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The stars come out all day

By JONATHAN MILTON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 24, 2002

Fun in the sun would be an understatement for the Fifth Annual 2002 STaRFEST. This Saturday, Star 95.7 plans to serve up a plethora of artists ranging from a local group founded by radio personalities Jeff and Jenn, to the musical group Live.

Live will headline this year's Fest, as they perform songs from their latest album,"V". They will close the concert with the performance of Overcome, a song that became an anthem of hope and survival after Sept. 11.

This year's Fest will feature the groups: Ruby Horse, Avril Lavigne, Course of Nature, Heather Nova and Dishwalla.

Everyone who arrives early will get a free beach ball.

Pondering how to keep cool? No worry. There will be a misting tent and plenty of water.

Tickets are $15 at Ticket Master and $25 at the gate. Children three and under get in for free. To save yourself a long trip back to the parking lot, remember not to bring cameras, pets or umbrellas.

Vinoy Park is located at the corner of Bayshore and 5th Avenue NE in St. Petersburg.

24 -- TODAY

BRETT BUTLER: Straight from her ABC-TV series Grace Under Fire, the Montgomery native has prepared a comedy tour that she likes to call The Gravel Throated Harpy. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy.; $14-$8. Call 960-1197.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: Gershwin, By George. The Florida Orchestra are not only experts at being a top orchestra, but they also know how to close a season. This Pops Concert season will close with Gershwin works, including The Man I Love, Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm and Foggy Day. Tampa Bay's Favorite, Skitch Henderson, will be conducting the orchestra. 7:30; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $20-$38. Call 229-7827.

TAMPA HOME & PATIO EXPO: If you are a Home and Garden Network fan, this is right up your alley. The expo runs through Monday. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Tampa Convention Center; $5.50-$6.50, kids get in free. Call 563-0502.

SPLASH OF JAZZ: Do sea animals listen to jazz? We don't know. But people do. Today, the Florida Aquarium teams up with WSJT 94.1 to fuse Jazz Music with the wonders of the sea. 6 to 9 p.m.; Florida Aquarium; $15-$10. Call 273-4000.

BASEBALL: SARASOTA RED SOX VS. TAMPA YANKEES 7 p.m., Legends Field; $3. 879-2244.


JACKSON BROWNE: One of rock's most prolific singer-songwriters performs hit works. 8 p.m.; $39.50-$43.50; Ruth Eckerd Hall. Call (727) 791-7400.

LIT: After sharing 300-plus fans with groups like No Doubt and Garbage, Lit has made its mark on the rock scene. They will be performing a live concert at 7 p.m.; Jannus Landing 220 1st Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701; $15. Call 898-2100.

TAMPA BAY SYMPHONY: Watch the sunsetturn into electrifying fireworks on the beautiful bay, as the live music of John Williams, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Morton Gould, George M. Cohan, John Philip Sousa and more, bring on the night. 7 p.m.; 104th Ave. Treasure Island County Park; free. Call (727)319-8383.

INVADERS! FLORIDA'S MOST UNWANTED SPECIES: Beware of the invaders. They've been hiding in Florida, and now they're coming to an aquarium near you, beginning with an exhibit that opens today. Look for walking catfish, green iguana, Cuban tree frog, Brazilian pepper, marine toad and red-eared sliders, among others. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Florida Aquarium; $10-$15. Call 273-4000.

FOOTBALL: THE EXHIBIT. Consider this Football 101. For all of those arm-chair quarterbacks out there, it's time for some pre-season conditioning. The Museum of Science and Industry delves into the history, science, mathematics and technology of football in an exhibit that opens Saturday. Runs through Sept. 8. MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Call 987-6100.

BASEBALL: DAYTONA CUBS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m. Legends Field; $3. Call 879-2244.

MAY FESTIVAL DINNER AND DANCE: Can you kick off your shoes and dance at your local Italian joint? Most likely not. But it's easier done at an evening of food, fun and live music, sponsored by the Sons of Italy. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m; Sons of Italy Hall, 3315 W Lemon St.; $15 donation. Call 248-6502.

MAIN STREET SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Martha Stewart would have a field day. The Ybor City Fresh Market and Ybor City Main Street holds an arts and crafts festival, and it's free. This year, over 100 Florida artisans and crafters will be featured. Festival goers will have a chance to let their inner child come out and play. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Ybor City Centennial Park. Call 241-2442.

26 -- SUNDAY

GERALD LEVERT: If you miss Sunday service, you might catch it at the Dome. Soul Singer Gerald Levert raises the roof of the USF Sun Dome; 7:30 p.m.; $25-$60. Call 287-8844.

27 -- MONDAY

ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY: Lovers of jazz guitar gather for a concert; 7:30 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater; $29-$40. Call (727) 898-2100.


STRUNG OUT: Take a musical arrangement and add power chords, toss in punk rock and multiply by ravenous guitar workings. That formula equals the musical style of the band Strung Out. 8 p.m.; $12; State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call (727) 895-3045.

DON REESE: The doctor says that a little laughter will cure anything. If that's so, then make your way out to Side Splitters Comedy Club. Don is best known for his appearances on popular television series such as, A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour, and MTV's half hour Comedy Hour. See him tonight at 8:30 p.m.; Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy.; $5. Call 960-1197.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES: Eve Ensler's Obie-award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, aims to educate and entertain women -- and men. Based on interviews with a variety of real women, the monologues erase taboos and tap your funny bone. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Ferguson Hall; $22.50-$39.50. Call 229-7827.


IMPULSE: Reggae is here to stay. And you get a chance to hear it. The group is best known for their pulsating rhythms that carry you back to the root of reggae music. They will be playing at Skipper's Smokehouse. 8 p.m.; At the corner of Skipper Road and Nebraska Ave.; $4. Call 971-0666.

BUSTA RHYMES: Hit it up Busta style. The artist known as Busta Rhymes will be performing some of his new workings from the CD Genesis. 11:30 p.m., get there early to hear the hip stylings of DJ Royce and DJ 38. Empire, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $17.


WENDY LIEBMAN: Since 1984 the comedian has developed a style that won her appearances on shows like: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and HBO's Women of the Night. She was the first comedian to perform on the Rosie O'Donnell Show. She will bring laughter to the -Improv stage tonight at 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m and 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets: $12-$16. Call 864-4000.

UNCLE JOHN'S BAND: Grateful Dead fans, this is for you. The group will perform at Skipper's Smokehouse; 8 p.m.; $5. Call 971-0666.


  • TASTE OF PINELLAS: May 31, Downtown St. Petersburg.
  • SUMMER SAFARI NIGHT: May 31, Lowry Park Zoo.
  • GIN BLOSSOMS: May 31, Jannus Landing.
  • CHICAGO: May 31, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DEATHTRAP: May 31, Carrollwood Players INC.
  • BEATLES TRIBUTE: June 1, Skipper's Smoke House.
  • WEST SIDE STORY: May 31-June 2, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


  • SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL: June 3-22, Sarasota Opera House.
  • MELISSA ETHERIDGE: June 7, Ice Palace.
  • JONATHAN RICHMAN: June 7, Orpheum.
  • THE BIG ONE: June 9, Ice Palace.
  • MELVINS: June 9, State Theatre.
  • JESUS JONES: June 11, Jannus Landing.
  • JEWEL: June 14, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • KMKDF: June 14, Masquerade.
  • MARTINA MCBRIDE: June 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS: June 15, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • GOO GOO DOLLS: June 15, 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 Jonathan Milton at (813) 226-3381, or mail to 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602. Jonathan's phone number is (813) 226-3321 and e-mail is

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