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Things to do, Oct. 9 and beyond

Music and dance

Big band sounds: The 42nd Street Big Band kicks off its season with Sinatra Swings featuring Andy Stefano at 2 p.m. today at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. $12 for individual ticket; $50 for five shows from December through April; $72 for all eight shows. (727) 842-6777.

Brookridge Entertainment presents Keith Coleman as Johnny Cash: Coleman presents a tribute to the "Man in Black," and Leanne Williams pays homage to the women of country music. 7 p.m. Thursday. Individual show tickets are $20; season tickets vary from $69.50 to $95. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.

Singin' the blues: Richey Suncoast Theatre's Blues Series continues with Samantha Fish performing at 8 p.m. Friday at 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. $30-$45 reserved seating. (727) 842-6777.

Dance sensation: REVolutions Dance gives a free performance at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. (727) 853-1279; nprlibrary. org.

Sights and sounds: The University of Tampa's Wind Ensemble performs "Sound and Vision," music inspired by visual art, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Free. (813) 794-8772;

Art lovers

Familiar scenes: The West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery hosts an opening reception for October exhibit "Local Essence" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The exhibit features mixed media, oil, acrylic and watercolor art depicting local scenery, from wildlife to well-known places in west Pasco. Awards will be presented by judge Ralph Butler, designer of the 2004 commemorative Florida quarter. Free. (727) 841-7732.

Call to artists: Artists are invited to submit their work for inclusion in the ninth annual Suncoast Arts Fest, taking place Jan. 18-19 at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Applications are due by Nov. 16 and can be found online at Several prizes will be awarded, including a Best of Show prize of $2,000 and an Award of Excellence prize of $1,000. Acceptance invitations will be mailed out Dec. 9-13. For more information, visit

Building a Foundation Fine and Decorative Arts Auction Gala: The evening will include a wine tasting, appetizer buffet and jazz music. The auction of traditional art will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and will include works from national and international listed artists, as well as pieces by local artists. Proceeds benefit Building a Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Dress is semiformal. The event is 6 to 10 p.m. at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Tickets are $35 and are tax-deductible; they may be purchased in advance or at the door. (352) 403-7003.

Our picks

Films at the library: New Port Richey Public Library's Susan B. Vaughn Eco-Films series presents films that highlight ecological issues. A showing of PlanEat is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Friday Night Flix's screening of Chinese Roulette at 8. Both free films are screened at the library, 5939 Main St. (727) 853-1279;

Good clean fun: Six comedians perform a family-friendly show during the H2O (Humor to Outreach) Comedy Tour at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Appropriate for all ages. There will be free childcare for children 8 and under. A free will offering will be accepted. (727) 372-8600.

Hot rods: Classic and custom cars will line the streets at the Shops at Wiregrass' free car and truck show from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free day-of registration is from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by judging at 5 and awards at 8. (727) 547-8082;

Shop til you drop: The Dade City Fall Antique Faire and Market is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday throughout historic downtown. A free jazz concert featuring Abnique is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Agnes Lamb Park, on Meridian Avenue and Ninth Street. (352) 523-0019.

Totally tubular: The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary with an '80s-themed party that includes Texas hold'em, an auction and a car show from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Castriota Chevrolet, 8425 U.S. 19, Port Richey. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $60 for a couple. (727) 834-5479;

Things to do, Oct. 9 and beyond 10/07/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:15pm]
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