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Get your fill of arts

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from Sesame Street to charity walks.

For a weekend each fall, the commons of Old Hyde Park Village turn into an outdoor gallery.

That weekend has arrived.

The 13th annual Old Hyde Park Village Art Festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, the festival includes nationally recognized artists bringing work in a variety of mediums: sculptures made of fiber, metal, wood and steel; stained blown glass; watercolor and acrylic paintings; jewelry, pottery and photography.

Many of the artists are nationally recognized, having been published in art magazines and commissioned by museums throughout the United States.

Sitar player Stephen Mikes and steel drummer Doug Walker provide the music.

For more information, call 962-0388 or visit


DOWNTOWN YMCA ART AUCTION: Adopt hand-crafted pink flamingos at a silent auction benefiting "Y" Girls Rule, a sports mentoring program for at-risk adolescent girls. 6:30 p.m., auction 8:15 p.m.; Tampa Women's Club, 2901 Bayshore Blvd. Donations $15 each or two for $25. Call 229-1305.

GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Something is turning the women of Los Angeles into lesbians according to Tampa filmmaker Sharon Stone's short film Aaron Brockovich. It's one of many gay themes at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Directors, stars and writers of this year's slate will be on hand to meet and greet. Through Oct. 13. Films will be shown at Tampa Theatre, Centro Ybor Muvico and TECO Plaza. Single event tickets, $7.50; packages also available. For tickets, call 274-8981 or 251-9368. For more information, call 879-4220 or visit

LEE ANN WOMACK: Texas-born Lee Ann Womack's laurels include the American Music Award for Favorite New Country Artist and the Academy of Country Music trophy for Top New Female Vocalist. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $29.50-$35.50. Call 287-8844.

SESAME STREET LIVE: Who are the monsters in your neighborhood? What kind of music can a jar of cookies make? Answers are part of the musical production of Sesame Street Live: Everyone Makes Music where Elmo, the Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and others take the stage for a 90-minute musical performance. 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. St. Pete Times Forum; $12-$24. Call 287-8844.

ZOO BOO: Take a pre-Halloween stroll through the Friendly Boneyard Maze or a Haunted Hearse Ride at Lowry Park's annual Zoo Boo. This year, Zoo Boo has three haunted houses: Little Tyke Boo House, 3-D Haunted Swamp of Terror and Ultra Scary Haunted Mansion. Today and Saturday; Lowry Park Zoo; $6.50-$8.50 admission, $4 Haunted Hearse Ride. Call 935-8552 or visit


TAMPA LANDMARKS AND LOOKOUTS: Russian artist Sergey Grebeniouk debuts Tampa Landmarks and Lookouts at the Hoffman Porges Gallery in Ybor City. Opening, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and vodka tasting. Exhibit open through Nov. 16. Hoffman Porges Gallery, 1907 E Seventh Ave.; free. Call 244-0316.

AMERICA'S WALK FOR DIABETES: The 11th annual America's Walk for Diabetes benefits the American Diabetes Association. A health fair and lunch (for participants) follows the 5K walk. Leashed pets welcome. For details, see Check-in at 8:30 a.m., walk 9:30 a.m.; Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave.; free registration. Call 885-5007.

RACE FOR SIGHT: The Central Florida Lions Eye and Tissue Bank 5K walk/run benefits the visually impaired. 7:30 a.m.; Ybor City, corner of Nebraska and Palm avenues; $20 registration fee. Call 928-9489 or visit

DRUG AWARENESS WALK: Get out the frying pan and cracked eggs. Lowry Park Zoo's Too Good for Drugs Walk kicks off with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the 9 a.m. walk., cheered along the way by banners from schools and community groups. After the walk, participants get to enjoy games, food, activities and live entertainment. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Call 251-3600.

ANIMAL PLANET RESCUE: Learn how to protect pets and other animals when disaster strikes. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Coachman Park, 101 Drew St., Clearwater; free. Call (727) 562-4801.

AN EVENING WITH CAROL CHANNING: Richard Skipper pays tribute to Carol Channing's life and career from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to Hello, Dolly! 8 p.m.; Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 822-3590.

THE LAST DAMN SHOW -- 4 LIFE: Hip-hop artists including P. Diddy, Trick Daddy, Cam'Ron, City High, Angie Martinez, Mario, 3LW and Ying-Yang Twins perform at the Last Damn Show: 4 Life. 4 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $18.87-$25.87. Call 287-8844.

CHOC-TOBERFEST: If you yearn for both chocolate and exhibitionism, Choc-toberfest at Paradise Lakes may be the solution. Vendors from candy stores (Chocolates by Michelle, Let 'em Eat Cake, etc.) offer samples. Clothing optional. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paradise Lakes, 2001 Brinson Road, Lutz; daily membership fee, $26.50. Call 949-9327 or visit

6 -- SUNDAY.

20th CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHY: The Tampa Museum of Art's new exhibit, Photography's Multiple Roles in the 20th Century, captures the role of cameras in contemporary culture. Look for more than 170 images, objects and installations from photographers including Diane Arbus, Alfredo Jaar and Carrie Mae Weems. Regular museum hours; Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive; $3-$5. Call 274-8130.

GREATER BAY AREA BRIDAL FESTIVAL & SHOW: Are wedding bells within reach or are you just a meddling in-law? In either case, wedding merchandise goes on display 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Bay Area Bridal Festival & Show. Doubletree Airport Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St; $7. Call 879-4800.



CONCERT FOR EQUALITY FLORIDA: Loud Zoo, feature band at Concert for Equality Florida, consists of five women who play improvisational music. Proceeds benefit Equality Florida, a statewide education and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, class and gender. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd; $8. Call 971-0666 or visit

EDGAR SANCHEZ CUMBAS: Scratching the Surface, an exhibition of Edgar Sanchez Cumbas paintings and drawings, goes on display at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus, Performing Arts Building, Room 101 from 5 to 8 p.m.; free to the public. Call 253-7674.


GWAR: Gwar is an intergalactic thrash-metal band that uses latex costumes, pagan rituals and mechanical maggots to express its inner demons. How could you sleep at night if you missed the opportunity to see it live? 8 p.m.; The Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $14. Call 287-8844.


VICTORIA JACKSON: Her high-pitched voice could shatter car windshields. Saturday Night Live alumnus Victoria Jackson tries to split sides at the Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, Centro Ybor. Through Oct. 13. 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12; 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 13; $14-$18. Call 864-4000.

RUSH: The Vapor Trails tour, which first hit the road June 28 in Hartford, Conn., marks Rush's first live performance since 1997. Secret Touch, the current single from the trio's May 14 CD release, has rocketed into the Top 10 at Mainstream and Heritage Rock radio outlets nationwide. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $33.25-$63.25. Call 287-8844.

JOAN OSBORNE: "What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us?" Remember the semipopular tune from 1995 that earned Joan Osborne numerous Grammy nods, not wins? After fading away, she comes back into focus with a new CD. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg; $15. Call 287-8844.


  • FOUR TOPS AND TEMPTATIONS: Oct. 12, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY: Oct. 13, The Masquerade.
  • AEROSMITH AND KID ROCK: Oct. 17, St. Pete Times Forum.


  • INCUBUS: Oct. 22, Sun Dome.
  • AMERICAN IDOL: Oct. 23, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • GUAVAWEEN: Oct. 26, Ybor City.
  • ELVIS COSTELLO: Nov. 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • TORI AMOS: Nov. 7, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • QUIDAM: Nov. 7, Tropicana Field.
  • MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES: Nov. 12, State Theatre.
  • B.B. KING: Dec. 31, Mahaffey Theater.

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