Eckerd College offers myriad activities and programs as a service to the community. All events are held on the Eckerd College campus and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.
Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Programs and events are subject to change. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit eckerd.edu/events or call (727) 864-7979.
Microplastics in Tampa Bay
Saturday, Jan. 9
10 a.m., Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
Did you know microplastics are polluting Tampa Bay? How does our daily use of plastics, cosmetics and personal products affect the ecosystems and organisms of the Tampa Bay estuary? Eckerd College and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program will pose these and other important questions during a discussion of ongoing research by local scientists. Participants will also sample water and plankton in Boca Ciega Bay and learn what everyone can do to reduce microplastics pollution. The plankton and microplastic particles collected will be examined under microscopes. Lunch provided. Register at https://goo.gl/mtQcwb. Call (727) 864-8200 for more information.
Met Opera Live in HD: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Saturday, Jan. 16
1 p.m. Miller Auditorium
Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen. $25. For more information go to metoperastpete.com or call (727) 864-7600.
Met Opera Live in HD: Turandot
Saturday, Jan 30
1 p.m., Miller Auditorium
Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role Pucini’s proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Bertiis Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s production is conducted by Paolo Carignani. $25. For more information go to metoperastpete.com or call (727) 864-7600.