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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 28-April 3

Tampa Bay Rays home opener: The Rays' first home game at Tropicana Field also is Family Fun Day on Sunday with activities for kids and an Opening Day Rally from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Ferg's in the 1300 block of Central Avenue.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: The film fest returns Wednesday-Sunday with some 115 shorts, films and documentaries at Tampa Theatre and Centro Ybor 20. Actor Rita Moreno will get a lifetime achievement award, and Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar will be there for his crime drama Precious Cargo. For the lineup, visit

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MUSIC: Violinist Simone Porter, a 19-year-old wonder, plays with the Florida Orchestra, performing Mendelssohn on Friday-Sunday in various locations; $15-$45 ; Classic Albums Live returns to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Thursday with Led Zeppelin I, re-creating the band's debut album ($35-$50). Or Chances Are you might enjoy Johnny Mathis at Ruth Eckerd Hall that same evening ($35-$95). It's a week full of '80s and '90s nostalgia, beginning with Hairapalooza at St. Petersburg's State Theatre on Friday with headliners Ratt, Firehouse and Trixter ($39.99-$99.99) and the Spring Jam featuring Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown and H-Town on Saturday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa ($45.50-$125). Paper Gods of the '80s Duran Duran perform Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, with disco-funk legends Chic ($29.95-$135.95).

COMEDY: Gossipy comic Kathy Griffin returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($52.50-$103.75). Canadian Red Green is at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Wednesday ($54), and John Witherspoon of the Friday movies hits the Improv in Tampa. Thursday-Sunday ($22-$25).

KIds and family

PhilFest: See an impressive glimpse of culture at the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex in Tampa. Friday-Sunday ($5-$7).

Dunedin Highland Games: In its 50th year, this Scottish festival brings games and plenty of kilt-wearing bagpipers. $16-$18, 12 and younger free at Highlander Park. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 28-April 3 03/27/16 [Last modified: Sunday, March 27, 2016 10:14pm]
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