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Nothin' but the best

By AMY ABBOTT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 26, 2002


Haute! Haute! Haute!

Whatever is on the menu, from steaks to strawberries, you can bet they're out of the ordinary at the 17th annual Best of Tampa Bay this Saturday at the Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 7 p.m. to allow food lovers to fill up on delectables from 50 restaurants around the bay, including Roy's, Six Tables, Armani's, Ashley St. Grill, Bamboo Club, Big City Tavern, Columbia, The Grill at Feather Sound, Oystercatcher's, Samba Room and Shula's.

Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Center's outreach and educational programs. Each year, the center reaches more than 100,000 children in the bay area. Field trips bring kids to the center to learn about theater and music productions.

Music matters at the fundraiser, too. Five stages inside the center and along the Riverwalk will feature high-energy bands playing everything from calypso to blues. The Sheiks of Morocco kick it off at 6 p.m., followed by Jim Beck with MOD (7-9 p.m.); Antilles Steel Bank (7-9 p.m.); Urban Gypsies (7-10 p.m.); Magda Hiller (7-10 p.m.); and Blue Dice (9-11 p.m.).

The munching begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door and $750 for a table for 10. Call 229-7827.

26 -- TODAY

MICHAEL WINSLOW. Is it live or is it Winslow? The Man of a Million Sounds from the Police Academy movies echoes onomatopoeias off the improv walls. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. Sun.; $18, $20; Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call 960-1197. MIKE WATT. He's one with his guitar but doesn't have any closely established ties with any music genre. Previous collaborations have included the likes of Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder and Perry Farrell. 9 p.m.; $12; Orpheum, 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Call 248-9500.

MURDER ON THE RE-RUN. A Vermont hideaway seems perfect for a body to get away with murder -- until the tormented spirit returns with an angel-in-training to do some sleuthing. Performed by local thespians Carrollwood Players Inc. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.; $10 seniors, $12 adults; Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway. Call 265-4000.

PAUL CEBAR & THE MILWAUKEEANS. Sing-along, dance-along bluegrass/zydeco stomp with smooth vocals and vivid lyrics. 8 p.m.; $7; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

BONGZILLA, DOVE, BULLHEAD. Don't be misled by the names, there's nothing mellow about the bands' guitar-laden heavy metal licks. 9 p.m., $5; New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call 248-4969.

THE HAZIES, HANK MADISON, SUGAR SPOON. Privileged boys from Charlotte, N.C., found an outlet for their inner suburban angst that is Hootie-friendly in the early '90s. Madison and Spoon would also be on the top 10 frat boy band list if the frat boys would snap them out of their Dave Matthews trance. 9 p.m., $5; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 247-4225.

OPTIMIST QUARTER HORSE SHOW AT LYKES ARENA. Some of Florida's best-bred Quarter Horses race at this show to raise money for children to attend summer camps. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N. Call 621-7821.

SPLASH OF JAZZ. Drink with the fishes and dance the night away to the sounds of The Eric Darius quartet, The Max Jazz quartet and The North End Jazz Band. 6-9 p.m., $8; Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Call 273-4000.

JAHJA SAYS FAREWELL WITH MAHLER'S TRIUMPHANT THIRD. The Florida Orchestra conducted by Jahja Ling. Janice Taylor sings mezzo-soprano. The Women of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Children's Chorus join in. 8 p.m., $20-$38. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; also April 27, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St Petersburg. Call (727) 791-7400.

ART GALLERY: SPRING GROUP SHOW. Robin Cody, Jeff Whipple, Craig Rubadoux and others deck the walls. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.; today through May 25; Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave. Call 831-3753.

WHOLIGANS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WHO. 5-9 p.m.; free; Lowry Park Bandshell, 7530 N Boulevard. Call 933-3830.

WINE TASTING. Italian wines. 6 p.m., $10; The Grapevine at Westchase, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave. Call 818-9463.

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

27 -- SATURDAY

BRANDON SPRING FESTIVAL OF ARTS. More than 40 artists from Florida display their fine arts and fine crafts in a covered outdoor festival ground. No potpourri-stuffed dolls here. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., free; Winthrop Properties, Bloomingdale Avenue, half-mile east of Providence Road. Call 685-1627.

DAVID BALL. Born in South Carolina to a Baptist minister, he is country to the bone. But he's no bad boy. His upbeat tunes are as friendly as the Southern gentleman he is. 9 p.m., $12-$15; 9603 W Waters Ave. Call 935-5339.

ROBERT RANDOLPH FAMILY BAND WITH CABARET DIOSA. After a few gigs with Dave Matthews at Madison Square Garden, this cool cat brings some hot rockabilly licks to Tampa. Cabaret Diosa shakes things up with '50s-style mambos, cha chas and theatrics. 8 p.m.; $12-$15; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

MARCH OF DIMES: WALK AMERICA. Exercise for a cause rather than because bikini season is here. 8 a.m.-noon. Starts at the University of Tampa and winds through Hyde Park before a return through downtown to UT. 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

BUCKLER'S CRAFT SHOW. You can bet you'll see 101 ways to use dried flowers at this folk-style craft fair. From collectibles to hand-carved furniture and dolls, dolls, dolls, it's a good thing admission gets you back in the next day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., free; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N. Call 621-7821.

CURIOUS GEORGE. The monkey with the man comes to visit in person. 6 p.m.; free; Barnes & Noble, Brandon Town Center, Brandon. Call 661-9883.

ARENA FOOTBALL: SAN JOSE SABERCATS AT TAMPA BAY STORM. 7:30 p.m.; $12-$102; Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

BASEBALL: University of Tampa vs. Florida Southern. 7 p.m.; $5 adults; $3 seniors; free for UT students with ID and for all students high school age or younger. University of Tampa, Sam Bailey Field, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

28 -- SUNDAY

BRAHMS' REQUIEM. An orchestra, several soloists and a rousing 85-member choir from Hyde Park Methodist, Bayshore Baptist and Hyde Park Presbyterian churches are conducted by Nancy M. Callahan to raise the roof with Brahms' stirring Requiem. Bring the little ones to play in the provided nursery. 4 p.m.; free; Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrison Ave. Call 253-3411.

MARIA MULDAUR. The product of her lifelong commitment to roots music is "bluesiana," her own blend of blues, R&B and Louisiana music. Her lively performances make it hard to believe that her platinum Midnight in the Oasis comes in Muzak form. It topped the charts in 1974. Bring a cuddler and a dancer; both traits are useful at her shows. 5 p.m., $10-$13. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

PUERTO RICAN PARADE & FESTIVAL. Ethnic food, music and a parade. Festival, noon-9 p.m.; parade, 3 p.m. Ybor City between Eighth and Ninth avenues and 18th and 19th streets.

JAHJA SAYS FAREWELL WITH MAHLER'S TRIUMPHANT THIRD. The Florida Orchestra conducted by Jahja Ling. Janice Taylor sings Mezzo-Soprano. The Women of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Children's Chorus join in. 7:30 p.m.; $20-$38; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall. Call (813) 229-7892.

BRUCE BRUCE. Fresh from the set of Outkast's new video So Fresh, So Clean, he brings his fresh and clean jokes to Tampa. 9 p.m. Sun., 8 p.m. Mon.-Tue.; $22; Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave, Ybor City. Call 864-4000.

TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY. Young Artists' Competition winners perform. E. Grieg, Concerto in A minor, allegro moderato: young artist soloist Betty Lee, piano; J. Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez, adagio: young artist soloist Ben Pila, guitar; Tchaikowsky, Symphony No. 5; von Weber, Oberon overture. 4 p.m., $10. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call (813) 229-7892.

ANIME FAMILY DAY. Have fun learning more about the world of Japanese animation with costumed characters, face painting, balloon sculpture and origami. Educational videos to demystify this complex art form. 1-4 p.m; free; Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Call 274-8698.

2001 CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION. Students from the 11th Congressional District take part in An Artistic Discovery. Winners will have their work hung in the Capitol for a year. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 12. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Call 274-8698.

29 -- MONDAY

ART SHOW. The first Beauty of Parenting Art Show celebrates International Midwife Day, showcasing art in many forms depicting parents with their children. Sunday workshops cover topics such as labor support. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 7-9 p.m. Sat.; Delphi Center, 3716 W Swann Ave. Call (727) 452-5001.

GOLF CLASSIC. If golf takes away from family time, then this will ease your conscience. AmSouth hosts a charity golf classic for children's music programs with the Florida Orchestra. 10:30 a.m. registration; $400 individuals, $1200 foursome. Tournament Player's Club, Lutz. Call 286-1170, ext. 273.

BASEBALL: CLEARWATER PHILLIES AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 287-8844.

30 -- TUESDAY

DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN. What does an 18-year-old guitar picker from Seattle know about country blues? Just enough to make it new with percussive rhythms and exotic melodies. Maybe a country boy can grow in the Seattle drizzle. 8 p.m.; $7; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

MAMMA MIA. ABBA is perfectly preserved in the polyester '70s, so it's no surprise their music is still fresh in this three-love-stories-in-one hit musical. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 8 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat.; noon, 5 p.m. Sun.; $23.50-$65.50; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call (813) 229-7892.

CLEARWATER PHILLIES AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 287-8844.

1 -- WEDNESDAY

DISNEY ON ICE: TOY STORY 2. Disney rationalizes: If it worked on celluloid, it will work on ice. It works. Children stare agape at Buzz and Woody trying to escape the clutches of a greedy toy collector trying to complete his collection with -- oh my! -- Woody. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sat.; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sun.; $11.75, $14.75, $18.75 and $28; Ice Palace. Call 301-2500.

WINE TASTING. Sip the nectar of the gods and nibble finger foods, get a logo-emblazoned glass and a $5 off coupon to boot. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; $7; ABC Fine Wine & Spirts, 3015 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 876-5330.

HACKER PREVENTION SIMULATION WORKSHOPS. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Wed.-Thur.; $25-$35; Tampa Convention Center. Call 963-1251.

CLEARWATER PHILLIES AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 287-8844.

BASEBALL: UT VS. EMBRY-RIDDLE. 6 p.m.; $5 adults; $3 seniors; free students with UT ID, high school and under. University of Tampa, Sam Bailey Field, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Call 253-3333.

2 -- THURSDAY

YELLOWMAN. This dance hall reggae king gives David Lee Roth a run for his money when it comes to working the ladies. 7 p.m.; $15; Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg.

DOOBIE BROTHERS. This jazzier and funkier band isn't your parents' Doobie. But homebodies from the gated communities won't be clueless when they hear the new twist on old habits. After a hiatus from '82 to '87 when they broke up, the whole gang finally got back together in 1995 and have toured sporadically since. 8 p.m.; $33.75, $37.75, $60 Limited VIP; Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

IRRITABLE TRIBE OF POETS. Funky music meets deep prose. 9 p.m.; free; King Corona Cigars, 1523 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 241-9109.

CLEARWATER PHILLIES AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 287-8844.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Son of O'Donnelloques: May 3, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra: Spring Concert: May 5, 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 her e-mail is abbott@sptimes.com.

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