As the more skittish among us worry about the current hurricane season, the more optimistic view late August and September as the arrival of another exciting season of entertainment and art. The Times has already announced the 2010-11 seasons for several area venues, including the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Richey Suncoast Theatre, Stage West Community Playhouse and the Stage West Forum, Frank Parsons Big Band and Aripeka Elks (those stories can be found online at links.tampabay.com). Others are just now coming out with their upcoming shows, with still others yet to come.
Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation
The newly renovated PHCC Performing Arts Center on the campus at 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, will host three night and three afternoon shows this season.
Ticket prices vary by show and seat location. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, seniors, PHCC students and staffers. Several season packages are being offered. Starting Sept. 13, tickets can be purchased with a Visa or MasterCard through the box office at (727) 816-3707, at the campus bookstore (during limited hours) or online at phcc.edu/tix.
8 p.m. Jan. 15: Gaelic Storm, the hugely popular and entertaining Celtic band from the movie Titanic, usually sells out early. Tickets are $30 for premium seats and $25 for side sections.
8 p.m. Feb. 12: Phil Dirt and the Dozers return for a second performance of hits from the 1950s and 60s (they're the ones who did a Beach Boys tribute last year). Tickets are $30 and $25.
2 p.m. Feb. 19: Vegas, Soul and Rock & Roll, a salute to several music genres, from big band to American Bandstand — the Rat Pack, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli & the Four Season and others. Tickets are $20 and $15.
8 p.m. March 12: Strawberry Fields, a tribute to the Beatles. Tickets are $30 and $25.
2 p.m. March 19: Martin Preston re-creates the music and look of the late Liberace. Tickets are $20 and $15.
2 p.m. March 26: The Crystals, led by original member Dee Dee Kennebrew, will sing their Motown hits, Da Do Ron Ron, And Then He Kissed Me and others. Tickets are $20 and $15.
PHCC Fine Arts Gallery
The gallery is in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the New Port Richey campus (see above) and is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Some of the exhibits have opening receptions, to be announced later.
Through Sept. 25: Florida Westcoast Ceramic Society's hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery.
Sept. 30-Nov. 6: "Azul Totalmente," an exhibit of works dominated by the color blue by Tampa-based Coalition of Hispanic Artists.
Nov. 10-Dec. 11: Decorative painting on functional and nonfunctional surfaces presented by the Nature Coast Decorative Artists.
Jan. 6-Feb. 3: "Art Treasures by 'M,' " an exhibit of Florida-themed photographs by Madelyn McMillian-Wise.
Feb. 10-April 9: "The Heart Gallery," photos of foster children ready for families, presented by Progress Energy Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco.
April 14-May 12: "Farm Team — A Season in the Minors," photographs of the Savannah Sand Gnats' 2004 season, the 100th anniversary of minor league ball in Savannah, Ga.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra has 55 to 65 members, all of them volunteers. Conductor is Wayne Raymond, who is also music director at West Hernando Middle School and is frequently a director or music director at Stage West.
Assistant conductor is Michele DiLuzio, who also plays trumpet in the orchestra and was founder and is conductor the Bells of St. Frances, a three-octave handbell choir.
The orchestra's official season includes three programs each year, each of them presented three times. The first program will be holiday music. The second is called "Out of This World." The final concert will have music by American composers.
The Saturday series is held at 7:30 p.m. at Hernando Performing Arts Center on the campus of Hernando High School, at 700 Bell Ave. (off Howell Avenue north of downtown), Brooksville. Concerts are on Dec. 11, Feb. 26 and April 16.
The Sunday series is at 2 p.m. at Springstead High School Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Performances are on Dec. 5, Feb. 20 and April 17.
The Tuesday series is at 7:30 p.m., also at Springstead High; concerts are on Nov. 30, Feb. 22 and April 19.
Season tickets are $30. Individual concerts are $12 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-12. For tickets and information, call (352) 597-9555 or visit hernandosymphony.com.
Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild
The guild presents five traveling road shows at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., shows are at 7. Individual shows are $25. Season tickets are $80 for all five shows. Call (352) 799-5577.
Nov. 6: Harmik, a Tom Jones impersonator. Opening act is comic Johnny Roberts.
Dec. 4: The Diamonds, successors to the original 1950s group that sang Little Darlin', Why Do Fools Fall in Love and others.
Jan. 23: Cirque de Monde (note that the show is on a Sunday).
Feb. 19: The Lowe Family, a Branson, Mo., group that sings, dances and plays musical instruments.
March 19: Johnny Cool & the Mobster Swing Band, a retro-swing group doing songs from the '20s and '30s.
Community Performing Arts Guild at Mariner United Methodist Church
The popular series at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will have six concerts, plus one concert for subscribers only.
In an unusual setup, guild subscribers underwrite the basic costs for bringing in the shows, which allows many other people to attend for free (though they are asked to make a donation toward performers' expenses).
"Our goal is to have 350 subscribers and 350 complimentary ticket holders at each show," said Phyllis Chiswell, president of the 18-year-old organization.
Subscribers choose from a 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. performance and are guaranteed a seat in the center section. The rest of the tickets are distributed a few weeks beeeks before each show (dates of distribution will be published on the Diversions page of the Pasco and Hernando Times sections) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Season tickets are $60; deadline for purchase is Sept. 30. Call (352) 544-1068 or (352) 597-1703 for information. Checks made payable to CPAG may be mailed or delivered to Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609, with name, address and number of tickets wanted, and preferred performance time.
The season includes four new acts and three returning ones.
Nov. 13: Jimmy Travis, comedy and music from the main showrooms of Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Branson, Mo.
Dec. 11: James Rogers Holiday Show.
Jan. 15: Mac Frampton on piano.
Jan. 29: Subscribers only. The Diamonds, successors to the 1950s group that sang Silhouettes, The Stroll and other favorites.
Feb. 12: 42Five (said "four to five"), a five-member a cappella group that makes the sounds of all musical instruments as the quintet sings rock, funk, jazz, blues, gospel, country and classics.
Feb. 26: Let's Hang On, a 10-member group doing the songs of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.
March 12: Fernando Varela, "the Puerto Rican Pavarotti," who has performed in 24 countries.