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Rowdy Knight Parade set to roll

By AMY ABBOTT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 15, 2002

A glittery and not-PG-rated version of the Gasparilla day parade will fill Ybor City with partiers Saturday.

Okay, so Ybor attracts those kind of people every weekend. But this time there will be 200,000 of them, and their focus will be beads. Along the 2.8-mile Krewe of Sant'Yago Knight Parade route from the Tampa Aquarium to the Columbia Restaurant, 120 illuminated floats will carry bead- and trinket-tossing revelers.

Amazingly enough, this is more than a giant frat bash. At the Channelside end, a Family Fiesta begins at 3 p.m. with rides and arts and crafts. The parade begins at 7.

Be warned: The craziness usually starts in the parking lots with lot tenders charging up to $50 for the night, so go early for your pick of cheaper spots.

Krewe of Sant'Yago Knight Parade, 3-10 p.m. Call 248-3088.


15 -- TODAY

David Copperfield: Unknown Dimension. The magician's new show finds him flying over the crowd and transporting himself and an audience member across the globe. Plus, he will bisect himself with a laser and 13 audience members will disappear into thin air. Feb. 15-16. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call 229-7892.

Swing. Any of these dances would put the electric slide to shame, but don't expect them all to be set to syncopated rhythms. These are oldies and goodies, if you dig the swing thing. At this show, expect to see West Coast, country western, Latin and traditional swing dancing. Feb. 15-17, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, $35-$45. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

Motorcycles On Ice. This is Mad Max iced over. Motorcycles and four-wheelers will zip around the Ice Palace rink without brakes, hanging on by the spikes on their tires for this 20-race, no-holds barred event. 7:30 p.m., $51.25. Ice Palace. Call 287-8844. Friday Night Jazz Series: USF Jazztet. Sip a latte at this yuppie-friendly shopping area's live music series. Old Hyde Park Village, 1509 W Swann Ave. Call 251-3500.

Professional Boxing: Love and War. Heavyweights China "The Dragon" Smith and Dan "The Man" Ward duke it out in one of four matches. 8 p.m. Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. Call 221-2688.

David Davis Sculpture: Opening Reception. Maybe you've seen his high-modernist's work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ringling Museum of Art, or the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. Seven pieces will be on display beginning tonight at the opening reception. 7 p.m. Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.


Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton. If you're "Tuff Enuff" to handle what this ex-Fabulous Thunderbird dishes up, you'll probably go for seconds. Expect searing guitar licks, vivid lyrics and selections from his three solo albums. 7 p.m. $17. Jannus Landing, 16 2nd St N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 896-1244.

Neil Diamond. He has released yet another album, Three Chord Opera, to add to the storied collection. And you will be hearing his tune Coming to America in every possible remixed version during the Olympics. 8 p.m. $35.75-$65.75. Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive. Call 223-1000. Antique Evaluation Saturday. Clean out the closets and bring in that awful sequin-encrusted owl you inherited from your grandmother in the '60s. It may be worth a mint. Or $2 at a yard sale. 10 a.m. $5 an item, limit three. University of Tampa, Plant Hall Music Hall, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333. Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Variety is the spice of this dance ensemble. Original works including a piece created for the 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration and another made for the Performing Arts Center's Bernstein Festival will be staged. 8 p.m. $12.50 to $19.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse. Call 229-7827.

Fifth Annual Dunedin Craft Festival. More than 100 crafts people will display their works along this cozy main street. Mediums include stained glass, wearable art, country crafts and ceramic. If you see something you like, make an offer. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Dunedin. Call 962-0388.

Free Admission to MOSI on Presidents Day. Our founding fathers' vision of no taxes may be gone, but MOSI will compensate with free admission this day. But like an IRS tax form, there are catches. You must mention the offer and wear red, white and blue. IMAX not included. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Call 987-6100.

Roy Yamaguchi at Roy's. See the man who started it all. Roy Yamaguchi will cook some of the dishes that made him a famous chain-restaurant owner. From 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Reservations required. Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd. Call 873-7697.

17 -- SUNDAY

Black 47. Do you like reggae? How about hip-hop, rock or traditional Irish music? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Black 47 may be for you. The New York-based band's sound is festive and bouncy, but don't forget they're Irish. Their name is derived from the blackest year of the potato famine, 1847. Lyrics are political and focus on hope and despair, topics that have been pleasing Black 47's fans since 1990. (Not to mention landing them movie roles in The Saint of Fort Washington with Matt Dillon and Danny Glover and a PBS special .) 8 p.m. $15, 21 and older only. Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St. Call 254-4444.

Tampa Jazz Club. Greats on the local music scene jam. David Pate, saxophone, Larue Nickelson, guitar, Michael Ross, bass, Walt Hubbard, drums. 3 p.m. Gorilla Theater, 4419 Hubert Ave. Tampa. Call 879-2914 Dessert Fantasia. Italian wines and desserts. Dessert commentary will be led by local culinary writer Carol Malzone. Wash it all down with the likes of Brachetto d'Acqui, Vin Santo and Moscato d'Asti. From 4 to 6 p.m. $35. Gianpiero's Pick of the Vine, 2506 S MacDill Ave. Call (727) 712-2795.

Wedding Expo. The pros will be on hand to counsel on fashions and food, and even tactful ways to handle in-laws. Prizes, resort packages and wedding essentials are up for grabs. From 1 to 4 p.m. $7. Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 854-1625.

18 -- MONDAY

Jimmy Buffett. The singer, author and nightclub owner has remained on Forbes highest-earning entertainers list for years. He's truly the Big Cheeseburger in Paradise. 8 p.m. $28.50 to $59.50. Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive. Call 287-8844. Art and Spirituality Follow-up Workshop: Awakening the Voice Within. Play soothing music to a plant and it will grow better. You can do the same with yourself, according to health guru Fred Johnson. He will show participants how to redirect sound through the mind/body/spirit connection and attain physical, mental and spiritual health. 7 p.m. $5. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse. Call (813) 222-1049.


Saturday Night Fever -- The Musical. Like the leisure suit, disco had an expiration date. However, this story about a kid from Brooklyn suddenly aware of his fleeting youth has preservatives enough to run as a musical 14 years after the movie's debut. Feb. 19-24, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7892.

The Age of Anxiety. If the '50s seemed placid to you, take a look from an artist's point of view. Diane Elmeer, assistant chair of the University of South Florida art department, moderates a panel of experts who will expound on what the art world was thinking after World War II until the assassination of President Kennedy. 7 p.m., free. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse. Call (813) 229-7892.

Words for the Wind. Sit back and listen to Tampa's poet laureate James Tokley and others. The sampling will be from the likes of J.D. Salinger, e.e. cummings and Anne Sexton. Free coffee and desserts. 8:30 p.m., free. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse. Call (813) 229-7892 Together is Better Family Night. The first in a four-part series features arts and crafts, storytelling and singing. Life-size puppets act out Who's in Rabbit's House and Tortoise and the Elephant. 6:30 p.m. Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave. Call 273-3648 Chef Rand Packer's Cooking Class. Step away from the microwave and learn how to cook, not just heat up. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40. Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd. Call 873-7697.


Basketball: UT vs. Eckerd. Men's and women's teams compete. 5:30 p.m. $5 adult, $3 students/seniors. University Of Tampa, Martinez Sports Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.


Moiseyev Dance Company. The works of the great 20th-century choreographers live on in the performance's of this 55-member group. 8 p.m. $34 to $45. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

Heywood Banks. The G-rated comedian brings laughs without resorting to off-color jokes or picking on audience members. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 2,7 and 9 p.m. Sunday, $10-$14. Tampa Improv, Centro Ybor, Ybor City. Call 864-4000.

Tour of River Myths exhibit. Artist Therman Staton has brought his vibrant works in glass, metal and stone to be viewed over cocktails at this Art After Dark event. 6:30 p.m. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Call 274-8130.

Life Drawing. Got a pencil? Paper? Then you can participate in drawing a live model. From 6 to 9 p.m., Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Call 274-4000.


  • Arun Gandhi: Feb. 22, USF Special Events Center.
  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys: Feb. 22, Skipper's Smokehouse.
  • Charlie Hunter: Feb. 22, State Theatre.
  • Less Than Jake: Feb. 22, Jannus Landing.
  • Cyndi Lauper: Feb. 23, Jannus Landing.
  • Weezer: Feb. 24, Ice Palace.
  • Dick Hyman: Feb. 24, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.


  • Tampa Bay Symphony: Feb. 25, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Swan Lake: Feb. 26-27, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • The Tempest: Feb. 27, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Florida Strawberry Festival: Feb. 28 to March 10, Plant City.
  • Doo Wop Reunion II: March 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Dancing Wheels: March 3, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Beauty and the Beast: March 5-17, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Northern Lights: March 6, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Super Scientific Circus: March 6, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Tony Bennett: March 8, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Florida Orchestra: Brahms, Bach & More: March 8, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Billy Joel and Elton John: March 9, Ice Palace.
  • KC and the Sunshine Band with the Village People: March 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Natalie Merchant: March 12, Mahaffey Theatre.
  • Target Stars on Ice: March 15, Ice Palace.
  • Hot Flashes, Power Surges, and Private Summers: March 15, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Florida Orchestra: Made in America: March 16, Coliseum Ballroom.
  • Aaron Carter: March 16, Lakeland Center.
  • Nelly Furtado: March 19, Jannus Landing.
  • Tommy Tune and Manhattan Rhythm Kings: March 20, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Santana: March 21, Ice Palace.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck: March 21-22, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Tibetan Book of the Dead: March 21, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Earth/Rhythms Ethos Percussion Group with Glen Velez: March 22, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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