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They're back for their encore

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 13, 2002

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from book discussions to drag queens.

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They're back -- again.

On a joint national tour, Billy Joel and Elton John performed in Tampa on March 9, but canceled a March 11 show when "the piano man" called in sick.

Shortly before the postponement, a review in the New York Times described Joel as rambling and bellowing, and said he "seemed to have ingested something quite a bit stronger than cough syrup."

Joel told the Chicago Sun-Times in July that his "red wine diet" led to a 10-day stay at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut.

After a six-month hiatus, Joel and John are ready to continue their Face to Face Tour 2002.

Tonight, the audience will see if the dapper Brit and the stoic New Yorker can still feel the love. The sold-out concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.


MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: Based on the memoirs of Sally Benson, Meet Me in St. Louis is a nostalgic musical of the Smith family during the turn of the 20th century in St. Louis. The city and the Smith family are preparing for the World's Fair of 1904 that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. Then comes the dilemma: The patriarch receives a job promotion that will uproot the family and replant them in New York. This bittersweet news upsets the lives and plans of the family members; romances will be broken, friends separated and the opportunity to enjoy the World's Fair lost. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; $10.50-$19.50. Call 229-7827.

R.E.A.P. BOOK GROUP: Reading to Empower African American People (REAP) will discuss Joy by Victoria Christopher Murray. 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 962-6446.


23RD WMNF BIRTHDAY BASH: Feliz cumpleanos! Two bands salute community radio station WMNF (88.5) with a bash on its 23rd birthday. Los Mocosos, an eight-piece band from the barrio of San Francisco with a hot horn section and percussive drive, combines the sounds of ska, salsa, funk, hip-hop and rock. Iratowns is a quintet best characterized as a progressive melting pot: rock, country, bluegrass, soul, ethnic styles, all converging in the traditions of such bands as Yes, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. 8 p.m., Coliseum Ballroom, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; $20. Call 287-8844.

BUDDY GUY: Chicago blues legend and guitarist extraordinaire Buddy Guy was among a handful of his genre's true originators. When modern guitarists like Eric Clapton or the late Stevie Ray Vaughan cite their real influences -- not the players who recorded early acoustic guitar blues, but the originators of the moaning, screaming electric guitar -- the name Buddy Guy is mentioned in the first breath. Guy, now in his late 60s, and his harmonica-playing partner Junior Wells were the inspiration for the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd characters in The Blues Brothers, 8 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $36.50. Call 287-8844.

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Keep an eye out for tie-dyed T-shirts. The Allman Brothers, having broken up a number of times, are together once again. On the tour, young guitarist Derek Trucks (nephew of drummer Butch) replaces Dickey Betts. Marc Quinones plays congas and is flanked by a pair of the band's founding members: drummers Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks. Ex-Mr. Cher, Greg Allman, and guitarist Warren Haynes trade vocals. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $49-$100. Call 287-8844.

DAVID BENOIT: Not to be confused with the NBA's Utah Jazz basketball forward, this David Benoit is a smooth-jazz pianist. 8 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; $29-$40. Call 287-8844.

CHESSMASTER CHALLENGE: Searching for Bobby Fischer? You're not likely to find the reclusive chessmaster lurking in the crowds at the chessmaster challenge in Temple Terrace. But you might spot Mark Ritter, an internationally renowned chess player who will compete against 25 opponents at the same time by walking from board to board, averaging about five to 10 seconds per move. Ritter, who lives in Tampa Palms, has played 50 opponents simultaneously. He said he lightens the mood by exchanging playful banter with his competitors. Open to school-age children and older. Players must bring their own boards. Spectators are welcome. 2 to 4 p.m.; Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway; registration and viewing are free. Call 989-7160.

PADDLING THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER: Aside from the abundance of beer cans, nonbiodegradable foam cups and other litter, the wilderness portion of the Hillsborough River has changed very little over the years. The tea-colored water is home to fish, wading birds, otters and alligators, which makes it ideal for canoeing and kayaking. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 10 and older, limited to four canoes (up to three per canoe) and four single kayaks. Canoe rate: $30 members, $38 nonmembers. Kayak rate: $38 members, $46 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Morris Bridge Park, 13330 Morris Bridge Road. Call 273-4015 for more details.

15 -- SUNDAY

MARC ANTHONY: When he first began stretching his vocal cords, Latin pop artist Marc Anthony remained relatively unknown outside the music world of the United States. He sang almost exclusively in Spanish. That changed with the September 1999 release of Marc Anthony, his self-titled English-language pop CD. His initial success was driven, in part, by the groove of I Need To Know. Anthony's concert, originally scheduled for Sept. 17, was changed so he might perform Wednesday at the 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Hollywood. Tickets for the previously scheduled performance will be honored. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $34.50-$59.50. Call 287-8844.

EARTHQUAKE: Stand-up comedian Earthquake has toured with Def Comedy Jam and appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, VH-1's The List and BET's Comic View. He appears 9 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $22. Call 864-4000.


A NIGHT WITH DAME EDNA: It's time for androgyny -- here comes Edna, Dame that is. If accomplished British-friendly actors aren't getting knighted (Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Sean Connery), they're getting damed: Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and then there's Dame Edna Everage. Created by Aussie actor Barry Humphries, Dame Edna is a national icon in his, ahem, her native Australia, as well as a children's book illustrator, talk show host, adviser to British royalty and investigative journalist. A Night with Dame Edna follows her successful 2001 tour, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, which received a Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Event. Through Sept. 22. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $22.50-$53.50. Call 287-8844.

EDDIE MONEY, LOVERBOY, SURVIVOR: Shakin', Think I'm In Love and Take Me Home Tonight were MTV staples in the 1980s. Since then, Eddie Money has concentrated more on family, but released a CD Ready Eddie in 1999. Even though early 1980s rock act Loverboy lost bassist Scott Smith in a boating accident, there is familiarity with flamboyant vocalist Mike Reno singing the originals: Working for the Weekend, Turn Me Loose. And Survivor (not the TV show) turned out hits Eye of the Tiger and Can't Hold Back. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $25-$60. Call 287-8844.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: NEW YORK YANKEES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $10-$195. Call 287-8844.


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: NEW YORK YANKEES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $10-$195. Call 287-8844.


INDEPENDENTS' FILM FESTIVAL: Nine years ago, the Independents' Film Festival started as an event that would run movies on the Education Channel one day only: July 4, and pick the winner from those entries, which are solicited from filmmakers around the country. The channel has since expanded by airing the films throughout July. Last year was the first time the festival was held at a venue, the Tampa Theatre. After the movies have all aired, judges choose the best films from each category. Each of the seven categories is divided into two winners: student filmmaker and professional independent filmmaker. Many of the winning filmmakers are expected to attend the ceremony, which lasts only about 20 minutes, and is followed by the winning feature film in its entirety. 7 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.; $5.50. For ticket information, call 274-8982, and for general festival info, call 254-2253.

TAMPA BAY CLASSIC: Over 156 golfers vie for $468,000 at the Second Tampa Bay Classic, an official 72-hole PGA Tour golf tournament. In 2000, John Huston of Clearwater won with a score of 13-under par 271. He won by three shots over Carl Paulson. Both players are on the commitment list this year. The Golf Channel will broadcast from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Sept. 22, with tee-offs at noon each day; The Westin Innisbrook Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor; $109-$485. Call (727) 942-2000.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: NEW YORK YANKEES AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $10-$195. Call 287-8844.


  • ALAN JACKSON: Sept. 20, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • PAULY SHORE: Sept. 20, Tampa Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant.
  • OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: Sept. 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall.


  • SO A LAWYER, A PRIEST AND AN ATHEIST WALK INTO A BAR: Sept. 27-29, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • AEROSMITH WITH KID ROCK: Oct. 17, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • MICHAEL BOLTON: Oct. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • INCUBUS: Oct. 22, USF Sun Dome.
  • PETER, PAUL AND MARY: Nov. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • JERRY SEINFELD: Nov. 16, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND E STREET BAND: Nov. 24, St. Pete Times Forum.

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