Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Thursday, March 28

Opening day for the Rays, Jimmy Webb performs and ‘American Glass World’ at Craftsman House.
On Thursday, Rays pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell faces runnerup Justin Verlander in a pitching matchup. [Monica Herndon | Times (2018)
On Thursday, Rays pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell faces runnerup Justin Verlander in a pitching matchup. [Monica Herndon | Times (2018)
Published March 27

Opening Day: The Tampa Bay Rays kick off the 2019 season Thursday with the start of a four-game series at Tropicana Field against the Houston Astros. Leave work early, or, you know, just play hooky. 4 p.m. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary. 1-888-FAN-RAYS.

Jimmy Webb: A legendary songwriter performing many of the songs he did with good friend Glen Campbell. 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29 and up. (727) 791-7400.

American Glass World: Craftsman House’s exhibition showcases 40 artists from the United States and Canada, including Patrick Primeau. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787.

John Capouya: This University of Tampa professor and author behind Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band discusses his book — and the music that inspired it. 6:30 p.m. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Free.

Ike Reilly: The 2007 Tropical Heatwave alum — who played with his band, the Assassination — returns to present a WMNF concert in solo format. 8 p.m. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (828) 773-9481.

Watch Nerd Clinic: Ever geek out over watches? The International Plaza location for Old Northeast Jewelers caters to those obsessed with watching time tick. As early as noon, expect free watch appraisals, free pressure testing and timing readout, plus the chance to meet three master watchmakers. Then beginning at 5 p.m., admire and buy exclusive Ulysee Nardin luxury timepieces. Noon-9 p.m. 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 875-3935.

3 Floyds Spotlight: Angry Chair Brewing showcases seven brews from their pals at the Indiana brewery. 3 p.m. 6401 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-1122.

Imagine Museum: View Karen LaMonte: Floating World and Shifting Sands: Glass Coast, featuring local artists Trish Duggan, Chuck Boux and Catherine Woods. Open house from 5 to 8 p.m. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5, or free with conference badge. (813) 300-1700.

Zen Glass Studio: This flamework glass studio hosts Project 33, a mobile glass unit, through Saturday. 600 27th St. S., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-3141.

Poetry Circle: A first for Black Crow Coffee Co.’s location in the Grand Central District, where Yuki Jackson serves as guest poet. Hosted the last Thursday of every month. 7 p.m. 2157 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 580-7200.

Las Nubes: Hailing from Miami, the post-punk dream pop band hits the Lucky You Tattoo stage with Calyx, Permanent Makeup and Joyeater. 8 p.m. 9633 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. $8. (727) 623-9928.

A History of the 50s & 60s Through Popular Song: Guitarist Marc Black is set to deliver an engaging and humorous program guaranteed to be a blast from the past. 6:30 p.m. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. Free. (727) 724-1525.

Hank McGauley: A stand-up comic from Cleveland hits Coconuts Comedy Club. 9:30 p.m. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.


Hillsborough County’s ban on recognizing LGBTQ pride events started in 2005. An article in today’s Weekend gives a wrong date in one instance.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Abby’s, 9:30 p.m., NBC: In the new comedy, Natalie Morales plays a fun-loving ex-Marine who runs an unlicensed bar in the backyard of her San Diego home. Sounds like it’s one of those places where everybody knows your name.

SEASON PREMIERE Tacoma FD, 10:30 p.m., truTV: A goofy new sitcom about the crew of a firehouse located in one of America’s rainiest cities. With few blazes that need extinguishing, they keep themselves entertained with various forms of tomfoolery.

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