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Time to feel the spirit

By AMY ABBOTT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 22, 2002

Achy joints and blue moods?

Take medicine. Or, try a dose of art.

Art has healing powers. That's the theory behind the Art & Spirituality Festival at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center this weekend. Artists and practitioners of holistic medicine will conduct classes -- this time, 24 workshops -- on the center's grounds and theatres.

The theme: Melodies of Remembrance.

Festival originator Fred Johnson found inspiration in the words of last year's participants.

"We would ask, 'When you think of art, what do you think of?"' said Johnson. "People would answer with their favorite song, the colors in a sunset, dancing with friends. They were remembering happy times."

Grammy Award winner Glen Velez joins The Ethos Percussion Group today for musical creations using the Egyptian riq, Irish bodhran, Japanese odaiko, Indian tabla, marimba and vibraphone.

Take 6, a Gospel jazz and Grammy-winning a capella act, performs Saturday. The center's resident Jobsite Theater performs Tibetan Book of the Dead on Sunday. The story follows a man through death, afterlife and rebirth.

A three-day pass covers 10 workshops and three main stage performances. One-day passes begin at $40 for today, $75 for Saturday and $43 for Sunday. Passes are also available for individual workshops.

Johnson says the festival is about simple things people can celebrate, in the search for peace and well being.

He explains the art-health connection like this:

"Spirit is from the Latin word spiritus, meaning breath. Breath is something we cannot see but we can't live without. Art is like that."

For a workshop schedule and more details, visit on the Internet.

22 -- TODAY

Bobcat Goldthwait. The comedian formerly known as the red-faced screaming lunatic of the Police Academy movies still finds time to do stand-up. His day job is mostly directing movies, popping up in films and doing voice work for TV and movies. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 8:30 p.m. Sun.; $20. $22. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 960-1197.

Jeff Dunham. He's an old curmudgeon named Walter. He's a fuzzy purple "woozle" called Peanut. He's a jalapeno on a stick. He's a ventriloquist with a long list of accomplishments, such as being the only performer to win Ventriloquist of the Year twice. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; $18, $22. Tampa Improv, Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call 242-4660.

Florida Orchestra: Verdi's Requiem. Written for Verdi's idol, Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni, the piece was composed to honor Manzoni's life after he died in 1873. Jahja Ling will conduct. 8 p.m., $24.50, $33.50, $39.50, $42.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center -- Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7892

Women's Blues Review. Gaining momentum in the Bay area, the eight-piece, all-woman band is turning a profit, too, but not for their own pockets. Their annual charity event raises money for local domestic violence shelters. Publications such as named them 2000 Best Local Unsigned Band for their mix of soul, jump, and R&B. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

Splash Series. Music by Monique and Company, Warren and Company and Shawn Brown. 6-9 p.m., $8. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Call 273-4000.

Over the River and Through the Woods. A nice young man tries to cut the umbilical cord by taking a job across the country and poses the question, in a funny way, of what do we owe our loved ones? Performed by the Carrollwood Players. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. March 22-April 13. No March 31 show. $12 adults, $10 seniors/students. Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway. Call 265-4000.

Pow Wow Festival. Eighth annual Native American Celebration Pow Wow Festival honors Ruby Tiger Osceola's 106th birthday and features American Indian drum and dance groups, storytellers, Aztec fire dancers, alligator wrestlers and clothing contests. Oh, and birthday cake for everyone on Saturday. 9 a.m.-8 Fri., with free admission; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission Sat.-Sun. $4. Fowler Field, across from University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Call 310-5103 or 267-3880.

Dialogue through Poetry. Local tribe of poets speaks out about poetry creating a culture of peace and non-violence in the world. This is one of 150 international readings this week in recognition of the United Nations' Education Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Poetry Day. The Gold Dragon Gallery, 3508 S Manhattan Ave. Call 832-2755.

Party On, Opera Dude. Opera speaks to the masses using universal party games and antics. The only thing Italian may be the wine. 8 p.m., $9-$14. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 822-3590.

UT Music Department Presents Opus in Concert. It's not as stuffy as it sounds. Snappy tunes like Puttin' on the Ritz, and Theme from Ice Castle, fill the night. Add to that choreographed routines and a vocal jazz performance of Hello Young Lovers. Okay, so it's not Britney Spears. Thank goodness. 7:30 p.m. University of Tampa, Plant Hall, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

Baseball. UT vs Florida Tech. 7 p.m., $5 adults; $3 seniors and students (high school and younger); admission free with UT ID. University of Tampa, Sam Bailey Field, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.


They Might Be Giants. This is what happens when trivia geeks make punk music with a carefree polka flair. Their late '80s rise to fame lost ground when melancholic grunge stomped onto stage. Maintained by a cult following, they continue to belt out somewhat familiar tunes like Istanbul (Not Constantinople), and relying on their arcane psyches for material. 8:30 p.m. USF Special Events Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave.

Joan Baez. She ushered in the new political conscience in the '60s, influenced three generations of musicians and still refuses to hush her outspoken soprano voice. Baez' Best Hits is her latest release due out this year. 8 p.m.; $36. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Call 287-8844.

John Anderson. If you remember where his brother, momma and daddy were swingin' in his 1983 single Swingin', then you may remember Anderson winning a 1983 Horizon Award and CMA's Single of the Year. The song continues to be the all-time best-selling country single in recording company Warner's history. Anderson continues to belt out tunes Merle Haggard and Lefty Frizzell inspired him to sing. 6 p.m. The Round Up Country & Western Club, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave. Call 855-1229.

Bubble Festival. Iridescent soapy bubbles and addictive bubble wrap pop into MOSI. Learn to make bubble solution and wands. Create a bubble mural and monster bubbles. Encase yourself in a bubble. Just don't let the bubbles go to your head. 9 a.m., MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave. Call 987-6100.

Antique Appraisal Saturday. Dust off your junk, er, treasures and see if their monetary worth is as high as their personal worth. 10 a.m.-noon, $5 per item, limit three. University of Tampa, Plant Hall Music Room, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

Kids Club Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Sock Hop. Peter Rabbit bedecked in rhinestones is the emcee of the '50s style sock hop and twist contest. A mallwide egg hunt kicks off the day and races, rubber ducky fishing and bunny bowling follow. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. WestShore Plaza. Call 286-0790.

Grapevine Wine Festival. With more than 100 wines to try, remember to swish and spit or your next glass of bubbly could be Alka-Seltzer. 6-9 p.m., $25 single, $45 double. The Grapevine, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave. call 818-9463.

Itzhak Perlman. One astounding violinist pays tribute to another. Multiple Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Perlman pays tribute to Jascha Heifetz. 8 p.m., $40; $45; $50; ($75 limited VIP). Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

Sharks! From Fear to Fascination. Educational new exhibit opens today to show the nicer side of sharks. But not too nice. Professional divers get in the shark tank for the Shark Show. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr. Call 273-4000.

Sky Watch. Free telescope viewing after sunset in Saunders Planetarium. MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Call 987-6300.

From the Archives: Patti Bown. Broadcast from the early days of piano jazz, swinging pianist from the Quincy Jones Orchestra plays Coltrane's Giant Steps and her Swahili love song Oh My Darling, How I Love You. 9 p.m. 89.7 WUSF. Call 974-8700.

Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees. 1:30 p.m., $4-$15. Legends Field, Tampa.

Atlanta Braves at Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 1:05 p.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Baseball: UT vs. Florida Tech. 7 p.m., $5 adults, $3 seniors, students, high school and under, free with UT ID. University of Tampa, Sam Bailey Field, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

24 -- SUNDAY

Earth, Wind and Fire. Entertainment during the '70s was over the top. These R&B guys took it even further with funky costumes and huge jams of more than 14 musicians on stage at concerts. Shake your booty to Shining Star as they play their greatest. 7:30 p.m., $39.75, $49.75. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7892

Evening of Hollywood Glitz and Glamor. Party like a movie star when you're whisked around the block in a limo and greeted by the paparazzi and autograph hounds (high school drama students). Pick up such freebies as a program from the Kodak Theater or a commemorative poster. Dinner, a couple drinks and, of course, popcorn is included. Funds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay and Tampa Theatre. 7 p.m., $15 students, $25 adults. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. Call 287-8844.

A Night with the Stars -- Academy Awards Gala. Munch treats from Prezzo and dessert from Hollywood Java. Big screen showing of the 74th Academy Awards. Live entertainment and a silent auction. The Film Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast host the eighth annual gala. 7 p.m., $50. International Plaza. Call (727) 464-7240.

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Up and coming comedians compete. 8:30 p.m. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call 960-1197.

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

Ice Hockey: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m., $8-$80. Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

25 -- MONDAY

Monday Night Jazz Series. Sarah Caswell jams with the USF Faculty Jazz Ensemble. 8 p.m., $10. USF Music Recital Hall, FAH 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Call 974-4398.

UT Faculty Scholarship Concert. The University of Tampa Music Department raises the roof and the funds for music scholarships. 7:30 p.m., University of Tampa, Plant Hall Grand Salon, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

Fun with Wines. It has to be fun when there are scallops, salmon and tenderloin served, too. Yum. 6-8 p.m., $25. Fleming's, 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd. Call 874-9463.

Young Writers Critique Workshop. Author Reed Lengel helps bring thoughts to paper. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call 962-6446.

Aquavet Day Camp. If your kid wants to be a veterinarian but prefers the squiggly to the cuddly, a visit to the operating suite and a chat with the Aquarium's veterinarian could inspire. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 25-29, $130 members, $163 nonmemebers. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Call 273-4015.

Baseball: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Noon. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.


Billy Gardell. His comedy style is as hard as his blue-collar, steel town upbringing in Pittsburgh. Tuesday through March 31. $5-$14. Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Call 960-1197. Archiglas: Russian Vocal Quartet. The Fab Four of St. Petersburg, Russia, sing sacred and folk Russian music on their final U.S. tour stop. 7:30 p.m. Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 822-3590.

Chef Rand Packer's Cooking Class. Japanese wakame miso soup, crispy duck and water chestnut Rangoon and furikake dusted mahi mahi are on the menu. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40. Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd. Call 873-7697.

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


Poison the Well. As the name suggests, this is a straight up metal band with no apologies for its style or performances. These local punksters have been on the Florida scene since 1998. Signed in 1999 to New Jersey label Trustkill, touring for exposure has become a way of life. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 895-3045.

Sangria Pitcher Painting Party. Make a funky pitcher as refreshing as your sangria. 6-9 p.m. Passion Pepper Pottery and Cafe, 2502 W Azeele St. Call 877-8238.

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


Reverend Horton Heat. Think hot rods, ZZ Top style. Think Tennessee whiskey. Now get behind the wheel. No! Don't really. But that's how this hard rockabilly band makes you feel. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 895-3045.

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

Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Noon. $3-$10. Florida Power Park, 230 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 895-3284.


Three Mo' Tenors: March 29, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Sleeping Beauty: March 29, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Bill Cosby: March 30, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Southern Fried Musical Freak Show. March 30, Skipper's Smokehouse.


Pat Metheny Group: April 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: April 5, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg.

Rigoletto: April 5, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Millencolin: April 5, Masquerade.

Gary Puckett: April 5, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Barrage: April 5, Mahaffey Theater.

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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