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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, April 18

On Thursday, Carlos Santana plays downtown St. Petersburg’s Al Lang Stadium. [Courtesy of Marylene Eytier]
Published Apr. 17

Santana: Guitar icon Carlos Santana brings his Global Consciousness tour to the unusual venue of Al Lang Stadium. $56 and up. 8 p.m. 230 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767.

Show Off!: A collaboration between Sketch Night Tampa and Mergeculture allowing local and regional artists to create works in their own style, live. Free. 5:30 p.m. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa.

Leon Bridges: This Grammy-winning songwriter revisits Ruth Eckerd Hall with a broader palette of R&B, funk, soul and jazz. Jess Glynne opens. $53.50 and up. 8 p.m. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road. (727) 791-7400.

St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing, the comedy driven by young lovers who secretly decide to set up their friends Beatrice and Benedick, hits the stage. Runs through April 28. Free. 8 p.m. Williams Park, 350 Second Ave. N.

Poem in Your Pocket Day Art Installation: The SunLit Festival event invites you to select a poem or write a poem, cut a pocket from an old piece of clothing, place your poem in the pocket, place your poem and pocket on the rear fence of the ArtsXchange and snap a photo of you and your poem to share with others. Free. Noon-4 p.m. 515 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg.

Lector Social Club with Cigar City Journal: Also part of SunLit, a bilingual showcase of writers Jonathan Simkins, Sarah Escue, Marielle Grenade-Willis and Guillermo Parra. Free. 6:30 p.m. 305 E Polk St., Tampa.

Tommy Davidson: A cast member of In Living Color, known for his impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., with three Showtime specials. $20. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Tampa Taqueria Tour: Brew Bus Brewing takes you to Lolis Mexican Cravings, Acapulco Taqueria and Xilo Street Mexican at the Hall on Franklin. Tacos from this trio of popular eateries accompany the two Brew Bus beers served on board. $37.45-$48.82. 6:15-9:30 p.m. 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 990-7310.

The Bright Light Social Hour: This quartet mixes sweeping, poignant vocals and proggy instrumentation with a loose, jam-band sound. Benefits Friends of Tampa Firefighters. $5 suggested donation. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Tampa Bay Rays: The AL East leaders finish off a home series against the Baltimore Orioles. Prices vary. 7:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.

Godspell: A musical Broadway production based on the gospel according to Matthew, which deals with the last days of Jesus. Free. 7 p.m. Skycrest United Methodist Church, 2045 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 446-2218.

NOVA Comedy Night: Comics Darryl "Dbo" Crosby and Marcus Combs invade NOVA 535. Tickets might not be available at the door. $10. 7 p.m. 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6682.

Champions for ACT Breakfast: Now in its fifth year, the morning meal promises live performances, music and inspiring moments. Benefits Arts Conservatory for Teens. $125. 7:30 a.m. USF St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. (727) 873-4873.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Bless This Mess, 9:30 p.m., ABC: In the new comedy series, Lake Bell and Dax Shepard star as New York newlyweds who decide to drop everything and move from the big city to rural Nebraska. Apparently they never watched the horror show known as Green Acres.

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