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PINELLAS COUNTY – The threat of rain shouldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits with the variety of entertainment on tap this weekend.

Sea-Blues Festival

The second annual Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, 11 a.m., at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater.

Enjoy two days of seafood and blues, featuring artists Derek Trucks Band, Coco Montoya, and Bettye LaVette. Experience the finest Gulf Coast cuisine, which will feature jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish, gumbo and more. This event is free and gates open at 11 a.m. on both days. For more information, call 562-4839.

Florida African American Heritage Celebration

The Florida African American Heritage Celebration is Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo.

An outgrowth of the North Pinellas County African American History Project, the annual celebration will celebrate African American culture through art, music, dance, storytelling, historical exhibits and presentations and ethnic food and interactive family activities.

This year’s event will feature a variety of African-influenced musical performances including jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues and reggae; an African American art show and marketplace; hands-on art activities for children and adults; storytelling and puppetry; ethnic food vendors and cooking demonstrations and tours through Heritage Village’s historic structures, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and the Florida Botanical Gardens, with special displays featuring African plants. Admission is free. Call 532-1698 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/unity.htm.

Stage and Theater

It’s the final weekend of performances for 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' at the Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St, Clearwater. Show times are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 adult, $10 student. Reservations are highly recommended. For reservations and information call the box office at 727-446-1360, Monday through Friday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. or visit www.FrancisWilsonPlayhouse.org.

The Broadway revue hit "The World Goes’Round" concludes on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Performance times are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. A special matinee show is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25; $23 for center members and students. Tickets are available online at www.tarponarts.org on by phone at 727-942-5605.

Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theatre's current production of Ray Cooney’s “Out of Order” continues through Sunday, Feb.24. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, with seating at 11 a.m. Tickets are $29.90 plus tax. Cost includes musical entertainment, dinner and the show. The Early Bird Dinner Theatre is at the Italian American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.

For more information on these shows and others playing at local venues, visit the Stage & Theater Page.

Art and Museums

One of the largest collections of art, documents and historically significant objects from the Vatican, Vatican Splendors from Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Swiss Guard is on display at the Florida International Museum, 244 Second Ave. N.

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. through 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Last entry is at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $13 children age 6 to 12, $17 seniors age 62 and older, and $15 military personnel with identification. Call 898-2100 or visit www.vaticanplendors.com or www.floridamuseum.org.

The hosts Liquid Metal opens this weekend at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. An opening reception is set for Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., which will be preceded by an artist talk, 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium. To R.S.V.P., call 518-6833, ext. 207, or e-mail psriram@gulfcoastmuseum.org.

For more shows and events at local museums and galleries, visit the Art & Museums page.

At the movies

Movie guru Lee Clark Zumpe highlights the movies opening this weekend. Catch a glimpse of future attractions and read reviews of movies already out on the big screen on the Movie News & Review Page.

For more entertainment happenings visit the Entertainment Calendar and for a list of local bands playing around town, visit the Live Music Calendar.
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