Plan now for writers conference at Eckerd College
The 12th Annual Eckerd College Writers Conference: Writers in Paradise has announced the lineup authors for its popular Evening Reading Series. The free series kicks off Jan. 16 with a reading by Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with Writers in Paradise director and Eckerd professor Les Standiford. The series closes Jan. 23 with a reading and talk by New York Times best-selling author and Eckerd College graduate Dennis Lehane, co-founder of the conference. His most recent novel is World Gone By. All readings are in Miller Auditorium on campus and begin at 8 p.m., followed by author signings. No tickets or reservations are required. A reception and book sale begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. The eight-day conference will run Jan. 16-23. For more information, visit writersinparadise.eckerd.edu or call (727) 864-7994.
Holiday concerts at SPC
St. Petersburg College will host several musical concerts to celebrate the holiday season. Here are some of the highlights:
• SPC faculty members Daniel Joiner, Mark Feinman and Alejandro Arenas will present a jazz trio concert featuring holiday favorites and selections from Joiner's new solo piano Christmas album Joy at Christmas Time. 7-8 p.m. Friday at the SPC Music Center on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Admission is $10 general admission and free for SPC students and staff with ID.
• The SPC Concert Chorus joins the choir of Christ Church for a concert of seasonal music featuring The St. Luke Christmas Story by Cecil Effinger, plus carols, audience sing-a-longs and the Christ Church Handbell Ringers. 3 p.m., Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Admission is free.
• The annual seasonal choral concert by the SPC Madrigalians will be held at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on the Tarpon Springs campus. The 16-voice ensemble will perform Christmas songs and carols featuring choral arrangements, solos and special selections drawn from the classics. 3-4 p.m. Dec. 12. Admission is free. The campus is at 600 Klosterman Road.
• Vocalist Chuck Wansley joins the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra in a special concert of swinging big band music. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Palladium Theater's Side Door, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. General admission is $15.
Weekend College program an option for busy students
Prospective students who want to learn about the Weekend College program at St. Petersburg College are invited to an information session from 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Room ES-104 at the Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater. People whose work or family responsibilities keep them too busy to attend classes during the week can earn an associate in arts or associate in science in business administration degree by taking classes entirely on the weekends. For more information, visit spcollege.edu/weekendcollege/.