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    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published January 11, 2002

    Viva Las Vegas

    Enjoy a Las Vegas-style revue featuring vocalist/impressionist Gary Edwards, comedian Barry St. Ives, harmonica player Jerry Adler, jazz singer Katt Hefner and the 12-piece show band Vegas Express at 2 today at the Harborview Center, corner of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue in downtown Clearwater. Tickets are $18 and will be available at the door, if the show is not sold out. For information, call (727) 562-4800.

    'The Merry Widow'

    London City Opera's The Merry Widow with its Viennese-style waltzes and melodies will transport you to a world of high-kicking can-can girls, champagne and secret trysts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Watch as Count Danilo, the playboy, is tamed by true love for the widow Hanna and tries to prevent other suitors from winning her hand. The opera will be accompanied by a live orchestra. Tickets cost $30, $35 and $40. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. For information, call (727) 791-7400.

    PLAY: The Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present Princess Ida at 8 tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus, in the Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St. Admission is $5 at the door. Call (727) 536-6250.

    ART EXHIBIT: Two- and three-dimensional miniature artwork by more than a dozen artists will be shown and sold during the 2nd annual Miniature Art Exhibit through March 5 at Snooty Judy's Fine Art Gallery, 514 Skinner Blvd., Dunedin. An opening reception will be from 3 to 6 Sunday. Call (727) 734-9835.

    SUNSETS AT PIER 60: Enjoy a festival of arts, crafts and entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pier 60 Pavilion, Clearwater Beach. Tonight, it's The Keys (variety); Saturday, it's Suzette Jennings and Mood Swingz (rock and blues); Sunday, it's Local Tourist (rock). Free.

    AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held for Kids-A-Poppin', Clearwater's song and dance troupe for kids, at 10 a.m. Sunday at 2400 Harn Blvd., Clearwater. Call (727) 531-8026.

    THEATER: British actor Ian Frost will perform Byron's poem Beppo: A Venetian Love Story at 8 tonight at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. (inside City Hall). Tickets are $13, $11 for students and center members. Call (727) 942-5605.

    LIVE MUSIC: Besides beer, the Dunedin Brewery is now offering live music every weekend. At 8 tonight, you can enjoy acoustic music. From 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, the Bernie Maloney Quartet, a jazz group, will play. Admission is free. No smoking is allowed inside. Call (727) 736-0606.

    COMEDY: The comedy The Women will be performed at 8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tonne Playhouse in the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. $12.50 for adults, $6 for students. Call (727) 587-6793.

    SEMINAR: A "Jewelry of the 1920s -- 1940s" class will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. The cost is $25. Call (727) 447-4165.

    PLAY: The Early Bird Dinner Theater is presentingThe Nerd at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (seating is at 4 p.m.) and 11 a.m. Thursday and Saturday (matinee seating is at 11 a.m.) through Feb. 24 at Bill Irle's Banquet Hall, 1411 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. All shows are $14.95 plus tax. For reservations, call (727) 446-5898.

    ART EXHIBIT: "Art 2002" featuring new paintings of Florida birds and African wildlife by painters Matthew Hillier and Charles Rowe and sculptor Daniel Parker are on display at the Plainsmen Gallery, 2450 Sunset Point Road Suite A, Clearwater. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 726-5100.

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