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“Don’t Look So Guilty,” mixed media collage 11x15, by Irina Lapin.

St. Pete ArtWorks to open new exhibition

ST. PETERSBURG – The opening reception for “Whimsically Surreal” will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., at St. Pete ArtWorks, 2412 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will feature new mixed media works by Irina Lapin.

“I have innate attention to detail, fascination with images, color and appreciation of precision which drives my collage work,” Lapin said in her artist statement. “I’m constantly searching for the unique and unusual, whether it’s people, objects, colors or shifts of light. I love things that pop into my vision and refuse to leave. Many times just a single picture found in a magazine will be the foundation of an idea that will turn into a piece of art.”

The show will continue through Sunday, Feb. 10. St. Pete ArtWorks is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 727-710-7716 or visit www.stpeteartworks.com.

PAVA to sponsor 2Cool Art Show

GULFPORT – The 2Cool Art Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport.

The 8th annual show will showcase the work of 35 of the area’s top artists in a boutique art exhibition. Show admission and parking are free.

This juried fine art and fine craft show, PAVA’s second yearly premier exhibition, gives winter visitors a sampling of the high caliber work for which the summer Cool Art Show is so well known. The 35 selected artists will show and sell a variety of handcrafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry.

This juried fine art and fine craft show is sponsored by PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, the city of Gulfport and the Gulfport Downtown Merchant Association. PAVA is a nonprofit organization run by volunteer artists to serve local artisans and support the arts community in the Tampa Bay area. It provides exhibition, education and grant opportunities for its members and supports local art centers through scholarships for art instruction.

Visit www.pava-artists.org.

Dave DeLuca to bring ‘Solitary Man’ show to library

PALM HARBOR – Dave DeLuca will present “Solitary Man” Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 to 4 p.m., at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S., Palm Harbor.

Admission is free.

The show will explore the musical career of Neil Diamond, from his start as a songwriter for a publishing firm making $50 a week to his legendary stint at the Brill Building to his current place as the second most successful artist in the history of the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10 charts, just behind Elton John. Songs include “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Red Red Wine,” “I’m A Believer,” “Solitary Man” and “Sweet Caroline.”

Originally from New Jersey and now living in southwest Florida, DeLuca is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer who has been performing for over 30 years. He is a member of the Songwriter’s Guild of America and has had songs published by BMI. In December 2011, DeLuca auditioned for and won a starring role in the Count Basie Theatre’s fifth annual Sinatra Birthday Bash, beating out hundreds of other hopeful performers.

DeLuca is currently overseeing production of “The Star-Spangled Songbook,” a tribute to the great American composers and lyricists who crafted our body of popular standards, for a future airing on PBS.

Francis Wilson Playhouse to stage ‘Funny Money’

CLEARWATER – “Funny Money,” by Ray Cooney, will run Jan. 17-27 at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students with current ID. Call 727-446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

A mild-mannered CPA accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase full of money. Assuming it is illicit, he keeps it. Moving along, he and his wife decide to fly to Barcelona or Bali until the doorbell rings. Enter a police detective asking questions that send this madcap farce into laughable territories complete with mistaken identities and confusion. The CPA’s inept attempts to extricate himself leads to increasingly hysterical situations.

Jimmy Osmond cancels Ruth Eckerd Hall appearance

CLEARWATER – Jimmy Osmond has been forced to cancel his upcoming Andy Williams Moon River and Me Tour due to an unforeseen medical situation.

The tour included a April 10 show at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets will be automatically refunded at point of purchase.

For information, patrons should call the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office at 727-791-7400.

DFAC seeks donations for Trashy Treasures Art Sale

DUNEDIN – The Dunedin Fine Art Center is currently accepting gently used artwork and art-related supplies for the annual Trashy Treasures Art Sale, set for Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

Trashy Treasures is considered the Tampa Bay area’s biggest and most beloved art garage sale. Donations may be dropped off at DFAC Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Donations will be accepted through March 1.

The Trashy Treasures Preview Party, featuring the best of trashy treasures, will be presented Friday, March 8, starting at 6 p.m. Preview Party admission is $10.

For information, call Linda Hamilton at 727-298-3322, ext. 236, or email linda@dfac.org.

Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk set

GULFPORT – The next Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 6 to 10 p.m., on Beach Boulevard in downtown Gulfport.

Attendees will have an opportunity to shop for local art along Beach Boulevard, visit a gallery and catch a live band at one of the independently owned restaurants. Entertainment will include live performances.

The Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk event, produced by the nonprofit Gulfport Merchants Association, is presented first Fridays and third Saturdays, rain or shine, all year-round. The event is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.

There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet- and family-friendly.

For information, visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217.

Community center to host tribute concert

LARGO – The Day the Music Died, a tribute concert, will be presented Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo.

The concert will feature performer Craig Singleton singing classic tunes from Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for children age 10 and younger. Admission includes a full meal. Meal service will begin at 2 p.m. and the show will start at 2:30 p.m.

For information, call 727-518-3131.

Sunset Sip and Stroll set at library

CLEARWATER – In support of local emerging artists, the Clearwater Arts Alliance will host the Sunset Sip and Stroll event Saturday, Jan. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater.

Guests can sip wine as they stroll by art displays, enjoy appetizers and take in the sunset views from the rooftop deck or library terrace. Live music by the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Combo will add to the ambiance.

Held in conjunction with the Clearwater Main Library’s Indoor Art Walk, guests will be able to vote for their favorite artists amongst the exhibitors. The top three vote recipients will win the right to have their works exhibited for the month of February in the library’s Osceola and Carnegie galleries.

Advance tickets are available for $25 a person online at www.clearwaterartsalliance.com. Tickets also will be available at the door for $35 a person.

The event is sponsored in part by Clear Sky Cleveland, Gallery 1356, and the Ruth Eckerd Hall Education Department.

Beethoven’s Wig to bring sing-along symphony to Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS – Beethoven’s Wig sing-along symphony will perform Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs.

Richard Perlmutter created Beethoven’s Wig after toying with the idea of creating lyrics to classical music. His idea led to a full studio recording session backed by a full symphony orchestra and four opera singers.

The entire family will delight in witty and irreverent lyrics and will gain a new appreciation for the works of “the old white hairs.” Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Tarpon Arts members and $8 for children. Children age 4 and younger who do not require their own seat are permitted at no charge. For questions or ticket purchases, call 727-942-5605 or visit TarponArts.org.

Studio@620 to present Evening of Percussive Resonance

ST. PETERSBURG – An Evening of Percussive Resonance will be presented Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The program of dynamic and bold percussive chamber music will feature Andrea Tafelski and Washington Squared. Tickets are $10. Visit www.studio620.org or call 727-895-6620 for more information.

Washington Squared is a New York based percussion duo founded in 2017. Nick Gigante and Yang Chen met while pursuing graduate studies at New York University. W² percussion is constantly interested in expanding the percussion duo repertoire and will be premiering eight commissioned works in spring 2019. W² percussion is affiliated with Cisum Percussion, a Brooklyn based percussion collective, and will be performing with them in this concert season.

Andrea Tafelski is a singer, percussionist, and composer based in St. Pete. She discovered her love for singing and playing percussion while studying at The Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. She utilizes the orchestral percussion training she gained there to create a unique visual and aural experience for audiences. Her new album of marimba based original songs “Knocking on Wood” is set to be released in 2019.

D-Deuce to perform at Creative Soul Studio

ST. PETERSBURG – D-Deuce will serve up a cool shot of blues-flavored acoustic rock Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., at Creative Soul Studio, 2425 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Marrying blazing blues vocals with an uncanny depth of poetic lyricism, this appearance marks the soft release of the duo’s new EP “Goin’ So Right.”

For information, visit www.d-deuce.com.

Art Festival Beth-El to run Jan. 26-28

ST. PETERSBURG – Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El’s annual fine art exhibition and sale, will celebrate its 46th annual art festival Jan. 26-28, at 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

A preview cocktail reception will take place Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $35 a person at the door.

Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Light lunches will be available for purchase. The Avenue of the Shops, a two-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public on Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free, new and enlightening panel discussion on the business of art will be take place in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

A free docent tour will be offered at 2 p.m. on Monday. A gourmet luncheon will be served on Monday at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Reservations are required.

Beginning in 1973 with only 20 artists, Art Festival Beth-El now showcases over 170 national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries throughout the facility featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry.

The festival also offers a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor. A large outdoor sculpture garden will feature a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. The boutique gallery will offer fine art and fine craft at moderate prices. A yearly tradition will continue, as Art Festival Beth-El will feature selected works by talented emerging artists from Pinellas County’s 17 public and private high schools. The festival will award scholarship money to the schools of the winning students.

This year’s judge, Bernice Chu, director of the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, will award over $8,000 in prize money.

For information, call 727-347-6136.

Center Stage Concerts Series lineup announced

LARGO – The 2019 Center Stage Concerts Series will get underway with “Nearly Diamond – A Neil Diamond Tribute” Thursday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo.

Other concerts in the series will include the following:

  • The Atlantic City Boys – Thursday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. The Atlantic City Boys will showcase their spot-on harmonies covering everything from Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons to the Beach Boys.
  • “Get Ready – The Temptations & Four Tops Tribute” – Thursday, March 28, 1 p.m.

Tickets are $16 a show for center seating and $14 a show for side seating. Three-show ticket packages also are available. Concessions will be available at each concert beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 1, at the Largo Community Center. For information, call 727-518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com.

Jack Kerouac Literary Roast set

ST. PETERSBURG – Wordier Than Thou will host the Jack Kerouac Literary Roast Sunday, Jan. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Local writers, artists and community leaders will lovingly roast the iconic Beat writer Jack Kerouac. Kerouac – portrayed by Matt Walker – will even make an appearance at the roast. There also will be a Kerouac Lookalike Contest and a raffle with some cool items up for grabs.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Entry includes one drink at the bar. For tickets, visit www.wordierthanthou.com/shop/literaryroast2018.

This event is a benefit for Wordier Than Thou. A portion of the proceeds also be donated to the Friends of the Jack Kerouac House.