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Testosterone will flow

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 25, 2002


One week before Tampa is invaded by pirates, cowboys descend on our city for a little rollicking of their own. The 2002 Professional Bull Riders tour brings back-cracking action to the Ice Palace tonight and Saturday.

Ask a bullrider why his belt buckle is so big and you'll probably hear, "I earned it." For the Bud Light Cup Series, the top 45 bull riders in the world strap themselves to 2,000 pounds of rage for 8 seconds. The riders compete in 29 cities through the year for prize money. If they fall below the 45th rank, they are replaced in the next city by a "rookie" from bull riding's minor leagues, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Challenger Tour. At the end of the year, the top riders face off in Las Vegas.

Originally bull riding was part of the traditional American rodeo, but in 1992, 20 bull riders started their own circuit. Now more than 700 riders from the United States, Canada, Brazil and Australia are members of Professional Bull Riders. The prize money awarded each year has grown to $7.2-million.

Tampa is the fifth stop this season.

Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive, 8 p.m.; tickets are $10, $15, $25, $50, $100. Call (813) 301-2500.

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from Mandy Patinkin at the Performing Arts Center to a power tool workshop at Home Depot.

GOINGS ON

25 -- TODAY

Richard Shindell. Critics have worshiped him since his debut in 1992, for good reason: Shindell's brand of folk-rock mirrors the human condition at an angle few ever get to see. 8 p.m., $12 advance, $15 reg., University of Tampa, Falk Theater, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 274-8981.

Morning Star. The Irish music powerhouse is coming to our neighborhood Irish pub. With fiddlers, button accordion players, bodhran (traditional Celtic drum) masters and tin whistle players, this group is the real deal. Two of its members won the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil (a national Irish music festival and competition), and member John Nolan was the first American to win the senior All-Ireland Championship. 8 p.m., Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St., Tampa. Call (813) 254-4444.

Art by Architects: Inaugural Gallery Opening. Formerly the AIA Bookstore, the space will now house artwork from local architects such as sculptor John Langley. He is also coordinator of Gala Corina, the inspiration for Art by Architects. Architect-artist David Bailey will feature some of his drawings created with the same principles as subtractive sculpting. If all this is as Greek to you as the Parthenon, then just ask the artists. They will be there on opening day. 5-9 p.m., 200 N Tampa St., Suite 100, Tampa. (813) 229-3411. Feat of Clay: William Sapp Exhibition and Reception. Running through Feb. 28, see how Sapp uses man's best friend as a metaphor for the world of men represented in sculpture, installations, photography and prints. 7-9 p.m., University of Tampa, Scarfone/Hartley Galleries, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 253-6217.

The Rock & The Rabbi. This new musical explores the friendship between Peter and Jesus with acoustic music and creative storytelling. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. $20-$35, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall. Call (813) 229-7827.

Moving Current: Falling Within. Contemporary dance. 8 p.m., $6 students/seniors, $12 reg. Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City campus, Performing Arts Building, 2001 14th St. Call (813) 237-0216.

Center for Ethics roundtable discussion: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Down-Sizing and Other Cost-Cutting Efforts. Janet Goldberg McEnery, shareholder with Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, will introduce the topic. 8 a.m., University of Tampa, Sykes College of Business, Room 131, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 253-3333, ext. 3782.

Gwar, God Forbid, Soilent Green. God What an Awful Racket, a.k.a. GWAR, is an intergalactic thrash-metal band that uses latex costumes, pagan rituals and mechanical maggots to express its inner demons. Besides reigning supreme in the shock-rock world, GWAR also managed to secure a Grammy nomination in 1993 for a home video, Phallus in Wonderland. 7 p.m., Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call (813) 247-2518.

Creation is Crucifixion, Blackout Terror. Cyberpunk with an activist foundation. 9 p.m. $5, Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Call (813) 248-9500.

Cheap Trick. You loved 'em. Admit it. Well, at least admit to singing with them in the car. Jannus Landing, 16 N Second St., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 896-1244.

26 -- SATURDAY

Einstein on Wine. Swish some new wines around in your glass, and load up on food from the likes of Carrabba's, Primadonna, Spartaco and the Melting Pot. 6-9 p.m. $50. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 987-6000.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The Birmingham Children's Theatre performs the age-old tale. 10 a.m. and noon. $5.50, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Rehearsal Hall. Call (813) 229-7827.

Smart Kids. Give your children a passport out of Saturday Morning Cartoon Land and let them sail on their own creative seas. This weekend small kids can paint and draw about imaginary places. Older kids go to the gallery to draw their interpretations of the River Myth glass exhibition and discuss what they think of it. 10 a.m.-noon, $10 members, $15 reg. Ages 3-8 and 9-13, Tampa Museum of Art, 600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. Call (813) 274-8130

Haymarket Riot, The Paper Chase. Avant-garde jazz, noise, indie and punk. 9 p.m. $5. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call (813) 248-4969.

Basketball: UT Spartans vs Florida Southern. Men's and women's teams compete. 2 p.m. $5 adult, $3 students/seniors. University of Tampa, Martinez Sports Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 253-3333.

Fix-It Classes. Ceramic tiling, 9 a.m.; lighting, 11 a.m.; faucets, 1 p.m. Home Depot, 1712 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call (813) 879-1000.

27 -- SUNDAY

The Black Pirate with musical score by Rosa Rio. Sun City Center artist Rosa Rio will command the Mighty Wurlitzer to bring her smooth sounds to the herky-jerky 1926 silent film The Black Pirate, with Douglas Fairbanks as the "King of the Buccaneers." 3 p.m., $8 reg., $6 seniors. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Call (813) 274-8286.

Tales Told by Windell Campbell. Storytelling with the use of art for the whole family. 2 p.m., free with price of museum admission. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Call (813) 274-3180.

BT in Ybor. Results aren't always good when worlds collide, but that may not apply to the artist who goes by BT. Classically trained at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, he turned toward electronica in 1993. 9 p.m. $14.50-$20. The Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call (813) 248-2331.

Next Generation: Gasparilla Juried High School Art Showcase. Annual show featuring works from local secondary art students and their teachers runs today through March 3. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Call (813) 274-8130.

Fix-It Classes. Faux painting (sponges/texturizing), 11 a.m.; Drumel power tool workshop, 1 p.m. Home Depot, 1712 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call (813) 879-1000.

28 -- MONDAY

Pellingham Bridge. A senseless school tragedy is explored in this production. Told from several vantage points, characters seek closure years after a school shooting and the ensuing media onslaught. 8 p.m. Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 879-2914.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Spotlight on Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Violin concerto. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call (813) 229-7827.

29 -- TUESDAY

Little Shop of Horrors opens. Can you believe that one of this show's musical composers also worked the score for The Little Mermaid? Well, Little Shop is a product of the '60s. Carnivorous, singing plants couldn't have come from another generation. After the show, chat with the cast and crew to find out what goes on behind the counter. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thur.; 8 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sun. through April 28, $25.50-28.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Jaeb Theater. Call (813) 229-7827.

Career Services presents Part-Time Jobs and Internship Fair. noon-3 p.m. University of Tampa, Plant Hall Grand Salon, 401 W Kenndy Blvd. Call (813) 253-3333, ext. 7281.

30 -- WEDNESDAY

Mandy Patinkin with Paul Ford on piano. He won a Tony as a revolutionary in Evita. A best actor Emmy as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on Chicago Hope. And the hearts of children everywhere as Indigo Montoya in The Princess Bride. Taking his audience on a whimsical storytelling journey set to music is his next act. 7:30 p.m. $23.75-$49.75. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7827.

Honors Program Symposium: Bosnia Unbound -- A Country in Recovery. 4 p.m. University of Tampa, Macdonald-Kelce Library, AV Room 2, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 253-3333.

Ice hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes. 7:30 p.m., $8-$80. Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive. Call (813) 301-6600.

31 -- THURSDAY

Mike MacArthur. Local saxophonist known to tour with the likes of Maynard Ferguson and jam with ex-Floyd front man Roger Waters offers up a vigorous mix of electric jazz and fusion. 8 p.m. Pop City, 615 Channelside Drive. Call (813) 229-2489.

Irritable Tribe of Poets. The prose may transport you to 1960s Greenwich Village, but it's still okay to clap if snapping ain't your thing, man. 9 p.m. King Corona Cigars, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call (813) 831-3189.

Desaparecidos, Now It's Overhead. Love-lorn indie rock. 9 p.m. $7. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Call (813) 248-9500.

Machine Head with Dope. Alternative metal. 7 p.m. Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call (813) 247-2518.

Baseball: UT v. Lynn. 7 p.m., $3 seniors/students, $5 reg. University of Tampa, Sam Bailey Field, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call (813) 253-3333.

NEXT WEEKEND

Gasparilla: Fri.-Sun., Bayshore Boulevard/downtown Tampa/Ybor City. It all starts when Tampa tries to defend itself from a mock pirate invasion, but when they see it's really just another reason to party, residents end up plundering their own town.

UT Music Department Presents Rick Depirro, Senior Voice Recital. 7:30 p.m. Fri., University of Tampa.

Florida Orchestra presents Rachmaninoff's 2nd. 8 p.m. Fri., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Ratdog. 8 p.m. Fri., Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg.

Bob Dylan and his Band. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Ice Palace.

Judas Priest. 7 p.m., Janus Landing, St. Petersburg.

LOOKING AHEAD

Florida State Fair: Feb. 7-14, Florida State Fairgrounds.

Dead Kennedys: Feb. 8, Jannus Landing.

Julio Iglesias: Feb. 8-9, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Fiesa Day 2002: Feb. 9, Ybor City.

Patti Labelle: Feb. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Swing: Feb. 15-17, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Antique Evaluation Saturday: Feb. 16, University of Tampa.

Jimmy Vaughan: Feb. 16, Jannus Landing.

Neil Diamond: Feb. 16, Ice Palace.

Jimmy Buffett: Feb. 18, Ice Palace.

Arun Gandhi: Feb. 22, USF.

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