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Diversions: Coming attractions

Published December 30, 2006



Nature Coast Festival Music is accepting applications for a choral conductor for the 2007-08 season. The 90-member group holds rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Nativity Lutheran Church in Weeki Wachee and presents two concerts (three performances each) during the August through April season. Rehearsals are late August through early December and early January through Easter. A stipend is paid. Call Sandy Kaliscak at (352) 796-3291 for application form.


Progress Energy Art Gallery and Greater New Port Richey Main Street will open an exhibit of whimsical paper sculptures by Kim Michelle Coakley with a reception for the artist from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit, which is at the gallery at 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays (except first Fridays, when it opens from 6 to 9 p.m.).


An exhibit of fabric art by June Colburn will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 230 Grand Blvd., Tarpon Springs. The exhibit of fine art and wearable art made from Japanese kimonos opens with a reception at 2 p.m. Thursday in the church's Forum Room. Ms. Colburn will give a lecture on fabrics and quilting at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the church. Exhibit hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Thursday through Jan. 27. Other times are by appointment. Call Rose Larsen at (727) 845-1650.

JAN. 7-23

Suncoast Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will hold a weekly program of barbershop style singing and dancing for women ages 18 through 80 at 7 p.m. Jan. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Gulf High School chorus room, 5335 School Road, New Port Richey. The group will give a concert on March 10 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Neither musical training nor ability to read music is required. Carpools are available from many locations. Call Cathy at (727) 542-7860.

JAN. 7

The Joe Piscopo Show: The television, film, theater and nightclub comic will perform at a dinner show at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7, show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $46.50, plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

JAN. 9-FEB. 16

Pasco Arts Council will present "Dreams, Meditations & Myths: The Art of Patrick Stickney" from Jan. 9 through Feb. 16 at the council's gallery, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. A meet-the-artist reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

JAN. 9

Retro folk singers Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson will perform ancient ballads of the British Isles and their Appalachian counterparts at 6 p.m. at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

JAN. 12-FEB. 1

A transparent watercolor exhibit will open with a "Meet the Artist Gathering" from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at West Pasco Art Guild's gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 1.

JAN. 20

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform the music he played at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York at 3 p.m. at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

JAN. 20

Chasco Fiesta Talent Search auditions for singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers ages 5 through 25 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. For information and application forms, go to SBray Productions at For audition appointment, call (727) 842-7651. Winners will perform on March 25 at the Chasco Fiesta.

JAN. 20

The Von Trapp Children, the grandchildren of the family made famous in the Broadway musical, The Sound of Music, will perform folk songs, spirituals, classical and tunes from the movie at 8 p.m. at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $26-$32. Call (727) 816-3707.

JAN. 21

Richey Community Orchestra will perform "Fabulous Fifties" with crooner Gary Edwards doing songs made famous by Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones and others, at 3 p.m. at (new location) the Knight of Columbus Hall, K of C Drive, Port Richey (go east one street south of Ridge Road). Tickets are $15. Call (727) 919-2007.

JAN. 21

The S & S Duo: Pianist Sue Bond and organist Sheila Heinrichs will perform at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19 (a mile north of State Road 52), Hudson. Admission is free, but a donation will be accepted.

JAN. 21

Gaelic Storm, the party band in steerage in the movie Titanic, will sing Celtic ballads and rousing dance tunes at 7 p.m. at Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $18 to $25. Call (727) 816-3707.

FEB. 11

Richey Community Orchestra will perform "Tour of Italy," a multimedia presentation featuring soprano Susan Falcone and baritone Lothar Bergeest doing Neapolitan favorites, at 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 919-3866.

FEB. 13-15

The Jackie Mason Show: The stand-up comedian will do his unique style of political satire and observations of everyday life at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court (off U.S. 19 a quarter-mile north of the Pasco-Hernando border). Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Dinner and show, $39.95, plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

FEB. 16-18

Shakespeare by the River: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) will highlight the second annual Shakespeare by the River festival in Sims Park and at Richey Suncoast Theatre in New Port Richey. The play will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18. Other events are the movie The Two Gentlemen of Verona shown at the indoor theater, talks on history and music of time, nightly Torchlight Tourneys, food vendors and other era-appropriate activities.

[Last modified December 29, 2006, 22:27:55]

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