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Arts therapy shown to aid in healing process

By Times Staff
Published October 18, 2006

Arts therapy shown to aid in healing process 

Learn about the special way the arts are being used by local medical institutions to aid in the healing process. The Gulf Coast Museum of Art will present the program "Healing Arts: The Arts and Medicine" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Auditorium, 12211 Walsingham Road. Registration includes gallery admission and a docent-led tour at 12:30 p.m. followed by an interactive panel discussion and film. Cost is $15 for museum members, $20 for nonmembers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to arts therapy programs at Bayfront Medical Center and Moffitt Cancer Center. To register, call (727) 518-6833, ext. 203.

Dean Martin's son sings, remembers

Ricci Martin, the youngest son of Dean Martin, will present Dino, His Son Remembers at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo Central Park. In addition to performing the music of his father, Martin steps off the stage for a question-and-answer session. Tickets are $19 advance, $22 day of show, $17 Star Series, $17 for groups. Choose three (or more) Star Series shows, and receive $2 off per show. Call the box office at (727) 587-6793, or go online at or

Library hosts night of food, music

The Clearwater Library Foundation will hold its third annual Jazz Soiree from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., in conjunction with the 27th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Relax on the library's west terrace or enjoy the view from the rooftop terrace. Bonefish Grill will provide appetizers, entrees and desserts. The evening's performance schedule includes John Pizzarelli and Manhattan Transfer and fireworks. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are $40. For reservations, call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5189.

Man charged with attempted murder

Marcus Wright shot a man five times, then slipped away as police surrounded his home in July, authorities said. But on Monday, Wright, 23, who was arrested this month in Texas, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on an attempted murder charge. Clearwater police said Montaser A. Abdullah, 29, of Largo went to 310 N Hercules Ave. in Clearwater to discuss business with Wright. (Both men worked in the music industry.) A dispute broke out, and Wright pulled a gun and began firing. Abdullah, who was shot in the arm, back, shoulder and head, managed to escape and went to a gas station for help. Clearwater officers surrounded the home, and, after obtaining a search warrant, they threw tear gas into the house and entered. Wright was already gone. Abdullah, who was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, could not be reached Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wright remained in jail in lieu of $525,000 bail.

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