By Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin is a non-profit visual and performing cultural center that serves the residents of southern Hillsborough County. Each month the center provides great entertainment in their Firehouse Pub. This is a unique black box style theatre that can be transformed to fit many different genres of entertainers.

On Friday, April 8 you can see La Divina, a Comedic-Opera by The Red Rose Parlour Theatre. The show breaks the silence between the audience and performer with an interactive twist, where the audience becomes part of the performance. Advanced tickets are $15-18 and day of show they are $20-25.

On Saturday, April 16, you will not want to miss the opportunity to hear some great Irish folk music with Mike Donahue & Third Man Out. Advanced tickets are $18-23 and day of show tickets are $23-28.

On Saturday, April 23 come listen to the Andre Roy Trio play some great French jazz. Andre Roy is originally from Quebec. His jazz performances have grown to consist mostly of his own composition. Advanced tickets are $18-23. Day of show tickets are $23-25.

On Saturday, April 30 you will enjoy La Luche, a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs and original compositions. Advanced tickets are $18-23 and tickets day of are $23-25.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a cash bar and refreshments are available during each show. Firehouse Pub seating is communal which means that you have other guests sitting at your table.

In addition to entertainment, the Firehouse Cultural Center provides quality programming in arts and education for all ages. According to Micaela Scipio with the Firehouse Cultural Center, “We offer programs that encourage participation, engagement, discovery and learning while offering connections to our unique history, culture and natural environment.”

The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.

To reserve your tickets to any of the above shows and to learn more about the Firehouse Cultural Center, call 645-7651 or visit

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