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  1. 'Abduction from the Seraglio' by St. Petersburg Opera shows off Mozart's genius

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — A nearly full house turned out on Friday for the St. Petersburg Opera's first production of 2016, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio.

    The cast of Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio" includes (from left) Alexandra Batsios as Konstanze, Wesley Morgan as Belmonte, Marielle Murphy as Blonde,and Scott Joiner as Pedrillo. The show starts at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theater. [St. Petersburg Opera Co.]
  2. The maestro, the money and the unfinished 'Great Gatsby' opera

    Human Interest

    Mark Sforzini's unfinished opera is about a complicated relationship.

    St. Petersburg Opera Company conductor Mark Sforzini [Lara Cerri   |   Times (2010)]
  3. Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' outdoes Abe Lincoln and his vampires

    Movies

    Author Seth Grahame-Smith has dined out on the winning combination of stitching together two incongruous things, one high-brow, one low, and letting the concept do the heavy lifting. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter gave readers, and then movie-going audiences, an axe-twirling Honest Abe. His other literary …

    The best choice of this film isn’t the addition of zombies. It’s making the Bennett sisters, including Jane and Elizabeth (Bella Heathcote and Lily James), trained in martial arts.
  4. Review: Coen brothers can't keep 'Hail, Caesar!' together

    Movies

    The big book of Joel and Ethan Coen's characters must be stuffed with ideas, paper scraps jotted with traits and scrapes for the next Dude, Barton or Marge to get into and out of.

    George Clooney plays matinee idol Baird Whitlock, who disappears off the set of his biblical epic knock-off of The Robe.
  5. Dunedin's Mardi Gras expected to draw 30,000 with parade, festival

    Events

    DUNEDIN

    In the early '90s, a series of events took place that helped revive a dying downtown, including a Main Street streetscape program, the completion of a 10-mile stretch of the Pinellas Trail and the formation of an active Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association that held events to draw in the …

    Mardi Gras mask and beads from Brady’s collection.
  6. Plan your weekend Feb. 5-7: Florida State Fair, orchestra salutes Final Fantasy video game music, Monster Jam returns

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Food on a stick

    Florida State Fair: The fair returns today and runs through Feb. 15 with rides, exhibits, entertainment, animals and of course lots of deep-fried food on a stick. Admission is $11-$13 at the gate at 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. You can save money if …

    Stage Masters of Illusion The family-friendly spectacular features grand illusions, vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and audience participation. Performers, from the hit CW television show Masters of Illusion, include Jonathan Pendragon, who was on Magic Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential magicians; Greg Gleason, above, who makes a helicopter materialize on stage; Las Vegas favorite Michael Turco, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent; and magic-comedian Nathan Phan. $22-$52 at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. 8 p.m. Friday. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.
  7. Bern's Winefest tickets go on sale Saturday, and you better not dawdle

    Food & Dining

    Tickets for the always in demand Bern's Winefest go on sale Saturday, and those in the know will have their browsers queued up that morning.

    One of the biggest draws is the week-ending the grand tasting event at Haven featuring 200 wines.
Times files (2012)
  8. Movie planner: Handicapping the Oscars; 'Hail, Caesar!,' 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' open

    Movies

    OSCARS HANDICAPPING: Directors Guild of America edition

    Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.”
  9. Art Planner: Portraits of the Museum of Fine Arts and Jeffrey Kronsnoble at Clayton

    Visual Arts

    FACE TIME: PORTRAITS AT THE MFA

    Ah, the portrait. It seems like such a straightforward art: portray a person as you see him. But things get in the way of verisimilitude — the vanity of the sitter or the ego of the artist, for example. The best portraits balance both impulses in finding an essence in an …

    Lisbon Hybrid, a series of paintings by Jeffrey Kronsnoble at Clayton Galleries in Tampa.
  10. Things to do Planner: Renaissance Festival, Masters of Illusion, Undy Run

    Events

    HUZZAH! Bay Area Renaissance Festival

    There will be juggling, mimes, archery contests, turkey drumsticks and more at the 38th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival.