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Steppin' Out

By Times Staff
Published May 19, 2006


CENTENNIAL OPERA GROUP will view a video of George Bizet's Carmen at 12:30 p.m. today at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. The movie stars Julia Migenes-Johnson as Carmen and Placido Domingo as Don Jose.

'VIVA VEGAS!', a musical revue, continues through May 28 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; and 1:15 p.m. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and full cash bar. Dinner and show, $41; show only, $29.95, plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY is celebrating its third anniversary with a hurricane party from 7 p.m. to midnight today at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The evening includes art, music, dancing, a movie, poetry reading, a movie in Cavalaire Square and a wine tasting.

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S 'CINDERELLA' continues weekends through May 28 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and an hour before each show. Call 727 842-6777.

NEIL SIMON'S 'BROADWAY BOUND' continues weekends through May 28 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and an hour before each performance. Call (352) 683-5113.

ELVIS IMPERSONATOR DONN JETT will perform ELVIS - The Next Step from at 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the Shipwreck Lounge, 2730 Grand Blvd., Holiday. The show includes songs from Elvis' early years, 1950s-'60s, the Vegas years (complete with jumpsuit) and an audience request time. Jett has been performing as Elvis for 38 years. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, if available. Call Rosol Melton at (727) 376-3924 or (727) 514-6100.

GUSTAV MAHLER'S 'KINDERTOTENLIEDER', a five-song set on the natural cycle of life and death, will be performed by singer Sarah Buckley and pianist Constantine Grame at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19), Tarpon Springs (red brick building with clock tower). Visual artist George Konstantinidis will present a visual interpretation of Mahler's Morgenlicht (Morning Light). Admission is $15; center member or students, $13. Call (727) 942-5605.

THE GROUP HEART, JACKSON & WATSON will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday for the Sunset Beach Concert Series at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs. Before the concert, the city recreation department and Friends of Music on the Beach will honor the late Nick and Irene Nicholas, grandparents of Yasmin and Joe Pianese, who gave the city the land for the beach in 1927. Those who attend the concert may bring picnics and chairs or blankets for seating. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be for sale. Admission is free.


(Admission free unless otherwise noted)

'WICKED GOOD ART,' an exhibit by three women from New England who are now in Florida, continues through May 26 at Pasco Arts Council's art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. An exhibit of glass art by Wesley Chapel artist Marti S. Roberson continues in the UpStairs Gallery. Work by assemblage artist Diane Prekup is being featured in the center's gift shop. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

'THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS,' an exhibit by a dozen photographers, continues through May 27 at Progress Energy Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 848-6500 for exhibit hours.

THE WEST PASCO ART GUILD'S "Wildlife Art Show" will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through June 1 at the gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey.

'TARPON SPRINGS ETERNAL: GRECO-AMERICAN FUSION,' an exhibit of Greek scrimshaw, etchings, photogravures, icons, digital photos and intaglio by Vanya Mullinax and Fata, continues through June 30 at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave.

HUDSON ARTIST BARBARA J. SMITH is exhibiting her Chinese brush paintings of flowers, landscapes, human figures and other objects in watercolors on rice paper through June 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 230 Grand Ave. Hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

'RICHARD FLORSHEIM: AN ART LEGACY DRAWN FROM LIFE': Works on paper from the August L. and L. Tommie Freundlick Trust continues through June 25 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs.


APPLICATIONS FOR ART STROLL BOOTHS are being accepted by Greater New Port Richey Main Street and Progress Energy Art Gallery for the next two Friday Night Fling art and music events in downtown New Port Richey. Fine artists and craft artists (wood carvers, metal workers, jewelry makers, potters, painters) can rent space for exhibits for June 16 and July 21 for $10 for outdoor space and $20 for indoor space. Applications are at or at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Lia Gallegos at (727) 842-8066. The events will feature arts, crafts, an outdoor movie in Cavalaire Square, poetry readings, live jazz and acoustic music, and other entertainment.

PASCO ARTS COUNCIL will accept entries for Art Annual 2006 Exhibition for high school students and adults from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12-17 at the art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. The exhibit is July 8-Sept. 1. Each entrant may submit one piece of original two- or three-dimensional art (no copies). Two-dimensional work must be framed or museum wrapped and ready to hang (wire hangers only). Top cash awards are $200 professional; $100 amateur; and $50 high school. Entry fee is $20 professional, $15 amateur and $10 high school.

AVENUE PLAYERS THEATRE will hold auditions for a 45-minute staged reading of THASWACHUTHINCK!, a play in the genre called "theater of the absurd," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on June 1 at the interactive gallery of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs (half mile west of U.S. 19). Roles are for four men and two women, any age. The performance will be given on the evening of July 8. For alternate audition time, call director Diana Forgione at (727) 372-7651 or e-mail her at

RICHEY SUNCOAST THEATRE will hold an acting workshop for ages 6-16 from May 30-June 3 at the theater, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes will be May 30-June 2, with a performance at 3 p.m. June 3. Instructors are Charlie Skelton, Marie Skelton, Jonathan Tietz, Jesslyn Kostopoulos and Meaghan Jameson. Sessions will be on acting, dancing, costuming, stage presence and auditioning for a part in a production. Tuition is $145, which includes two snacks. Those who attend should take a lunch and beverage, or they may purchase beverages at the theater's concession stand. To enroll, call (727) 842-6777 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

AVENUE PLAYERS THEATRE will hold theater camp for ages 6-13 on June 12-23 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those who attend should take a lunch and beverage. The June 12-16 session on directing, designing and acting will be taught by Diana Forgione, director of Avenue Players Theatre. The June 19-23 session on designing and creating sets and props and acting will be taught by Vanessa Lewis and Linda Tantimonoco of Westchase Elementary. The students will present a full production at the end of each week. Tuition is $100 a week for museum members; $150 a week for non-members. Call the museum at (727) 712-5226 to register.

Information about upcoming performing and visual arts events can be e-mailed to Barbara Fredricksen at or mailed to her at St. Petersburg Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. The items must be in the office no later than five days before publication.

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