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CLEARWATER - For the fifth year in a row, Clearwater Beach will play host to the foodie fete of the season.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked is set to pop its top Feb. 6-7 and tickets are now available for the two-day event.

Featuring a host of tasty beachside treats, wine and craft beer, the festival has moved to a new location, just south of Barefoot Beach House, 332 S Gulfview Blvd.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Merchants Association, the city of Dunedin and Bright House Networks will present the 25th annual Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade & Festival Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4 to 11 p.m., on the streets of downtown Dunedin.

The celebration is one of Dunedin’s signature events and ranks as one of the largest Mardi Gras galas in the Southeast. Entertainment will include performances by a variety of musicians spread out over four stages, with the main stage located at Pioneer Park at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Main Street. Performances also may be viewed at the West End Stage, in the parking lot of the Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main St.; the East End Stage near The Living Room, 487 Main St.; and the Broadway Stage near Enchanted Spirits, 712 Broadway Ave.
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OLDSMAR - Oldsmar Cares will celebrate its sixth annual Wine and Food Gala Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Nielsen Ballroom, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd.

Tickets are $40 per person and on sale at www.oldsmarcares.org.

This year, the gala will be in the theme of Mardi Gras Carnival. Guests can expect themed food, masks, beads and even cirque-type dancing provided by the talented performers of Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay. Many of Oldsmar’s best restaurants will be treating guests to their signature dishes. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite carnival attire.
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SAFETY HARBOR - An evening with award-winning author and journalist Jeff Klinkenberg will be presented Thursday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

The library will kick off its Citywide Book Club featuring the book “Alligators in B-Flat,” by Jeff Klinkenberg. Klinkenberg was the former Real Florida columnist for The Tampa Bay Times where he chronicled Florida culture and is the author of several books. His latest book, “Alligators in B-Flat,” is a collection of columns about unique Florida culture.

To learn more about other events for the Citywide Book Club, including fantastic Florida films and other Florida themed events and contests celebrating this wacky and wonderful state, visit www.SafetyHarborLibrary.com.
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GULFPORT - Gulfport’s first Friday Art & Gallery Walk will take place Friday, Feb. 5, 6 to 10 p.m., in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District.

Presented rain or shine, the monthly event spans six city blocks that includes more than 35 unique and locally owned shops, businesses, boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The 11th annual Winterfest on the Rocks will be Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St.

The event will include a child’s parade and activities, pet parades, a Marine ROTC color guard, a Coast Guard patrol boat, old fire engine, silent auction, a variety of arts and crafts vendors and food and drink booths. Winterfest is a popular community event bringing people together to celebrate the season and the beauty and rich diversity that is Indian Rocks Beach.

The proceeds go to feed the hungry through the church’s community food pantry, strengthening the church’s outreach ministries.
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ST. PETERSBURG - “Sounds of Clay,” a musical treat featuring clay instruments by Brian Ransom, will be presented Sunday, Feb. 7, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

“Role Models,” the latest Florida CraftArt exhibition, emphasizes the important relationships between mentor and artist in the ceramics community. Ransom, one of the chosen artists, crafts pieces that serve not only as works of beauty, but as playable musical instruments. Ransom, an Eckerd College professor of visual arts, will demonstrate his clay and ceramic instruments at Florida CraftArt.

In the spirit of the exhibit, his assistant Matt Flynn, a musician who graduated from Eckerd College in 2014, will accompany Ransom. The event is free; however, a suggested donation for the artists is encouraged.
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TAMPA - Visitors will have a chance to snap the jaws of a T. rex, flap the fins of a Plesiosaur and control millions of years at their fingertips when the Museum of Science & Industry presents “Dinosaurs in Motion,” a limited engagement from Saturday, Jan. 30, through May 8, at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa.

“Dinosaurs in Motion” is the most interactive dinosaur exhibit to ever come to Tampa Bay. Using gears and levers, visitors take control of life-size, massive metal skeletons - including a 44-foot-long T. rex. Inside each steel sculpture, visitors can watch the mechanical parts at work as the dinosaurs move, showing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics principles in action.
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ST. PETERSBURG - There is a lot of planet activity in the early morning sky, with all five planets visible at the same time. For about the next month, you will be able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter for the first time in a decade.

In response, the St. Petersburg College Planetarium will host free telescope viewing of the 5 planets from 6-7 a.m. on Friday Jan.29; Saturday, Jan. 30; Wednesday, Feb. 3; and Thursday, Feb. 4, weather permitting. On these dates the moon will add to the spectacle, and Mercury will be more easily visible.

The St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory are great places for all ages to explore the universe. The planetarium is a “star theater” with a 24-foot domed ceiling that can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location on Earth.
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• Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
Calendar Girls
“Calendar Girls,” by Tim Firth, Jan. 15 through Feb. 7, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $19. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade fellow women’s club members to pose for an “alternative” calendar. News spreads, the press arrives and friendships are put to the test. Based on a true story, this poignant and touching comedy has become the fastest selling play in British theater history. This production contains discreet portrayals of nudity and may not be suitable for some audiences.
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Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for Tarpon Arts members and students. Visit www.tarponarts.org.

The production is directed by Jamie Bierchen with music direction by Constantine Grame. Iolanthe delights audiences with a clever combination of romance, humor, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan famous.

Iolanthe is a fairy who has committed a capital offense by marrying a mortal; rather than being killed, she was banished from the fairy kingdom, never to see her husband again. After missing her for twenty-five years, the fairies convince the fairy queen to allow Iolanthe to return, but now she has a son, Strephon – half human, half fairy who is in love with Lord Chancellor’s beautiful ward, Phyllis. When the fairies try to help Strephon win his ladylove, some unforeseen complications arise and the fairy queen finds herself in a tangled mess.
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Jitney
“Jitney,” by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre; Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Our Town
“Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, Jan. 16 through Feb. 14; 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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Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra
Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For information, call 397-3832 or visit www.pinellasparkcivicorchestra.org.
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Sounds of Clay
“Sounds of Clay,” a musical treat featuring clay instruments by Brian Ransom, will be presented Sunday, Feb. 7, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

“Role Models,” the latest Florida CraftArt exhibition, emphasizes the important relationships between mentor and artist in the ceramics community. Ransom, one of the chosen artists, crafts pieces that serve not only as works of beauty, but as playable musical instruments. Ransom, an Eckerd College professor of visual arts, will demonstrate his clay and ceramic instruments at Florida CraftArt.

In the spirit of the exhibit, his assistant Matt Flynn, a musician who graduated from Eckerd College in 2014, will accompany Ransom. The event is free; however, a suggested donation for the artists is encouraged.

For information, call 727-821-7391 or visit floridacraftart.org.
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Train Weekend
Train Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in sunny Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, visit LargoEvents.com. Participation is free but donations are accepted.
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• Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” Monday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

The production tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features classic songs such as “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Not Fade Away,” “Oh Boy,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and many more.

Now in its 25th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.K. and around the world. Viewed by more than 20 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide, “Buddy” opened in London’s West End in 1989 and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore; winning numerous awards along the way.
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Peace of Woodstock
Peace of Woodstock, Monday, Feb. 8, 2 and 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Audience members will have a chance to relive Woodstock, the famous festival of Peace, Music, Love and Fun. Woodstock defined an entire generation. This musical journey will feature the explosive sounds of Jimi Hendrix and songs from Crosby Stills and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Santana and more.
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• Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Rita Rudner
Rita Rudner, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in 2000, Rudner is known for her epigrammatic one-liners. Over the course of a 14-year run and 2,000 plus shows, she has become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas.

She has been named Las Vegas’ Comedian of the Year nine years in a row and she received The Nevada Ballet’s Woman of the Year Award in 2006. Rudner’s first solo HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards and her two one-hour specials “Born to Be Mild” and “Married Without Children” were rating standouts. In 2008, “Rita Rudner:

Live From Las Vegas” was PBS’ first ever stand-up comedy special. In 2003, Rudner launched her first syndicated television show “Ask Rita,” which featured a panel of celebrities lightheartedly attempting to solve personal problems. The show ran for two years. Rudner has also been a regular guest on “Late Night With David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.” She has also performed on Broadway, written five books and is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband, Martin Bergman.
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• Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Diana Ross
Diana Ross, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $58.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Beginning in the ‘60s as lead singer of the world renowned group The Supremes, Diana Ross achieved the unprecedented feat of 12 No. 1 singles in the U.S. becoming the most successful American group in history. She then went on to achieve six No. 1 singles as a solo artist.

In the U.S. alone, Ross has tallied 31 Top Ten singles and 14 Top Ten Albums, selling over 100 million units around the globe, to date. When “Endless Love” hit No. 1 in 1981, Ross became the first female artist in music history to place six single at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other chart-topping hits include “Stop! In The Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and many more.
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Jitney
“Jitney,” by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre; Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Our Town
“Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, Jan. 16 through Feb. 14; 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, Feb. 11, 2016
Bright Lights Concert Series: The Authentics
Bright Lights Concert Series: The Authentics, Thursday, Feb. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Admission is $15. Travel back to the age of doo-wop and girl groups with The Authentics. For information, call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com.
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Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher
SAFETY HARBOR – Award-winning, New York City classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

Fletcher began playing guitar at just 7 years of age and has performed in concert halls all across the United States, Canada and Europe, mesmerizing and delighting audiences with an intense musical experience. The concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Safety Harbor Library, is free and open to the public.

Call 727-724-1525.
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Deana Martin
Deana Martin, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $18. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

From the moment she walks on stage, Martin takes her audience on a musical journey with her non-stop dynamic energy, honoring her legendary father Dean Martin, her “Uncle” Frank Sinatra and other great performers who shaped American music and popular culture for over four decades.

The show is a totally engaging, classy and contemporary presentation of the most beloved songs of all time, capturing the swinging sophistication associated with her dad and the Rat Pack. In this electrifying musical revue, Martin sings hot, new arrangements of enduring hits such as “That’s Amore,” “That’s Life,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “The Lady Is A Tramp” and “Memories Are Made of This.”
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Jitney
“Jitney,” by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre; Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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Our Town
“Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, Jan. 16 through Feb. 14; 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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• Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Alan Parsons Live Project
Alan Parsons Live Project, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

It was Alan Parsons’ genius as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” that brought him to the attention of the music world but he has gone on to enjoy success as a producer, songwriter and performer.

This 11-time Grammy nominee returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall performing his greatest hits such as “Sirius,” “Eye In The Sky,” “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You,” “Don’t Answer Me” and many more with Rock Symphony Orchestra. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, songwriter and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has penned dozens of hits such as “Feelin’ Alright” and “We Just Disagree)” and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite including Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.
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Jitney
“Jitney,” by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre; Jan. 20 through Feb. 28, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. For performance times and ticket prices, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
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