Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 1

Diana Krall: The smoky-voiced jazz chanteuse will cover the standards as well as new material from her latest release, Glad Rag Doll, on Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $69-$135. (727)-791-7400.

April Fools' Day: If you ended up with salt in your coffee this morning as your sly sweetie peeked around the corner, then sorry, this is a little late: Today is April Fools' Day.

Play ball! The Rays' home opener is 3:10 p.m. Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, with David Price on the mound, and it's going to be one big party. Central Avenue in front of Ferg's sports bar will be closed for a free party with live music, food and giveaways. And in the Trop parking lot, hang out with the guys of Rays Rally sports blog, with hot dogs and games. Both start at noon. For tickets to the game: tampabay.rays.mlb.com or toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Tall ship returns: The 94-foot-tall ship Lynx — inspired by a cargo ship used in the War of 1812 — will sail under the Sunshine Skyway, shoot cannons near the Pier and pull into the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. It will be open for tours and sailaways through April 14. $6, 12 and younger free (tours); $65, $35 12 and younger (sailaway). Toll-free 1-866-446-5969.

Meet the Pawn Stars: To welcome the new Pawn Stars slot machines, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa will host History Channel's real life Pawn Stars Rick Harrison, Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell for a meet-and-greet near Council Oak Steaks and Seafood on Saturday. Free.

Date Night

Hair: It's all peace signs, tie-dye and love at the three-day run of the musical featuring Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine In. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $50-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Kids and Family

Tampa Bay Comic Con: It's a geek freak-out of the best kind. The big draw will be Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) from the zombie hit The Walking Dead, to go along with a costume contest and more than 100 tables of comics, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork and trading cards. It runs Saturday and Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Tampa Airport. $10, 12 and younger free. Visit tampa baycomiccon.com

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 25

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