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Having a wine old time

By SUSAN THURSTON and AMY ABBOTT
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 5, 2002


HYDE PARK -- Grab a wine glass and call a cab for the fifth annual Bern's Winefest starting Saturday at SideBern's.

For the first time, Bern's has extended the event to four days of tastings, seminars and appearances from special wine and culinary guests.

Winefest begins at 1 p.m. Saturday with wine and food seminars featuring wines of Beaucastel.

Sunday marks the culmination with a grand tasting event from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will get their pick of more than 200 wines paired with cuisine from Bern's Steak House and SideBern's. A silent auction from 1 to 4 p.m. will benefit the Divine Providence Food Bank of Tampa.

Tickets for each event are $50 per person. Monday and Tuesday dinner parties with chef Jeannie Pierola are sold out.

Winefest will take place under air-conditioned tents at SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave. For tickets and information call 250-9463 or check out www.bernswinefest.com.

5 -- TODAY

RIGOLETTO. Conspiracy, kidnapping and mistaken identity sound like essential components of a summer blockbuster. They also describe a 150-year-old opera about a court jester's failed attempt at revenge against a philandering Duke. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun.; $19.50, $24.50, $35.50, $45.50, $50.50, $56.50; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call 229-7892.

TAMPA BAY BLUES FESTIVAL. Stretch out and listen to some world-class blues. The likes of North Mississippi Allstars, Little Feat, Ike Turner, Tab Benoit, Shemekia Copeland and Bernard Allison fill the play bill for the three-day fest. 3:30 p.m. Fri.; noon Sat.; 1 p.m. Sun.; $20-$50; Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg. Call (727) 824-6163.

LARGO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. The second-to-last weekend of flying falcons, fire-eating physicians and human chess, plus food and music. This weekend's theme: Wonders of the World. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri.-Sun; $12.95 adults, $10.95 senior citizens, $5.95 children 5-12, free for children 4 and under; Largo Central Park, near East Bay Drive and Seminole Boulevard. Call (727) 586-5423.

BOMBSHELL ROCKS, MILLENCOLIN, HOMEGROWN. Swedish imports display their punkability. 7 p.m.; $12. Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 247-2518.

JUCIFER WITH KILL ME TOMORROW AND THE BLISS. It's been said couples who play together stay together. Ed Livengood and Amber Valentine have stayed true to the saying since 1995 when they first wowed audiences with ambient punk rock in their native Athens, Ga. 9 p.m.; $6; Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. Call 248-9500.

STONE HANDY. Local word performance artist throws a party for his new CD Plain White Wrapper with a concert featuring other local jazz/blues/rock greats. 8 p.m.; $8-$10; Friday Morning Musicale, 809 Horatio St. Call 832-1207.

ELLIS ISLAND WITH MIKE FINN. USF theater students perform Finn's Ellis Island, and Finn discusses the play afterward. 7:30 p.m.; free; University of South Florida, Theatre 2, 4200 E Fowler Ave. Call 987-6816.

SPRING FLOWER SHOW. If your interest in horticulture is blooming, check out Tampa Federation of Garden Club Circles' annual bromeliad and begonia show. Sip tea Saturday during the new membership tea and open house from 2-4 p.m. Hours 1:30-5 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-3 p.m. Sun.; free; Tampa Garden Center, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Call 251-5059.

MEET THE WINEMAKER. Meet the man behind the label when Gary Patzwald, Senior Red Wine Winemaker of Kendall Jackson Vineyards, visits The Grapevine. 6 p.m.; $25 per person; Club Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay, 12951 W Linebaugh Ave. Call 818-9463.

HERMAN'S HERMITS WITH PETER NOONE. Get "into something good" with this feel-good blast from the past. Beach blanket bingo anyone? 8 p.m.; $35, $39 ($70 Limited VIP); Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

FRIDAY EXTRA CONCERT SERIES. Sun City Center Swing Band gets the crowd jumping and jiving to '40s style swing. Acoustic contemporary Jon Semmes & The Florida Friends get the party started as the opening act. 7 p.m.; free; Lowry Park Bandshell, corner of Sligh Avenue and N Boulevard.

BARRAGE. A violin by any other name is a fiddle. The difference: playing style. Be barraged by both when this Calgary-based team breaks out strings and percussion. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat.; $20-$40; Mahaffey Theater, Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg.

KEEP ON YOUR TOES. Award-laden concert pianist looks at literature conceived for ballet during his "Adventures in Good Music" radio show. 9 p.m.; 89.7 FM. Call 974-8700.

BASEBALL: SARASOTA RED SOX VS. TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field, Tampa. Call 287-8844.

6 -- SATURDAY

JOHN HANCOCK CHAMPIONS ON ICE TOUR. The 86-city circuit takes America's new sweetheart, gold medalist Sarah Hughes, on a whirlwind tour. Among the other stars: Tim Goebel, Michelle Kwan, Irina Slutskaya, Alexei Yagudin, Elvis Stoyko, Sasha Cohen, Nicole Bobek, Victor Petrenko and Surya Bonaly. 2 p.m. Saturday; $35.25-$60.25. Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

FIFTH ANNUAL WINEFEST. Just one sample is an indulgence. More than 200 wines and tidbits from posh Bern's and worldly SideBern's. Only one day was set aside in years past for the festival. Popular demand expanded it to four days. 1-4 p.m. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. (sold out Mon.-Tues.); $50-$250. SideBern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 2208 W Morrison Ave. Call 250-9463.

H.O.P.E. FASHION SHOW. Nothing is out of reach at "Spring Into Summer." Fashions by SteinMart are affordable. Emcee Jack Harris is approachable. Raffles and door prizes are for all. Proceeds benefit the Children's Cancer Center to provide children with chronic blood disorders with emotional, financial and educational support. 11 a.m., $40-$1,000. Crowne Plaza Tampa-Westshore. Call 256-1147 Ext. 229.

CARROT TOP. If you haven't heard of him, you've been hiding under a rock bigger than the trunk of tricks he carries around. His tour, Lord of the Trunks, showcases his show-and-tell comedy as he whips out new contraptions to please the crowd. 8 p.m.; $29.75, $33.75 ($45 Limited VIP); Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

BUFFALO STRANGE. Groovy reggae, folk and stray-cat move the feet, while lyrics move the conscience. 8 p.m., $10. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd. Call 971-0666.

TAMPA BAY CAT SHOW. Part of the American Cat Fancier's Association 2002 circuit, cat owners bring their bundles of joy to make judges purr and rank up points. The feline with the most points over the course of a competition year (May 1-April 30) wins the national title. Kitten, championship cats and altered cats share judges with common household cats. The Munchkin, the feline counterpart of the canine Dachshund, enters its first show as an official breed. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun; Florida State Fairgrounds. Call 685-8917.

GREENFEST 2002. Green thumbs could get a blister with more than 50 vendors peddling plants, herbs, flowers, tools and accessories. South Tampa's landscape architect team, Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan, will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday. Oh, and stop mangling the Downy Rose Myrtle. Get your shears sharpened on site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; free admission; Plant Park, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call (727) 298-8353.

YEAR OF THE ROSE CELEBRATION. Tampa Rose Society members display several varieties including Hybrid Teas, Old Garden Roses, Floribunda, Climbers, Miniatures and Shrubs. Lowe's sponsors a "Build and Grow" workshop from 9 a.m.-noon for little ones to build butterfly houses. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free; MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Call 987-6300.

RACHEL Z. Peabody Award-winning Marian McPartland invites pianist and composer Rachel Z to explore women's work in jazz. 9 p.m. 89.7 FM. Call 974-8700.

7 -- SUNDAY

USF JAZZ ENSEMBLE. Members play the likes of Ellington, Basie, Kenton, Thad Jones and contemporary work from Maria Schneifer, Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza. 7:30 p.m., $5 students/seniors, $7 adults. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall. Call (813) 229-7892.

EARTH CHARTER AWARENESS CONCERT. Music with more than a beat. Ghetto Love Sugar, Barely Pink, Rocksteady@8, the Gita, Beth Hirsch and James Tokley raise funds to support the new international charter for environmental awareness. 4 p.m.; $10; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd. Call 971-0666.

TAMMY ANN MURRAY. Not quite folk, not quite country, Murray is an award-winning, old-time music purveyor. The Gainesville native won the Florida Old-Time Music Championship's Ed Flemming Award in 1987 and 1988. Learn her style at a workshop from 1-3 p.m. before the show. 4 p.m.; free; Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road. Call 218-3463.

WEDDING EXPO 2002. Fashion, food and frills for brides and grooms to be. Vendors and prizes. 1-4 p.m., $7. Westshore Hotel, 1200 N West Shore Blvd. Call 854-1625.

HOCKEY: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS. BUFFALO SABRES. $8-$80. Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

8- MONDAY

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS. His slick persona didn't come easily. Weathering the stigma of a famous father and breaking in his singing voice in a production of Hello Dolly, Enrique came out polished. His first release was recorded away from everyone who knew him in Toronto. It sold more than 6-million copies worldwide and won a 1996 Grammy and Billboard Artist of the Year. 8:30 p.m., $35-$55; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call 229-7827.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY WITH DAVID DONDERO AND DUMBWAITERS. Explosions is more about the twinkly fall-out after a firework is set off, rather than the boom. Classical guitar picking and melodic music combine for these Texans' intense stage presence. Dondero puts a new twist on folk. 9 p.m.; $6; Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Call 248-9500.

THAT'S THE TICKET-SWEDEN. Carl Haas, recipient of two George Foster Peabody Awards explores music of Sweden. 9 p.m.; 89.7 FM. Call 974-8700.

BASEBALL: TAMPA YANKEES VS. FORT MYERS MIRACLE. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field, Tampa. Call 287-8844.

9 -- TUESDAY

CAN YOU NAME HIM? Name that tune maker. Carl Haas tests listener's mental Rolodex of composers. 9 p.m.; 89.7 FM. Call 974-8700.

BASEBALL: TAMPA YANKEES VS. FORT MYERS MIRACLE. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field, Tampa. Call 287-8844.

10 -- WEDNESDAY

X-ECUTIONERS. The first all-DJ group to record a full-length album of hip-hop turntable mixing is made up of Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, Total Eclipse and Roc Raida. They scratched the right itch in the mid '90s, winning national and international titles for trick and battle DJing and teaming up with the likes of the Beatnuts. 8 p.m.; $15; Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 247-2518 cq.

HOW COME YOU DO ME LIKE YOU DO? Discussion on why coverbands like the Florida Orchestra would perform Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik differently than the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 9 p.m. 89.7 FM. Call 974-8700.

BASEBALL: TAMPA YANKEES VS. FORT MYERS MIRACLE. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field, Tampa. Call 287-8844.

11 -- THURSDAY

ART. Even though it was first produced in Paris at the Comedie des Champs Elysees, in 1994, this comedy about three men and a white painting is billed to be funnier than Jerry Lewis. 8 p.m., Thur.-Sat.; 4 p.m. Sun.; $15.50, $21.50; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call (813) 229-7892.

VNV NATION. Short for "Victory Not Vengeance," these Brits spin beats electronically equivalent to operatic arias. 7 p.m.; $10 advance, $15 door; Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 247-2518.

A SKIMPY GLIMPSE OF NYMPHS & IMPS. Sample music with water sprites, nymphs, mermaids and leprechauns as the muse. 9 p.m.; 89.7 FM. Call 974-8700.

BASEBALL: TAMPA YANKEES VS. FORT MYERS MIRACLE, 7 p.m., $3-$5, Legends Field, Tampa. Call 287-8844.

NEXT WEEKEND

  • Storytelling Festival: April 12-14, Several Tampa locations.
  • Red Elvises: April 12, Skipper's Smokehouse.
  • Kevin Pollack: April 12, Improv.
  • David Brenner: April 12, Side Splitters.
  • Ragtime: April 12, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Fiesta Italiana: April 13, Ybor City.
  • Bouncing Souls: April 13, Masquerade.
  • Karamu: April 13, Lowry Park Zoo.
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: April 14, Ice Palace.
  • Young King Arthur: April 14, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Florida Orchestra: Elmar Oliveira: April 14, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

- Want to send out an RSVP to the Tampa area? Fax press releases at least 10 days before publication to Amy Abbott at (813) 226-3381, or mail to 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602. Amy's phone number is (813) 226-3374 and e-mail is abbott@sptimes.com.

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