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Diversions: Coming attractions

By TIMES STAFF
Published January 27, 2007


TODAY-SUNDAY

The comedy "Auntie Mame" will be presented at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call (727) 842-6777.

THROUGH fEB. 18

The musical 'Victor/Victoria' continues at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and some Thursdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors open two hours before each show for cash bar and included buffet. Shows are also at 1:15 p.m. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for cash bar and buffet. Dinner and show, $42.50; show only, $31.45; ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

TODAY

Classical pianist Louis Demetrius Alvanis will perform Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin at 8 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $18 adults, $16 center members and students. Call (727) 942-5605.

MONDAY

Deadline to buy tickets for the "Gong Show" dinner to benefit Alzheimer's Family Organization is 4 p.m. Monday. The dinner show will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. Dinner will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Dinner and show, $30. Call 848-8888 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere 1-888-496-8004.

THROUGH FEB. 6

"Alternative Fusions" by Glen Trumble will be exhibited at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Fine Arts Gallery on the east end of the campus library, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The process fuses photographs with computer imagery. For access to the gallery, inquire at the library desk. Call (727) 816-3418

THROUGH FEB. 16

Pasco Arts Council presents "Dreams, Meditations & Myths: The Art of Patrick Stickney" 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.

THROUGH WEDNESDAY

Hudson Library has two exhibits of art through Wednesday. One is the work of 20 Japanese artists from the collection of artist David Kastner, the liaison for Japan International Arts Society. The other has Florida scenes by Mary T. Gleites.

TODAY-SATURDAY

Stage West Community Playhouse will hold auditions for the drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at 7 p.m. Today and 1 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Roles are men and women ages 20 to 60s. Performances are April 13-22. Director is Harvey Laskey. Call (352) 793-6668.

SUNDAY

Singer John Timpanelli and five singers will perform "Hooray for Hollywood" at 2 p.m. at the South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Tickets are $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the show, first-come, first-serve.

SUNDAY

Albert Einstein impersonator William Landry will perform "Einstein the Man" at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The Emmy Award-winning actor uses Einstein's own words to depict his scientific work, philosophical ideas and personal idiosyncrasies. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students, open seating at the box office before the show. Call (727) 774-7382.

THURSDAY

The Thursday Musicale, a 50-woman nonsectarian chorus, will present a concert at 2 p.m. at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Rd., New Port Richey. Guest performer is singer Stephanie Wells. Donations accepted.

THURSDAY-FEB.-27

Paintings of European scenes by Karen L. Hayne will be exhibited Feb. 1-27 in the UpStairs Gallery at the Pasco Arts Council's art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 3. Free.

FRIDAY-MARCH 31

Women artists will be featured in "A Woman's Work Is Never Done" at the Progress Energy Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 with a reception. The gallery is open noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays. Free.

FRIDAY

Singer Rob Garrett will perform "The King of Diamonds," a tribute to Neil Diamond, at a dinner show at the Polish American Pulaski Assn., 4616 Darlington Road, Holiday. Opening is singer-comedian-impressionist Christopher John. Dinner is from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., followed by the show. Dinner and show, $22. Call Leona at (727) 376-8149 or Bea at 785-6296.

FEB. 3

The Heritage Arts Center Asso. will present the "Moonlight and Ivory" concert at 2 p.m. ($15) and 7 p.m. ($25) on Feb. 3 at the Dade City Woman's Club, 37922 Palm Ave., Dade City. The event starts with an art show and refreshments, followed by the show. For tickets, call (352) 523-0305 or (352) 567-3460.

FEB. 4

Richey Concert Band will present a concert at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The program includes the Carpenters' Close to You, Hello, Dolly, Strangers in the Night, White Silver Sands, Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo, plus marches and an overture. Admission is $2. Parking is free.

FEB. 7

The trio "Cover to Cover" will perform pop favorites and do comedy at 2 p.m. at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Members are Louis Fortunato, Susan Falcone and Michael D'Aquino. Admission is $5. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call (727) 842-6777.

FEB. 9-MARCH 12

"Waiting for Guacamole," an exhibit of avocado images by Elizabeth Indianos, will be at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Art Gallery at the east end of the campus library building, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. A reception that includes excerpts from the artist's play, Waiting for Guacamole, will be on Feb. 9. Free.

FEB. 9

Comedy hypnotist Ken Whitener and comic G. David Howard will star in "Two...Much Funny!" at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus tax and tip. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The show is for ages 18 and older. Call (888) 655-7469.

FEB. 10

The Living Legends of 'American Bandstand' will perform at 2 p.m. at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $20 to $30 and available online at www.phcc.edu/tix or by phone at (727) 816-3707 (limited hours) or at the box office one hour before the show.

FEB. 11

The 7-piece Z Street Band will perform "Big Band Sound" at 2 p.m. at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. Admission is $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the show, first-come, first-serve.

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; 19-21

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, $42.50, plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

FEB. 14

Frank Parson's Big Band will perform "Valentine Party" at 2 p.m. at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $7. Future shows are on March 14, April 18 and May 16. Call (727) 842-6777.

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 the time, nightly Torchlight Tourneys, food vendors and other era-appropriate activities.

FEB. 16 and 17

The Vagina Monologues will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Dade City Woman's Club, 37922 Palm Avenue, Dade City. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance (call Terri O'Brien or Trish Kley at 352-521-3358) or $30 at the door, open seating. The performances will raise money for the Sunrise Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center.

FEB. 16-25

The comedy-drama Same Time, Next Year will play weekends at the Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10. Call (352) 683-5113.

FEB. 17

The "Bright Star Senior Talent Show" will be presented at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Tickets are $5 and available at any CARES center, at Bright House Networks offices or at the door. Call (727) 844-3077 or (727) 856-5129, ext. 81255.

FEB. 17

Folk singer Livingston Taylor (Best of Friends) will perform at 7 p.m. at Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $18 to $25 and available online at www.phcc.edu/tix or by phone at (727) 816-3707 (limited hours) or at the box office one hour before the show.

FEB. 18

Classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will perform at 2 p.m. at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Tickets are $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the concert on a first-come, first-serve basis.

FEB. 18

The 20th annual Festival of Choirs Concert will be presented at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church-Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19 (one mile north of State Road 52), Hudson. Choirs from five area churches will each sing two anthems and then combine to sing religious songs.

FEB. 22

Deadline for applications for the Heritage Arts Center Asso.'s "Spotlight on Talent" competition is Feb. 22. Prizes worth $2,000 will be awarded to winners (amateurs or professional) in grades K-12. Any form of entertainment is welcome. Preliminary auditions are March 10 at the Wesley Chapel High School Theatre for the Performing Arts. The show and finals are at 6 p.m. March 31, also at the Wesley Chapel center. Entry fee is $20 for solos, plus $5 for each additional performer, up to $80. Application forms are at www.heritagearts.org.

FEB. 22 - MARCH 11

The zany musical 'Anything Goes' will be presented by Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call (727) 842-6777.

FEB. 23-APRIL 15

The musical 'Singin' in the Rain' will be presented matinees and evenings at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $42.50; show only $31.45; ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

FEB. 23 AND 25

The Silver Follies Revue will present "Let Us Entertain You" at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Heritage Pines, 11542 Scenic Hill Blvd., Hudson, call (727) 861-7784; and at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Heritage Springs, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., Trinity, call (727) 372-5411. Tickets are $7.50. Heritage Pines will have a buffet dinner before the show at extra cost. Reservations are suggested.

FEB. 24

Grammy-winning singer Melissa Manchester (Midnight Blue; Don't Cry Out Loud) will perform at 8 p.m. at Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $22 to $32 and available online at www.phcc.edu/tix or by phone at (727) 816-3707 (limited hours) or at the box office one hour before the show.

FEB. 25

Singer John Timpanelli and four singers will perform "Walk Down Broadway" at 2 p.m. at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. Tickets are $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

FEB. 25

Auditions for The Music Man will be held at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, at 6 p.m. for ages 6 through 12 and 7:30 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Roles are available for actors, singers and singers who move well. Production dates are May 10-27. Director is Marie Skelton. Call (727) 842-6777.

MARCH 2

Deadline to enter the first ever Jacaranda Poetry Festival contest sponsored by the Pasco Arts Council is March 2. Two copies of previously unpublished poems, with poet's name, address and telephone number on one, the other without identification, should be sent, along with a check for $3 for each poem, to PAC, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, FL 34690. Prizes are $100, $50 and $25 and recognition certificates. Call (727) 845-7322. The festival itself will be on April 21 at the Pasco Arts Council's center.

MARCH 4

Pianist-singer Ed Linderman will perform "We Couldn't Get Barry Manilow, Victor Borge, Michael Feinstein or Suzanne Somers, so Here's Ed!" at 2 p.m. at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Tickets are $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MARCH 4

Singer-musician Paul Saik will perform opera, Broadway and sacred music at a concert at 3 p.m. March 4 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. A tenor, Saik has performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. He has released two recordings of religious music. Tickets are $6 in advance, available at the church office, and $8 at the door. Call (727) 863-5646.

MARCH 7

The trio "Cover to Cover" will perform pop favorites and do comedy at 2 p.m. at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Members are Louis Fortunato, Susan Falcone and Michael D'Aquino. Admission is $5. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call (727) 842-6777.

MARCH 8-25

Stage West Community Playhouse will present the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Peter Clapsis as Pseudolus. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on March 8 (the only Thursday show during the three-weekend run); Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. The theater is at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-5113.

MARCH 9-11

The Will McLean Music Festival will be held at Sertoma Youth Ranch northwest of Dade City. Events include Florida folk singers, arts, crafts, poetry, storytelling and Florida Cracker foods. Admission is $18 on March 10; $15 on March 11. Camping is available. Call (352) 465-7208. Order weekend tickets for $25 online at www.willmclean.com, click on "order tickets online."

MARCH 10

Red, Hot and Blue Review, a show with six singers doing ragtime, roaring 20s, big band, rock, Broadway, Motown and 60s favorites, will perform at a dinner show at Aripeka Elks Lodge #2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dinner is at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Dinner and show, $26, reservations required. Call Judy at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or go by the office during those hours.

MARCH 11

Little Everglades Steeplechase, horse racing on natural turf, Jack Russell terrier races, carriage parade and more, at Little Everglades Ranch, off U.S. 301 north of Dade City. Admission from $15 a person or $45 a carload in advance, up to $4,500 for a tent for up to 110 people, and everything in between. See www. littleeverglades steeplechase.com.

MARCH 11

Richey Community Orchestra will perform "Irish Eyes are Smilin'," a tribute to St. Patrick and everything Irish, featuring tenor John Smitherman, 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.

MARCH 11, 18 AND 25

Nature Coast Festival Singers will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. March 11 at the Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) in Weeki Wachee just north of the State Road 50 intersection; at 3 p.m. on March 18 at the First United Methodist Church, 8831 West Bradshaw Blvd., Homosassa; and at 3 p.m. March 25 in the First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. Admission is free, but a donation for the scholarship fund will be accepted.

MARCH 14

Frank Parson's Big Band will play "St. Patrick Celebration" at 2 p.m. at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $7. Future shows are on April 18 and May 16. Call (727) 842-6777.

MARCH 14

Singer-comedian Cahal Dunne will present "Grand to be Irish" at The Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill (off U.S. 19 a quarter mile north of the Pasco-Hernando county line). Doors open at 6 p.m. for cash bar, dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Dinner and show, $35.95, plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

MARCH 19

Rockers Sha Na Na: The group that revived 1950s music in the 1970s (Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay) will do dinner shows at 1:30 and 8 p.m. at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash bar. Dinner and show, $49.50, plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere, 1-888-655-7469.

MARCH 21-APRIL 1

Avenue Players Theatre will present Noel Coward's farce Blithe Spirit at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Performances are at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. March 24, 25 and 31 and April 1. Tickets are $11 for non-members of the museum, $8 for students and members. Call (727) 712-5762. A mini-tour of the museum 30 minutes before the show is included in the price of the ticket.