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ST. PETERSBURG - Dorothy Height’s Hats, a new exhibit will be displayed April 29-July 23 in the second-floor gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010) was known for her courage, intelligence, leadership, standing straight - and hats. The 42 hats in the exhibition, organized by the MFA, have been borrowed from The Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation Inc. in Washington, D.C.

These examples reveal Height’s flair for fashion. She was almost never seen in public without a hat, and this exhibition spotlights many of her favorites. She formed a close friendship with African American milliner Vanilla Bean in Washington, D.C., who designed many hats for her appearances and speeches. In fact, when Height called with a request, her friend was known to drop everything and to select or create a hat especially for her.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Florida CraftArt will present Contemporary Fiber in Florida, a juried exhibition that showcases original artwork with contemporary approaches to fiber art, pushing the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution.

The exhibition will run April 28 through June 17 and will feature fresh interpretations of traditional types of fiber art including surface design, weaving, basketry, felting and wearable art and includes work created with nontraditional materials and innovative technologies.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island Art Guild is exhibiting the work of members Bruce Fallender, Ken Fallender, Pat McEntire, Helen Mullins, and Glenda Whelpley at the Treasure Island Community Center in the last show of the season through May 24.

Imagination and self-expression breathe life into the world of abstract artist Bruce Fallender. Mixed media describes the brilliant luminosity in “Keepers of the Koi,” while “Navajo Intrigue” lends itself to calming hues. Those attending can enjoy a Dal-like concept of “in the beginning” life forms of “Aboriginal Animals.” The brushwork of cool acrylic hues orchestrates a fantasy “Dance of the Sea Serpents.”
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DUNEDIN - Penny Lane, billed as “the Ultimate Beatles Collection,” recently opened its doors at 730 Broadway on the second floor of Stirling Commons in downtown Dunedin.

The museum collection is the creation of longtime Dunedin resident and humanitarian Robert Entel, who believes the time is right to share his eclectic collection of Beatles memorabilia covering several decades dating back to 1961. The compilation was started at the famous Portobello Road flea market in London in 1984 whilst he was studying overseas.

Penny Lane contains many extremely rare and highly collectible mementos from signed guitars to strands of Beatles hair from Yellow Submarine paraphernalia to Beatles puppets and pins. Visitors will many signed documents as well as a serape, which was once owned by Ringo Starr. Colin Bissett who grew up in Liverpool, where the Beatles first began and who enjoyed live performances of the Fab Four at the Cavern Club and Casbah in the early ’60s before they became a worldwide phenomenon known as the Beatles, curates this exhibit of eclectic memorabilia.
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GULFPORT - An art opening featuring the work of the students of LIFT Academy of Seminole will take place Sunday, April 29, 6 to 9 p.m., at City of Imagination, 2726 54th St. S., Gulfport.

The event is free. For information, call 727-271-5016.

On display and available for purchase will be the artwork of students from LIFT Academy, a neuro-diverse school (ADHD, autism, dyslexia, etc.) in Seminole. Students ages 6 to 21 paint in an Abstract Expressionism style, which is based on color, movement, texture and feelings. When a student sells a painting, they receive half of the funds, with the other half going to the school’s art supply fund. They maintain their own portfolio of paintings, and help to prepare them for sale, giving them experience similar to owning their own business. Involving them in the process helps to enhance ownership, while increasing their self-esteem and their desire to perform.
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PINELLAS PARK - When leather artist Danielle Conte moved to Seminole in September, “it was kind of reverse culture shock,” she said.

After all, it had been 18 years since she had lived in the United States. For the past 10 years, she lived in Japan with her husband and daughter. Prior to that, she moved around several countries, including Thailand and South Korea, teaching English, creating art and immersing herself in different cultures.

But she decided last fall that it was time for a change, and she found herself in Pinellas County, which her snowbird parents, who spent the rest of their time in Pennsylvania, called home during the winter months.
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DUNEDIN - With over 300 works representing over 300 artists, #SMF, the DFAC Student/Member and Faculty exhibitions, represent the entire spectrum of creative experience offered at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

The exhibitions will run through May 21 at the center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

Visitors will find works in painting, jewelry making, pastel, colored pencil, water media, photography, clay, printmaking, mixed media, stone carving, and more.

“This is always such a tremendous exhibit,” said Catherine Bergmann in a press release. Bergmann is curator at DFAC. She has a deep involvement with the show. “Square footage wise this is certainly the biggest show we have. To see the breadth of talent represented in this exhibition is truly inspiring.”
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Morean Arts Center, a community arts organization celebrating 100 years of connecting people and the arts in St. Petersburg, recently announced the selection of Michael Killoren to serve as its new executive director.

Killoren will begin his tenure on June 1, 2017. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Susan Reiter, board president of the Morean Arts Center. “Michael brings unique leadership skills and creativity to the Morean, along with a deep passion for the arts, a commitment to artists, community and economic development, and the desire and enthusiasm to elevate the Morean’s profile in St. Petersburg and beyond. His professional career has been dedicated to advancing artists and arts and culture at the local level in Seattle and St. Louis, and most recently at the National Endowment for the Arts, in Washington, D.C.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - ”The Ebb and Flow of Life and Tides,” a photography exhibition featuring Lisa Sibley, will open with a reception on Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The exhibition will run through Aug. 30. Admission is free.

The show will consist of more than 20 larger scale digital photographic images on BFK Rives paper and canvas, allowing the flow of the images to remain uncontained by frames.
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PINELLAS PARK - Ever since she was able to hold a crayon, Tara Radosevich has fostered a love of the arts.

She also has always been drawn to animals - especially horses - and images of the American West, such as cowboys and Native Americans, despite growing up in St. Petersburg, just miles from the beach.

“I wanted a farm,” she said, recalling one early picture she drew for her father when she was around 5 years old.

Though they lived in an apartment building, she drew a farm, complete with llamas.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Happy Hour with the Historian - the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s lecture series that features an evening of wine, words and wisdom - will continue the 2016-17 series with a presentation by award-winning journalist Craig Pittman on Thursday, March 9, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It’s a state where voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Touted as a carefree paradise, the state is also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes and sharks, to name a few.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art introduces two exhibitions in February.

“Endangered Landscapes: America’s National Lands in Transition” and “AQUIFERious: Florida’s Springs” will open to the public Sunday, Feb. 19, at the museum, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. The exhibitions continue through May 14.

Opening day will feature a gallery talk on the “Endangered Landscapes: America’s National Lands in Transition” exhibition by fine art photographer Rick Braveheart, set for 3 p.m. Panel discussions on “AQUIFERious: Florida’s Springs” by renowned artists, scientists, writers and cave divers will take place Wednesday, April 5, 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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ST. PETERSBURG - “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip” runs Thursday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, June 4 in the Hazel Hough Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The exhibit promises to take visitors on a virtual trip across America through the lens of many of the country’s most talented photographers.

The American road has been a muse for writers, musicians, film directors, painters and photographers. Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” (1957) and John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley” (1962) are classics in American literature. “Easy Rider” (1969), starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, featured the motorcycle as a protagonist and as a symbol of rebellion. “Thelma and Louise” (1991), with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, the first feminist road movie, attracted a large audience.
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ST. PETESBURG - “Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers” opened Jan. 14 at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.

This original, award-winning exhibition created by the FHM showcases the heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during World War II.

As portrayed in the popular film “Defiance,” the three brothers - Tuvia, Asael, and Zus Bielski - took refuge from the Nazis in the forests surrounding Novogrudok, Belarus. In the forest, they formed a community of men, women, and children. Through the brothers' leadership, the group survived starvation, harsh winters and the threat of the Nazis and their collaborators.
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• Thursday, April 27, 2017
Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl
“Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl,” April 20-30, presented by Gulfport Community Players, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Call 727-322-0316 or visit GulfportCommunityPlayers.org. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $49. Visit www.amaliearena.com.
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” April 27-30, in Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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The Azure Sky in Oz
“The Azure Sky in Oz,” by William Leavengood, April 21-30, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $37.24. For performance times and tickets, call 800-955-1045 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren, Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
• Friday, April 28, 2017
98ROCKFEST
98ROCKFEST featuring Soundgarden, A Day to Remember and Pierce the Veil; Friday, April 28, 5 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $39. Visit www.amaliearena.com.
Blast Friday featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Blast Friday featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Friday, April 28, 5:30 p.m., on the 400 block of Cleveland Street directly in front of the Capitol Theatre.

This food and crafts festival features a free live concert every month located in the Cleveland Street District. Food trucks and vendors will be serving a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages that will be available for purchase.

Concertgoers are welcome to bring their lawn chairs to watch the concert. A limited number of VIP and SUPER VIP packages are available for purchase. For more information, visit BlastFridayClearwater.com.
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Daniel Girón
Daniel Girón, Friday, April 28, 8 p.m., at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $27. Call 727-822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.
Florida Studio Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre, Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., in Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and military. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
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Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl
“Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl,” April 20-30, presented by Gulfport Community Players, at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Call 727-322-0316 or visit GulfportCommunityPlayers.org. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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