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Ray Olan y su Nuevo Sason perform July 25 at Dunedin Fine Art Center.

Brooklyn Salsa comes to Dunedin Fine Art Center

DUNEDIN — Ray Olan y su Nuevo Sason, featuring Hector Mayoral, will headline the Brooklyn Salsa event Thursday, July 25, 7 to 10:30 p.m., at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

Tickets are $35 a person. Admission includes Latin tapas fare and one drink, a salsa dance class, spotlight performances by The Dance Company and a dance contest. Call 727-298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.

Live salsa music with be provided by Ray Olan y su Nuevo Sason, featuring Hector Mayoral, who are just returning from their international Salsa Legends V Tour.

Olan is an innovator from the ’70s salsa movement. Before musical artists such as Santana, Willie Colon and The Lebron Brothers began thinking about fusing rock, salsa and reggaeton, Olan was on the field testing the waters with guitarist Steve Katz from Blood, Sweat and Tears and playing his own brand of rock salsa. Olan has been producing, directing, instructing and performing educational and entertaining shows for 25 years.

Studio Duvoe to host Abstract Art for Autism

GULFPORT — Studio Duvoe Inc. will present Abstract Art for Autism Saturday, July 27, 6 to 9 p.m., at Gulfport Art Center, 2726 54th St. S., Gulfport.

On display and available for purchase will be the artwork of special-abilities young people and adults. When a student sells a painting, they receive half of the funds, with the other half going to fund future workshops and art openings. The artwork is nicely framed and priced between $10 and $50.

The event will feature performances by Paper and Strings as well as Des Valoreo and Jim Gilmour. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

For information, call Caroline Duvoe at 727-271-5016 or Dan Mlotkowski at 727-331-3819, or visit abstractartforautism.org.

West Coast Players to stage ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’

CLEARWATER — “Love, Loss and What I Wore” will be run July 12-14 at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 727-437-2363 or email boxoffice@wcplayers.com.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., the play is written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and is based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. This production will be directed by Dan Kelley.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” portrays women’s relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life. It is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects — mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why women only wear black.

This show contains strong language and adult themes.

Thirsty Falcon to host author signing

DUNEDIN — Dunedin-based author Kip Koelsch will host an author event Friday, July 5, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Thirsty Falcon, 1415 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.

Koelsch will talk about his two novels, including the award-winning and thought-provoking thriller “Wendall's Lullaby” and the newly released “Delphys Rising.” The author will have paperback copies for sale and signing as well as free bookmarks.

For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/2160899010685920.

Eight O’Clock Theatre to stage ‘Young Frankenstein’

LARGO — “Young Frankenstein,” presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, will run July 12-21 at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $28.50 plus applicable service fee. Call 727-587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. This production contains mature content and language.

“Young Frankenstein” features music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Amy Fee will serve as director and choreographer of Eight O’Clock Theatre’s production. William Coleman will serve as music director and Jonathan Pouliot is the assistant director. The cast will feature Steven Fox as Frederick Frankenstein, Domenic Bisesti as Igor, Miranda Wolf as Inga, A.J. Quenell as The Monster, Gay Lora Grooms as Frau Blucher, Gloria Rice as Elizabeth Benning, Rand Smith as Inspector Kemp, James Holzwarth as The Hermit, Ben Taylor as Victor and Michael Sporck as Ziggy. The ensemble includes Rei Capote, Michelle Chrien, David Collins, Jonathan Foster, Jason Goldstein, Faythe Kelly, Sarah Libes, Gloria Moranski, Maggie Musco, David O'Brien, Alivia Quattrocki, Ashton Sarlo, James Sheppard, Caroline Simpson, Griffin Spriggs and Jenelle Vinachi.

Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. The show features such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin' on the Ritz.”

Special Art by Special Hands exhibit set at Syd Entel Galleries

SAFETY HARBOR — “Special Art by Special Hands,” a complimentary art exhibit featuring unique artwork by the local Harborside Studios artists, will take place Wednesday, Aug. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Syd Entel Galleries, 176 Fifth Ave. N., Safety Harbor.

In the past, Syd Entel Galleries has taken down their prestige collection of fine art and glass to display the artwork from The Arc Tampa Bay’s art studio servicing those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event is open for all to celebrate the many talents of the artists. All of the proceeds from art sales will benefit Harborside Studios artists along with providing art supplies for future projects.

Guests will be greeted by the artists of the studio upon entering the gallery. The event will include light bites graciously donated by Clear Sky Café along with wine donated by Sips Wine Bar and Syd Entel Galleries.

“Be sure to get here early as the artwork flies out the door,” said Susan Benjamin, co-owner of Syd Entel Galleries.

Harborside Studios is an art studio and gallery for those served by The Arc Tampa Bay with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Located at 176 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown Safety Harbor, the studio is open to the public Monday through Friday with operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artwork displayed in the gallery is available for purchase, and 50% of every sale is paid directly to the artist. In lieu of ticket sales, guests are asked to consider donating art supplies for the artists. An art drive station will be ready to accept donations such as crayons, markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, frames and canvases.

For information, call 727-797-8712 or visit www.thearctbfoundation.org.

Artlofts to open new exhibit

ST. PETERSBURG — An opening reception for “Synergy in Motion,” a new exhibit by Amanda Pratt, will take place Saturday, July 13, 5 to 9 p.m., at Artlofts Gallery, 10 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg.

Pratt is best known for her Florida-themed mixed media fluid art highlighting the vibrant colors known to Florida's beach communities. Her work utilizes resin, inks, pigments and found objects. Interactive elements allow her viewers to become a part of many of her creations.

The exhibit will continue through July 31. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

For information, call Rebecca at 727-449-5146.