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Summer Solstice Festival of events brings the arts to Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — Anyone looking for a cool way to spend their days and nights this summer should type "Tarpon Springs" into their GPS and head to the Summer Solstice Festival of the Performing Arts.

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It begins tonight and runs through Aug. 24. Events and performances, traditional and eclectic, should satisfy most everyone.

"We're very excited to be able to offer high-quality entertainment and education programs during the summer," said Kathleen Monahan, the city's cultural and civic services director. "We have a lot of residents who stay home and enjoy all the offerings in the area. We enjoy being a part of that."

Events range from classic theater productions to a steel drums concert, a Broadway musical and a New Orleans-style jazz concert.

TODAY THROUGH JUNE SUNDAY and JUNE 8-10: Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers.ee accompanying story, above.)

SATURDAY, July 7 and Aug. 4: "Night in the Islands," 6-11 p.m. on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks featuring outdoor dining, dancing and music. Greek music by the Bouzouki Boys from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dodecanese Boulevard at Riverwalk, west of Hope Street.

June 14: "Lunch and Learn" about Florida's history with University of South Florida professor Gary Mormino, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Tickets $15, members and students $12. Admission includes catered box lunch and soft drink. Advance tickets required.

June 15-17 and 22-24: Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky's comedy Hate Mail, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Tickets $16, members and students $14; all seats $10 on opening night.

June 22: New Century Opera Chorus, featuring choruses from favorite operas, 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Museum on Spring Bayou, 100 Beekman Lane. Tickets $14, members and students $10.

June 23: "A Night in New Orleans," featuring Hot 8 New Orleans Brass Band in concert, 8 p.m. and a tasting of traditional Cajun dishes, 7 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.; Tickets $26, members and students $23.

June 24:, Mozart's Titus (La clemenza di Tito), presented by New Century Opera, 2 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $22, members and students $18

June 29: Caribbean Sound Steel Drum and World Music Ensemble, 8 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $24, members and students $20.

July 20-22, 27-29: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $22, members and students $18

Aug. 24: Music out of a Hat, an interactive quiz show with host Maria Zouves and the VOICExperience Singers, 7 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $20, members and students $17.

Theodora Aggeles can be reached at cotheo@tampabay.rr.com.

IF YOU GO

Summer Solstice Festival of the Performing Arts

When: Tonight through

Aug. 24 at various times, dates and places

Where: Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., and other Tarpon locations

Tickets: tarponarts.org or (727) 942-5605

Summer Solstice Festival of events brings the arts to Tarpon Springs 05/31/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:34pm]
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