Monday, February 19, 2018
Events

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 17

Music

Weekend of music and camping: Broken String Fling 10 (Oh My), an annual benefit for the Sertoma Youth Ranch, kicks off Feb. 17 and continues through Feb. 19 at the ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continue throughout the day Saturday. Sunday is a volunteer work party, followed by an open jam and "Shrimperoo." The entertainment lineup includes Fresh Franks, @Psychedelic Possums, Whiskey Dregs, the Crackerbilly Band, the Cruz Brothers, Cottondale Swamp, Daniela Pepe and Patrick Beach, Between Bluffs and others. Primitive camping is $15; $25 for a spot with electric. Donations for the ranch will be collected; donations of more than $50 include ranch membership. Send email to [email protected] or visit Broken String Fling on Facebook, or contact the Sertoma Youth Ranch at (352) 754-3082 or sertomayouthranch.com.

Musical redhead: Tin Pan Alley Theatre presents Leesah Stiles in concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at King of Kings Lutheran Church ELCA, 10337 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Stiles has been described as a cross between Bernadette Peters and Bette Midler, with a dash of Patsy Cline. Tickets are $15, which includes dessert and coffee. Call (727) 457-4899.

Opera gala: The Richey Community Orchestra will present a concert devoted to opera at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The concert will feature four singers — Ashley Lowe, Lothar Bergeest, Dawne Eubanks and Robert Lischetti — who will perform music from some of the world's most famous operas, including Puccini's La Boheme and Tosca, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutti, Gounod's Faust, Verdi's Rigoletto and Bizet's Carmen. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door (reservations suggested), online or at the RCO box office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson. Call (727) 919-3866. Visit richeycommunityorchestra.com.

It's so easy: As part of its Performing Arts Series, Pasco-Hernando State College will present Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience from at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the PHSC Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The rock 'n' roll tour de force provides audiences with the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert, with hits such as Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, It's So Easy and Rave On. Homage will also be paid to legendary rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call (727) 816-3707 or visit phsc.edu/tix.

On stage

Homophobic assault: Skelton Cabaret's production of the 1998 adult drama Stop Kiss will be presented weekends Feb. 17 to 26 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The show follows the story of Sara and Callie, who are assaulted on the street after their first kiss. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 cash or check, open seating. Processing fee added for credit card purchases. Call (727) 842-6777.

Magical comedy: Fred Moore brings his Comedy, Magic and Baldness show to Merlin's Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey, with shows at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18. Moore's show, appropriate for all ages, has been seen at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, on cruise ships and tours of Europe and South America, as well as in countries such as Singapore and Japan. Tickets are $17.50; $12.50 for ages 12 and younger. Visit visualmagicshop.com/events or call (727) 748-8800.

Wherefore art thou?: Romeo and Juliet ... Sort of continues through Feb. 26 at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. The audience will experience an "evening of culture" in Mineola County, where the community theater is producing Romeo and Juliet like it's never been done before. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $23. Call (813) 997-7146 or visit dreamhousetheatre.com.

Art events

Pasco's finest awarded: The Pasco Fine Arts Council will host its Art Annual Reception and Awards from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. This is the council's largest competition of the year and features works in all mediums. Awards will be given in two categories: professional and non-professional. The exhibit will continue through March 10. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 845-7322 or visit pascoarts.org.

Love is in the paint: The Zephyrhills Art Club will host a mini art show from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The theme is "Love." There will also be a watercolor demonstration by artist Anna Bailey, owner of Outside the Box Gallery in downtown Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 780-8562.

'The Way We Worked' Smithsonian exhibition: The traveling exhibit continues through March 18 at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Regular admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6 to 18 (and college students with ID) and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

Family

Dancing with daddy: The city of New Port Richey will host its Daddy Daughter Hoedown Dance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $3; ages 12 and younger are free. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

Bang 'em up: Drivers from across the nation will compete for the top honors in a full-size stock demolition derby at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. There will be a Kids Power Wheel Derby for children ages 3 to 9. Food and beverages available for purchase. Gates open at 2 p.m.; meet the drivers at 4 p.m. Tickets $10; $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 585-9775.

Miscellaneous

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Telescopes for viewing will be provided, or bring your own. For details, call (727) 255-3083.

Look ahead

Crab and Shrimp Festival: Feb. 25 and 26, SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. (727) 674-1464. simplyeventsfl.com/

Hernando County Symphony Orchestra's Spectrum concerts: Feb. 24 to 26, Central High School Theater, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. $15; $5 for students in grades K-12. Call (352) 515-6993. hernandosymphony.com

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