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Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet members include Kenneth Brown, rear left, Dwight Decker and Robert Smith, and William Mickelsen and Andrew Karr. Museum of Fine Arts

Stage planner: Mini dinner theater, Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, a comic opera

MINI DINNER THEATER: LA COTE BASQUE Dinner and a show. It's not exactly a new idea. People like to eat and be entertained. Now an intimate European restaurant is pairing original one-act plays with dinner, courtesy of a group of community theater players. At least once a month, Gulfport's La Cote Basque reserves a  …

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  1. Musical revue at Show Palace will bring back memories of famous highway

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    HUDSON — Looking for some lighthearted, nostalgia-filled entertainment? Take Route 66, a musical revue playing Saturday to Oct. 2 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.

    Route 66, a musical revue, features 34 songs from the 1950s and ’60s, which are tied together by a musical journey across the country on the titular highway.  
  2. Stage planner: Mini dinner theater, Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, a comic opera

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    MINI DINNER THEATER: LA COTE BASQUE

    Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet members include Kenneth Brown, rear left, Dwight Decker and Robert Smith, and William Mickelsen and Andrew Karr.
  3. St. Petersburg City Theatre struggles to climb out of debt

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    ST. PETERSBURG — In April, St. Petersburg City Theatre was thinking ahead, preparing for the fall season of performances.

    Then the calls started.

    Sharon Cook, president of the St. Petersburg City Theatre, pictured on the stage at the St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31Street South, in St. Petersburg. The theater is beginning rehearsal for their new musical Star Chix, which opens September 23rd an runs through October 2nd. St. Petersburg City Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theater in Florida (formerly known as St. Petersburg Little Theatre). DIRK SHADD   |   Times

  4. The Art of Politics: How colors, film, comedy, fashion influence our views

    Human Interest

    Pablo Picasso said, "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth."

    The Art of Politics. Image by Cameron Cottrill, Times.
  5. Trump, Clinton campaigns a gold mine for comedians

    Pop Culture

    Matt Fernandez was always a Bernie guy.

    He tweeted in February: Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who doesn't seem like they'd be "too good" to drink out of a hose.

    John Oliver speaks at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" in New York. Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
  6. Theater directors evaluate the candidates' stagecraft

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    Political conventions don't happen spontaneously. Strategists plan every detail, which makes those rare unscripted moments memorable.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s branding skills high up in his speech were praised by Stephanie Gularte.n
  7. Stage Planner: Piano and trumpet at MFA St. Petersburg, comics Brad Williams, Ward Smith, Paul Venier

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    It's been a little quiet lately. A few shows are running, but most performing arts venues are lying low, at least for another couple of weeks.

    Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour recently performed with Sting and James Taylor in Carnegie Hall.
  8. Stage planner: Patel's 'Showstoppers,' Tampa playwrights in New York Fringe Festival

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    GOING PLACES: PATEL'S BEST

    Just how talented are Thursday's high school performers? One of the last shows of the summer season at the Patel Conservatory might provide answers.

    Young performers get a chance to grow with Showstoppers: 
A Jukebox Musical Revue, created by Scott Daniel.
  9. Things to Do Planner: Grand Brony Gala, Fetish Con, Dog Swim Day, comic David Liebe Hart

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    ALTERNATIVE COMIC: David Liebe Hart

    Fetish Con attendees at the 2013 con.
  10. Stage West summer production of 'Legally Blonde Jr.' opens this weekend

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    SPRING HILL — Elle is the stereotypical sorority girl, consumed by fashion, celebrities and where the next party is. Most people don't expect much from her. In fact, her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her right before leaving for Harvard Law School, claiming he needs someone "serious."

    The Stage West Community Playhouse production of Legally Blonde Jr. opens Friday. It’s a little different than the original Broadway show, with fewer songs and without the risque language.