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Saturday, March 8, 2014
An Evening with Colman Reaboi
An Evening with Colman Reaboi, Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Call 942-5605 or visit TarponArts.org.
“Boeing, Boeing,” a comedy by Marc Camoletti, presented by West Coast Players, March 7-23, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, this 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time.
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Historical Society is hosting its 15th annual English tea at the Palm Harbor Museum Saturday, March 8.
Preparations are underway to turn the museum into an English Garden and the menu will feature many special treats. Guests can be seated at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
The English Tea is a major fundraiser for the Palm Harbor Historical Society, which supports the Palm Harbor Museum. The Museum's home is in the Hartley House, which was built between 1915 and 1918 by Judge Thomas William Hartley who settled in Palm Harbor in the early 1880s.
Gasparilla Music Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.
The Gasparilla Music Festival is a community-funded festival celebrating the arts in Tampa Bay by showcasing diverse local acts alongside nationally recognized headliners. GMF is organized by the Gasparilla Music Festival Corp., a Florida non-profit corporation 501c-3.
The festival will feature performances by artists such as The Flaming Lips, RJD2, Delta Spirit, Los Amigos Invisbles, Anders Osborne, Sons of Hippies, Trombone Shorty, Jason Isbell, Groupo Fantasma, The Soul Rebels, Tea Leaf Green, Hackensaw Boys and many more.
Gino Vannelli, Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $55. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vannelli studied music at McGill University. After a stint in New York City, Vannelli and his brothers went to Los Angeles, California where they were signed by Herb Albert and A&M Records. In 1974, “People Gotta Move” made it to No. 22 on the Billboard Top 100. Vannelli won Canada's Juno Award for Best Male Artist in 1976 and 1979. In April 1981, “Living Inside Myself” was on Billboard's Top 100 at No. 6.
Vannelli’s additional recordings of the 1980s include “Nightwalker” and “Big Dreamers Never Sleep.” In 1990, “Inconsolable Man” received excellent reviews. On Vannelli's CD “Yonder Tree,” he pays homage to his roots in jazz; additional recordings of the 1990s include “Live in Montreal” and “Slow Love.” Vannelli’s latest CD, “The Best And Beyond,” contains re-workings of his Top 10 hits, which catapulted him to the world stage.
The seventh annual History Comes Alive will be held Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Cemetery, 2400 Keene Road, Dunedin. Seven actors will portray historic figures buried at the cemetery.
The list of individuals that come alive for that day include Chief Houghton who was fire chief when the new 1923 LaFrance Fire Truck arrived at the Atlantic Coast Line railroad station in Dunedin; William Smith, a soldier from Dunedin who was stationed at Fort Brooke, and Fort Harrison during the Seminole Indian Wars; Robert and Persis McDougal, residents of Victoria Drive; Grace Nigels, one of the area’s first teachers; Fred Emerson, early pioneer and one of Dunedin’s first residents to play the new game of baseball, and the special guest of the day “The Witch of Dunedin,” Captain Kate.
Visitors can sit and chat with these individuals. They will be shown photos, family scrapbooks and historical artifacts that were used in their lifetime.
This year, other activities have been added for individuals to enjoy such as the Dunedin Fire Department’s original 1923 LaFrance Fire Truck, celebrating the fire departments 100th anniversary, a soldier’s campsite from the Seminole Indian War, a recreated vintage Boy and Girl Scout campsites, an area to try on reproduction vintage clothing and regular scheduled half-hour tours of the entire cemetery which includes stops at various historic gravesites, and a stone rubbing demonstration.
Refreshments and tour maps will be available at the main entrance of the cemetery. Members of the Dunedin Museum who bring their membership cards are free, other visitors are requested to pay a $4 donation to help the museum.
This year’s celebration is dedicated to Dunedin’s fallen soldier Zack Shannon, who was killed in action last year and is buried at the Dunedin Cemetery.
Other museum activities include the Stirling exhibit, featuring memorabilia commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, will be open in the museum until April.
“Lend Me a Tenor,” by Ken Ludwig, through March 9, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Evening performances are presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 which includes dinner and show.
Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Merelli, "Il Stupendo," the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead.
In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. This Early Bird Dinner Theatre production is directed by Toby Manion.
"Mame,” with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; Feb. 27 through March 16, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Winner of three Tony Awards for Actress, Featured Actress and Featured Actor and two Outer Critics Circle Awards for Performances. “Mame” is a happy happening. She is well-to-do, lives in New York at the peak of the 1920s, and is surprised by a "wonderful present" – an orphan nephew named Patrick. Together they cope with the Depression in a series of adventures.
Pow Wow Festival and Parade, Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., Seminole.
The Pow Wow Festival and Parade is Seminole's oldest and largest event celebrating the Seminole residents and visitors. From the carnival and parade to the community events, there is fun to be had for all ages.
The parade will be presented Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m., and will travel one mile from Seminole Mall to the recreation center.
Carnival hours will be Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The carnival will feature more than 20 rides, including rides designed for toddlers and preschool age children.
This year’s entertainment, presented on the 2014 Beef‘O’Brady’s of Seminole Stage, will include performances by Rebekah Reid, Troy Duncan Band, Frank Cannon, Sean Michael Trio, Arthur Z Band and Sounds of Soul.
Fourth annual Rock 'n Roll Mania, Saturday, March 8, 6:30 to 10 p.m., at Redington Beach Town Park, 164th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, Redington Beach. Cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Call 710-6327.
Sponsored by Santa's Angels, the event raises money to be used to buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged children and large food baskets for their families at Christmas time.
Admission includes all you can eat and all you can drink (beer, wine and soft drinks) and live music by The Satellites.
All proceeds go to the children and their families.
The Safety Harbor Seafood Festival returns to the Safety Harbor Marina on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the Safety Harbor Marina on Bayshore Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor.
Hours for Friday are 5 to 10 p.m. and hours for Saturday are noon to 10 p.m. The free, two-day event will feature continuous live entertainment.
Sweet Dreams," featuring CJ Harding performing as Patsy Cline, Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m., at the Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $32. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
For 20 years, Harding has entertained audiences from coast to coast with her honey-toned contralto vocals and her mesmerizing impersonation of the iconic entertainer, Patsy Cline.
The Florida Orchestra: When Irish Eyes are Smiling
The Florida Orchestra: When Irish Eyes are Smiling; Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $15. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.
Hailed as “one of the leading voices in Celtic music” by the Los Angeles Times, Cathie Ryan will soothe the soul and lift your spirit with lovely Irish lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle in this musical prelude to St. Patrick’s Day ... all with an Irish band and dancers. Jeff Tyzik conducts.
“The Odd Couple,” by Neil Simon, presented by Gypsy Stage Repertory, Saturday, March 8, 2 p.m., at the Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 771-6000.
This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. If the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife.
Fastidious, depressed and tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born.
Neil Simon's witty dialogue, vibrant characters, timely themes and hilarious one-liners have made him a true legend of American stage comedy. “The Odd Couple” is one of his funniest and most popular plays. The iconic characters of Oscar and Felix have become mainstays of popular culture; more surprisingly, it’s touching insights about friendship remain equally moving, nearly 50 years after its Broadway debut.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan; presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, Feb. 28 through March 16, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger with identification. A city of Largo handling charge of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a fast-paced, energetic musical comedy set in the roaring ’20s. Taking place in New York City in 1922, Millie Dillmount has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. The production will feature Linda Weir as director and Amy Phillips as choreographer.
LARGO – The Ulmer Park Market and Community Festival is second Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 301 W. Bay Drive
The community festival, organized by the Downtown Largo Merchants Association, will feature live music, food trucks, gourmet coffee, arts and crafts, games, face painting and raffle prizes. Join the community and support local businesses. Vendor booths are available as well as sponsorship opportunities.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Youth Fire Explorers in honor of Fire Safety Month. For information, call Tanya Pistillo at 465-8558.
Gulfport Community Players presents Visiting Mr. Green, a gripping drama directed by Eileen Navarro, Feb. 20 to March 9 at Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. in Gulfport.
Show times are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m., with Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.
For will call tickets, 727-322-0316, or pick up tickets at Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.; Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, 4926 Gulfport Blvd. S.; and Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S.