Two for one film fests: The cinematic past meets the future during the fourth Thomas Meighan Film Festival and the 33rd Black Maria Film and Video Festival at 7:30 tonight at the Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. The festivals showcase work by filmmaker Bobby Marinelli of Hudson, plus international selections from some of the largest critically acclaimed film festivals. For information about the films and their artists, visit tmfilmfest.com. Tickets are $8 online or at the Richey Suncoast Theatre box office. Call (727) 992.0024 or email [email protected]
Art class: A wire artistry class is from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tampa jewelry artisan Debra Peisner will instruct the students, who will create wire-sculpted unisex rings out of copper wire and some stones, which will be provided and are included in the class fee. Additional stones, plus sterling silver wire, will be available for purchase. $30 per person. RSVP by May 7. Call (727) 848-6500 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]
Night in the Islands: Tarpon Arts presents Greek music, dancing and dining as part of Night in the Islands from 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the sponge docks on Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope and Athens streets in Tarpon Springs. An hour of free Greek dance lessons by the Levendia Dance Troupe starts at 6 p.m. The night also features music by Odyssey. For information, call (727) 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org online.
Movie night: See the film Facing the Giants at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Free Church of Jesus Christ, 2435 U.S. Highway 19, Suite 250, Holiday. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call (727) 934-0222.
A comedy-thriller: See a performance of comedy-thriller play The 39 Steps at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. The play is two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning fast-paced "whodunit" about a man whose boring life changes when a woman who says she's a spy is murdered in his home. Tickets are $20, or $18 for members and students. Call (727) 942-5605 or visit tarponarts.org online.
Handbell concert: The Suncoast Bronze Ringers, a group of advanced handbell ringers, perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. A free will offering will be collected. For information, call Linda Glosson at (727) 463-0842 or Jackie Kerschbaum at (727) 868-6365.
Follow the yellow brick road: Join Dorothy Gale of Kansas as she travels through the magical Land of Oz alongside the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion. The Wizard of Oz runs from May 8 to June 15 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. Highway 19 in Hudson. Cocktails start at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays. $49.50 for dinner and show; $38.45 show only; ages 11 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. (727) 863-7949 or showpalace.net.
The wild side of art: The May exhibition at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery is called "Walk on the Wild Side" and starts with a reception from 6-9 tonight at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Wild, innovative and creative abstract and digital art, collage and expressionistic and surrealistic media will be on display through May 31. Art by John Howie, the featured artist for the month, and by students from River Ridge High School, is also on display. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (727) 848-6500 or email [email protected]
Mother's Day weekend magic: Jay Scott Berry, a magician from Australia, performs at 8 p.m. May 9, at 5 and 8 p.m. May 10 and at 5 p.m. May 11 at Merlin's Theater, 7150 Congress Street, New Port Richey. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. During the 5 p.m. show May 10, bring a canned good to save $3 on an adult ticket purchased at the theater. Otherwise, tickets can be purchased online at visualmagicshop.com/events or at the box office at the theater, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call (727) 748-8822.
Dinner and a show with a mind reader: Mind reader/mentalist "Lar" performs mind reading and telepathy over a three-course dinner at 7 p.m. May 10 at the River Ridge Golf and Country Club, 11022 Tee Time Circle, New Port Richey. Tickets are $26. Call (727) 378-3332.
Celebrate mom: Richey Community Orchestra performs "Sinatra Salutes the Ladies Dinner Show" on Sunday, May 11 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Entertainer Andy Stefano performs selections such as Summer Wind, My Way, Nice and Easy, Witchcraft, New York, New York and more at this special Mother's Day Show. Cocktails start at 1 p.m. (cash bar). Dinner is served at 1:30 p.m. The show starts at 3 p.m. $40. Advance reservations required online at richeycommunityorchestra.com or at the RCO Box Office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson. (727) 919-3866.