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Hail, Mikhail & White Oak

By AMY ABBOTT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 10, 2002


Mikhail Baryshnikov's latest contribution to the White Oak Project is leaps and bounds from his traditional style of dance.

"PASTforward" is a tribute to choreographers who set the dance world on its head with post-modern dance. Baryshnikov presents new and classic works from the likes of Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, among others.

White Oak Dance Project is the creation of Baryshnikov and choreographer Mark Morris. It premiered in Boston in 1990. A monthlong tour became an international run with more than 40 seasons and 600 performances.

The name White Oak comes from the White Oak Plantation on the Florida-Georgia border where dancers from every genre first came together to formulate the troupe's vision. It is still the headquarters and retreat for the group to rehearse and develop new pieces that borrow from past masterworks.

10 -- TODAY

WAILERS. Since their first audition in 1963, their astounding musical talents have been harnessed by strong front men, the most well-known being Bob Marley. After his death, it's no surprise the Wailers seemed to lose direction. Gifted bassist Aston "Familyman" Barrett has taken the reins to carry on the legacy. 7 p.m.; $17; Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. Call (813) 898-2100.

MARY-ELLEN HOOPER. Don't expect this Best Female Comic of the Year to stand still and recite her shtick. Bodily jerks, jumps and gyrations are her modus operandi. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 8:30 p.m. Sun.; $16-$18; Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 960-1197. SCHUMANN'S MAGNIFICENT THIRD. Inspired by his new position as municipal music director at Dusseldorf, Schumann composed a piece that reflects the passion and happiness he experienced in the Rhine Valley; hence the nickname "Rhenish." Thomas Wilkins conducts the Florida Orchestra. 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call 229-7892.

NINE MONTHS. One woman plays three expectant mothers -- a shy housewife, a business-minded executive and a hippy with stardust in her eyes. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun.; $15.50; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse. Call 229-7892.

BASEBALL: BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. $14-$125; 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 898-7297.

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

BASEBALL: DUNEDIN BLUE JAYS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; $3-$5; Legends Field. Call 879-2244.

11 -- SATURDAY

1,000 YEARS OF POP AND FOLK. Honoring mothers has been a tradition since the dawn of time. This concert honors them with a tiny 1,000 years of music, including The Silver Swan and The Merry Widow Waltzes. 7:30 p.m.; $17.50; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call 229-7892.

SANDY FREEDMAN BOOK SIGNING. Former Tampa mayor shares 115 of her nonpartisan recipes in her book Specialties of the House: Recipes for People on the Go. She would know best. 1 p.m.; free; Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Call 253-2638.

STYX. The word jam doesn't come to mind when Styx is mentioned. Their songs have always been meticulously composed and complex but predictable. Expect the same with their lineup of Show Me the Way and Come Sail Away. 7 p.m.; SOLD OUT; Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400.

BASEBALL: BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. $14-$125; 6:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 898-7297.

12 -- SUNDAY

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT. Tampa Bay's Women's Blues Review takes a public stand on an insidious private matter: domestic abuse. For the seventh consecutive year, Skipper's throws a concert to raise money for the Haven, Religious Community Services CS food pantry and the Spring in honor of Mom's Day. 5-9 p.m.; $6-$8; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road Call 971-0666.

SLAYER. These speed metal greats have maintained their macabre and mysterious image and weathered the grunge and pop rock surge. Not like so many thrash metal bands that tried to mesh their sound with orchestration. Torn jeans and moshing still flys with this group. 8 p.m.; $22; Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Call 287-8844.

TAMPA BAY CHILDREN'S CHORUS SPRING CONCERT. Fresh from performing with the Florida Orchestra and Master Chorale in the farewell concerts to Jahja Ling, the Children's Chorus puts on an honorary Mother's Day concert. 4 p.m.; $10; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall. Call 229-7892.

BASEBALL: BALTIMORE ORIOLES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. $14-$125; 1:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 898-7297.

13 -- MONDAY

DOLPHINQUEST ECO-TOURS. This is a trip for curious people with seaworthy stomachs. See dolphins, rays and other marine life aboard a 64-foot catamaran, the Bay Spirit. 2 p.m.; $10-$15; Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Call 273-4000.

14 -- TUESDAY

POP DISASTER TOUR: BLINK 182 AND GREEN DAY. Pop is frequently associated with music that could rot your teeth. This version offers radio-friendly ditties with a pure punk core. 7:30 p.m.; $34.75; Ice Palace. Call 287-8844.

DANZIG & WOOLEY WITH MAGDA HILLER. 8 p.m.; $8; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Call 971-0666.

HAWAIIAN FUSION COOKING CLASS. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; $40; Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd. Call 873-7697.

15 -- WEDNESDAY

PAUL McCARTNEY. He's the only Beatle besides John to have enough star power to enjoy several career rebirths. His sound is still optimistic and romantic but obviously penned from an experienced perspective. 8 p.m.; $50-$250; Ice Palace. Call 287-8844.

16 -- THURSDAY

JEFF CESARIO. He helped create The Larry Sanders Show and Dennis Miller Live. In his almost non-existent free time, he has crafted a sage standup persona that picks at the loose threads of society. 8:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 8:30 p.m. Sun.; $8-$14; Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 960-1197.

PUTT-PUTT GOLF TOURNAMENT. Saddlebrook Resort and putt-putt golf? Here's the link: The grand prize winner of this event gets an overnight golf and spa package at Saddlebrook. Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County benefits. 5:30 p.m.; $20 per person, $75 foursome; Malibu Grand Prix, 14320 N Nebraska Ave. Call 477-9027.

JETHRO TULL. Usually a change of two or more musicians warrants a name change and morphs the sound. And who would have thought a group with a flute would endure in the pop music world. Layering rock, Celtic folk and poetic lyrics, the band keeps packing venues. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; $39.50-$55.00; Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 791-7400

NEXT WEEKEND

  • FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: 3 Gold Medal Pianists: May 17, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • TROPICAL HEATWAVE: May 18, Ybor City.
  • 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.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • BONNIE RAITT: May 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • SIDE MAN: May 23, Gorilla Theatre.
  • THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES: May 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • CHICAGO: May 31, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON: Aug. 20, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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