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Diversions: Coming attractions

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 17, 2007


Send arts and entertainment items for Diversions: Coming Attractions to Barbara L. Fredricksen, St. Petersburg Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34667 or e-mail to fredricksen@sptimes.com

THROUGH SUNDAY

The musical 'Victor/Victoria' continues through Sunday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday doors open at 11:30 a.m. for buffet and cash bar; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (doors open at 6 p.m.) and 3 p.m. Sunday (doors open at 1 p.m.). 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.

through 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. Free.

Through 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 gallery is open noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays. Free.

THROUGH 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. Inquire at the library desk to admittance to the exhibit.

Today-SUNDAY

Note: Please note schedule changes. Shakespeare by the River: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) will highlight the second annual Shakespeare by the River festival in New Port Richey. The play will be presented at Richey Suncoast Theatre at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17; and at the band shell in Sims Park at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Other events are the movie The Two Gentlemen of Verona at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the theater; talks on Elizabethan women, history and music of the time, nightly Torchlight Tourneys, Baroque music, members of the Society of Creative Anachronism, Bird of Prey from Homosassa Wildlife, crafts, a Renaissance fashion show, food vendors and other era-appropriate activities throughout the festival. All events are free.

Today

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.

FRIDAY

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.

Today-SUNDAY

Center Stage Theatre & Dance Academy will present The Saints singing quintet, doing songs of the 1950s and '60s at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18. The theater is at 5201 U.S. 19 (Southgate Shopping Center), New Port Richey. Opening act is singer-dancer Bill Castner. Tickets are $15 in advance, open seating. Call (727) 815-0100. Refreshments will be for sale.

Today

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.

Today

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.

SUNDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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.

Monday-FEB. 25

The Pasco County Fair will be held at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Highlights include a parade through downtown at 1 p.m. Feb. 19, a carnival midway, the Baby Pageant, dog show, "Back Porch" crafts show, baking competition, art show, animal exhibits, entertainment, Miss Pasco Contest and other events. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19-22; 3 to midnight Feb. 23; 8 a.m. to midnight Feb. 24; and noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Admission is $7 ages 13 and older; $4 ages 12 and younger. Admission includes championship rodeo at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2:30 on Feb. 24.

Thursday

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.

Thursday-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 starting Feb. 14. Call (727) 842-6777.

FRIDAY-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.

Friday-FEB 25

The musical 'Damn Yankees' will be presented by the River Ridge High School drama department at 7 p.m. Feb. 23; 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 24; and 2 p.m. Feb. 25. The show is at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $10, reserved seating. Call (727) 815-1117 or (727) 774-7386.

Friday and Feb. 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.

Saturday-MARCH 22

ArtBeat 2007, featuring work by Pasco high school students, will be at the Pasco Arts Council's art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. An awards reception is 5 to 7 p.m. March 9.

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 1

The Thursday Musicale, a chorus of 50 women, will present the group's 2007 scholarship winners at its concert at 2 p.m. March 1 at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Performing will be French horn player Miriam Stevens; pianist Lesley Dennis, singers Christine Sexauer, Martina Taylor and Jesslyn Kostopoulos, and trombone player Alex Papadopoulos. Donations will be requested.

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 3

"Battle of the Bands" will be held at 1 p.m. March 3 at Des Little Stadium at Gulf High School, 5355 School Road (west of Madison Street) in New Port Richey. Admission is $5.

MARCH 3

Center Stage Theater and Dance Studio will present "Vibrations," a musical show starring ages 5 to adult doing country, contemporary, hip hop dance and song to benefit the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc. The show is 7 p.m. March 3 at the theater, 5201 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Tickets are $25. Call (727) 853-1010.

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 7

The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University will return for one performance of Eastern European music and dance at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $25; center members and students, $23. Call (727) 942-5605.

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."

Send arts and entertainment items for Diversions: Coming Attractions to Barbara L. Fredricksen, St. Petersburg Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34667 or e-mail to fredricksen@sptimes.com