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ST. PETERSBURG - Talented artists from Florida and around the world will bring fresh creative visions to the streets of St. Petersburg for the second annual SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival, running Sept. 1-10.

New murals by 16 international, national and local artists will further enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery, adding new styles - from colorful geometric patterns to delicately rendered realism - all expertly painted on large walls and even on street intersections.

The festival’s confirmed roster includes artists Pixel Pancho (Italy), Caratoes (Hong Kong), Cecilia Lueza (St. Petersburg), Zulu Painter (St. Petersburg) and a dozen others. In addition, the St. Petersburg-based Ink Werks Crew was selected from more than 30 entries to create this year’s SHINE Open Call Wall.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Before there was Las Vegas, there was Havana. While waiting for Havana to reopen its majestic casinos, guests are invited to take part in Cuba Casino Night on Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 to 10 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

The event will coincide with the exhibition “Cuba, The Natural Beauty” by renowned photographer Clyde Butcher. Cuba Casino Night will immerse guests in an exotic evening of Las Vegas-style games, lively music, and delectable food provided by Pipos Original Cuban Café, and refreshing cocktails. Authentic cigar rollers creating hand-rolled cigars will showcase their time-honored talents for guests to enjoy as they celebrate the ambiance and glory days of Old Havana at “Cuba Casino Night.” Games will include black jack, poker, roulette and craps.

Tickets are $50 a person in advance or $60 at the door. The price includes drink tickets, food, entertainment and $10,000 in game chips. Call 727-894-1052 or visit spmoh­.com.
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GULFPORT - Gulfport’s 16th annual GeckoFest promises a full day of free family-friendly fun on Saturday, Sept. 3. from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. along Beach and Shore Boulevards in the heart of Gulfport. 

The streets of the waterfront village will be filled with live music on two stages, hundreds of food, art and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and up close and personal street performances by a bevy of acrobats, magicians, daredevils, dancers, aerialists, escape artists, fire eaters, balloon artists and costumed characters.
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GULFPORT - Get your tickets now for the eighth annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, Aug. 27, 6 to 11 p.m., at Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.

Touted as Gulfport’s party of the year, this year’s theme is 20,000 Geckos Under the Sea! Organizers say that tickets sell out fast, so would-be Ball-goers are advised to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.

The party will be a celebration of all things under, on and near the sea, as well as the classic 1954 film and the 1870 Jules Verne adventure novel. Décor and scenery will transport ball-goers into a vivid, colorful underwater tableau. Expect to experience over-the-top revelry and costumes, including sea creatures real and imagined, as well as a cast and crew of other salty characters. Ball-goers are encouraged to develop costumes relating to the film or book, to the sea, or to geckos, or any creative combination! A costume contest will help decide some of the best outfits at the Ball.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Historical Museum presents “Cocktails from Another Era: Camelot to Woodstock” Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Dunedin Golf Club, 6 to 10 p.m.

“This year we are taking on the 1960s,” said a museum press release. “Whether the pillbox hat and tuxedo, the groovy mod look, or the ‘let it all hang out’ tie-dye hippie style grabs you, we are going ’60s all the way: food, music, cars and those unforgettable cocktails that defined the decade.”

The Suncoast Animal League will be present for the early part of the evening, along with some of its adoptable dogs, dressed, of course, in ’60s fashion.
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TREASURE ISLAND - The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Monte Carlo Casino Night on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave.

Tickets are $50, and include $2,500 in game play money. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Gaming runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

Throughout the event there will be drawings, silent and live auctions, a cash bar, live music, Vegas-style dancers, and plenty of gaming tables for players to win play money that can be exchanged for a variety of prizes.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The Safety Harbor Home Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S., Safety Harbor.

Admission and parking are free.

Free seminars will be held throughout the show on everything from landscaping and sustainable living to clever kitchen and cooking concepts and building tips, the seminars will be presented by local experts in the relevant industries.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Marine Aquarium recently launched a new exhibit at its downtown facility, Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

“Winter’s Gallery of Hope” is a collection of original letters, pictures and testimonials from people all over the world who have been inspired by Winter’s journey. From young, aspiring marine biologists to U.S. veterans who have overcome limb loss, guests will be able to immerse themselves in the stories of real people whose lives have been changed at CMA.

The gallery is expected to grow as inspiration continues to find its way to Winter’s mailbox. Interactive elements will be gradually incorporated into “Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure,” allowing new guests to share their personal connections with Winter each day.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce announces the nominees for the fourth annual Good ‘Burger awards. A Good ‘Burger is a business, organization, or individual in greater St. Pete making a positive impact in our community.

The 2016 Good ‘Burger Awards, presented by 3 Daughters Brewing and Great Bay Distributors will be held at Jannus Live on Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m. The name “Good ‘Burger” historically comes from the citizens of St. Pete having been known as "burgers” (as in St. Petersburgers).
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Entertainment Calender
• Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
“The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful
“The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful,” by Charles Ludlam; Aug. 12-28, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or visit wp.wcplayers.org.
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Selwyn Birchwood
Selwyn Birchwood, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission is $16 in advance and $19 the day of the show.

Birchwood, the rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals.

Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital.
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The Australian Pink Floyd Show
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $40.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
The Pirates of Penzance
“The Pirates of Penzance,” with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert; Aug. 6 through Sept. 4, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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• Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
“The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful
“The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful,” by Charles Ludlam; Aug. 12-28, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or visit wp.wcplayers.org.
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Gecko Ball
Gecko Ball, Saturday, Aug. 27, 6 to 11 p.m., at Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulrport. This year’s theme will be 20,000 Geckos Under the Sea. The event will feature live music, dancing, catered cuisine, costume contest, live and silent auctions and the Gecko Queen coronation. Tickets go on sale July 4. Cost is $35 a person. Visit visitgulfportflorida.com.
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Sawyer Fredericks
Sawyer Fredericks, Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., in TECO Theater at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $25. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

Fredericks’ stark honesty and soulful delivery turned him into a national phenomenon during the eighth season of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning “The Voice.” As part of “Team Pharrell,” he emerged as the youngest victor in the show’s history at just 16 years old. Moreover, he made The Voice history, becoming the first artist to land 14 songs in the iTunes overall Top 200 songs chart in one week. His digital sales exceed 1 million cumulative singles, making him one of the show’s most successful artists.
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Selwyn Birchwood
Selwyn Birchwood, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission is $16 in advance and $19 the day of the show.

Birchwood, the rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals.

Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital.
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Summer Double Feature Movie Series
Summer Double Feature Movie Series, Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $7. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. The featured films will be “Rocky” and “Rocky II.”
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The Pirates of Penzance
“The Pirates of Penzance,” with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert; Aug. 6 through Sept. 4, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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• Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
“The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful
“The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful,” by Charles Ludlam; Aug. 12-28, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 a person. Call 727-437-2363 or visit wp.wcplayers.org.
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Matinee Opera Players
Matinee Opera Players, Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

The players will present "Love, Italian Style," a selection of operatic arias from the great Italian composers, such as Bellini, Verdi, Donizetti and Italian songs that Celine Dion or Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra or Elvis may have recorded. Matinee Opera Players are family-friendly.
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Sherrill Milnes: Anthology of an Opera Start
Sherrill Milnes: Anthology of an Opera Start, Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for Tarpon Arts members and students. Visit tarponarts.org.
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The Pirates of Penzance
“The Pirates of Penzance,” with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert; Aug. 6 through Sept. 4, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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• Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler, Monday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $83.70. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
• Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
The Pirates of Penzance
“The Pirates of Penzance,” with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert; Aug. 6 through Sept. 4, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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• Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Anything Goes
“Anything Goes,” Sept. 1-18, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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Jill Scott
Jill Scott, Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $70.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com.
SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – Talented artists from Florida and around the world will bring fresh creative visions to the streets of St. Petersburg for the second annual SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival, running Sept. 1-10.

New murals by 16 international, national and local artists will further enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery, adding new styles – from colorful geometric patterns to delicately-rendered realism – all expertly painted on large walls and even on street intersections.

The festival’s confirmed roster includes artists Pixel Pancho (Italy), Caratoes (Hong Kong), Cecilia Lueza (St. Petersburg), Zulu Painter (St. Petersburg), and a dozen others. In addition, the St. Petersburg-based Ink Werks Crew was selected from more than 30 entries to create this year’s SHINE Open Call Wall.

SHINE illuminates the power of art in accessible spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue, and uniting the St. Pete community. A nonprofit public art project built in partnership between local artists and community members, the festival brought 17 new murals to downtown St. Petersburg last year.

The 2016 festival will kick off Thursday, Sept. 1, 6 to 11 p.m., with Creative Block, the official SHINE opening block party where renowned local artist Cecilia Lueza will lead a team of volunteers to transform the intersection at Central Avenue and Fifth Street into a vibrant street-level mural. Carmada art cars will line the streets as DJ Mega spins in the Red Bull MXT mobile sound station, and a pop-up exhibition at Florida CraftArt will feature 15 Red Bull coolers converted into unique works of art by prominent and emerging Bay area talents.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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The Pirates of Penzance
“The Pirates of Penzance,” with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert; Aug. 6 through Sept. 4, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time. Call 498-5205 or visit freefalltheatre.com.
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For music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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