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ST. PETERSBURG - Vic DiBitetto, a Brooklyn-born, Italian-American force of nature, brings his frenetic standup comedy to The Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, part of the “Mahaffey On the Move” series.

Known for his 30-second viral video Bread and Milk, which is nearing 14 million views on YouTube, DiBitetto is currently on movie screens as “Gino Chizetti” in Kevin James' Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

For 20 years, DiBitetto drove a school bus for special needs children. Before that, he drove a garbage truck. Winning the $10,000 grand prize on America’s Funniest People convinced him to pursue standup comedy full-time.
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PINELLAS PARK - Acting classes and workshops for participants of all ages will begin Monday, Sept. 7, at Venue Theatre Collective and Actors Studio, 4989 72nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

Adult actors will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Teen Stars will meet Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 8. Saturday workshops will include Little Stars, ages 4 to 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Young Stars, ages 8 to 15, noon to 3 p.m.

All workshops will focus on professional level training for stage, television and film with cold reading and audition skills, memorization and monologues, scenes and skits, improvisation, on-camera feedback and presentation. No experience is needed to join a workshop. Fees apply.
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ST. PETERSBURG - WiLD 94.1 and The Mahaffey Theater present the fourth annual Shut Up and Laugh comedy event Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.

Shut Up and Laugh will feature four comedy stars from hit NBC shows - including Undateable's Chris D’Elia, Jerrod Carmichael and Tiffany Hadish of The Carmichael Show, and Saturday Night Live featured player Pete Davidson.

As Danny Burton, the responsibility-challenged ringleader of a group of 30-something misfits on NBC’s comedy hit Undateable, Chris D’Elia is seen by five million viewers each week. Named by Variety as one of the country’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” D’Elia also stars in the Netflix standup special Incorrigible.
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LARGO - Eight O'Clock Theatre presents A Grand Night for Singing Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-30, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Show time is 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Broadway’s tribute to the genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein is truly A Grand Night for Singing. This Tony Award-nominated Best Musical showcases Richard Rodgers’ timeless music and the incomparable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. It will take you on a romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and finally, the power of enduring love.
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players presents the Nerd By Larry Shue Friday through Sunday, Aug. 14-30 at WCP Theatre at 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Willum’s friends and client are gathering for a quiet dinner party for his birthday when Rick, a man Willum’s never met but who saved his life during Vietnam, suddenly drops by to finally meet. To Willum’s dismay, Rick turns out to be an incredibly inept and dim-witted “nerd” who overstays his welcome with a vengeance. The evening and Willum’s life quickly dissolve into insanity! Slapstick gold!
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players’ 2015-16 season will feature drama, comedy and a concert of Broadway songs.

This award-winning community theater group has been performing in and around Clearwater since 1994. In December of 2008, West Coast Players opened the doors of its own theater at 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Last year, the theater completed a major renovation, replacing old wooden seats with beautiful plush ones which are on elevated platforms, giving everyone in the theater an excellent view of the stage. To extend the improvements, the lobby was renovated in October 2014.

Following is a summary of the 2015-16 season lineup at West Coast Players:
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players recently announced the outcome of its recent One Act Plays Festival.

This year’s production of the annual event proved to be the best-attended installment in the festival’s history, according to a press release. Audience members voted for their favorite plays and the winning playwrights will share in the proceeds from the entry fees collected.

With more than 250 play submissions, the 11 best plays were selected for production. Following is a list of the top three audience favorites:
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LARGO - The Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation will sponsor the 2015-16 Children’s Series Educational Series at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

According to a press release from the venue, the series is filled with educational messages and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for children and $26 for a family four-pack. Series subscriptions also are available for $6 a ticket with a minimum of three or more shows. For tickets, call 587-6793 or visiting www.LargoArts.com.

Following is a summary of the 2015-16 Children’s Educational Series:
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall’s 10th anniversary gala, You Should Be Dancing, will be presented Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

Sponsorships and tickets are on sale now. Sponsorship opportunities range from $3,000 to $15,000 and include a table for 10 guests. Individual tickets also are available at $250 and $350 each.

The event will be chaired by Sandra Nesbit and Greg Willsey. Inspired by the Broadway smash “Saturday Night Fever” - which will be presented at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 18, 2016 - the Ruth Eckerd Hall main stage will be transformed into a “Disco Inferno.” Guests will enjoy cocktails and a silent auction in the Grand Concourse, followed by a seated dinner on the main stage with Jive Talkin’ and dancing to an encore performance of the Southtown Fever Band. The proceeds from the gala will benefit the education programs of the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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Tampa Ballet Theatre, recently named the resident in-house ballet company of Ruth Eckerd Hall, has announced its 2015-16 season.

The season will begin in October with “Giselle,” and will continue with “The Nutcracker” in December, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in May of 2016.

Opening the Tampa Ballet Theatre’s new season will be “Giselle,” a ballet about a young peasant girl that encounters a love that is stronger than death. “Giselle” will be performed on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m. “Giselle” will be performed at Tampa Ballet Theatre, 12720 Dupont Circle, Tampa. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale Sept. 1. Visit www.tampaballettheatre.org or call 813-814-0587.
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• Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
A Grand Night for Singing
“A Grand Night for Singing,” presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, Aug. 21-30, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $26.50 for adults and $12.50 for students 22 and younger. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

Broadway’s tribute to the genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein is truly “A Grand Night for Singing.” This Tony Award-nominated Best Musical showcases Richard Rodgers’ timeless music and the incomparable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein.

It will take audiences on a romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and finally, the power of enduring love. “A Grand Night for Singing” shares some of the best-loved R&H tunes in re-imagined arrangements, alongside little-known gems from the R&H catalogue. From the opening strains of “The Carousel Waltz” to a jazzy “Kansas City,” audiences will delight in these tunes from the team that engineered the modern American musical.
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Citizen Ruth screening
ST. PETERSBURG – Studio@620 will present a screening of “Citizen Ruth” as a benefit in support of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. The screening will be Sunday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Cost is $25.

Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne’s first movie, “Citizen Ruth,” was written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996.

“Citizen Ruth” is the story of Ruth Stoops (Laura Dern), a woman who nobody even noticed – until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media circus.

Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620 for more information.
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Opera in the Park
Opera in the Park, Sunday, Aug. 30, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

 A group of singers will perform musical favorites from Broadway to pop as well as an outstanding selection of opera arias and ensembles. Call 547-0396.
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The Nerd
“The Nerd,” by Larry Shue,” Aug. 14-30, 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.

Willum’s friends and client are gathering for a quiet dinner party for his birthday, when Rick, a man Willum’s never met but who saved his life during Vietnam, suddenly drops by to finally meet. To Willum’s dismay, Rick turns out to be an incredibly inept and dimwitted “nerd” who overstays his welcome with a vengeance. The evening and Willum’s life quickly dissolve into insanity.
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• Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
USA Dance
USA Dance, Monday, Aug. 31, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $8 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.
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• Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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Style Wars
The Studio@620 and Florida CraftArt will host a screening of “Style Wars” as part of the St. Petersburg Mural Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m., at 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

There will be a post-screening discussion with mural artists to give direct insight into the process.

“Style Wars” is the indispensable document of New York Street graffiti and hip hop culture of the early 1980s. This is the essential film record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis, capturing the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas.

“Style Wars” shows the innocence of these young artistic innovators, now considered forefathers of a movement bigger than they could have ever imagined. It has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.

Admission is free. Donations will accepted to benefit The Studio@620. Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620 for more information.
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• Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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• Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
SHINE Mural Festival
ST. PETERSBURG – From Sept. 1-12, SHINE will transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a curated, open-air museum showcasing more than 10 large-scale murals by internationally renowned and local artists with additional art exhibits and events throughout the city.

St. Petersburg has become an exciting arts destination in the Southeast with five arts districts, a thriving independent culture, performing arts and six world-class museums.

In conjunction with the city of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the inaugural SHINE Mural Festival, organized and led by a team of arts-minded volunteers, intends to illuminate the power of art in public spaces to revitalize areas, inspire dialogue and unite the community while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.

For information, visit shineonstpete.com.
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Tarpon Springs Sunset Beach Music Series
Tarpon Springs Sunset Beach Music Series, Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at Sunset Beach, 1800 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Slickside will perform. The Sunset Beach Music Series is presented first Thursdays from February through November. For information, visit TSRDonline.com or call 942-5628.
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