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dR Daily 3/25-28: The 5 best things you can do this week

Start with a mystery, move into music, explore glass art, and celebrate the return of Rays baseball. (Tune in Friday for our weekend picks.) And check out our full March-April calendar here.

Monday 3/25

Radio Theatre Project Live. “Murder and Mystery!” is the theme of this month’s show, featuring Donald Loftus’s “The Brother’s Grin,” about one brother’s suspicious stash placed with his other brother; Robert O’Connell’s “Character Assassination,” about a detective determined to reveal the mystery behind a successful mystery writer; and Eva C. Schegulla’s “Horace House Hauntings,” set in the early 20th century. As always, these radio plays are performed by the RTP acting company standing at microphones, accompanied by live foley (sound effects). 7 p.m., The Studio@620, studio620.org.

Wednesday 3/27

Whiffenpoofs. They’re Yalies, but don’t hate them for that (says the Harvard alum through clenched teeth). They’re cute, they’re young, and their great-great-great-grandfathers were doing a cappella down at Mory’s about a century before Pentatonix. 3/27, 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz.

Thursday 3/28

Katt Hefner Sings Nancy Wilson. A tribute to one of the all-time greats by the swinging, smoky-voiced ‘international jazz siren” Hefner, here with the Heffner & Hefner band. 3/28, 7:30 p.m., Side Door at the Palladium.

Rays Baseball Home Opener. There are many reasons to be optimistic about the Rays’ chances this season, including last year’s 90-win season and the smarts of the Rays front office and team manager Kevin Cash. And there are plenty of new non-baseball developments that are making news: the credit-only payment system for concessions; the hopefully more intimate feeling at the Trop now that the number of available seats has been reduced; the Ryne Stanek bottle opener (!). But the key info is this: The home opener against the Astros is set for Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Play ball! raysbaseball.com .

Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference. The glass art movement in Tampa Bay — aka The Glass Coast — is now a full-blown (pun intended) phenom, famous enough that the Glass Art Society (GAS), which last met at the fabled glass mecca of Murano, Italy, chose St. Pete as the site of its 2019 international confab. Charting a Course: Visions in Glass is not just good exposure for local artists, it’s a major boon for local art aficionados, because while there are plenty of conferee-only events at places like the Bayfront Hilton and the Mahaffey, many galleries and museums will be holding workshops and demos and tours, too. Check our March-April calendar for special shows at Duncan McClellan’s gallery and My Favorite Art Place at Sundial, and check the GAS site for further details. Mar. 28-30, various venues in St. Pete, Tampa and Sarasota, glassart.org.

Plus, don’t forget these previously noted events, some just opened last week and some closing soon:

• The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. Jobsite Theater at the Straz, through 4/7, jobsitetheater.org/the-2018-19-anniversary-season.

• Crumbs from the Table of Joy. freeFall Theatre Company, through 4/14, freefalltheatre.com.

• Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, through 7/28, mfastpete.org.

Glow: The Hand-Painted Photographs of E. G. Barnhill. Museum of Fine Arts, through 4/7, mfastpete.org

• Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger from the Mellon Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, through 3/31, mfastpete.org.

The Mousetrap. Stageworks Theatre, through 4/7, stageworkstheatre.org.

The Roommate. American Stage, through 4/7, americanstage.org.

These Masks We Wear. Arts Xchange, through March, warehouseartsdistrictstpete.org/ArtsXchange. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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