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Inside the mind of anime

By AMY ABBOTT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 19, 2002


Two giant bunnies loom over the entrance. It's not a rabbit's hole. You're not crashing a mad tea party.

You've entered the world of anime.

Beginning Sunday, Japanese animation will challenge our sense of normalcy, as My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation opens at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Osamu Tezuka of Japan is credited for starting anime mania and taking it to another form, celluloid. Dubbed the Walt Disney of Japan, he first wowed American audiences in 1964 with Astro Boy and art had a new muse.

His 16-foot, red-and-white bunnies are titled, Somehow I Don't Feel Comfortable.

It's an understandable reaction.

My Reality means a departure from everyday confines.

Technology marries humanity.

But not everything is disjointed and cold. The term kawaii (pronounced ka-why) is the flip side of anime. It means cute or pretty and includes likeable elements such as smiles and bright eyes, exemplified by Pokemon, a Japanese anime import well received by the American public.

My Reality runs through June 23. Admission is $5 for adults, with discounts available for children, students and senior citizens. For more information, call 274-8130.

19 -- TODAY

MICHELLE MALONE. Self-taught, folk-rock guitarist entertains and educates on the environmental tip. Her eighth release, Strange Bird, finds her skills well-honed; her political views clear-sighted. 9 p.m.; $8; Orpheum, 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Call 248-9500.

JIMMY THACKERY. When some of an artist's pivotal life-moments include being turned on to Buddy Guy by Bonnie Raitt's brother and stumbling onto Jimmi Hendrix letting loose in a D.C. club after getting kicked off the Monkeys tour, it's a guarantee of no ho-hum blues. 8 p.m.; $10 advance, $13 at the door; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: APRIL IN PARIS. Romance is violins; it's spring time; it's Paris; it's ... Pat Sajak? After the romantic program of I Love Paris, selections from Chocolat, and Can-Can from Gaite Parisienne, Pat is the passport back to America with his recitation of Casey at the Bat to celebrate the start of baseball season. 8 p.m.; $20-$38; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7892.

JIM BRICKMAN. This romantic sap grooves with the likes of Olivia Newton-John and Martina McBride to accentuate his best-selling smooth jazz repertoire. His routine also got him a PBS special. 8 p.m.; $29.50, $35.50, $50 Limited VIP; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

BOXING. Two grown men try to level each other. China "The Dragon" Smith (23-0 by the way) and Saul Montana duke it out along with six other fights that evening. 7 p.m.; $20-$600; USF Sun Dome. Call 221-2688.

FLOOD, STONE GINGER, 10 SECOND DROP. It's not heavy, it's not light, it's just-right rock these locals create. 9 p.m.; $5; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 247-4225.

BOOK DISCUSSION. Stephen Paul Edwards takes a spiritual look at his new book Heaven Can't Wait and discusses 10 Keys to Lifelong Success, which begs the question: Are there really only 10? 7:30 p.m.; free; Barnes & Noble, Brandon Town Center, Brandon. Call 661-9883.

FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ SERIES. Dinner, dancing and the sounds of Nu Soul fill the shopping district's courtyard. 6 p.m.; free; Old Hyde Park Village.

BASEBALL: BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; $14-$125; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS.

BASEBALL: TAMPA YANKEES VS. FT MYERS MIRACLE. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 879-2244.

20 -- SATURDAY

CHARITY HORSE SHOW. Hunter Oaks' top blue ribbon contenders will strut their stuff to raise money for the Children's Cancer Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; donations accepted; Hunter Oaks Stables, 5305 Interbay Blvd. Call 835-7227.

OUTSIDE THE BOX. Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus, Bay Bridges Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Bayshore Cruisers all come out for a festival of singing, literature and food. 8 p.m.; $12, $18, $25; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall. Call (813) 229-7892.

ASTRONOMY DAY. The MOSI Mars Club brings out telescopes, astronomy literature, Web site demonstrations, movies and more. 9 a.m.; free; MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Call 987-6300.

RICOCHET. Keeping with the country tradition, they've had their ups and downs, from the chart-topping Love is Stronger Than Pride to the drummer leaving with carpal tunnel syndrome. 8 p.m.; $12-$15; Borderline, 3603 W Waters Ave. Call 935-5339.

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL SATURDAY. Make Spring Cleaning profitable. On-hand appraisers will see if your clutter is worth a few bucks from a dealer or few coins from a yard sale connoisseur. 10 a.m.-noon; $5 appraisal fee per item (three-item limit); University of Tampa, Plant Hall Music Room, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

WEEDON ISLAND CANOE TRIP. Paddle around the mangroves or head to deeper waters to cruise with the manatees and dolphins. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $25-$32; Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Reservations required. Call 273-4015.

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION. Modern day corporate piracy set to the Gasparilla festival is the theme of M. Diane Vogt's new book. 1 p.m.; free; Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Call 253-2638.

FOSSIL DIG. Scratch the surface for marine fossils like shark teeth, manatee ribs or maybe an Ichthyosaurus. That would be an old version of a dolphin. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $35-$47; MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Call 987-6300.

BASEBALL: BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 6:15 p.m.; $14-$125; Tropicana Field, St Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS.

21 -- SUNDAY

TAP KIDS. A few years ago, they were counting toes. Now their toes count. Kids aged 12 to 18 perform. 2 p.m., $4.50-$10.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7892.

BODY AND SOUL DANCE THEATRE. Choreographed modern dance, jazz, spiritual and ethnic music from a new dance group. 4 p.m.; $6 students, $10 adults; University Area Community Center Complex, 14013 N 22nd St. Call 910-1239.

POLLOCK VIEWING AND DISCUSSION. See the movie and pow-wow about it afterwards. 1:15 p.m., $5. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Dr. Call 274-8698.

BASEBALL: BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 1:15 p.m.; $14-$125; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS.

22 -- MONDAY

RADIO THEATRE. The Pelican Players put on a playful production recalling the heydays of '40s radio. A barber shop quartet fills breaks during the two-hour show, which brings to life Fibber McGee and Molly, Edward R. Murrow, The Bickersons, Mr. First Nighter and Your Hit Parade, complete with a sound man during some acts. Chips and soda included in admission. Proceeds fund a scholarship for area high school students. 7:30 p.m. Mon.-Tues. and May 3-4, 1:30 p.m. Tues.; $5; King's Point Theatre, 1902 Clubhouse Drive., Sun City Center. Call 633-1753.

DISMEMBERMENT PLAN. Spunky punk with lilting lyrics and a Fugazi flair from D.C. 9 p.m.; $9; Orpheum, 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba. Call 248-9500.

23 -- TUESDAY

THE SPOT. Now three nights a week you can don your best and be one of the pretty people at this themed weekly party ranging from acid jazz to reggae. 10 p.m.; $5; Rain Lounge, 302 S Nebraska Ave. Call 431-2895.

DRAWING CLASSES. Register ahead of time to take your artistic skills one step beyond your Picture Pages days. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35 for five weeks; Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Call 932-0241.

BASEBALL: MINNESOTA TWINS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; $14-$125; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS.

24 -- WEDNESDAY

SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA. Creative and edgy. 7:30 p.m.; $5, $7; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call (813) 229-7892.

STRYDER. New crooning emo-rock gets an edge. 9 p.m.; $6; Orpheum, 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Call 248-9500.

SANGRIA PITCHER PAINTING. Wine isn't served in plastic cups and Sangria doesn't come in plain pottery. Create your own pitcher while feasting on tapas from Ceviches. 6-9 p.m.; $20.50 for studio time and all-you-can-eat tapas; Passion Pepper Pottery & Cafe, 2502 W Azeele St. Call 877-8238.

BASEBALL: CHARLOTTE RANGERS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 879-2244.

BASEBALL: MINNESOTA TWINS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 2:15 p.m.; $14-$125; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS.

25 -- THURSDAY

TANGLEWOOD WITH UNCLE JOHN'S BAND. Grateful Dead coverband regulars jam with original artists Tanglewood who bring heavy vocals to bluegrass/rock. 8 p.m.; $6; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

MARC MARON. Slapstick takes the backseat in this comic's shtick with a storytelling flair. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; $10-$14; Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call 864-4000.

DAY TRIPPER WORKSHOP. Author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Tampa comes by for a chat. 7 p.m.; free; Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Call 253-2638.

BASEBALL: MINNESOTA TWINS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 2:15 p.m.; $14-$125; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call 727-898-RAYS.

NEXT WEEKEND

  • Mike Watt: April 26, Orpheum.
  • Murder On The Re-Run: April 26, Carrollwood Players.
  • David Ball: April 27, Borderline.
  • The Best of Tampa Bay: April 27, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Maria Muldaur: April 28, Skipper's Smokehouse.
  • Florida Orchestra: Mahler's 3rd: April 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Mamma Mia: April 30, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Disney on Ice: Toy Story 2: May 1, Ice Palace.
  • Doobie Brothers: May 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Son of O'Donnelloques: May 3, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra Spring Concert: May 5, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Nine Months: May 10, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Slayer: May 12, Masquerade.
  • Tampa Bay Children's Chorus Spring Concert: May 12, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Pop Disaster Tour -- Blink 182 and Green Day: May 14, Ice Palace.
  • Baryshnikov: May 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Paul McCartney: May 15, Ice Palace.
  • Jethro Tull: May 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • Fury: May 17, Ice Palace.
  • Florida Orchestra -- 3 Gold Medal Pianists: May 17, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Diana Krall: May 18, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • La Verbena de la Paloma: May 18, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Antique Evaluation Saturday: May 18, University of Tampa.

- 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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