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Live music, art on display and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

Taylor Hicks, the winner on Season 5 of the American Idol television show, will kick off the Spring Music Festival and Expo at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the private park at Fraternal Order of Police Pasco Lodge 29, 21735 YMCA Camp Road, Land O’Lakes. The festival will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will feature live music, a business expo and food trucks, plus drinks. Tickets to see Taylor Hicks are $25, or $40 for preferred seating. Admission to the festival is free Saturday. The cost to park either day is $5. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For information, visit centralpascochamber.com.

Idol kicks off music festival

Taylor Hicks, the winner on Season 5 of the American Idol television show, will kick off the Spring Music Festival and Expo at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the private park at Fraternal Order of Police Pasco Lodge 29, 21735 YMCA Camp Road, Land O’Lakes. The festival will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will feature live music, a business expo and food trucks, plus drinks. Tickets to see Taylor Hicks are $25, or $40 for preferred seating. Admission to the festival is free Saturday. The cost to park either day is $5. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For information, visit centralpascochamber.com.

On stage

A musical revue: Nicky Ciampoli will perform a show, "Nicky as Carol Channing," on Thursday at the Polish-American Club, 4616 Darlington Road, Holiday. Doors and the bar will open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Ciampoli, who graduated from River Ridge High School in 2003, will impersonate actress and singer Channing, whose popular songs include Hello, Dolly; Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend and Little Rock. Tickets are $25 for dinner and the show, and $15 for the show only. For information or to reserve tickets, call (727) 848-7826 or (727) 207-2495.

Local talent: The 33rd annual Spotlight on Talent finals will be at noon and 7 p.m. March 19 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. The first show will feature performers through eighth grade; the second show will feature performers who are in high school. The shows will feature multiple styles, including instrumental music, vocal music and dance. Tickets for adults are $12, or $20 for both shows; tickets for students through high school are $6, or $10 for both shows. For information, contact Barbara Friedman at (352) 567-1720 or spotlight@heritagearts.org, or visit heritagearts.org.

A Tony Award winner: Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will present the musical Ragtime at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 20. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $13 for groups of 10 or more. For information, call (352) 683-5113, send email to stagewest@att.net or visit stagewestfl.net.

Got glitz? Puttin' on the Glitz! is on stage through March 27 at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays; doors open 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $28, open seating, and are available online at ferrarostudiotheatre.com (click on white box under "Buy Tickets") or by calling (727) 409-0293.

Creepy and kooky: The Addams Family is on stage with Thursday matinee, Saturday evening and Sunday brunch performances through April 3 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50, plus tax and tip. Show only, group and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit showpalace.net.

Art events

Get artsy: The Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey, will have its Members Only Show on display through March 18. Admission is free; donations are accepted. For information, call (727) 845-7322 or visit pascoarts.org.

Celebrate with the artists: The Sunshine and Shadows art reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Mayor Rob Marlowe will present the Mayor's Choice Award to an artist. For information, call (727) 841-7732 or (727) 686-8585. Visit westpascoartguildandgallery.org.

Some art and some sweets: The Beacon Woods East Art Club/Class will host an art show and bake sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Beacon Woods East Clubhouse, 8421 Clayton Blvd. The event will include a display of acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel and charcoal art, featuring landscapes, portraits, seascapes, animals, flowers and contemporary images by local artists. The artists will be available to meet guests. Admission is free. Bake sale proceeds will be donated to a local charity, as will a portion of the proceeds from art sales. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. For information, call (727) 861-1666.

Art exhibit: "Suggs, Swepson and Mack: A Collaboration Exhibition of Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics" is on display through March 23 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 816-3231.

Art on display: Art by Roland Descombes is on display at Bug's Splatter Gallery, 5718 Sixth St., Zephryhills, through April 23. Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For information, call (217) 341-0274 or send email to bugssplatter@gmail.com.

Musically inclined

Jazzy springtime: The Hernando Jazz Society will present "Swing Into Spring," a nostalgic afternoon of live music, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. A cash bar and buffet, provided by the Sioux City Grill, will be available for purchase. New members and musicians welcome. Free for HJS members; non-members $10 per person, $15 couple. (352) 799-9690.

A taste of la dolce vita: The Richey Community Orchestra will perform a show, "A Taste of Italy," March 20 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The event will start with cocktails at 1 p.m. A lasagna or roasted chicken dinner will follow at 1:30 p.m., and the show will start at 3 p.m. The 50-piece orchestra and soloists Andy Stefano and Natalie Nelson will pay tribute to two legendary Italian vocalists: the King of Cool, Dean Martin, and the Queen of Song, Connie Francis. Seating is at tables of 10, and reservations are required. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased in person or by mail at the RCO Box Office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson, FL 34667. Tickets also may be purchased online at richeycommunityorchestra.com. For information, call Denise Isaacson at (727) 919-3866.

For the family

Magical laughter: Merlin's Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey, will present performances by Geoff Williams, a comedic magician, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Williams is a three-time winner of the Magician of the Year title, bestowed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and wrote more than a dozen Top 10 lists for The Late Show with David Letterman. Advance general admission tickets are $17.50 for adults, $15.50 for children and $60 for a family pack (two adults, three children). VIP reserved seating tickets are $22.50 for adults, $17.50 for children and $85 for a family pack. All tickets are $5 extra on the day of the show. For tickets or information, call (727) 748-8800 or visit visualmagicshop.com/events/events-new.htm.

Other fun

Entertainment, German style: The German-American Club of Spring Hill will host a show featuring Romy, Duo Leuchtfeuer, Sanny, Simon Radler and Harmonika Peter, who all are performers from Germany, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. Tickets are $15 for German-American Club members and $22 for non-members. For information, call (352) 688-3744.

Party on: Rock the Boat Productions and Wright's Nutrients will host the Railroad Square Block Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Square (along Nebraska Avenue, between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street) in downtown New Port Richey. Local musician Corey Cottrell will perform. The event also will feature a street market of vendors, offering locally grown produce and handcrafted items, plus games for kids and adults. Admission is free. For information, visit facebook.com/rocktheboatproductions.

St. Patrick's festival: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early at a series of events on Saturday at the Citrus County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Festivities will start with the DRC Sports Shamrock Scamper 5K at 4 p.m., followed by the St. Patrick's Parade at 5 p.m., with the Mutt Strut. Shamrock the Block, a free concert, will start at 7 p.m. and will feature the Doerfels Band.

Seafood and fun fundraiser: The SunWest Park Crab and Shrimp Festival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. March 18 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 19 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. The event will feature an appearance by NASCAR rookie Cody Lane and his Truck Series racing truck, plus live music, a boat show, artists, a kids zone and seafood. Admission is free on March 18 and $5 on March 19. Parking is $5, but free March 19 with a March 18 parking ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Student Survival Organization. For information, visit simplyeventsfl/crab-shrimp-festival.

Former mermaids perform: A flashback performance by the Legendary Sirens, featuring retired mermaids from the 1950s to the 1970s, will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $13; $8 ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. (352) 592-5656. This event continues on Sunday.

Live music, art on display and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast 03/09/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 5:31pm]
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