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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, March 14

Downtown Tampa children’s museum Glazer rings in Pi Day with a giant whipped cream pie fight, free pizza and a visit from “Albert Einstein.” [Jim Reed | Times (2014)]
Published Mar. 14

Pi Day: Celebrate the mathematical constant, whose first three digits are 3.14. Fun fact: It's also Albert Einstein's birthday. Pick up a pie at your favorite spot in town, or check out Glazer Children's Museum (110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa) for the giant whipped cream pie fight, free pizza and visit from "Einstein." 11 a.m. (813) 443-3861. Craftsman House (2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg) also gives you a complimentary slice of pie — think flavors like strawberry rhubarb — with a purchase of $15 or more. Noon. (727) 323-2787.

Spring Break Waterfront Festival: An annual gathering bringing carnival rides, food, craft vendors and live entertainment to the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex and ROC Park. The fun runs through Sunday. 3 p.m. 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Free; $17-$20 armbands. (727) 392-0665.

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers: St. Petersburg native and Grammy-nominated saxophonist-vocalist returns with her band. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $75. (727) 791-7400.

Jeff Tweedy: After the release of his first solo album, Warm, WMNF presents the Grammy winner known for working with Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. Tweedy's local stop features guitarist and vocalist James Elkington. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $40-$50. (813) 274-8286.

Coppertail Night Market: Featured makers sell jewelry, clothing, vintage items and food, among other local products, after dark in Ybor City. Kids and dogs are welcome. Hosted every second Thursday of the month. 6 p.m. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa.

Royal Palm Market: Edible cookie dough, smoked meats and ice cream accompany area-crafted wares from artists, boutiques and vendors at this pup- and family-friendly market. Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 873-6664.

Prosecco Pong Thursdays: Games and $15 bottles of prosecco await, as do cash prizes. The kitchen stays open late daily. 11 a.m. Crafty Squirrel, 259 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-4888.

Dancing as One: A 50-minute documentary exploring Tarpon Springs' Greek heritage and the history of its sponge fishing, religious customs, music and dance. 7 p.m. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Community Center, 348 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 937-1130.

The Roommate: Written, directed by and starring women, the classic mismatched personalities setup — with a twist — opens. Thursday and Friday's performances are sold out, but luckily, this dark comedy runs through April 7. Arrive 30 minutes before each show for a prologue with American Stage apprentice Kaylie Horowitz and stick around afterward for cafe conversations March 21, 24 and 31. 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): It has been 14 years since Jobsite Theater attempted to perform all 37 of Shakespeare's works in less than two hours, so the original "bad boys of abridgement" are back to pratfall and pun their way through the Bard, starting Thursday with a preview performance. Through April 7. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Jameson Pairing Dinner: During the three-course, limited-seating feast, dishes inspired by (and made with) Jameson are paired with cocktails that also call for the Irish whiskey. St. Patrick's Day is coming up, after all. Call for reservations. 6:30 p.m. The Local, 3701 W Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813) 353-3701.

Rowdies Season Kickoff Lunch: Welcome a new season for the Tampa Bay Rowdies over a meal with the soccer team's coaches and players, as well as the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Tampa Bay Rays leadership. Registration and networking at 11 a.m., lunch and program at 2 p.m. $50-$500. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7490.

Helen Keaney: You might recognize this HSN host from her appearances on HBO, Comedy Central, NickMom Night Out or Tooth Fairy 2. 9:30 p.m. today-Saturday. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.

The Lion King: Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor uses visuals and puppets, in addition to music by Elton John and Tim Rice, to tell Disney's popular story. Through March 31. 7:30 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 953-3368.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Project Runway, 8 p.m., Bravo: The fashion reality show returns to its original home, but with a whole new look. Supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss takes over as host and is joined by former champion Christian Siriano, who serves as the mentor, along with judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth.

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