from soul to doo-wop SUNDAY AT THE PALACE GRAND
Shades of Blue will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Known for hits such as Oh How Happy and Greetings (This is Uncle Sam), Shades of Blue has performed with legendary artists from the 1950s and '60s, including the Four Tops, the Platters, the Coasters, Martha Reeves and the Drifters. Tickets are $20, plus tax. For reservations, call (727) 863-7949.
See soap star's wild side: Walt Willey, best known for his role as Jackson Montgomery for more than 20 years on the TV soap opera All My Children, will perform his "Wild and Willey" comedy show at 8 p.m. today at the Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave., Masaryktown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. For information, call (352) 232-3308. A performance of Willey's "Wild Bill! An Evening With James Butler Hickok" show, which had been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, has been canceled.
Water warriors: The Weeki Wachee Warrior Challenge kicks off today at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, with a Blue Star Memorial byway marker dedication at noon. This is a three-day event to provide scuba dive training to wounded veterans and their families. Underwater racing events will be staged inside the park, in the springs. There's a race meeting and registration today. Demonstrations, dive training and race practice is Saturday. Various Formula H2O underwater races are Sunday. The registration fee for racers is $50; spectators pay $30. For full details, visit wreckracingleague.com. Call Weeki Wachee Springs at (352) 592-5656.
Out of the storm: Bus Stop, Stage West Community Playhouse's 2012-13 season opener, wraps up this weekend at Stage West, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Based on the 1955 play by William Inge, the drama is set in a rural diner where bus passengers take shelter during a storm. Shows are 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.
Evening of art: The Spring Hill Art League will co-host a reception for local artists Emerson Barron, Judy Newton and Mae Pollizze from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. Refreshments will be served. The artists' paintings will remain on display at the cafe through October. For information, call (352) 556-3984.
Food, music and cars: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will host an Uptown Block Party and Cruise-In from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall and SunTrust Bank parking lots in downtown Brooksville. The free family event will include live music, food vendors, cars on display, and beer and wine. The cruise-in is coordinated by Monster Transmission. For event information, call (352) 540-3835. For details about the cruise-in, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491, or email [email protected]
Surprise love: The musical She Loves Me! runs weekends through Sept. 30 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2:30 p.m. $17, reserved seating. Call (727) 842-6777.
Celebrating with music, organic foods: Organic Americana — Celebrating Regional Tastes and Music, is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Crystal River Preserve State Park (Eco-Walk Trailhead), 5990 N Tallahassee Road, Crystal River. Musical entertainment kicks off at 2 p.m., featuring the New 76ers, Sabal and Hardee Myer. Vendors will sell regional fresh foods. Includes artists and vendors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of the Crystal River State Parks. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 on festival day; children 6 and younger admitted free. Call (407) 927-8032 or visit swampgroove.com.