Shindigs, plays, music, movies

Smokey Joe Keeps on Rollin': Smokey Joe's Cafe continues through Sept. 21 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $46; show only, $34.95; ages 12 and younger, $28.45 and $23.45; all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

Imaginative art: The Magical, Mystical World of An Artist's Imagination, featuring work by Sue Holland, continues through Sept. 27 at Progress Energy Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, except on "First Friday" reception days, when an artists' reception is held from 6 to 9 p.m. Free.

Patriots on parade: Auditions for 1776 are at 7 tonight and 1 p.m. Saturday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Roles are for 25 men of varying ages and two women in their late 20s or early 30s. Rehearsals begin the first week of September. Production dates are Nov. 6-23. Call (352) 683-4302.

Practice makes perfect: Thursday Musicale, a nonsectarian women's chorus, will hold its first rehearsal at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Call Edna Kotal at (727) 847-5920 for audition information. Future mandatory rehearsals are 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; performances are the first Thursday of each month from October through April (except January). Members must read music and wear pastel gowns for concerts.

Free movie: The movie The Bucket List will be shown at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tarpon Springs Recreation, 400 Walton Ave. Free.

Wrap-up for Joe: Centennial Opera Group will present a free series of video highlights from its "Viva Giuseppe" study of the life and operas of Verdi on 12:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

Art shindig: Progress Energy Art Gallery will hold "First Friday Artist's Reception" from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The exhibit is open noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 27.

The Bard's best: Shakespeare's Hamlet is set weekends from Sept. 5-14 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Shows are at 8 p.m. Sept. 5, 6, 12 and 13; 2 p.m. Sept. 7 and 14. Tickets are $18 regular; $16 members; free to ages 16 and younger with ticket holder. Reserved seats. Call (727) 942-5605.

Ballet triangle: A video of Ludwig Minkus' ballet La Bayadere will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Free.

Friends for friends: Korean War Veterans Chapter 174 will host "Cease Fire," a dinner and show by Korean dancers to mark the 55th anniversary of the end to fighting in Korea, on Sept. 6 at the Spring Hill VFW 10209 Hall, 14736 Edward Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Doors open at 2 p.m. with cash bar; buffet at 3 p.m.; show is 4 to 5:30 p.m.; dancing is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner, show and dance, $20. Call Rich Mellinger at (352) 688-7196.

Popular art show: "Pasco Art 2008," an exhibit of new, original art, will be at the Pasco Arts Council's art center Sept. 12 through Oct. 24. The center is at 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. A reception honoring the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Send items for Diversions: Out and About to Bridget Grumet, St. Petersburg Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668 or e-mail bgrumet@sptimes.com.

Shindigs, plays, music, movies 08/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:24pm]

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