Do This: BungalowFest and Opera Central

click to enlarge NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE: The St. Petersburg Opera's Gianni Schicchi will be featured among its performances tonight. - St. Petersburg Opera
St. Petersburg Opera
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE: The St. Petersburg Opera's Gianni Schicchi will be featured among its performances tonight.

The St. Petersburg Opera is celebrating National Opera Week in a big way with the opening of its Opera Central hall in the Grand Central District. Historic Kenwood's bigger and better BungalowFest begins today too.

This year’s two-day BungalowFest offers an evening luminary tour and street party 7-11 p.m. tonight. Expect entertainment, food, open bar and live music at many of the homes.

At tonight's event a lighted path will guide attendees to an evening bash with music and food from eight local restaurants — The Birchwood, Cappy's Pizza, California Café, The Burg Bar and Grill, Urban BBQ, Kalamazoo Olive Oil Company, Fresh & Go Grill and The Queenshead — and three open bars featuring beers from the new GreenBench Brewery and a signature drink called The Kenwood, as well as wine and liquor.

Opera Central will also be a stop on the Historic Kenwood BungalowFest homes tour tomorrow, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Before that, you can see a performance by the St. Petersburg Opera’s Resident Artists Scenes Program tonight at the new Opera Central. The grand opening special concert includes a gala evening of opera scenes, performed by Todd Donovan, Michelle Rego, Rim Karnavicius and Aleksandra Ritums.

click to enlarge NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE: The St. Petersburg Opera's Gianni Schicchi will be featured among its performances tonight. - St. Petersburg Opera
St. Petersburg Opera
NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE: The St. Petersburg Opera's Gianni Schicchi will be featured among its performances tonight.
  • St. Petersburg Opera
  • NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE: The St. Petersburg Opera's Gianni Schicchi will be featured among its performances tonight.

See excerpts from Gianni Schicchi (pictured), Rigoletto and Barber of Seville, and a runway show of costumes from previous productions.

A combo ticket to both BungalowFest events is $40; Saturday tour is $15 in advance/$20 day of event. A schedule and more details are available at historickenwood.org/tab/bungalowfest. Purchase tickets at the event at the corner of 23rd Street North and Second Avenue North.

The St. Petersburg Opera concert takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Opera Central is at 2145 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-823-2040. stpeteopera.org.

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