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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Back to the '60s at Stageworks Theater's Tie Dye Black-Tie

We get by with a little help from our friends, sang Stageworks Theatre supporters at Tie Dye Black-Tie, their fourth buffet and ball benefit at Centro Asturiano.

The '60s theme sent guests digging deep in their closets for bell-bottoms, go-go boots and peace signs to wear to Saturday's $125-ticket groovy gala. Entertainment by guitarist Liz Hollister, the 7- to 15-year-old Little Temptations and a Hair routine by the Frank Rey dancers set the clock back.

Brendan McLaughlin of WFTS-Ch. 28 joked with anchor Deiah Riley: "Why couldn't the lifeguard save the hippie?"

"He was too far out, man,'' came the groaner as the emcees helped Stageworks net $55,000 to build out its Channel District theater, including $22,000 for the Rainbow Tribe youth outreach headquarters.

Groundbreaking is set for Jan. 27, crowed artistic director Anna Brennen.

Ricky Cona moved the crowd singing The Prayer, Palm River community leader Hakim Henderson led his drummers, and soon everybody was twistin' and shoutin' on the dance floor.

38th annual Krewe of Sant'Yago Coronation Ball

El Rey XXXVIII Michael Scannon honored his wife Susan's late uncle, Henry Fernandez, by wearing his crest, crown and colors to Saturday's coronation by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago. Dr. Fernandez was a founder, the first baron and the fourth king of the Latin men's club.

Beside King Scannon sat La Reina Samantha Fourqurean, daughter of Daphne and Dennis Fourqurean, a Gaither High grad who's now a premed University of South Florida freshman.

Joe Pando, the 24th baron, narrated as Jamie Urso, captain of the knights, hustled in his gorgeously costumed men from all four corners of A La Carte Pavilion. Each entryway represented a route or, in Spanish, a camino, to Santiago de Compostela, including "El Camino a Ybor City." The five newest knights entered last: Doug Andrews, Ric Spearin, Allan Escher, Renynold Gosselin and Robert Ferrera.

Abdicating King Bernardus Geradts thanked the brotherhood, education foundation and Las Damas auxiliary, then joked that King Scannon, a Tampa dermatologist, would now "save our skins."

TGH Foundation Night at the Circus

Thanks to Tampa General Hospital Foundation's 19th annual circus incentive, local charities treated 2,000 people to an amazing performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The free tickets come from sponsors who donate them back; for example, $10,000 givers get 197 seats, $500 donors got 10. Add elephantine checks from SunTrust Bank and the Wallace Family Foundation, and the Jan. 7 benefit raised $175,000 for TGH's neonatal intensive care unit.

With these donations came passes to Night at the Circus in the Icons restaurant at the St. Pete Times Forum, hosted by the Lightning Foundation. Grownups clowned around as much as the kids, meeting costumed acrobats and tumblers, downing hot dogs and pizza and dancing to a DJ. Among 500 amused guests: Pam and Les Muma, Toni Everett, Dan Mahurin and Shelton Quarles.

Then it was show time, classic but high tech, the first circus produced by two women, sisters Alana and Nicole Feld. Cutest performer: baby elephant Barack, born on Inauguration Eve 2009.

Stageworks Theatre's Tie Dye Black-Tie


Wednesday: Blank Canvas Breakfast benefits MacDonald Training Center, 8 a.m., Quorum Hotel, 700 N West Shore Blvd.; donations welcome; (813) 870-1300, ext. 252.

Jan. 22: Tampa Bay History Center annual black-tie gala, 6:30 p.m., 801 Old Water St.; $250; (813) 228-0097.

Jan. 24: Tampa Jewish Federation Annual President's Dinner, guest speaker David Brooks, 5:30 p.m., A La Carte Pavilion; $75 and up; (813) 264-9000.

Jan. 28: A Choice Affair

luncheon benefits Planned

Parenthood, 11:30 a.m. Maestro's at Straz Center; $50, general;

$20, student; (941) 365-3913,

ext. 1105.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Back to the '60s at Stageworks Theater's Tie Dye Black-Tie

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