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Get your skating right here

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


Somewhere between $26 Ice Capades seats and $885 Olympic opening ceremony tickets we find Stars on Ice.

Now in its 16th year, the show will tour 61 cities across the United States and boast a cast almost as dazzling as the Olympic medals on their walls.

Olympic champions Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt and Ilia Kulik, as well as four-time World Champion Kurt Browning, are among the talent expected at the Ice Palace in Tampa tonight.

The show is flashy, in-your-face entertainment, even during more mellow segments. Hair swooshes, bodies spin and costumes glitter. High-tech lighting creates a dramatic feel, like a bawdy musical spawned from film noir.

Expect attitude.

Routines are borderline racey at times, but short skirts and strong men aren't the only draws. Look for pantomime wit and meticulous moves.

Newcomers to this year's show include two-time World Champions Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov, and Swiss National Champion Lucinda Ruh. Returning are three-time U.S. National Pair Champions Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, Olympic Silver medalist and two-time World Professional Champion, Denis Petrov, and eight-time British National Champion Steve Cousins.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36, $46 and $59. Call 301-2500 for more information.

15 -- TODAY

Rhodessa Jones: Hot Flashes, Power Surges, and Private Summers. As co-artistic director of San Francisco's Cultural Odyssey, Jones pulls from her experience to portray the youthful spirit and experienced heart of her character hitting middle age. 8 p.m. today-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. $15.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call 229-7892. The Glass Menagerie. Classic Tennessee Williams play about a mother trying to set up her daughter with a suitable caller. Written in pre-personal ad 1944. 8 p.m. today-Sunday, $19-$22. Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave. Call 879-2914.

Robert Schimmel. Co-writer of In Living Color known to frequent the higher echelon of the stand-up circuit such as Comedy Central, HBO and Conan O'Brien. Voted Best Male Stand-up comic by the American Comedy Association. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun., $17. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call 864-4000.

Friday Night Jazz Series: Mike MacArthur Group. Blocked-off streets let the masses enjoy live entertainment, shops and restaurants. Like Ybor without the Lycra and over-priced parking. 6 p.m. Old Hyde Park Village, 748 S Village Circle.

Dave Spector & the Backbreakers. One of Chicago's musical treasures since 1985, they play on the jazzy side of Blues. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

Toni Lynn Washington Band. East Coast swing band from Boston sets the groove. If you're not sure how to jump and jive, the night starts with a group swing lesson. The band takes the stage an hour later for you to try your new moves. 8 p.m., $10. All ages. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Ybor City. Call 274-4950.

Robert "RX" Boykin. Following Impressionist footsteps, Boykin paints his landscapes and people in pastel colors, shadows and slightly out of focus. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. The Rusty Rooster, 303 S Magnolia Ave. Call 254-7109. Detour art show opening. Personalizing gear is akin to learning the basic Ollie, it's one of the first things skaters learn to do. Skater handiwork goes on display in conjunction with the Pro Skate competition at Skate Park of Tampa. 12-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Covivant Gallery, 4906 N Florida Ave. Call 928-4661. Classic Car Show and Auction: From hot rods to hook-ups on discount accessories. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., today-Sun., $8. Florida State Fairgrounds, HealthExpo Hall, 4800 U.S. Hwy 301, Tampa. Call (727) 449-1963.

Agent Orange. Punk-rock originators still make you want to don the torn leather jacket you wore in 1981 when the band first hit the scene. Regrettably, it still smells like the beer you spilled in 1986 when big-hair bands edged them out. The latest resurgence comes in the form of three releases in the last 12 years. 2001's Latest and Greatest was the most recent. 9 p.m. Brass Mug, 1441 E Fletcher Ave. Call 972-8152.

Figure Versus Ground. Abstract smooth-grooves procured by this band could make you all warm and fuzzy inside. They don't call it mood music for nothing. 10 p.m. Sacred Grounds, 4819 E Busch Blvd. Call 983-0837.

Green Velvet. If electronic music turns you off for it's lyrical shortcomings, you have nothing to complain about with the rapping, feather-wearing Green Velvet. The Rejexts back him up with backbeats and mixed tracks. 9 p.m., $10-$15. Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 247-4225.

Pinot Noir wine tasting class. If your mouth is always full of wine at tastings because you don't know what to say, this pinot noir-focused class could help. If not, you walk away with a bottle at discount prices. 6-8 p.m., $10. Westchase Golf Club, 11602 Westchase Golf Drive. Call 818-9463.

Baseball: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees. 1:30 p.m., $4-$15. Legends Field, Tampa.

16 -- SATURDAY

The King and I. Whether it's Yul Brenner or Chow Yun-Fat playing the King of Siam, it's all good. He still falls in love for the unwavering Anna who has come to teach his 58 children. If you want a little more insight, check out the published diaries of the real life Anna Leonowens. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall. Call (813) 229-7892 The Odd Couple: The Female Version. A neatnick and a slob come together as roommates. It's funny if it's not happening to you. This time Barbara Eden stars as Florence the Tidy and Rita McKenzie as Olive the Trashy in this classic Neil Simon play. 4 p.m., 8 p.m. $30, $35, $40, ($65 limited VIP). Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

Neville Brothers. Keeping in touch with their native New Orleans roots, the R&B collaboration of independently accomplished musicians performs crowd pleasers like Mardi Gras Mambo and Valence Street. Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril have pleased their fans with a folky-jazzy-blues sound since 1977. The likes of Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana have shown their interest by grooving out on a few tracks on previous recordings. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 896-1244.

Insect Safari. Children interested in bugs under a microscope rather than a magnifying glass can explore interactive displays, learn bug facts and see the little critters up close. Those with questions can tap the minds of on-hand docents and entomologists. The traveling safari is housed in a 53-foot mobile unit and brought to MOSI by the Smithsonian and Orkin. Something about that sounds buggy. MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Call 987-6300.

Aaron Carter. Nick's little brother follows in his big bro's dance steps. Special guests Dreamstreet and Lindsay Pagano perform. 7 p.m., $27.75, $35.75. Lakeland Center. Call 287-8844.

Bark in the Park. Fido will love the 1.25 mile walk that kicks off the festivities. The more than 12,000 homeless and neglected pets that pass through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay each year will love the food and shelter the event provides. 8 a.m. Al Lopez Park. Call 876-4150.

Easter Bunny arrival. He has big ears, big eyes and big teeth, but who's afraid of the Easter bunny? 11a.m.-2 p.m. University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave. Call 971-3465.

Chiselers Market. From books to baubles to begonias, you can find it at this annual market that raises money and awareness of Tampa's historical landmarks. Plant Hall and Old Tampa Bay Hotel will benefit. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 258-1641.

School Bus Rodeo. If you're thinking monster trucks, stop. This is more like the Olympics of bus driving. Local drivers test their skills on a course of parallel parking, serpentine maneuvers and a straight line. An instrument in the bus measures movement when driving over speed bumps in a special needs section. Drivers are also graded on how they manage children with disabilities. The top three drivers will return in May for the state competition. Singers, dance troupes and games for kids will entertain between competitions. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Hwy 301, Tampa. Call 982-5500.

Gem and Mineral Show. Exhibits, informative displays and storytelling. $3-$4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Hwy 301. Call 684-2039.

Cigar Store Indians. With song titled Tossin' and Turnin' and Who Dat?, it's no surprise this Atlanta-based band is known for Southern Boogie-woogie and rockabilly sound. Swing lessons and DJ music fills in the gaps at this all-night dance party. 6:30 p.m.-midnight, $11-$13. Zendah Grotto, 4109 N Lauber Way. imredd2danz@hotmail.com.

Baseball: Legends of Baseball Game. 6 p.m., $3-$10. Florida Power Park, 230 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 895-3284.

17 -- SUNDAY

Dublin City Ramblers. Sean, Paddy and Shay are the real deal. Either born in Dublin or County Wexford, they all have deep roots in the Dublin music scene. And serious opinions about soccer. Masters of the banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass and of course, vocals, they come to South Tampa to raise the thatched roof at one of the biggest block parties in town. Cheers big ears! 8 p.m. Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St. Call 254-4444.

Blarney Blast. Bennigan's all over Tampa will be breaking out the blinkey pins, cardboard shamrocks and green Budweiser this Sunday. Bands Injected, Greenwheel, The Gita, 2nd Day Broadcast and Cocktail Honeys perform at the stadium location. 1 p.m., $5. Ages 21 and up. Bennigan's, 2520 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call 872-7566.

Annie Gallop with Kyle Shiver. Flitting from sailmaker, metalsmith and massage therapist, Gallop had trouble finding direction. After releasing her first CD in 1994, she found her way. Folky fictional lyrics and precise picking on her guitar made her the winner of the Napa Valley Folk Festival Emerging Songwriter's Competition. Cape Codder Shiver is in the same genre. 4 p.m., $10. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road. call 218-3463.

Styx. Power ballads and rock 'n' roll kept this band at the top of their game for years. This was in the late '70s, but songs like the Gulf War anthem Show Me The Way brought them to the surface again in 1991. It still wasn't as memorable as say Mr. Roboto or Lady but despite breaking up and a few hiatuses, the band still has a hopeful, if not inspiring, feel. So much so they released an all new studio album, Brave New World in 1999 and are currently on a national tour. 7 p.m.; $34, $39, ($75 limited VIP). Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Call (727) 791-7400.

That Obscure Object of Desire. The title explains much of the movie. The movie leaves little to the imagination. A man's desire fueled but never satisfied by a woman drives him to obsession. Professors and psychiatrists will be on hand if you need to talk about it. Sponsored by the Tampa Psychoanalytical Society. 1:15-4 p.m., $5. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Dr. Call 274-8130.

Book Signing. Children's author Jan Brett meets and greets. Borders Books, 909 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call 874-5722.

Ice Hockey: Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning. 6 p.m., $8-$80. Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees. 1:30 p.m., $4-$15. Legends Field, Tampa.

18 -- MONDAY

David Sanborn. One of the most influential saxophonists and most exposed, thanks to his stint on Saturday Night Live, Sanborn has taken the spotlight and hit the road. Besides having incredible mentors early on in the St. Louis jazz scene, he has played with Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. He was part of Stevie Wonder's band for two years and played on David Bowie's 1975, "Young Americans." His 14th solo album "Songs From the Night Before" revamps his early R&B roots. 7:30 p.m., $23, $29, $35, $45. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call 229-7892.

19 -- TUESDAY

Nelly Furtado. Canada is getting a reputation for producing strong women musicians and Furtado isn't going to taint it. Her playful beats and edgy riffs compliment her in person. Her energetic stage presence is distinguished by her striking Portuguese looks. Her debut release, appropriately titled Whoa Nelly!, have dominated the airwaves since it hit the shelves in 2000. 7:30 p.m., $25, $27.50. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Call 287-8844.

Baseball: Cincinnati Reds at New York Yankees. 7:15 p.m., $4-$15. Legends Field, Tampa.

20 -- WEDNESDAY

Tommy Tune and Manhattan Rhythm Kings. His dancing, singing, directing and choreographing won him nine Tony Awards. Tommy Tune is joined by the Manhattan Rhythm Kings who specialize in music from the '20s through the '40s. 7:30 p.m., $24.50-$54.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call 229-7892. Toni Lynn Washington Band. This swing-jazz band plans to keep everyone's feet moving at this all night dance party. Lynn's W.C. Handy Award nominations proves she would be the one to do it. The night starts off with swing lessons. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $10. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska. Call 274-4950.

Archiglas. St. Petersburg a capella ensemble keeping traditional Russian orthodox music alive. 7 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave. Call 961-8747.

Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 1:05 p.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First Ave. S., Saint Petersburg.

Baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees. 7:15 p.m., $4-$15. Legends Field, Tampa.

Ice Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Atlanta Thrashers. 7:30 p.m., $8-$80. Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

21 -- THURSDAY

Santana. From super-psychedelic grooves at Woodstock in 1969 to searing Latin rhythms on 1999's Supernatural, Santana has undergone several incarnations. First as a '60s era groove machine, now as a seemingly effortless chart-topper. His tune Smooth ushered in the Latin Invasion of the late '90s. His unmatched guitar skills on singles like Evil Ways and Oye Como Va still test the limits of jukebox speakers. His accomplishments were recognized in 1996, when he received the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award. 7:30 p.m., $37.25, $47.25 and $64.75. Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

Engelbert Humperdinck. Sounds corny but the crooner has an effect on women. Even more so now that he has lost the massive sideburns for a sleaker look. 8 p.m., $34.50, $37.50, ($75 Limited VIP). Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

Tibetan Book of the Dead. With dance, music and artistry, performers of the Jobsite Theater create a story about a dying person's journey to the afterlife then to be reborn. 8 p.m. Thur.-Fri., 4 p.m., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., $15.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Jobsite Theater. Call (813) 229-7892.

!Viva La Frida! Spring is celebrated with chocolate. An all chocolate four-course dinner is followed by dessert, hot Mexican chocolate drinks and live entertainment by the chefs on the patio. They are not responsible for sugar-fueled nightmares. Best to take the next day off. 6 p.m.-midnight. Cafe y Galeria, 5901 N Florida Ave. Call 231-9199.

NEXT WEEKEND

  • Earth/Rhythms Ethos Percussion Group with Glen Velez: March 22, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Party On, Opera Dude: March 22, Palladium Theater.
  • Joan Baez: March 23, Tampa Theatre.
  • John Anderson: March 23, the Roundup.
  • Take 6: March 23, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Earth, Wind and Fire: March 24, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Bill Cosby: March 30, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Pat Metheny Group: April 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Rigoletto: April 5, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Gary Puckett: April 5, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Carrot Top: April 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Art: April 11, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Not the End of the Story: April 11-28, Gorilla Theatre.
  • Ragtime: April 12-14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: April 14, Ice Palace.
  • Young King Arthur: April 14, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Barry Manilow: April 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Tap Kids: April 21, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Disney on Ice: Toy Story 2: May 1, Ice Palace.
  • Son of O'Donnelloques: May 3, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Nine Months: May 10, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Side Man: May 23 -- June 9, Gorilla Theatre.

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