour of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg will focus on the Beautiful People in the museum's collections. Catch it at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, it's included with museum admission at 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

Chasco Fiesta The biggest party of the year in Pasco County begins Thursday and continues through April 6 in downtown New Port Richey with a Native American Festival. There also is a carnival and music daily. It begins with a free concert by One Nation at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sims Park (country stars Josh Gracin and Jake Owen are headliners April 5). Many activities are free, but there are fees for rides and food. See chascofiesta.com.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne wynne@tampabay.com

Things to do Monday March 24 03/21/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2008 3:47pm]

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