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JUNE 23 THURSDAY

HISTORY AT SEA In 1787, Captain William Bligh and a crew of 45 men sailed the HMS Bounty to Tahiti to collect a cargo of breadfruit saplings, which would be transported to the West Indies and eventually yield food for slaves working on British plantations. The Bounty was on its way home when, on the morning of April 28, 1789, first mate Fletcher Christian and over half of the ship's crew mutinied, taking it over and setting the captain and 18 crew members adrift in the ship's 23-foot launch. While Bligh navigated 3,618 miles back to civilization, the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, picked up a group of adventurous Polynesians, and sailed to the isolated Pitcairn Island, eventually establishing a settlement that still exists today. A three-day educational conference focusing on the "Mutiny on the Bounty" and the inhabitants of Pitcairn Island occurs this weekend at The Pier. Highlights include a full-size replica of the Bounty, which has been docked at The Pier since mid-June; art exhibits; a "Pitcairn Market," with vendors boasting handicrafts, curios, carvings and weavings; a series of educational presentations, luncheons, parties and much more. For additional information, conference fees and a complete schedule of events, visit www.bounty-pitcairn-conference.org. June 23-25. 800 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg.

REFLECTIONS OF A FERTILE IMAGINATION Neverne Covington is an artist who's used her creative experience to produce images ranging from children's Bible story illustrations for a Christian publishing house, to cover art and illustrations for a range of fiction and nonfiction titles, including Soul Mates: An Illustrated Guide to Black Love, Sex and Romance; from label illustrations for various food manufacturers, including Edy's Ice Cream and Monterey Beverage Co., to maps and brochure illustrations. In the midst of all these commercial art achievements, Covington has also built a respectable fine arts career in the Bay area, and her imagery reflects a perpetual fascination with the relationship between the human condition and the natural world. The [email protected] hosts Outside It Was Hot: Recent Works on Canvas and Paper, an exhibit of Covington's latest creations that includes dream landscapes brimming with mystery and intrigue, colorful representations of the heart and how it can be metaphorically (or literally) imprisoned, and depictions of the differences between what a parent says and how it's interpreted by a child. The gallery is open 1-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; the works are on display through June 30. 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-895-6620.

JUNE 24 FRIDAY

IN THE RAW This weekend, two local theater groups offer unrehearsed and virtually production-free reading events. Avenue Players Theatre stages a "page in hand" reading of The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife, a comedy by Federico Garcia Lorca adapted from an old folk tale about a hardworking but dull shoemaker who's unhappily married to a much younger woman. Light refreshments and a talkback with the actors follows. (7 p.m. Fri. and 2 p.m. Sun., June 24 and 26. $4 general/$3 members. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Auditorium, SPC Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road, Palm Harbor, 727-712-5762.) And, as part of their Reader's Theater Series, the Alley Cat Players host a poetry reading of works by Marge Piercy. Actor and devotee Steven Pachosa dramatically interprets the modern American wordsmith's politically charged stanzas, which are littered with dreams of social change, feminist determination and continuous spiritual questioning. 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Mon., June 24, 25 and 27. $5. Isaac Center, 610 E. North St., Tampa, 813-231-8478.

SURREAL EVENINGS The Salvador Dali Museum is arguably one of St. Petersburg's biggest draws. This prominent position is due to the fact that the museum possesses the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the celebrated surrealist artist, and provides an unparalleled overview of the major ideas and symbols that are ever present in his fantastic images. Currently, the museum exhibits Dali Revealed: Land, Myth, Perception and God, a selection of works from its permanent collection exploring the four persistent themes that preoccupied Dali throughout his life; and Tilting at Windmills: Dali Illustrates Cervantes' 'Don Quixote,' an exhibit of illustrations by Dali created for Miguel Cervantes' classic novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha. You can study Dali's works amid a festive atmosphere at S'Real Fridays, an annual summer program presenting the community with extended hours, reduced admission, silent film screenings, live music (O Som Do Jazz in June, DJs "on the edge" in July, Impromptu in August), and a happy hour with beer and wine available for purchase. 5-8 p.m. every first and fourth Friday of the month through Aug. 26. $5 (members receive free admission); for regular hours and pricing, see the Museums section of The List. 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-823-3767.

JUNE 25 SATURDAY

PORGY HIGHLIGHTS Every time I turn around, there's some sort of new show being offered by the Florida Lyric Opera. This nonprofit organization has been making a name for itself since the mid-1950s by presenting the theater community with a variety of musical entertainment, including opera, Broadway show tunes, Spanish music and much more. This week, FLO pays tribute to George Gershwin in a program of highlights from Porgy and Bess, an American opera based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy, and featuring a series of vignettes about life in a Charleston ghetto called Catfish Row, where a crippled beggar falls deeply in love with a woman of ill repute. Director Rosalia Maresca serves as narrator. Following the program, locally based professional dance troupe the Bunny Ott Dancers concludes the evening with a series of rhythmic, Broadway-style performances interspersed with more Gershwin favorites. 7:30 p.m. $12 general/$10 students and members. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E. Pine St., Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605.

JUNE 26 SUNDAY

TOASTING FOR A CURE Instead of hanging at home and wondering where the weekend has gone, spend your Sunday evening with the Krewe of Zingaro at Uncork the Cure. This "Zignature" event has been organized by the nonprofit organization to raise money for cancer research, and amusements include a wine tasting courtesy of PRP Wines International, which offers some of the finest selections from wineries in Germany, Hungary, France, Italy and, of course, Napa Valley; a selection of scrumptious Caribbean eats by fundraiser host St. Bart's Island House; and a silent auction of items that include original artwork, gift certificates from area businesses and vacation packages. All proceeds from the event benefit The Children's Cancer Research Group at St. Joseph's Hospital, which is the only community hospital in Florida and one of a few non-university hospitals in America with a research laboratory dedicated solely to pediatric cancer research. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 813-831-1011 or visit www.uncorkthecure.com. 5-8 p.m. $35 in advance/$40 at the door. St. Bart's Island House, 1502 S. Howard Ave., Tampa.

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