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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Wednesday, March 20

On Wednesday, the start of spring means Italian ice on the house at participating Rita’s locations. [Jim Damaske | Times (2009)]
Published Mar. 19

First Day of Spring: The annual tradition from Italian ice and frozen custard franchise Rita's knows how to welcome spring. To kick off the new season, stop by participating locations — Rita's Seminole is one of them — to nab one free promotional-size cup of ice in any flavor. Options include passion fruit and PB&J. Noon. 13147 86th Ave., Seminole. (727) 393-6740.

Spring Bluegrass Festival: A five-day celebration, billed as Florida's oldest bluegrass festival, featuring a stacked lineup of musicians, in addition to workshops, an open-mic radio show and raffles. Food, arts and craft vendors round out the highlights. You can even camp on-site. Runs through Sunday. $5-$75. 11 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (386) 385-3500.

Valspar Championship: Watch professional golfers team up with amateurs for the MetLife Championship Pro-Am. This week-long Professional Golfers' Association tournament takes place through Sunday. 6 a.m. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $10. (727) 942-5566.

Spring for the Arts: A silent auction and open bar mix with bites by Island Flavors and 'Tings and Black Crow Coffee Co. After getting your portrait done by a Creative Clay member artist, enter to win a $100 lotto ticket door prize or a virtual reality 3D drawing experience. 6 p.m. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $75. (727) 300-1700. eventbrite.

American Glass World: More than 40 active glass artists based in the U.S. and Canada, many of whom have worked with the medium for decades, present their work at Craftsman House. Runs through March 30. 10 a.m. 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787.

Tequila Dinner with Casamigos: Nueva Cantina complements chef Jason McFarland's four-course feast with pours of Casamigos Tequila. Guajillo-braised pork belly, pozole verde, pollo mole and tres leches are on the menu. 6 p.m. Nueva Cantina, 1625 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. $63.50. (727) 851-9579. eventbrite.

Mayors Food Truck-It: The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association brings a rotating selection of mobile kitchens to Williams Park. Expect pizza cones, ice cream and cheesesteaks, to name a few. Hosted every third Wednesday of the month. 11 a.m. Williams Park, 350 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

The Modern Gentlemen: A vocal group incorporating modern flair into all sorts of throwback hits, everything from Motown and pop to rock and doo-wop. 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$35. (727) 791-7400.

Beer Dinner: Cooking with Craft Beer: This four-course, beer-paired meal spotlights a quartet of dishes: beer-marinated Asian chicken thighs over veggie fried rice, drunken shrimp with spicy beer sauce, burnt ends brisket with "beer-b-que" sauce and polenta, and chocolate-dipped, beer-candied bacon with peanut butter mousse. Welsh rarebit with Classic Jeff Pale Ale on artisan toast is the amuse-bouche. Advanced tickets are required. 6:30 p.m. 587 Main St., Dunedin. $50. (727) 351-5105.

To Watch

SEASON PREMIERE Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, 8 p.m., Freeform: A spin-off of the popular series takes viewers to the seemingly idyllic college town of Beacon Heights. Of course, someone snaps and kills someone, and a juicy mystery begins to unfold.

The Act, Hulu: Patricia Arquette, who recently earned raves for her work in Escape at Dannemora, delivers another standout performance in this stranger-than-fiction true crime story that made headlines in 2015. She plays Dee Dee Blanchard, the overprotective mother of Gypsy (Joey King) who essentially becomes a prisoner in her own home. The relationship becomes combative when Gypsy pushes for her independence and, ultimately, it leads to murder. The cast also includes Chloë Sevigny and AnnaSophia Robb.

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