Do It Today: Studio-F opens, contemporary dance, meet author Tim Dorsey, Gangs of Central America forum, and Rabbit Hole

Florida favorite Tim Dorsey is on yet another book signing tour (the man puts out more novels than Danielle Steel and Stephen King combined), this time in support of Gator A-Go-Go, another Serge A. Storms madcap tour of the Sunshine State, where danger and binge drinking lurk around every bend in Alligator Alley. Thurs., Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Inkwood Books, Tampa.

USF's Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean presents the Gangs of Central America Forum, with guest speakers Kylla Hanson, author of My Life Crazy: A Gringa’s Life With the Salvadoran Gangs, a memoir of her experience working with Salvadoran gangs in the 1990s; and José Miguel Cruz, from Vanderbilt University and the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in San Salvador, an expert on Salvadoran gangs and other illegal armed groups in Central America. Contact ISLAC at 813-974-3547 or [email protected] for more info. Thurs., Jan. 28, 5 p.m., USF Tampa Library, Tampa, free.

The Showcase Repertory Theater puts on Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay-Abair's Pulitzer-winning play about a young couple struggling on the edge of falling down, down, down the rabbit hole after their young son dies in a car accident. Visit for more info. Thurs., Jan. 28, 7 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 30, 2 p.m., Palm Harbor Library, Palm Harbor, $10.

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals, representatives from the Department of HUD and the Tampa Bay Regional Office of the CDC offer tips on home ownership, including: protecting yourself from foreclosure; how to qualify for down payment assistance; how to save money on homeowner's insurance; how to qualify for tax credits and more at tonight's Homebuyers Symposium. Thurs., Jan. 28, 4-7 p.m., St Petersburg Main Library, St. Petersburg.

Two decades and nearly 20 visiting artists have made the UT Scarfone/Hartley Gallery's studios one of the most stimulating spots to see internationally recognized art in an intimate setting. Studio-F is a retrospective of monoprints by the artists (including Audrey Flack, Joyce J. Scott and Sam Gilliam) who've contributed not only their craft, but also their knowledge, via gallery talks and workshops, over the years. (Pictured: "Obama & Saint Martin" by Joyce J. Scott, 2008.) Opening reception Thurs., Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m., on display through Feb. 25, R.K. Bailey Art Studios, University of Tampa, 310 N. Boulevard, Tampa, visit or contact Dorothy Cowden at [email protected] or 813-253-6217 for more info.

In 837 Venice Boulevard, choreographer Faye Driscoll creates a scene that revisits her childhood, in which three dancers manipulate each other like puppets, examining the construct of self-identity. Contact [email protected] or 813-253-7695 for more info. Jan. 28-30, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., HCC Ybor Performing Arts Building, Tampa, $10, free for HCC students, faculty and staff.

After the break: meet Serge. A Storms creator Tim Dorsey, USF's Gangs of Central America forum, Rabbit Hole at the Palm Harbor Library, and a Homebuyers Symposium.

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