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Diversions: Coming attractions

By BARABARA L. FREDRICKSEN
Published February 26, 2007


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THROUGH Tuesday

Paintings of European scenes by Karen L. Hayne will be exhibited through Tuesday 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.

THROUGH 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.

THROUGH APRIL 15

The musical Singin' in the Rain continues matinees and evenings through April 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and some Thursdays doors open at 6 p.m. for buffet and cash bar; 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays (11:30 a.m. for buffet and cash bar); 3 p.m. Sundays (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.

THURSDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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

SATURDAY

The classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Admission is free, open seating. The movie is the first in a series of classic films that will be shown for free at the theater, courtesy Friends of the NPR Public Library and the theater.

SATURDAY

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. Saturday 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

The Richey Concert Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The program includes Tea for Two, The Candy Man, theme from The Magnificent Seven, Satin Doll and marches. Admission is $2 at the door. Call 842-7502

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."

MARCH 10

The Suncoast Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present a concert at 2 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Guest performers are the Clam Bayou Jazz Band. Tickets are $12, open seating, available at the door, or in advance by calling Carol Ritter at (727) 849-4376 or Cindy LaPorte at (352) 597-4376.

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, featuring 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 16

The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet from Argentina will perform classical to Tango music at 7 p.m. at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Center for the Arts, 10230 Ridge Rd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $16 and $18. Call (727) 816-3707.

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.

[Last modified February 25, 2007, 21:52:59]


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