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Luis Santana  |   Times (3/17/2015 Tampa, FL)   Party people celebrate St. Patrick's day at Macdintons Irish Pub in Tampa.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]


Luis Santana | Times (3/17/2015 Tampa, FL) Party people celebrate St. Patrick's day at Macdintons Irish Pub in Tampa. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

St. Patrick's Day Party at MacDinton's SOHO: Make sure to sport your green because MacDinton's claims to be "the place to be seen in your green." 11 a.m., MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $10 after 2 p.m. (813) 251-8999.

St. Patrick's Day MacDinton's St. Pete: Downtown St. Pete's Irish pub throws a party with live music, Irish dancers, traditional food and bag pipes. 4 p.m., MacDinton's Irish Pub St. Petersburg, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. No cover. (727) 565-0544.

Paddyfest: The Paddyfest St. Patrick's Day extravaganza culminates with live music by Forrest Hoffar (5 p.m.) and American Idiot (7:30 p.m.), Irish dancing (8:30 p.m.), a U2 tribute (9 p.m.) and a Bono look-alike contest (10 p.m.). 5 p.m., Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $15, 18 and younger free. (813) 443-8403.

St. Patrick's Day Beach Party: Put on green swim trunks and hit the beach for this outdoor St. Patrick's Day party with live music, DJ dancing, photos and more. The party goes on until 2 a.m. 11 a.m., Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. No cover. (813) 281-8900.

St. Petersburg Opera: Evenings/Mornings With the Maestro: Back to the Couch: Opera Therapy 2: St. Petersburg Opera artistic director Mark Sforzini leads a program to enhance your understanding of opera and preview shows. 6 p.m., Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. $20, $15-$17 seniors/students. (727) 530-3304.

Tampa Shakespeare Festival: Richard III: The festival features alternating performances of the Bard's Richard III, about the comeuppance of the last king of the House of York, and the comedic war of the sexes, Much Ado About Nothing. Through April 3. 6 p.m., Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 551-1564.

Country in the Park: Carnival: The city of Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music and carnival rides. No coolers allowed. 6 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895.

Sondheim on Sondheim: This revolutionary biographical revue employs state-of-the-art video to tell the story of Sondheim's life. Through April 10. 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$43. (727) 498-5205.

Sinatra Sings Sinatra: The Centennial Celebration: Frank Sinatra, Jr. recollects life on and off stage with his iconic father. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $42.50-$72.50. (727) 893-7832.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk: An immersive multimedia spectacle brings to the stage the world of James Cameron's Avatar through the signature style of Cirque du Soleil. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40-$110. (813) 301-2500.

Felipe Esparza: The 2010 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

Joe Satriani: The rocker's Surfing to Shockwave 2016 tour will highlight music over his entire career. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $34-$75. (727) 791-7400.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Absurdist playwright Christopher Durang's tale of middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, whose movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Through March 26. 8 p.m., Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Inherit the Wind: The great American drama of a science teacher put on trial for teaching evolution is loosely based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Through March 27. 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$40. (813) 374-2416.

Note to reader

The annual craft beer and music festival, scheudled for Saturday in St. Petersburg, is moving from Vinoy Park to the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, due to an up to 80 percent chance of weekend rain.


Spring Break Festival: Bring the family for carnival rides, a battle of the bands competition, crafts, games, food and live entertainment. 3 p.m., ROC (Remember Our Children) Park, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Free; $17 advance, $20 day of (ride wristbands). (727) 392-0665.


SEASON FINALE How to Get Away With Murder, 10 p.m., ABC. We expect at least a handful of crazy OMG, moments. But will they all make sense? Don't be silly.


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