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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001

Asolo's lineup

Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear opens the 2001-02 season Nov. 2 at the Asolo Theatre. Also in the lineup, announced last week at the Sarasota theater, are: Da by Hugh Leonard, The Hollow by Agatha Christie, A Hotel on Marvin Gardens by Nagle Jackson, Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. A Christmas Carol returns during the holidays. The Asolo will also perform one show yet to be determined in its 161-seat Cook Theatre.

The Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory season was also announced: The Years by Cindy Lou Johnson, The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, A Mislaid Heaven by Carson Grace Becker and Congreve's Way of the World. Information: (941) 351-8000 or toll-free 1-800-361-8388;

Alpaugh reading

Craig Alpaugh, the managing director of Tampa's Gorilla Theatre, who died in November, will be honored by the Playwrights' Round Table with a reading of his play The Art of Seduction at 7 p.m. March 18 at Theatre Downtown, 2113 N Orange Ave., Orlando. Tickets: $4. Call (407) 647-3987 or see the Web site at

Pipe organ debuts

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra dedicates a Casavant pipe organ in Jacoby Hall next weekend. Organist Matt Curlee is the soloist in Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony plus other works for organ and orchestra on Friday and March 18. The organ, built in 1912, has a four-manual console and 94 ranks of pipes. Installation began last summer.

Art around the bay

Photographer Lori Ballard, musician Jim Beckwith, musician Ignacio Cintron, filmmaker Elizabeth Coffman, poet Silvia Curbelo, director/actor/writer David Jenkins, visual artist Dee Youmans Miller, painter Elizabeth Mitchell, artist/sculptor Sangoyemi Ogunsanya, choreographer Richard Ploch, poet Gianna Russo and painter Roberta Schofield have won Individual Artist Grants totaling $30,148 from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. The program, which succeeds the Emerging Artists Grants, annually awards amounts up to $3,000 for specific projects to help artists raise their levels of accomplishment. They are available to Hillsborough County residents only. The next deadline is in December. Call the arts council at (813) 276-8250 or check the Web site,, for more information.

Competitions for artists

Games People Play, annual juried theme show, Pasco Arts Council, Sept. 10-Oct. 27. Open to Florida performing, literary and visual artists. Send self-addressed, stamped envelope for guidelines to Theme Exhibit 2001, Pasco Arts Council, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, FL 34690; (727) 845-7322. Deadline: June 25.

Women in Art Juried Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts (performing artists) and Salt Creek Artworks (visual artists). May 26; visual arts show continues through June 16. For prospectus, send self-addressed, stamped envelope to Women in Art, 1600 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701; (727) 656-2346. Deadline: April 2.

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Compiled by performing arts critic John Fleming and art critic Mary Ann Marger.

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