Do It Today: Dr. John and the Lower 911, 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Evenings with the Maestro, Writers at the U and more

Poet Rhett Iseman Trull, whose work has graced the pages of The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2008 and more is this week's guest in the Writers at the U contemporary lit series. Visit for more info. Thurs., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., University of Tampa, Tampa, free.

This month's installment in the St. Petersburg Opera's newly inaugurated series, Evenings with the Maestro, is "Zarzuela y Mucho Mas," and explores this Spanish form of light opera -- a combination of spoken dialogue and singing. Artistic Director Mark Sforzini discusses how the technique has influenced the world of opera, and Stephen Mollica, Sara Peeples, Linda Switzer, Noemi Perez-Silva, and Kathleen Berger (an experienced zarzuelan performer who returns from her home in Spain for the performance) take the stage to demonstrate. Visit for more info. Thurs., Nov. 5, 6 p.m., The Music Gallery, Clearwater, $10, $5 students and seniors in advance; all tickets $10 at the door.

Iphigenia, a "bawdy mix of drama and comedy," follows King Agamemnon on his quest to rescue Helen of Troy -- but to reach her, he must sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia. Visit for more info. Nov. 5-15, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Bininger Theater, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, $10, $5 Eckerd faculty and staff, $1 Eckerd students.

Pack a brown bag lunch with a little culture on the side for Appetite for Art, a noontime, docent-led discussion on 20th Century art. Visit for more info. Thurs., Nov. 5, 12 p.m., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Palm Harbor.

Dr. John's stage persona, "The Night Tripper," is as big and colorful as the Big Easy — he embodies the culture and heritage of his hometown of New Orleans, and his latest project is a tribute to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer. Dr. John and the Lower 911 take the stage with "The Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton. Visit for more info. Thurs., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, $45.

This week's installment in the Dalí and Beyond Film Series of shocking and surreal cinema is  5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, a live-action Dr. Seuss adaptation about Bart, who hates his piano lessons with Dr. Terwilliker and is dragged to a dream world where his piano professor is ruler and the students become his subjects. Visit for more info. Thurs., Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, $5 after 5 p.m.

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