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The Coens’ Hail, Caesar! stars Clooney, Brolin; zombies invade Austen’s classic novel of manners. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Genre: Drama and action
Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey
Director: Burr Steers
Rated: PG-13
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ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College recently announced the spring season lineup for its International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.

The series, which is free and open to the public, presents critically acclaimed and important films from around the world. All showings are at presented at 7 p.m. in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd campus, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The nine films in the spring season come from Turkey, Iran, Thailand and the United States, including a three-film Billy Wilder retrospective.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The 18th annual Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival will run Feb. 19-27 at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Films will be presented on camps in Miller Auditorium. Screenings are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The annual festival features compelling and important films to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. This year’s festival includes two films - “Embrace the Serpent” and “How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change)” that will be shown just weeks after they are featured at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
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So many trailers to watch, so many movies to pencil in on the 2016 calendar.

Hollywood has been tantalizing moviegoers with plenty of teasers this holiday season, summoning up the Ghost of Cinema Yet to Come to offer glimpses of what filmmakers will deliver to cinema screens in the coming months. All that excess Hollywood hype intensifies into a blaring buzz this time of year, compelling movie reviewers and entertainment bloggers to encapsulate the hysteria into bulleted lists for assimilation.
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• Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Annie
“Annie,” featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin; Saturday, Feb. 6, 2 and 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. “Annie” includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
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Brad Noblitt
Singer-songwriter and worship leader, Brad Noblitt, returns to the all-new Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.                            

Celebrating the release his first EP titled We Are One which features the single “Glorious Story,” Brad will perform popular Christian songs as well as a collection of his own original music.

Tickets are priced at $25 and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time.
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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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Southern Soul Assembly
Southern Soul Assembly, Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $39.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

The Southern Soul Assembly lineup features JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson. They debuted last spring to rave reviews.

All highly seasoned artists and band leaders, they have demonstrated a natural ability to contribute to each other’s music through harmonies and guitar, each building and adding meaningfully to the songs. Southern Soul Assembly draws from the rich legacy of American Southern culture of each of the players.
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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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• 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.
 ... Read More 
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.
 ... Read More 
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.
 ... Read More 
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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