Do It Today: Hear Mahalia, drink Organic, Shaken and Stirred cocktails, see Lair of the White Worm and more

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See Ken Russell's Lair of the White Worm as part of the Dali and Beyond Film Series. This bizarro horror spoof is about a pagan snake cult that sets up camp in modern day England – a story with all the trappings (and the bad acting) of a cult classic. Thurs., Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S., St. Peterburg, $5 after 5 p.m.


The Showcase Repertory Theater presents Almost Maine, a quirky rom-com acted out in a series of short stories. Thurs., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, $10.


Tonight's guest for the University of Tampa’s new literature series, Writers at the U, is Dr. Jericho Brown, a poet and former speech writer for the Mayor of New Orleans, poetry editor at Gulf Coast and author of Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose). Contact Audrey Columbe at [email protected] for more info. Thurs., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, free.

Today, award-winning local actress Sharon Scott debuts Mahalia, Just As I Am, her new musical about the life and times of gospel great Mahalia Jackson. The powerhouse vocalist was the first artist to be awarded a Grammy in gospel, but everything wasn’t coming up roses – the show follows her continued struggle with segregation in the South in the midst of Mahalia’s rise to fame. (Pictured: Sharon Scott as Mahalia Jackson) Oct. 16-25, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun.; preview performance, Thurs., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, $15-$25, 727-895-6620, studio620.org. – Franki Weddington

Meet the author and pick up your autographed copy of Paul Abercrombie's Organic, Shaken and Stirred: Hip Highballs, Modern Martinis, and Other Totally Green Cocktails, along with two tickets for drinks detailed in the book. Visit inkwoodbooks.com for more info. Thurs., Oct. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Restaurant BT, 1633 W. Snow Ave., Tampa, $30.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Series continues with Lance Winn, the director of the University of Delaware's MFA program. Winn discusses form and formlessness, using a series of smaller images to create what appears to be one large image from far away — his interpretation of "how personal experience fit into the overall picture of society." Contact Ashleigh Gallant at [email protected] for more info. Thurs., Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m., USF Marshall Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, free.

After the break: Writers at the U,  Almost Maine at the library, and the Dali and Beyond Film Series.

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