Open mic poetry reading: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery will host its monthly open mic poetry reading from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The night also includes a performance of a one-act by local playwright Ralph Annan. Attendees and aspiring poets are invited to bring their own work or favorite poetry by other poets to read. To RSVP, call (727) 848-6500 or email [email protected] For information, visit nprgallery.com.
Movie night: See the film Courageous, which stars Alex Kendrick, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Free Church of Jesus Christ, 2435 U.S. 19, Suite 250, Holiday. Children are welcome to attend the PG-13 movie but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the movie is free. Refreshments will be available. Call (727) 934-0222.
Submit your art: The Pasco Arts Council (PAC) seeks submissions of art in drawing; fine craft (clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood); mixed media; painting (including pastel); photography; and sculpture categories for the Pasco Art Annual Exhibition, which is not juried but will be professionally judged. Artists who are 18 and older may submit one entry each, and entries cannot exceed 48 inches including bases and frames. Two-dimensional work must be framed or museum-wrapped and equipped with a secure hanging wire. No saw-tooth hangers will be accepted. Three-dimensional work must be self-supporting. All work must be original. No reproductions are eligible for entry, nor are works copied from other artists' art. The cost to enter is $20 for PAC members and $30 for nonmembers. For additional information, call (727) 845-7322, email [email protected] or visitpascoart.org online.
The wild side of art: The May exhibition at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery is called "Walk on the Wild Side" and is on display through Saturday at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. It features innovative and creative abstract and digital art, collage, and expressionistic and surrealistic media. Art by John Howie, the featured artist for the month, and students from River Ridge High School also is on display. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (727) 848-6500 or email [email protected]
Follow the yellow brick road: Join Dorothy Gale of Kansas as she travels through the magical land of Oz alongside the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion. The Wizard of Oz runs through June 15 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 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.
Talent Search: John Timpanelli Productions and St. Martin's Episcopal Church host an all-ages "Talent Search" show at 7 p.m. today, June 27, July 25 and Aug. 29 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, Hudson. The audience will select a winner from each show, who will perform as the guest artist the following month. Tickets are $10. For information about auditions or for tickets, call (727) 207-8496.
Obstacle race: Overcome 25 epic obstacles at the Rugged Maniac obstacle race from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. Obstacles include towers of stacked shipping containers, underground tunnels of mud and a water slide. Each runner gets a Rugged Maniac T-shirt, free professional race photos, a beer (21 and up) and access to a festival featuring a mechanical bull, adult bounce houses, a foam dance pit and music. The cost is $74 until June 9 and $85 at the gate. Students and military receive a $10 discount. Spectators attend for free. For information, visit ruggedmaniac.com.