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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, March 15

Sand Tiger Stout, the third collaboration beer for the Florida Aquarium and Coppertail Brewing Co., debuts in the brewery’s tasting room this week. [Jay Conner | Times (2015)]
Published Mar. 14

Reggae Rise Up: This annual three-day music festival kicks off Friday with thoughtful reggae and dub act Stick Figure headlining, alongside Steel Pulse, Pepper, Common Kings. Runs through Sunday. Noon. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $60 and up daily; $120 and up for the weekend.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: The singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist performs as part of his band's last tour, Roll Me Away. 8 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $95 and up. (813) 301-6500.

Sand Tiger Stout Launch: Coppertail Brewing Co. releases its third collaboration beer with the Florida Aquarium. Stop by the brewery's tasting room for a pint, where $1 from every purchase will fund programs that help the aquarium raise awareness about the apex predators of the ocean. 4 p.m. 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1500.

97X Freebie Weebie: A free concert series bringing the indie pop act Lovely the Band (Broken) and the duo I Don't Know How But They Found Me to Jannus Live. Free ticket drop locations are at Gates open at 7 p.m. 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

The Pearl Fishers: French composer Georges Bizet's lesser-performed work that has endured. The story of a veiled priestess (Susan Hellman Spatafora) and the pearl diver who loves her (Samuel Hall) is filled with lush South Pacific costumes and imagery and will make its Opera Tampa debut at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. $22.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Chili Blaze: Get an armband for all-you-can-eat samples of chili from more than 40 cooking teams. Beer, live entertainment and fireworks are included. Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6 p.m. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $10.

Adam Trent: He brings a high-tech stage show produced by some of the creative minds behind The Illusionists (with whom Trent has toured). 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.

Drive-In Movie Night: The Goonies: Roll up to Highlander Park and tune into your car radio to catch 1985 classic The Goonies on a large outdoor screen. The park opens at 6:30 p.m. for music and trivia, followed by the flick at dark. Tickets, which are limited, must be purchased in advance at the Dunedin Community Center, 903 Michigan Blvd. $10 per car. (727) 812-4530.

Sheryl Underwood: The face of Emmy-winning CBS talk show, The Talk, also hosted BET's ComicView and Holla. Underwood appeared in the films Beauty Shop and I Got the Hookup, too. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $27. (813) 864-4000.

Marc Broussard: Soulful Southern artist Marc Broussard headlines the inaugural AARP Rocks showcase, where local bands compete for the chance to win $5,000. Broussard, the son of acclaimed Boogie Kings guitarist Ted Broussard, has attracted a loyal following with Easy to Love, his 2017 album. 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 248-4050.

First Anniversary: Yup, the Key West-inspired beach shack that is Pearly's Beach Eats opened its doors in Dunedin a year ago. Celebrate the milestone with food specials, a beer tent and live tunes. 4 p.m. 903 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 601-5610.

St. Patrick's Day

Don't worry — your holiday plans are covered. Scope out our guide to the best St. Paddy's celebrations for adults and kids alike.

To Watch

Shrill, Hulu: A fresh, new dramedy starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live). Based on Lindy West's popular memoir, it's a six-episode series about an overweight young woman who is eager to change her life — but not her body.

SEason PREMIERE Arrested Development, Netflix: Brace yourself for another round with the loopy Bluths. They return with the eight remaining episodes of the show's fifth season, in which Buster heads toward a murder trial and the family is on the hook to build a "smart" border wall.

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