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Disney Studios to present Alice Through the Looking Glass. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Genre: Fantasy and adventure
Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall
Director: James Bobin
Rated: PG

In Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
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As usual, most of the blockbuster films destined to hit movie theaters this summer aren't really suitable for the youngest members of the family.

Never fear - Hollywood didn't forget there was money to be made at the box office with family-friendly films this summer.

Following is a list of this year's most anticipated summer family films.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Release date: May 27
Genre: Fantasy and adventure
Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall
Director: James Bobin
Rated: PG
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Several area movie theaters are offering free or discounted kids' movies this summer. The 2016 Summer Movie Express will launch Tuesday, June 14 and will run for nine weeks at participating Regal Cinema locations.

Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Will Rogers Institute.

The following Tampa Bay area theaters will participate in the 2016 Summer Movie Express:
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This summer’s procession of big-budget cinematic endeavors features remakes, reboots and sequels. Most moviegoers have grown used to seeing superheroes plucked from the pages of comic books thrust onto the big screen along with films featuring alien invasions and international intrigue. For fans of these films, the 2016 summertime movie lineup offers some appealing prospects.

When does the fun begin? It already has.

The Gregorian calendar may assert that summer doesn’t begin until June 20. Pinellas County school students are well aware that the last day of school falls on June 7 this year. For beachgoers, summer kicks off with Memorial Day - which is Monday, May 30.
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PALM HARBOR - Graham Sheldon began producing films while he was a student at Palm Harbor University High School: documenting the school’s swim team and filming special effects with toy fighter planes on kebab skewers in front of cardboard sets in his garage.

Today, the 29-year-old is producing two feature films: a romantic comedy “The Good Catholic” starring Danny Glover and John C. McGinley and a horror film “Dry Blood.” He has been involved in documentaries “all over planet Earth,” he said, including projects that have won him an Emmy Award and two Telly Awards. He’s produced video games and even wrote a hit mobile game app.
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Those old enough to remember the heyday of Hollywood westerns may find director Jon Cassar's "Forsaken" an entertaining bit of nostalgia, even if its central storyline doesn't blaze a path into fresh territory.

My generation came along toward the tail end of that era in cinematic history, with the popularity of the western genre slowly fading in the late 1960s and 1970s. While fewer and fewer big budget movies reached the big screen in the 1980s, all those classics still reached an audience on television.
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• Thursday, May 26, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
 ... Read More 
Dream Child
“Dream Child,” an original play written and performed by Roxanne Fay, will be presented Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

“Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland” journeys through the surreal worlds of memory, sin and absolution within the mind of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s original muse and inspiration for his timeless stories.

It is 1932 and the very grown up Alice is having a new adventure; she is coming to America. Though on the surface her trip is to attend the centennial celebrations surrounding Carroll’s 100th birthday, her true purpose is much more personal, more frightening and more visceral. Is she merely entertaining old memories? Is she seeking absolution for the past? And from whom?

Roxanne Fay is a 2015 Hawthornden Writing Fellow and has presented numerous original works at The Studio@620 and the Dali Museum.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

For information, visit www.studio620.org or call 727-895-6620.
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Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
• Friday, May 27, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
 ... Read More 
Dream Child
“Dream Child,” an original play written and performed by Roxanne Fay, will be presented Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

“Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland” journeys through the surreal worlds of memory, sin and absolution within the mind of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s original muse and inspiration for his timeless stories.

It is 1932 and the very grown up Alice is having a new adventure; she is coming to America. Though on the surface her trip is to attend the centennial celebrations surrounding Carroll’s 100th birthday, her true purpose is much more personal, more frightening and more visceral. Is she merely entertaining old memories? Is she seeking absolution for the past? And from whom?

Roxanne Fay is a 2015 Hawthornden Writing Fellow and has presented numerous original works at The Studio@620 and the Dali Museum.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

For information, visit www.studio620.org or call 727-895-6620.
 ... Read More 
Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
• Saturday, May 28, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
 ... Read More 
Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
Salsa on the Docks
Salsa on the Docks will take place Saturday, May 28, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Sponge Docks, on Dodecanese Boulevard between Athens and Roosevelt streets in Tarpon Springs. The free event will feature Latin music with Orquesta Infinidad as well as dancing and outdoor dining opportunities.

From the heart of Tampa’s historic Ybor City, Orquesta Infinidad has been performing salsa, merengue, cumbia, Latin jazz, and an array of other Latin musical genres for more than two decades. The band will play from 7 to 10 p.m. To better enjoy the evening, a free dance lesson will be offered by instructor Jairo Garcia from 6 to 7 p.m.

To reserve a table for dinner, contact participating restaurants Costa’s, Hellas, Mama’s, or Mykonos.

For information, visit www.tarponarts.org.
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• Sunday, May 29, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” running May 20-29, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $26.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining the ancient comedies of Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

This multiple Tony Award winner is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of hair-brained schemes, mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.
 ... Read More 
Laughing Stock
“Laughing Stock,” by Charles Morey; Thursday through Sunday, May 19-29, in Murray Theatre, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $24. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

A small, scrappy New England theatre company rehearses and performs three shows at once: Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and a new adaptation of Dracula to avoid paying royalties. What could go wrong? The actors and designers are spending their summer attempting to create Broadway-grade productions in a 200-year-old barn. Alas, poor Yorick, we’ve lost his skull again! A hilarious comedy that takes you in front and behind the scenes ...
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
Rock Around the Clock
Rock Around the Clock, Treasure Island’s favorite street party, will take place Sunday, May 29, at the clock tower in downtown Treasure Island. The event will feature performances by Railway Kings and Motel Funk.

During Rock Around the Clock, downtown Treasure Island restaurants will offer a full menu and outdoor dining as well as businesses and vendors selling their goods and services.

During Rock Around the Clock 107th Avenue will be closed on Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m. to midnight, from First Street East to Gulf Boulevard. East and westbound traffic can use 108th Avenue, 106th Avenue and 104th Avenue as alternate routes.

Parking will be available at the Treasure Island City Hall, located at 120 108th Ave.; and at the Treasure Community Center and Park, at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Cost for event parking in TI Park is $10 from noon to 11 p.m.

The music schedule is as follows:

• Railway Kings – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Motel Funk – 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.

• Railway Kings and Motel Funk – 9:15 to 10:30 p.m.

For information, visit www.mytreasureisland.com or call 727-547-4575, ext. 237.
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• Wednesday, June 1, 2016
A Tale of Two Cities
“A Tale of Two Cities,” adapted from Charles Dickens by Everett Quinton, presented by American Stage Theatre, June 1 through June 26, 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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Flamenco guitarist Gladius
Flamenco guitarist Gladius will perform Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. The concert is free and open to the public.

More than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer, listeners have called Gladius “a miracle in the making” by prevailing over a crippling case of nerve damage which greatly hindered the dexterity of both his hands and could have easily ended his career.

Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros, and others, this musical/mad-scientist fuses the elements of the greats into a refreshing formula – evoking the Spanish spirit, yet producing distinctly unorthodox compositions. After nine years, four surgeries, 7,000 hours of physical therapy and countless prayers later, Gladius perseveres, relentlessly touring, recording, inspiring audiences of all ages, and winning numerous composition awards.

The concert is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Safety Harbor Library.

For information, call 727-724-1525.

For information on Gladius, visit www.GladiusMusic.com.
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• Thursday, June 2, 2016
A Tale of Two Cities
“A Tale of Two Cities,” adapted from Charles Dickens by Everett Quinton, presented by American Stage Theatre, June 1 through June 26, 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.
 ... Read More 
Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma,” through July 10, at the Early Bird Dinner Theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinee shows are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m.

The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. For reservations and information, call 727-446-5898, visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or email susan.lyons@earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma” is the latest American farce written by Michael and Susan Parker. The Parkers have written countless hits such as “The Amorous Ambassador,” Hot Bed Hotel” and “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” The new farce takes a look at what happens when ordinary people tell little white lies – things like mistaken identities, unmitigated calamity and ensuing hilarity.
 ... Read More 
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