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Dr. Peter Meinke will speak on contemporary American poetry at the Pasco Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Meinke has directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg for more than 20 years. He has published a book of poetry, Liquid Paper: New and Selected Poems, and his poems have been published in several poetry journals. Meinke's talk will examine the state of poetry in America, with readings of some top poets' works.

SINGING RELATIONSHIPS: The Saint Leo College players will present the musical review Closer Than Ever at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Nov. 5 and 3 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6. The play is a collection of songs dealing with relationships by composer David Shire and lyricist Richard Maltby. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens. Saint Leo College students are admitted free, and other students for $4. The box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (904) 588-8392 for information.

THE GENTLEMAN VAMPIRE: The Carrollwood Players are presenting the chiller/thriller mystery The Vampyre weekends through Oct. 31 at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa, in Plantation Plaza. The play is Tim Kelly's adaptation of John Polidori's 1819 novella of the same name, the first depiction of a vampire as an impeccably dressed gentleman. Polidori's story became the basis for Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1897. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $9 general admission, $7 for seniors 55 and older and students. Call (813) 265-4000 for reservations.

"THE AMOROUS FLEA': The Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater is presenting The Amorous Flea, a play based on Moliere's 1662 novel, The School for Wives, tonight through Sunday and Nov. 2-6. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students. The theater is at 302 Seminole St. in Clearwater. Call (813) 446-1360 for reservations.

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