This week: Pinellas

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 16, 2005

RENAISSANCE NIGHT: Downtown Safety Harbor presents the seventh annual Renaissance Night from 6 to 10 tonight on Main Street. The event is free and includes costumed gypsies, wizards, fairies, magicians, animals and musicians. Food, beer and wine available for sale. Call 726-2890.

"THE MAGIC FLUTE': The Magic Flute by the New Century Opera, directed by Marilyn Michael Evans with Constantine Grame as music director, will be tonight and Sunday. "The Magic Flute," one of Mozart's most popular operas, begins with the Queen of the Night, a sorrow-riven mother, telling young Prince Tamino that her only child, Pamina, has been abducted by the magic of an evil sorcerer, Sarastro. Tamino embarks on a noble mission to rescue Pamina, but he soon encounters a wise old oracle who tells him he has been deceived and Sarastro is pure and virtuous, and the Queen of the Night is a power-hungry shrew whose motive is to rule the universe. Seats are reserved. Performances are 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 general, Center member or student, $11. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E Pine St.

TEEN CAMP & COOKOUT: Largo Recreation Parks and Arts Department invites teens ages 12 to 16 to bring sleeping bags for a night at Bayhead Teen Center from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be games, food, a trip to Q-Zar laser tag and late night swim at the Highland Family Aquatic Center. Cost is $18 with recreation card and $22.50 without. Call 518-3092.

OLD-FASHIONED DAY: Celebrate the reconstruction of Heritage Village's 1890 "Williams Park Bandstand" at 3:30 p.m. at the 1890s Old-Fashioned Park Day. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, ragtime banjo and piano music. Call 582-2123.

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: The American Sign Language Storytelling Festival is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library art park. Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week and learn about the deaf community. The festival will include information on services provided to the deaf. Call 724-1525, ext. 232.

MOSAIC WORKSHOPS: Learn the classic art of mosaic in the traditional Roman technique from artist Michelle Gibbons. The first class begins Tuesday at J. Harrison Smith Gallery and Studios, 1356 S Fort Harrison, Clearwater. Participants can work at their own pace for a total of 20 hours. Cost is $250 and includes most materials needed to complete a mosaic using European ceramic and glass tiles. Enroll by calling 492-9968.


EXHIBIT: Artist James Sikes presents "A Landscape Journey - From Europe to Asia: A watermedia painting and collage exhibit" through Thursday. Sikes, a self-taught watermedia painter and collagist, draws upon his travels and experiences in Asia for inspiration in creating both figurative and abstract works. Much of his work derives from a strong attraction to traditional scenes and architecture found in old towns and rural areas, especially in Japan where he lived. For this exhibit, Sikes will expand his geographical reach somewhat with the inclusion of a series of paintings and collages with European town and country themes. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave.

ONE PLANET EXHIBIT: The Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., will open "One Planet - One People," including "The Great Human Race," stone lithographs by John L. Doyle, through Dec. 24; "Prints and Papestries" by Roland Poska through Oct. 21. Admission is $5, DFAC members free. Admission to the children's museum is $4, DFAC members free. Call 298-3322.

AFRICAN-THEMED ART: The Plainsmen Gallery, 2450 Sunset Point Road, Suite A, Clearwater, will present "Fringes of Freedom: African Wildlife," featuring original oils by Grant Hacking, Matthew Hillier and Julia Rogers; canvas giclees by Al Agnew, Robert Bateman and Julia Rogers; and wildlife bronzes by Robert Deurloo and Jack Muir, through Sept. 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 726-5100 or visit the Web site at www.plainsmen.com

COLORED PENCILS: The Gainesville chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America will present its sixth annual statewide exhibition of artwork at the Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin, through Nov. 6. An artists reception will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., with refreshments. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 734-5060 or visit the Web site at www.paintedfishgallery.com

PAVA SHOW: The Annual Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA) members show will be at the J. Harrison Smith Studios and Gallery, 1356 S Fort Harrison, Clearwater, Sept. 24 through Oct. 21, with an opening reception and award ceremony on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm. PAVA is a regional group, with members who work in all mediums and styles. The show will include 2 and 3 D artwork and fine crafts. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The show includes prizes for Best in Show, first, second, third, honorable mention and Awards of Merit. Call 443-6646.