Arts and Entertainment Window: April 28, 2022 | Deviations


Shaun Hopper Trio will play at the CPPAC event

LARGO — The Shaun Hopper Trio will headline the 25and Central Park Performing Arts Center’s Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.

This free community event will feature exclusive ticket offers, raffles, drink specials and more. For information, visit or all 727-587-6793.

The Shaun Hopper Trio is made up of three well-known musicians from the Tampa Bay area. Hopper is unquestionably one of the finest finger-style acoustic guitarists in America. Chris Barbosa is a dynamic instrumentalist and composer from the Tampa Bay area. Jessica Rose is a singer/songwriter from Safety Harbor who performs regularly at venues in the Tampa Bay area. Together, they form a dynamic musical trio far greater than the sum of their parts.

The Central Park Performing Arts Center is located at 105 Central Park Drive in Largo.

Dunedin Showcase Theater presents ‘The Turn of the Nut’

DUNEDIN – Dunedin Showcase Theater will perform ‘The Turn of the Screw’, from April 29 to May 7, at the Dunedin Community Centre, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.

Performances will take place on April 29 and 30 and May 5, 6 and 7, doors open at 7 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be presented on May 1, doors open at 2:30 p.m. and curtain at 3 p.m. h. pm Tickets are $10 and are available at the community center. To visit

Directed by Michael Paul Cote, the cast includes Dana Tafelski, Laura Jackson, Michael Juliano, Susan Dearden, Ethan Young, Emily Young, LaBree Hans, Victor Carr, Sephan Bielawski, Leah Conway, Jenn Saner and Philip Works.

On an estate in Essex, Flora and Miles receive a new governess. Shortly after the new housekeeper takes office, she notices ghostly figures around the estate. She believes she has discovered who the ghosts are and suspects that the children also know about these apparitions. In the end, her suspicions were correct, but will she be able to save Miles from the ghost that seeks him?

This two-act play is the theatrical adaptation of Henry James’ short story “The Turn of the Nut”.

Creative Pinellas, FBG & HV organize the third Saturday event

LARGO – Creative Pinellas, Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village recently announced Third Saturday at Pinewood.

Every third Saturday, visitors can explore and experience ever-changing exhibits, self-guided scavenger hunts, organized activities and more. It will be a free event with food trucks and free parking.

At Creative Pinellas, from noon to 5 p.m., guests can experience harrowing stories about the COVID outbreak told through artifacts on display in “The Things They Left Behind” exhibit, open through June 26.

Food trucks will be on site.

“Having a fixed Saturday each month for Pinewood with the three organizations will provide an opportunity for tourists and the community to come together and experience all that Pinewood has to offer,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “We look forward to seeing people go out and enjoy high quality artistic and cultural experiences. »

At the Florida Botanical Gardens, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can enjoy free virtual and in-person activities, including self-guided scavenger hunts, TaleBlazer mobile app games, as well as events led by a Growing Up Wild program instructor.

“The Pinewood campus is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, art and history,” said Vernon R. Bryant, executive director of the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner to create a new monthly experience for our local community and visitors to Pinellas County.”

“We have a rare combination of arts, history and horticulture here at Pinewood Cultural Park, and we hope locals and visitors alike will enjoy their chance to experience all that we have to offer,” said Emily Bloxam, Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation communications coordinator.

At the Heritage Village, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., customers can visit the HC Smith store and the McKay Creek Boat Shop exhibit. See a typical 1900s store and learn about the early days of sailing in Pinellas County.

“Pinewood Park is a hidden gem in the middle of Pinellas County. There’s so much to do and see in one place, and it’s free,” said Monica M. Drake, operations manager for Heritage Village.

For more information on Creative Pinellas, its programs and activities, visit

EOT will stage “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

LARGO — The Eight O’Clock Theater will perform “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” May 13-22, at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Tickets are $31.50 plus service charge. To visit or call 727-587-6793.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane, will be directed by Scott Cooper. Based on the film by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning, the show also features musical direction by Latoya McCormick and choreography by Lyla Menkhaus. Actors include Ben Taylor, Matthew Morris, Bri Burgess, David Collins, Paula Broadwater, Katrina Young, Aidan Anderson, Polly Croucher, Zachary Gage, Mike Hugill, Megan Jetter, Maria Lara, Brenna Miller, Erin Nelson, David O’Brien, and Stephanie Porto.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” takes us to the French Riviera for good humor and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a healthy dose of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek and has been nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards. Lawrence makes a lavish living by talking rich women out of their money. Freddy more humbly swindles women by arousing their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. However, this small French town is not big enough for both of them. They agree on a settlement: the first to extract $50,000 from a young heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious counter battle ensues that will have the audience laughing, humming and guessing until the very end!

One City Chorus to play

ST. PETERSBURG — One City Chorus will perform Sunday, May 1, 4 p.m., at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S., St. Petersburg.

Free entry. A collection of business funds will be taken. Funds raised will benefit the Ukrainian people.

One City Chorus was founded in the fall of 2016 by Jon Arterton and his husband James Mack with the belief that singing in a band builds community and leads to better understanding between people. The choir seeks to make the world a better place by singing songs about social justice, civil rights, diversity and equality.

One City Chorus encourages people of all races, cultures, creeds and communities to sing along. There are no auditions.

For information, visit

Creative Clay Spring for the Arts Fundraising Set

ST. PETERSBURG — After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Creative Clay’s Spring for the Arts fundraiser will return Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m., at NOVA 535, 535 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg.

“We are very excited to celebrate at NOVA,” said CEO Kim Dohrman. “We think with the many activities we have planned, it will be a great space. The size of the room and the fact that there is an indoor/outdoor option is great.”

Live music, dance and theater performances will complement the celebratory evening.

“Customers can learn about Creative Clay while having fun and learning about our mission organically,” Dohrman said.

The member artists’ “Iconic Landmarks of Tampa Bay” exhibit will be on display and patrons will be able to purchase paintings from this exhibit during the event. Spring for the Arts will also feature Artlink vocal performances by member artists Mikey J., Cory B. and Ivy J.; a short play, Billow, by Sheila Cowley featuring artists from Creative Clay and Sparks Collaborative Ensemble; and portraits drawn live by Creative Clay member artists.

Other highlights of the event include music from Boho Side Show, gourmet cuisine from Island Flavors and Tings, a wine raffle with over 50 bottles of high-quality wine, and opportunity drawings for a Apple computer, Spirit plane tickets and a $1500 WUSF longest table sponsorship for Spring 2023.

A limited silent auction featuring two hand-painted Creative Clay electric guitars and a week-long stay on Manasota Key will be part of the festivities. Guests can also choose from three original designs by member artist Creative Clay and one exclusive design by Chad Mize that Craft-Tee Screen Printing will put on a t-shirt or tote bag. Monika’s Mirror Booth event photography will also be on hand so guests can capture moments and remember the evening.

For more details on the event, visit

Wilson’s will hold a signing session

ST. PETERSBURG — A book signing and cocktail reception will take place on Friday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wilson’s Book World, 535 16and St. N., St. Petersburg.

Jeannie Carlson will be signing copies of her book “Landmarks in the Sand”. The book will be available for purchase. Wine, diet sodas and bites will be served.

To RSVP, text 727-424-3829 or email [email protected]

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