Do It Today: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Black Heritage Film Festival, The Florida Orchestra and more

The [email protected] The Tyrone family legacy of depression, addiction, and filial love and hate is performed by Pinellas County Center for the Arts chairman Keven Renken as patriarch James Tyrone, with his students showing off their acting chops as his onstage sons and maid. (Pictured: Playwright Eugene O'Neill with his second wife, Agnes Boulton and daughter, Oona) Jan. 21-24, 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, $20 adults, $10 students, studio620.org. – Franki Weddington


At tonight's Black Heritage Festival, see a screening of Passing the Torch To America's Youth, about the people of Selma, Alabama, who tell the story of their Civil Rights movement -- at home and across the country. Keynote speaker Dr. Bernard Lafayette leads a panel discussion after the film. Visit tampatheatre.org for more info. Thurs., Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, Tampa, $7.


If you take a little culture with your coffee, The Florida Orchestra’s Coffee Concert: Last Night of the Proms is your cup of...well, you get it. This afternoon’s themed performance, conducted by Alastair Willis, includes Sullivan's Overture to HMS Pinafore, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, and Ives' Variations on America (God Save the Queen). Get your daily caffeine jolt with a little sweetness on the side -- coffee and donuts are served before the performance. Visit floridaorchestra.org for more info. Thurs., Jan. 21, 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, $24-$42.


Tonight's Age of Aquarius is "the biggest Aquarian birthday bash ever," and celebrates everyone born under the water sign with a retro-themed bash, with everything from an on-site psychic to live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live and silent auctions. Radio personality Jack Harris and Julie Weintraub from the Gold & Diamond Source co-host the evening. Proceeds benefit Wheels of Success, which provides low-income locals with transportation solutions, including vehicle replacement, car repair, licensing, car payment and down payment assistance. Visit wheelsofSuccess.org for tickets and info. Thurs., Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m., Neiman Marcus, International Plaza, Tampa, $40.


Fiction into Film is month-long series hosted by former English professor Charles Shaffert, who leads a discussion about each short story before screening the corresponding film. Today's food for thought is Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Thurs., Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Tarpon Springs Library, Tarpon Springs.


Tonight's guest authors at the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise are bilingual poet and professor Denise Duhamel; and Sheri Reynolds, who has received the ultimate in literary approval -- her novel The Rapture of Canaan was an Oprah's Book Club selection. Thurs., Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Eckerd College Miller Auditorium, St. Petersburg, free, writersinparadise.eckerd.edu.


Celebrate, Salsa and Socialize at the one-year anniversary of one of Florida's first green lodging-certified hotels with coastal contemporary cuisine, signature cocktails, hand-rolled cigars and music to dance the night away. RSVP at 727-572-7800 ext. 305; get more info at stpeteclearwatermarriott.com. Thurs., Jan. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg

When I began my freshman year at USF as a double major in journalism and English, I didn’t give much thought to the latter; it was just my “back-up” degree. What started as an afterthought turned into one of the best decisions of my life: the poetry and plays that I had heretofore deemed as pedantic and overwrought (in my infinite teenage wisdom) now held a new fascination. Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical, Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night was the first to immerse me in this new literary euphoria, and you can see it onstage at

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