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Diversions: Coming attractions

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN
Published March 1, 2007


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THROUGH MARCH 11

The zany musical Anything Goes continues weekends through March 11 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 727 842-6777.

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 Wednesdays and 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.

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.

TODAY

The Thursday Musicale, a chorus of 50 women, will present the group's 2007 scholarship winners at its concert at 2 p.m. today 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

The classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain will be shown at 2 p.m. 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.

SUNDAY

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. at the theater, 5201 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Tickets are $25. Call (727) 853-1010.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

The Calusa Woodcarvers will hold their annual show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Rd., Hudson. There will be carving demonstrations, talks on wood carving, soap carving for everyone, wood carving tools and supplies and other items for sale. Admission is free, but a $2 donation will be accepted.

SUNDAY

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.

SUNDAY

The Richey Concert Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday 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

SUNDAY

Singer-musician Paul Saik will perform opera, Broadway and sacred music at a concert at 3 p.m. 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.

MONDAY

Show Palace Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for the musicals and comedies to be produced April 20 through May 25, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Equity and non-Equity positions are available for singers, dancers and actors of all ages. Housing is available for Equity and non-Equity players. Those who audition should prepare a musical theatre song and a short monologue and bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. If auditioning for Swingtime Canteen, bring an appropriate musical instrument and prepare a short piece on it. If you have questions, email Todd M. Eskin at toddshowpalace@verizon.net.

TUESDAY

The award-winning movie Little Miss Sunshine will be show for free at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call 942-5628 for directions.

WEDNESDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University will return for one performance of Eastern European music and dance at 7:30 p.m. 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

West Pasco Art Guild will open its "Flora & Fauna" art exhibit with a reception and awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. March 9. The exhibit features floral arrangements by the New Port Richey Garden Club and wood carvings by Calusa Wood Carvers. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. March 10 and Mondays through Fridays through April 6. The gallery is at 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey.

MARCH 9 AND 11

The Clifton Bonney Drama Ensemble of Faith United Methodist Church will present the comedy Return to Cricket County at 7 p.m. March 9 and 3 p.m. March 11 at the church, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. Call (727) 856-5000.

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 No. 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 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 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

Temple Beth David Jewish Center will hold its annual Israeli Food Festival and Children's Carnival at 4 p.m. at the temple, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Featured are homemade Jewish foods (kugels, blintzes, latkes, stuffed cabbage and more), games, crafts, kids' activities and Israeli dance demonstrations throughout the day. Admission is free.

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 and 15

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. (Note that a second concert has been added at 2 p.m. March 15.) 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 14

As part of Women's History Month, Lois Peterson will speak about her experiences as a teacher in a Saudi palace, "Under That Abaya - One Woman's Account of a Saudi Palace," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson (off Fivay Road between Little Road and Hudson Avenue). The talk is free, but registration is requested, either at the reference desk or call (727) 861-3040 and ask for the reference desk. Refreshments, courtesy of the Friends of the Hudson Library, will have a Middle Eastern theme.

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.

MARCH 16, 17 AND 18

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical will be presented at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, at 8 p.m. March 16 and 17 and 2:30 p.m. March 18. Performers are Salerno Theatre Co. of Tampa. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 Richey Suncoast Theatre season ticket holders, and $8 ages 12 and younger. The box office will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays starting Feb. 14 and an hour before each show.

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 March 1, 2007, 00:31:33]


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