Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Pasco Things to Do for Sept. 9

On stage

Star search: Tin Pan Alley Productions Theater presents the Stars of Tomorrow Talent Search at 2 p.m. Sunday at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19, Port Richey. The show spotlights singers, dancers and musicians, with professional judges. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, which includes dessert and coffee. Those interested in entering the contest should contact Tin Pan Alley for audition dates. Call (727) 207-8496 or send email to [email protected]

Art events

Art on display: Art by Aaron M. Corbitt, a figurative and portraiture artist, is on display at Bug's Splatter Gallery, 5718 Sixth St., Zephyrhills, through Oct. 22. The work includes nudes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (217) 341-0274.

Natural life: "Life Beyond Ours," featuring the works of sculptor Evie Harper and painter Julie Komenda, is on display through Oct. 26 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Call (727) 816-3231.

Sculpture, youthful exhibits: Several exhibits wrap up this month at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. On display through Sept. 18 are: "Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection," featuring modernist and contemporary works from various sculptors; "School's Out: The Art of Youth Culture," featuring regional artists whose works draw on inspirations from skateboard art, album covers, gig posters, pinball and art found in other parts of youth culture, and "Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball," an effort with the Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children, students and active military with ID. Call (727) 712-5232.

Musically inclined

It's all in the lips: Local celebrities will compete in a Lip Sync Stigma Stopper Showdown at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Contestants will "sing" and perform their favorite tunes to raise awareness of mental health. Benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hernando. Tickets are $75. Call (352) 684-0004.

Youth perform classics: The Hernando Youth Orchestra will perform a free concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. The orchestra, comprised of more than 40 young musicians ages 5 to 18, plus a few adult mentor/coaches, plays a repertoire that is largely classical. Call (352) 397-4186.

Other fun

Local comic con: Star Con Expo, a comic convention, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Featuring a number of stars, including writer Chuck Dixon, actor Jason Vail, artist Javier Lugo, Fred Ottman (WWF's Tugboat), Luke of the Bushwackers and actor Don Teems. There will be a variety of entertainment, including Cosmic Punch, a Tampa rock band. There also will be silent auctions throughout the day to benefit charities. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door; free for ages 10 and younger. Call (813) 305-6699. starconexpo.com.

Latino beauty: The Miss Hispanic Queen of Hernando County Celebration and Pageant will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Also, Millie Puentes, Queen of the Drums and DJ Indio, will perform. Guests may bring beverages. Tickets are $15, which will benefit the organization's scholarship fund. Call (352) 346-3531.

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