By the looks of the lineup of shows and special events in Tarpon Springs from now until mid August, one would think it was entertainment high season instead of summer slack time.
The third annual Summer Solstice Festival of the Arts from this weekend through Aug. 14 features 11 shows, concerts and talks on everything from opera to dancing to a Broadway comedy.
"It's six weeks of great performances, concerts and workshops," said Gen Haley, publicist for the series.
The shows are in addition to the monthly "Night in the Islands" music and dance events along the sponge docks on Dodecanese Boulevard from 6 to 11 p.m. July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5; and a series of Greek dance classes ($30) every Wednesday through July 20.
The Summer Solstice shows take place at three venues: the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.; the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 100 Pinellas Ave. (Alt. U.S. 19); and Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Tickets and information for those and other events are available at the box office at (727) 942-5605 and online at tarponarts.org.
Summer Solstice Festival of the Arts
2 P.M. SUNDAY: The New Century Opera chorus performs at Heritage Museum. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members and students.
7:30 P.M. THURSDAY: "David Powers: A Broadway Baritone in Love," at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, is a one-man show about a fictitious Broadway leading man at the twilight of his career. He recalls his favorite lady friends, shares anecdotes about the theater world, and does Broadway's greatest baritone ballads: Some Enchanted Evening and This Nearly Was Mine from South Pacific; Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' from Oklahoma!; and others. Tickets are $13 for nonmembers, $11 for members and students.
JULY 8-10 AND 15-17: Same Time, Next Year, a Tony Award-winning comedy about two people married to others who meet once a year for a romantic tryst for 25 years, comes to the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers, $13 for members and students.
10 A.M. JULY 9: A flamenco dance and music workshop at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center is open to all ages and levels of experience, though class size is limited. Tuition is $10.
3 P.M. JULY 10: Special event: Music director Constantine Grame talks about the history, the story and the music of My Fair Lady (see below). Free, at the Heritage Museum.
2 P.M. JULY 17: "Patterns of Eloquence," a cello concert with Theresa Villani, comes to the Heritage Museum. Tickets are $13 for nonmembers, $11 for members and students.
JULY 22-24 AND 29-31: The Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present Lerner and Loewe's musical My Fair Lady at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. It's the story of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, whose speaking pattern is transformed by the arrogant linguist Henry Higgins so much that she could pass for royalty. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18, $16 and $12.
2 P.M. AUG. 7: "Uncovering Carmen" is a presentation by Opera Tampa Young Artists at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. It concludes a weeklong intensive workshop held by opera director Tito Capobianco for the young singers. Tickets are $15 and $13.
2 P.M. AUG. 14: Opera Tampa's Maria Zouves will lead an interactive quiz show with music from opera, musical theater and more, with prizes (but no homework). Tickets are $16, $14 for members, $12 for students.