How about a trip to the gardens?

Published July 14, 2007


Love, dreams and comedy: The award-winning Eight O' Clock Theatre presents Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Other performances are at 8 p.m. July 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. July 22. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. Call the box office at 727 587-6793, or visit ticketmaster.com or www.largoarts.com.

A different 'Cinderella': A musical comedy adaptation of Cinderella will be performed at 8 p.m. today at Clearwater High School auditorium, 540 S Hercules Ave. The play is about Ellis, a poor woodcutter forced to live with his evil stepmother and stepsister and his chance encounter with a princess. Tickets at the door are $10 adults, $5 children. Cinderella is a production of the Stage Agenda Youth Theater and directed by Scottie Michaels.

Guided hikes: Free guided hikes through Brooker Creek Preserve's Education Center Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 453-6800.


'Whodunnit' auditions: Auditions for the wickedly funny play Whodunnit by Anthony Shaffer are at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Heritage Museum at Craig Park overlooking Spring Bayou. In Whodunnit, a group of six guests has gathered at an English country manor. One of the guests is murdered and all are considered suspects. The cast calls for seven males and three females of various ages. British accents, from Cockney to Oxbridge, are required. Performances will be Sept. 14-23 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Call (727) 942-5605.

Musical Show About Animals: The Earthlings Band will be featured in a free musical performance from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Brooker Creek Preserve Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. The band combines unusual instruments, funny hats, costumes and humorous songs for a musical show for the whole family. Call (727) 453-6800.

Free concert: Hear bands from around the state at the inaugural Summer Free For All, a free concert from noon to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Oak Brook Plaza on the corner of McMullen-Booth and Enterprise roads in Clearwater. Presented by Financial Records label and local band Victims of Circumstance. Visit www.myspace.com/summerfreeforall.


Wildlife adventure: Charles Carpenter will present a wildlife adventure from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday featuring the Florida alligator at A.L. Anderson Park, 39699 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Free. Registration required by calling (727) 943-4085.


Summer magic: An exhibit of Disney-themed fine art from John Coleman, Toby Bluth and John Rowe will be on display through Aug. 31 and the contemporary works of other artists are featured at First Impressions Art Gallery, 3625 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-3955.

Quilt exhibits: Winning works from an international competition of quilters who used the traditional Rose of Sharon block pattern and a second exhibit of local quilters who created self-portraits in fabric. The exhibits continue through Friday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (727) 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.

Art with a tropical theme: An exhibit of acrylic paintings in vibrant colors and tropical themes by Florida artist Shelia Blow through July 22 at Art on the Docks, 735 Dodecanese Blvd., on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Free. Call (727) 943-9298.

Submit items for Out & About to Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, Fl 33756. Fax to (727) 445-4119 or e-mail to northpin@sptimes.com.

JIM DAMASKE Times (2002)


Flowers and wildlife: The Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, features hundreds of blooming flowers and plants. Free and open to the public 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit www.flbg.org.