SAFETY HARBOR - Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc. welcome back world-renowned glass artists Stani Jan and Wiktor Borowski for an exhibit March 8-April 5.
The opening reception with the artists is Saturday, March 8, 6 to 8 p.m. at Syd Entel Galleries & Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main Street, Safety Harbor. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 727-725-1808.
Glass Studio Borowski was founded in 1990 by renowned glass artist Stanislaw Borowski whose works have been internationally exhibited for 25 years in major glass museums.
In 1993 Stanislaw’s sons, Stani Jan, Wiktor and Pawel Borowski, took the helm of the glass studio. In addition to Stanislaw’s own one-of-a-kind objects, they now design a collection of studio glass that is “contemporary, young and thrilling.” It has become popular with art and glass collectors worldwide.
Stani and Pawel Borowski’s collection of work is known for its unusual shapes and bright colors. Their works are bold, fresh, creative and avant-garde. Their Collections include the “Artist Editions” which are a small series of exceptional “Art Objects” skillfully crafted and unique.
ST. PETERSBURG - Art in Bloom 2014, sponsored by The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society and the MFA, is a grand spring tradition and presents some of the most imaginative floral designs in the area. More than 50 floral designers will respond to artworks throughout the Museum.
The exhibition opens to the public Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. and continues through Tuesday, March 11. The Museum will be open Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, March 9-11, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. This will allow as many people as possible to celebrate Art in Bloom.
DUNEDIN - The seventh annual History Comes Alive is Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Cemetery, 2400 Keene Road.
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, according to a news release from the Dunedin Historical Museum.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Local author and historian Jim Schnur will give a PowerPoint presentation called “A Short History of Long Key” Saturday, March 8, noon, at the Indian Rocks Historical Museum, 203 Fourth Ave.
“Jim’s PowerPoint presentation takes a “historical drive” up Gulf Boulevard, along the barrier island from John’s Pass to Clearwater/Sand Key. He’ll stop at the various communities along the way, and tell the colorful stories of their settlement, a press release said.
Schnur has written pictorial histories of Largo and Madeira Beach. His Centennial History of Pinellas County was made into a multi-part video series given by Schnur at Heritage Village and can be seen on YouTube.
TARPON SPRINGS - The St. Petersburg College Art Faculty Show 2014, a special exhibition featuring the work of 15 college arts educators, continues through April 20, at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road.
The exhibition presents art that expresses the current aesthetic interests of the full-time and adjunct art faculty of the college. The show further defines the commitment of the art faculty to nurturing a philosophy of arts education while maintaining high standards of personal and professional artistic development.
Featured artists include full-time art faculty members Jonathan Barnes, Barton Gilmore, Kevin Grass, Marjorie Greene and Kimberly Kirchman; and adjunct art faculty members Linda Berghoff, Frank Duffy, Francesco Gillia, Barbara Hubbard, Elizabeth Indianos, Ya La'Ford, Chris Otten, Rebecca Skelton, McKenzie Smith and Joseph Weinzettle.
ST. PETERSBURG - Artist Dorothy Gardiner is opening a show of new works March 4 at St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The exhibit continues through April 5.
An opening reception is on Saturday, March 8, 5 to 9 p.m., during the Downtown St. Pete Second Saturday Art Walk. The reception is free and open to the public.
About the artist
After earning a B.S. in Communications and Theatre from Temple University, the first 15 years of Gardiner's career were devoted completely to sculpting the human form. That work was exhibited in galleries and juried shows from Florida to New York. Although she worked in stone, wood, wire, and wax, the majority of her pieces were finished in clay, a loyalty to pastels developed slowly. It became a complete passion when she began working on location.
CLEARWATER - Take a family on a free tour of the historic Plumb House Museum located in a cracker-style house, circa 1896. It was the birthplace of Mary and Kathleen Plumb, granddaughters of Jennie Reynolds Plumb, who was Clearwater’s first paid public school teacher for whom Plumb Elementary School is named.
The museum is open on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and each Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The museum is at 1380 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. See uniforms, pictures and other memorabilia of the Clearwater Bombers, the 10-time Men’s World Fast-Pitch Softball champions.
Also, see many Clearwater historical documents, early photographic collections, a collection of Clearwater High School yearbooks and period furniture on display.
GULFPORT - The Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport (IACG) recently introduced new learning opportunities and events in its new location at 5437 29th Ave. S., just off Beach Boulevard.
The new outpost of the non-profit IACG, in what has been christened as Gulfport’s “Alley of the Arts,” harbors artists who demonstrate and teach glass blowing, hot glass casting and fusing, glass bead making, metal forging, metal sculpture, mosaics and other art forms.
ST. PETERSBURG - “Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh,” a special multi-media, private artifact exhibition, is on display through April 27 at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S.
FHM is one of three U.S. cities to host the exhibition. Prior to its arrival in the Tampa Bay area, it visited Chicago and New York. After its run at FHM, the collection will return to Israel.
“Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh” is not a traveling exhibition but a collection of personal items that's likely never to be seen together again. Entrusted to organizers by Senesh's nephews, the exhibition includes a wide-range of personal artifacts including her diary, a newspaper she published with her brother, and a collection of personal notebooks and photographs.
“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.
Church Basement Ladies
National Touring Company presents Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.
Gasparilla Music Festival 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.
Juried art show
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Lend Me a Tenor “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.
Organ concert SEMINOLE – An organ concert will be presented Sunday, March 9, 3 to 4 p.m., in the historic chapel at Christ the King Presbyterian Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd.
This concert will provide an opportunity for the public to enjoy classical sacred organ music performed by Lynn Kile, assisted by Lisa Stanton on flute and recorder. Kile was trained at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Stanton was trained at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and Montreal.
The program will include works by Bach, Handel, Franck, Telemann and others. Admission is free.
Pow Wow Festival and Parade 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.
Sunday Concert Series
PALM HARBOR – The East Lake Community Library’s Sunday Concert Series continues March 9 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a Celtic insrumental group.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a Celtic instrumental group that should place residents in a St. Patrick’s Day mood.
The concert series will conclude April 13 with clarinet chamber music with Calvin Falwell. His music will include works of Andre Bloch, Schubert, and Beethoven. Refreshments are available after each concert where the audience can mingle with the musicians.
Tickets are $12 in advance at the library and at the door.
The library is located at 4125 East Lake Road. Call 773-2665.