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Compiled by MARY ANN MARGER and JOHN FLEMING

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 5, 2000


Showings of local artists' work

Tampa artist Rebecca Sexton Larson has joined the company of Chuck Close, William Wegman and others who have works in the International Polaroid Collection. Larson uses a pinhole camera to record staged enigmatic settings. ... Artist Josette Urso of New York and Tampa is exhibiting in a one-person show at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, Wednesday through Jan. 5. ... St. Petersburg Times cartoonist Don Addis, along with Doug MacGregor of the News-Press (Fort Myers) and Bill Sanders of the Milwaukee Journal, is featured in "The Art of Political Cartooning," Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, through Friday.

Orchestral salute to the Everglades

The premiere of a piece inspired by The Everglades: River of Grass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas' classic book, is on the season-opening program of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Voice of the Everglades, a one-movement, 15-minute work, is by Steve Heitzeg, a composer from St. Paul, Minn. Florida photographer Clyde Butcher will do the narration. There are three performances conducted by Naples music director Christopher Seaman Thursday through Saturday. Call (800) 597-1900.

Memorial planned for stage manager

American Stage is planning a memorial service for William Garette Shepard Jr., the company stage manager who died unexpectedly in September. The service, scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the St. Petersburg theater, will include musical numbers and dramatic pieces performed by actors who worked with Mr. Shepard. The theater established a memorial fund within its endowment fund that has received more than $3,500 in donations in his name.

Pianos bow in at SPJC concert

A "Welcome to the Pianos" concert is being performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the new Music Center of the St. Petersburg Junior College Gibbs Campus. SPJC recently purchased a pair of Steinway grand pianos for the center's 300-seat recital hall. Wednesday's free concert will feature the school's chorus and music faculty. The music center is the result of a $2.28-million remodeling of Lynch Auditorium.

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

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