Mark your calendars: Les Miz tix and CraftArt submissions

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Florida Craftsmen presents the 14th annual CraftArt 2011 Nov. 19-20. Application deadline is Aug. 31. The event coincides with ArtScape 2011 , a fine art show on the 600 block of Central Avenue. Last year's show presented the work of 130 artists to 12,000 visitors and collectors. Organizers say that craft beer tastings and artist demos will return. Visit to apply to display your work or wares.

This just in from the Straz: Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables will go on sale Sunday, Aug. 21, at noon. The all-new production features different staging and elaborately reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Regularly priced tickets start at $38.50 and may be purchased by calling 813-229-STAR (7827) or 800-955-1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at For more information on the production, and for a video preview, visit Les Misérables will run Jan. 31-Feb. 12, 2012.

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