A dog's life: The annual Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Winter Dog Shows wrap up this weekend at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Featuring 10 American Kennel Club all-breed dog shows, conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials and free tours to learn all about AKC dog shows. The shows are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday. Visitors who do not have dogs entered in the shows may bring their dogs to participate in the Doggie Fun Zone, an obstacle course; the entry fee is $12. There will be vendors and a food court. Presented by the Pasco, Inverness, Clearwater, Manatee and Tampa Bay kennel clubs. Free admission; $5 parking. Call (813) 215-3580.
Musical legends: Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows will continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 26. The musical revue pays a comical and entertaining tribute to some of theater's greatest stars and songwriters. Tickets are $15. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.
Tale of a biblical prince: Youth With a Mission/YWAM of Tampa and Live Oak Theatre will present the musical Judah Ben-Hur at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Based on the great Roman character Ben-Hur. Doors open a half-hour before showtime for coffee, tea and dessert. Tickets are $12 if purchased in advance by Friday, $15 at the door; $5 for ages 13 and younger. Call (352) 593-0027 or visit liveoaktheatre.org.
For your art's desire: A reception for the "When Art Greets the Past" exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The reception will include a short lecture and a Smithsonian film feature with Virginia Bensen hosting. Refreshments provided by the Junior Service League of Brooksville and the Hernando County Arts Council. The exhibit, which is on display through March 22, features works by artists Bob Webb, Emilio "Sonny" Vergara, Maury Daly, Fred Mannarino, Douglas Becker, Lisa Barrus and Dave Shelton. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 540-3810.
Book frenzy: The Hernando County Public Library System will host a Local Authors Showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Local authors of books (both print and e-books) will be on hand to talk about their publishing experiences, read from their books and have copies available for purchase. For information, call (352) 754-4824.
Celebrating sea cows: The annual Florida Manatee Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Crystal River, at U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue. Includes a fine arts show, craft show, manatee education, manatee boat tours, entertainment, vendors, food, children's activities and tours of Three Sisters Springs. Admission is $4; free for ages 12 and younger. Call (352) 795-3149 or visit floridamanateefestival.com.
'The Dixie Swim Club': Auditions will be at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 6 p.m. Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The cast calls for five women who are able to portray characters from about age 40 through 75. A mild Southern accent is required. Rehearsals begin Feb. 17; production dates are April 8 to 20. The director is Andrea Gleason. For information, call (352) 683-5113.