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On the lighter side of art

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 9, 2002


Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from theater to puffing on a fine stogie.

The "Painter of Light" delivers a presentation about his life as an artist for An Evening with Thomas Kinkade.

Kinkade tells how he tries to convey peace, hope and the beauty of nature through his art.

His trademark pieces are soft lithographs of landscapes, cottages, landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and symbols of home, such as garden gates.

Kinkade is not a looming figure in American art, but he has quite the following. His paintings sell chiefly at malls. On the Home Shopping Network, his name finds its way onto wallpaper borders, puzzles, screen savers, ornaments and books.

In the 1980s, Kinkade had two life-shaping experiences: He embraced Christianity and he began delivering art to the masses. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart. Her initial N (for Nanette) is hidden in many of his prints.

Contemporary Christian singer Janet Richey begins the evening with a performance.

The event benefits the Art for Children Charities.

Discussion is today from 6 to 8 p.m., with a reception following; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $15-$35. Call 250-9890.

TODAY.

CIGAR TASTING: Star Ship Dining Yacht sponsors a cigar-tasting cruise with special guests, including members of the Arturo Fuente family and Cigar Dave, host of Smoke This! radio show. In addition to stogie-puffing, there's an open bar, dinner and dancing. Benefits Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (established by Arturo Fuente), 8:30-11:30 p.m. today (boarding begins at 8 p.m.); 603 Channelside Drive; $125. Call 223-7999.

THE BEST OF BROADWAY: New York City Opera baritone Sherrill Milnes and his wife, soprano Maria Zouves, take 15 young singers on the road. Shows 8 p.m. today (The Best of Broadway); 2 p.m. Saturday (Special Masterclass); 3 p.m. Sunday (Operatic Favorites); Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.; $15. (727) 942-5605.

POWERSTORIES THEATRE: Eight local women share personal stories about battling breast cancer, domestic violence, career switches and other life-altering experiences. Fran Taylor Powers, the play's creator, shares a tale of her cross country bicycle trip. 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport, 5501 S 27th Ave.; $15-$20. Call 258-1898.

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

10 -- SATURDAY

WAZOO: Lowry Park Zoo's sixth annual Tropical Taste Explosion is a fundraiser offering samples of more than 80 beers, food from area restaurants and live music by Velvet Jones. Benefits go to zoo programs, 8-10:30 p.m.; 1101 W Sligh Ave.; $25 advance, $30 day of event (space-available basis), $10 for designated drivers. Call 935-8552.

BOB SCHNEIDER: Texas-based alternative-country rocker performs at 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $12-$14. Call 238-8001.

GUITARS AND SAXES: Ruth Eckerd Hall presents Guitars & Saxes featuring Marc Antoine, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub and Warren Hill. Saxophonist Elliot, smooth jazz star, once played for Tower of Power. Contemporary jazz guitarist Antoine trained as a classical guitarist. Golub's latest guitar release, Do It Again, features covers of the Average White Band and Van Morrison. The David Sanborn-influenced Hill completes the night's smooth jazz quartet. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $29-$55. Call (727) 791-7400.

DEFAULT: Default formed in the summer of 1999 when guitarist Jeremy Hora and drummer Danny Craig decided it was time to take a hobby on the road. Their longtime friend Dallas Smith hopped on as lead vocalist, as did bassist Dave Benedict. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing; $15. Call 287-8844.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: LAKELAND TIGERS AT TAMPA YANKEES. Noon; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.

11 -- SUNDAY.

LENNY KRAVITZ: In support of his most recent self-titled release, Kravitz brings his Lenny Live Tour with special guests Pink and Abandoned Pools to the Ice Palace. Kravitz was born in New York City to NBC-TV producer Sy Kravitz and the late Roxie Roker (best known as Helen Willis on The Jeffersons). He began teaching himself to play an assortment of instruments, including bass, piano, guitar and drums. Rock and R&B diva, Pink, tour's opening act, went from skateboarder to hip-hopper. She won a Grammy Award for her participation in the single Lady Marmalade. Pink released M!ssundaztood in 2001. It's peppered with pop songs like Get the Party Started and 18 Wheeler. 7 p.m.; Ice Palace; $36.50-$59.50. Call 287-8844.

WOMEN OF VISION: AN EXPERIENCE IN SEEING BY THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED: Twelve visually impaired women express themselves through charcoal drawings, still life paintings and relief prints inspired by a program of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville. Most works in the show are two-dimensional, bucking the traditional attitude that artists who are visually impaired find satisfaction only in three-dimensional media. Opening reception and gallery talk. 2 to 4 p.m.; Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive; free. Call 274-8701.

GEORGE BENSON: R&B jazz singer and guitarist Benson performs at 8 p.m.; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $40-$50. Call 1-800-826-9303.

12 -- MONDAY.

PRESEASON FOOTBALL: MIAMI DOLPHINS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. Sold out. ESPN airs the game live at 8 p.m.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CHARLOTTE RANGERS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.

13 -- TUESDAY.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CLEVELAND INDIANS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field; $14-$195. Call 287-8844.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CHARLOTTE RANGERS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.

14 -- WEDNESDAY.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CLEVELAND INDIANS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field; $14-$195. Call 287-8844.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CHARLOTTE RANGERS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.

15 -- THURSDAY.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CLEVELAND INDIANS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field; $14-$195. Call 287-8844.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: CHARLOTTE RANGERS AT TAMPA YANKEES. 7 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.

NEXT WEEKEND:

  • D.L. HUGHLEY: Aug. 16, Tampa Improv Comedy Theatre.
  • A-TEENS WITH BAHA MEN, LMNT AND CHRISTINA MILIAN: Aug. 16, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • BILLY RAY CYRUS: Aug. 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • SHAQUILLE O'NEAL TAMPA CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME: Aug. 18, Ice Palace.
  • PETER FRAMPTON: Aug. 19, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg.
  • THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON: Aug. 20, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • JOE SATRIANI: Aug. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • EMINEM: Aug. 31, Ice Palace.
  • CHER AND CYNDI LAUPER: Sept. 2, Ice Palace.
  • ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL: Sept. 13, Ice Palace.
  • THREE DOG NIGHT: Sept. 14, Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River.
  • MARC ANTHONY: Sept. 17, Ice Palace.
  • OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Sept. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BOW WOW: Sept. 27, Ice Palace.

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