Diversions: Coming attractions

Published March 7, 2007


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.


'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.


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.


Female 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.


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.


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.

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.


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 Thursday (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.


West Pasco Art Guild will open its "Flora & Fauna" art exhibit with a reception and awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday. 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. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through April 6. The gallery is at 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey.


The Clifton Bonney Drama Ensemble of Faith United Methodist Church will present the comedy Return to Cricket County at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. Adults, $8; ages 5-12, $5; age 5 and younger, free. Call (727) 856-5000.


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 Saturday; $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."


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.


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. littleevergladessteeplechase.com.

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.

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.


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.


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.


The rarely-seen opera A Village Romeo and Juliet will be presented in video by the Centennial Opera Group at 12:30 p.m. March 16 at the Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. The opera is by Frederick Delius, who once managed his family's citrus grove near Jacksonville and later composed Florida Suite as a tribute to the state. Admission is free.


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.


A violin and piano concert to benefit the Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Education Foundation will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will fund music scholarships and be used to buy musical instruments for those who cannot afford them. Send checks made out to CMMSEF to Ken Murrin, 4543 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609; include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.


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.


Betty Jean Steinshouer portraying Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings will be presented by Friends of the Pasco County Library System at a luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m. March 19 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Lunch and show, $20 for the public, $10 for Friends of the Library members. Deadline to make reservations is 5 p.m. March 9. Tickets are available at any Pasco County Library or call Ann Coppola at (727) 861-3040.


The James Bond adventure movie Casino Royale will be shown for free at 1 p.m. March 20 at Tarpon Springs Comunity Center, 400 S. Walton Avenue, Tarpon Springs. Call 942-5628 for directions.

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