Do It Today: Craig Ferguson's stand-up, St. Paddy's day across Tampa Bay, Tea Leaf Green onstage at the State and more

just reciting jokes from a cue card—is both warm and a refreshing change of pace. The Scottish-born host, who first became known to millions of Americans as Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show, currently holds dual citizenship, having become a citizen of the U.S. in 2008. You can experience the funnyman and his quick wit in person this Wednesday, when Ferguson makes his debut at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Sure, he’s performing on a work night, but remember—tomorrow’s just your future yesterday. 8 p.m., Wed. March 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, $29.50-$69.50, rutheckerdhall.com. —Anthony Salveggi


Today's guest speaker in the Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series is Tom Gjelten, an award-winning NPR intelligence and national security reporter, whose latest book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: A Biography of a Cause, was released last year. Visit facebook.com/usf.edu for more info. Weds., March 17, 6:30 p.m., Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa, free.


The San Francisco jam rock foursome Tea Leaf Green brings a rambling, easy-going West Coast feel to their sound. Former Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey bassist Reed Mathis joined the ranks in 2007 and helped write the band’s David Lowery-produced fifth album, 2008’s Raise Up the Tent. 7 p.m. Weds., March 17, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $16, statetheatreconcerts.com-- Leilani Polk


Discover the necessary tools and knowledge for setting up and caring for your own beehives with Gary Van Cleef  at today's USF Botanical Gardens Workshop. Registration suggested; visit cas.usf.edu/garden. 10 a.m. Weds., March 17, USF Botanical Gardens, Tampa, $8-$10 per workshop; garden admission included.

It’s that time of year again: time for green beer, shamrocks, and kissing strangers who claim to be Irish – and a whole host of venues get in on the celebration. Check out our round-up of events across the Bay here.

Johnny Carson was famously regarded as the man millions of people chose to go to bed with each weeknight. And as we approach two decades since Johnny took his final bow, Letterman’s ever-increasing grumpiness, Leno’s gladhanding and Conan’s shameless doofus make Carson’s special brand of class and magnetism seem like a distant memory.  But there is at least one man worth staying up for. Because the crème de la crème of late night TV hosts is—drum roll—Craig Ferguson.  There’s a good reason why his Late Late Show, which he’s helmed since 2005, set all-time viewer records during three consecutive sweeps. He’s sharp and exudes a giddiness that’s contagious. Ferguson’s casual, off-the-cuff style—talking to the audience as opposed to

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