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Animal magnetism

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 23, 2002

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from festivals to boxing.

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He may not be a rugged crocodile hunter, but animal expert Jack Hanna seems at ease handling an assortment of exotic creatures.

You may have caught David Letterman or Jay Leno shuffling off unusual animals that Busch Gardens' wildlife ambassador, Hanna, brings for show-and-tell during his frequent appearances on their panels.

Here's a chance to see Hanna up close at Busch Gardens during his 30-minute live shows featuring an array of creatures: a Clouded Leopard, a cheetah, a penguin, an exotic toad and Madagascar Hissing Roaches (they really hiss!).

Shows are scheduled for today and Saturday, and are free with regular admission inside the park, followed by autograph sessions. Proceeds benefit animal conservation education.

Director emeritus at Columbus Zoo in Ohio, Hanna visits Busch Gardens about four times a year to film opening and closing segments for his nationally syndicated show, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures. The show airs in Tampa on Saturday mornings.

Annual pass-holders may meet and greet Hanna over breakfast at Busch Garden's scenic Crown Colony Restaurant on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. Call toll free 1-888-800-5447 for reservations. Cost is $30 per person.


DEICIDE: Satanic metal. The Florida-born band formed in 1987 (originally called Amon) and has been at odds since with Christians and animal rights groups. 7 p.m.; Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $15. Call 287-8844.

ANGELIQUE: The multilingual Angelique's funky neo-soul melange of musical lyrics are sung in Spanish, French and English with songs of self-development, love and heartbreak. In addition to signing copies of her self-titled album, Angelique performs The Box, It Could Have Been Love, Falling and John Lennon and Paul McCartney's All I Got To Do. 7 p.m.; Vinyl Fever, 2307 S Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 251-8399.

RED HAT SOCIETY AFFAIR: Likened to a southern Erma Bombeck, humorist Rebel Lowrey Covan reads from her book, I Know Why the Manatee Swims Naked: I've Shopped for Bathing Suits, Too. Following the reading, she will autograph copies of her book. The Red Hat Society, of which Rebel was founding Queen Mother of the Pensacola Chapter, is part of a broader group of women who meet monthly to discuss various topics. 7:30 p.m.; Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 962-6446.


MAIN STREET SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: In its second year, the Ybor City Fresh Market and Ybor City Main Street have teamed up to present artisans and crafters from all over the country. Shoppers find arts and crafts ranging from wind chimes, jewelry and photography to stone lanterns and fine art. The shows attempt to resurrect the old Ybor Square Arts & Crafts Fiestas, popular in the 1970s and 80s. Pets welcome. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Centennial Park, Ybor City; free. Call 241-2442.

SEA FUN FESTIVAL: The Florida Aquarium and Tampa Bay's Mix 100.7 present all-day activities including "Radio 101," sharing the ins and outs of being a disc jockey; plus face painting, arts and crafts, and a back-to-school fashion show. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Florida Aquarium; two-for-one admission, $8-$12. Call 273-4000.

GIANT MUSICAL SWAP MEET: Dust off old musical equipment and exchange it for something else that will eventually need to be dusted. Mars Music's Giant Swap Meet is an opportunity to buy, sell and trade gear. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mars Music, 3906 W Hillsborough Ave.; free. Call 354-1103.

HALCYON: Local trio featuring trademark harmonies, Halcyon is chock-full of insightful, original songs and the aggressive guitars of Debbie Hunseder and Stephanie Callahan plus the polyrhythmic percussion of Alvon Griffin. They have three CDs out and have won local, regional and national awards for their music. Alias Julius opens on acoustic and electric guitar with originals and a few tasty covers. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $8. Call 238-8001.

DISHWALLA: From lead singer J.R. Richards' politically incorrect lyrics to George Pendergast's wild explosions on the drums, Dishwalla was born six years ago in the singer's garage. Dishwalla's debut album, Pet Your Friends, contains the breakthrough hit Counting Blue Cars, which won Billboard's Rock Song of the Year award in 1996. 7 p.m.; Jannus Landing, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg; $12.50-$15. Call 287-8844.

THE BLAZING GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIP: Yo, Adrian! An inner city gym where kids (8 and older) can prepare for amateur championship boxing, hosts a competition where Rocky Balboas come from all over the state. 6:45 p.m.; The Community Boxing Gym, 2001 N Howard Ave.; $10-$15. Call 258-2792.

DINNER DANCE 2002: Colombian Volunteer Ladies of Tampa Bay's 20th annual gala benefits the USF Latino Scholarship Fund and the Institute of Blind Children in Bogota, Colombia. Live band and entertainment. International Diamond Center and Firehouse Gallery donate items for a silent auction. 7 p.m.; Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd.; $75 per person. Call 932-0374.

ROLLER SKATING: United Skates of America registers players for the upcoming Fall Roller Hockey season. The league is coed for players 4 to 16, with four age divisions including a "Mighty Mite" instructional league for ages 4 to 7. An open house and free introductory clinics will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday; United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave.; free. Other registration days: Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. Call 876-6544, ext. 5.

PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL: WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. 8 p.m.; Raymond James Stadium. Call 287-8844 to see if tickets remain.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: BASEBALL CITY ROYALS AT CLEARWATER PHILLIES. Noon; Jack Russell Stadium, Clearwater; $6-$13. Call (727) 441-8638.

25 -- SUNDAY

EARTH CHARTER IMPROVISATIONAL SHOWCASE: Featuring a mix of local musical acts and guest speakers, Earth Charter assembles three Tampa bands: the Michael Ross Quartet, Ghetto Love Sugar and Figure Versus Ground. The Earth Charter initiative encourages the adoption of principles designed to bring about a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace. At least that's what the Web site says. 4 to 8 p.m.; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $10. Call 789-8182.

PETER PAN COMPLEX: One of the most enchanting family films of the silent era, Peter Pan tells the tale of Mr. Pan and Tinker Bell, who whisk the Darling children away on an adventure to Never Never Land. The film will be shown with live musical accompaniment by Rosa Rio at the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. 3 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $6-$8. Call 274-8981.

26 -- MONDAY

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


BILLY GARDELL: Pinned as a blue-collar comic, Gardell tells it like it is, sistah. If his scenes survive the cutting room floor, he's in the upcoming film, Avenging Angelo, and he has made guest appearances on The King of Queens, Yes, Dear and Judging Amy. Through Sept. 1. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (tickets $5), Wednesday and Thursday (tickets $8); Side Splitters, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call 960-1459.

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


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


BOOK SIGNING: Reed Farrel Coleman reads and signs Walking the Perfect Square, his debut suspense novel about a Brooklyn cop turned private eye, Moe Praeger, who reopens a 1970s missing person case that haunted his personal and professional life. 7 p.m.; Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave; free. Call 253-2638.

BILL ENGVALL: A native of Galveston, Texas, Engvall moved to Dallas and was working as a DJ with plans of becoming a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, he decided to try whis hand at stand-up comedy and quickly discovered that making people laugh was his forte. Engvall makes his singing and songwriting debut on latest comedy album, Cheap Drunk. Through Sept. 1. 8 p.m.; Improv Comedy Theater, Centro Ybor; $20. Call 864-4000.


MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: FORT MYERS MIRACLE AT TAMPA YANKEES. 1 p.m.; Legends Field; $3-$5. Call 287-8844.


  • EMINEM: Aug. 31, Ice Palace.
  • CHER AND CYNDI LAUPER: Sept. 2, Ice Palace.
  • TED NUGENT: Sept. 4, Ruth Eckerd Hall.


  • THREE DOG NIGHT: Sept. 14, Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River
  • A NIGHT WITH DAME EDNA: Sept. 17, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • MARC ANTHONY: Sept. 17, Ice Palace.
  • OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Sept. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BOW WOW: Sept. 27, Ice Palace.

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