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Ybor piano auction, Gulfport musical among week's events

LAST CALL FOR PIANO PLAYERS: Those colorful pianos that have been dotting Ybor City have their final hurrah this week. After Saturday they'll be gone. See if you can find all 10 scattered throughout the historic district. And if you're interested in owning one, the silent auction is going on through Friday at MC Film Festival at Eighth Avenue and 15th Street in Ybor.

HAPPY 100TH, GULFPORT: The little hamlet that hugs Boca Ciega Bay is kicking off its centennial celebration with an original production, Gulfport: the Musical. (One can only hope it'll be as great as Mayberry's was in the old Andy Griffith Show.) The play begins its run Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S. It runs weekends through Jan. 24, and tickets are $15.

MASTER BLASTER: Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews blows back into town Saturday for a concert at Skipper's. If you've never seen him, you'll wonder how someone can physically do some of the things he does with that horn while putting on one of the best rock-funk shows the area has ever seen. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door — if they last. Go to for details.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: If classical music is more your cup of tea, then there are three chances to catch the Florida Orchestra performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 this weekend in the bay area. The concert will open with the sounds of Richard Strauss' tone poems Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Death & Transfiguration, and then glide into the half-hour-long symphony composed in 1936 and originally performed in Moscow. The Florida Orchestra will be at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Friday at 8 p.m., at Mahaffey Theater on Saturday at 8 p.m. and at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, go to

CASTING CALL: If you've ever wanted to be in a movie, this may be your chance. Vater Entertainment and Epic Dawn Productions will hold auditions first-come, first-served for the psychological thriller Baine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnreg Convention Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. Needed are actors ages 14-60. Bring a head shot with resume. Experience is a plus, but not necessary. For more information, visit

Ybor piano auction, Gulfport musical among week's events 01/03/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 3, 2010 5:44pm]
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