Sunday, January 21, 2018
Features and More

Things to do in Pasco County

Theater buffs

Hometown holiday talent: Richey Suncoast Theatre features local talent in A Pasco Christmas, through Sunday at 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sunday at 2:30 p.m. $17, reserved seating. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and an hour before each show. (727) 842-6777.

Santa Baby: A Show Palace Christmas features matinees and evening shows held on select Wednesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 25, at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Adults: dinner and show, $49.50; show only, $38.45, plus tax and tip. Ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95. (727) 863-7949 or toll free 1-888-655-7469.

The greatest love story: The National Players present Romeo and Juliet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. $15 adults; $10 students. (727) 774-7382.

All in one: Three actors perform Every Christmas Story Ever Told featuring holiday traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times and topical pop culture. Weekends through Dec. 9 at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Shows are 8 p.m., except for Sundays at 2 p.m. $16; $14 members/student. Opening night (Nov. 30) all seats are $10 and include a complimentary reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Artist Faire Gallery, 111 E. Tarpon Ave.

Curtain call

Richey Suncoast Theatre open auditions for Thoroughly Modern Millie will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the theater, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of your choice and do a cold reading from the script. Some roles require basic tap dancing skills. Advanced tappers are also wanted.

Musically inclined

Holiday fare: The Nature Coast Festival Singers brings some 80 voices together from three counties to present their Christmas concert at local churches. Concerts will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Avenue W in Brooksville and 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 US Hwy 19N, Hudson. A free will offering will be accepted to support the Ayer Endowment Scholarship Fund.

Belting it out: The Thursday Musicale monthly concert will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Rd. New Port Richey. Featured performer is vocalist John Timpanelli. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be taken to help fund scholarships for high school music students. Call (727) 934-3647.

Dinner and a song: The Richey Community Orchestra presents its "Santa's Swinging" dinner party Dec. 9 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cash bar at 1 p.m., dinner at 1:30 p.m., show at 3 p.m. Tickets $35; mail a check, payable to the Richey Community Orchestra, to 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson, FL. 34667. No credit cards accepted.

Art events

Artsy gifts: Handmade Holiday Gift Gallery, through Dec. 29 at the Progress Energy Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 848-6500 or www.nprgallery.com.

A historic view: "Waypoints: A 40-year Journey," an exhibit on the history of Pasco-Hernando Community College, runs through Dec. 13 at the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road. (727) 816-3231.

Send events to Michele Miller, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668 or email [email protected] Submit items at least two weeks in advance.

Historic model ships and reception

See the exhibit of John Evanhouse Jr.'s historic model ships and meet the artist at a special reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the HiBrow Gallery, 14125 7th Street, Dade City. Other featured artists include award winning quilter, Pat Gatson Cauard and painters Kit Wintz and Paula Campbell. Call (813)417-6336.

Comments
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Published: 01/20/18
‘Mike Hammer - Encore for Murder’ serves up hard-boiled 1950s fare with a healthy side of wit

‘Mike Hammer - Encore for Murder’ serves up hard-boiled 1950s fare with a healthy side of wit

CLEARWATER — From the moment the title character takes center stage, Mike Hammer — Encore for Murder is sold. Rarely does one actor own an entire production the way Gary Sandy owns this world premiere, and it’s a pleasure at watch, in large measure t...
Published: 01/19/18
Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Banksy’s Haight Street Rat coming to Winter Haven gallery

Fans of notorious street artist and activist Banksy won’t have to travel too far to see one of his original pieces, thanks to an exhibit opening on Jan. 27 at the Outer Space Gallery in Winter Haven. The "Haight Street Rat" will be on display, on the...
Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
Overtourism and safety cited in Fodor’s where-not-to-go list

Overtourism and safety cited in Fodor’s where-not-to-go list

As you contemplate all those "where to go in 2018" lists, here’s a twist: a list of places to avoid in the new year. The where not to go list is from Fodor’s, the travel guidebook publisher. Fodor’s "no list" includes places plagued by overtourism an...
Published: 01/18/18
Bar review: Florida spirits and brews at the newest Local Draught House in Tampa

Bar review: Florida spirits and brews at the newest Local Draught House in Tampa

I don’t consider myself "old" — though I have gotten into a bad habit of informing door people insistent on checking my ID that I’m halfway to 70. But I’m frequently made aware of how far removed my lifestyle is from that of my 20s.So when I walked i...
Published: 01/18/18
Local craft beer of the week: Electric Wizard IPA from 7venth Sun Brewery

Local craft beer of the week: Electric Wizard IPA from 7venth Sun Brewery

The past six months have been kind to Dunedin’s 7venth Sun Brewery. In August, the brewery’s long-awaited Tampa expansion finally happened, with its much larger Seminole Heights facility and tasting room opening in a town eager to try its range of ul...
Published: 01/18/18
Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

Fabio is coming! Not the Fabio on your romance novel, with the billowing hair and large quantities of artificial butter. This Fabio, in all likelihood, uses real butter. And olive oil. Fabio Viviani, the charming Top Chef alum known for appearances...
Published: 01/17/18
Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

LA SEGUNDAA Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrated that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a...
Published: 01/17/18
Shake Shack inches closer to Tampa Bay with new Florida restaurant

Shake Shack inches closer to Tampa Bay with new Florida restaurant

Beloved burger restaurant Shake Shack, which once inspired hungry diners to wait in hours-long lines at New York's Madison Square Park before expanding with dozens of locations across the U.S., is inching closer to Tampa Bay. A lease agreement  with...
Published: 01/17/18