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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, March 22

Iconic rock group Chicago plays Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. [Photo by David M.Earnisse Photography]
Published Mar. 22

Chicago: Known for a few dozen classics like Saturday in the Park, Make Me Smile, Hard To Say I'm Sorry and You're the Inspiration, the iconic rock group invade Ruth Eckerd Hall. 8 p.m. 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $64.25-$175. (727) 791-7400.

Craig Robinson: Yup, you know this comedian and actor, who was a teacher in Chicago before pursuing comedy full time, for his portrayal of Daryl Philban on popular NBC show The Office, as well as for his roles in movies such as Knocked Up and This Is the End. 10:30 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Switchfoot: The alternative rock band shares the stage with Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker. 6 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $35. (813) 248-4050.

Illuminating Tranquility: Talk and Tour: Fine art photographer Lisa Fitch discusses her solo exhibition of images that explore her connection to the natural world. On display through April 30. 5:30 p.m. TECO Public Art Gallery, 702 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 767-1600.

Outdoors Expo and Boat Show: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end and outdoorsman Dave Moore hosts this family-friendly event highlighting all sorts of boats, fishing gear, boating accessories, apparel and fishing seminars in a 10,000-gallon bass tub tank. In addition, the Bucs street team offers kids' activities like the quarterback challenge, as well as access to the pirate ship. Runs through Sunday. 1 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $5, 2 and younger free.

Clint Black: The '90s country hunk celebrates his successful career on this tour. After all, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of his debut album, Killin' Time, which spawned four No. 1 hits, including the title track. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$99.50.

The Florida Orchestra: The Creation: Composer Joseph Haydn's most famous masterpiece, which depicts the creation of the world. Michael Francis conducts with support from the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Runs through Sunday, but times and venues vary. 8 p.m. Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., Lutz. $30.

J.T. Brown: Upstairs at Ybor City brewery Rock Brothers, catch the new material this singer-songwriter started cooking up 18 or so months ago. 7 p.m. The Attic, 1901 N 15th St., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 241-0110.

Borgore: The Israeli DJ, rapper, producer and songwriter performs for night owls at the Ritz Ybor. 10 p.m. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 248-4050.

Cookies & Beer Pairing: A special beer and dessert pairing that spotlights a perennial favorite. Brew Bus Brewing pours some drafts inspired by Girl Scout cookies (think s'mores imperial stout or lemon Berliner), while a local troop sells boxes of the good stuff on-site. Runs through Sunday, but times vary. Noon. 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 990-7310.

The Red Green Show: Steve Smith, a.k.a. Red Green, takes his award-winning comedy series on the This Could Be It tour to hold "lodge meetings" across North America — possibly for one last time. Expect new handyman projects and advice on getting old, among other antics, from the one-man event. 7 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $60. (727) 822-3590.

Dance for Plants: Swing, oldies and freestyle dance tunes mingle with herb and plant giveaways, a cash bar, expert gardening tips, a build-your-own flower crown craft table and a silent raffle. Benefits the Gulfport Community Garden projects. 6:45 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. $10-$12, 11 and younger free. (727) 893-1070.

Intention Candle-Making Workshop: Angela Ellis of Astatula Candle Co. goes over the steps and tools needed to pull off your own intention candle (you know, that thing you light to release your plans out into the universe). You leave this class, which also covers intention candle benefits and practices, with an eight-ounce soy wax candle infused with herbs and crystals. Materials provided. $45. 6:30 p.m. Bodhi Basics, 240 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.

To Watch

The Dirt, Netflix: A new "unflinching" biopic about the monster highs and savage lows of the dysfunctional rock band Mötley Crüe. Here's hoping it will kick-start your heart.

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  2. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
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    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
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  6. The Florida Orchestra's Pops in the Park will return to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg and River Tower Park in Tampa this weekend. Times (2013)
    Make a picnic basket for Pops in the Park, take the kids to Marine Quest or Oktoberfest and enjoy no traffic at Open Streets St. Pete.
  7. Jeremy Piven participates in the "Wisdom of the Crowd" panel during the CBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at CBS Studio Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2017. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Invision/AP
    The Emmy-winning ‘Entourage’ star will host a bash at the poolside club WTR.
  8. The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. AP (2015)
    The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
  9. Anjelah Johnson attends the launch event for Kevin Hart's new streaming video network, Laugh Out Loud, in 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. DANNY MOLOSHOK  |  Invision/AP
    A sold-out Tampa show from comedian Anjelah Johnson, the Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Pinellas Park and a Tampa performance by singer Bea Miller.
  10. Bratwurst will be the star of Brat Blast, replacing Ribfest as the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg's big charity fundraiser of the year. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Brat Blast will be the Northeast Exchange Club’s big charity fundraising party this year after the high cost of bands and security for Ribfest cut into its charitable work.