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Aerosmith to return for an encore

By SHANNON BREEN and JONATHAN MILTON
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 11, 2002


Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from street rods to Beethoven.

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In 2001, Aerosmith rocked Raymond James Stadium at Super Bowl XXXV.

They are walking this way again for another performance with great expectations.

It all began in 1969 in a New Hampshire hangout called the Barn. There was a band by the name of Chain Reaction, in which Steven Tyler played the drums, and another band called the Jam Band, featuring Joe Perry on guitar. Each band had a liking for the other's musical artistry. It was love at first listen. The bands decided to get together and hence Aerosmith was born.

The quintet gained rock star warrior status after numerous accolades from the MTV awards, VH1 awards and Grammys, among others. The group has received both gold and multiplatinum status for its 12 albums.

In 2001, the group was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, where it shares honors with legends like Queen, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson and Steely Dan.

Touring with Aerosmith will be Kid Rock, a Detroit native and Pamela Anderson's beau. Both groups will exchange rock riffs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tickets cost $43 to $79. Call 287-8844.

-- JONATHAN MILTON

TODAY -- 11

ROLL OVER, MOZART: The Florida Orchestra presents a Ludwig van Beethoven masterworks concert with pianist Horacio Gutierrez and conductor Stefan Sanderling. 8 tonight, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahaffey Theater at Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $20-$42. Call 286-2403.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS: Neil LaBute's play The Shape of Things follows a college student as he drifts into a volatile relationship with a graduate arts major. Play runs through Oct. 27. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; $19 general, $15 seniors; $7 student rush (half-hour before curtain); Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave. Call 258-6757.

STREET ROD SHOW: Street rods, modernized vintage automobiles, go on display at the 15th Annual Southeast Rod Nationals, a three-day event in which cars are entered in a variety of driving and nondriving games. 8:30 a.m. today through Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds; $10 for adults, children 6-12 cost $3; children 5 and younger are free. Call 621-7821.

KELLER WILLIAMS: Folk singer/guitarist Keller Williams has earned a reputation as a serious acoustic guitar virtuoso. His songwriting has been described as quirky and original. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road; $13-$15. Call 238-8001.

AN EVENING OUT: In the mood for a slumber party? Try Florida Aquarium's interactive program for adults, where you can meet Aquarium staff and volunteers who will provide an in-depth look at some of the residents. Go on "after dark" behind-the-scenes tours, an animal encounter, plankton explorations. Evening snack and light breakfast provided. Ages 19 and older. Reservations are required. 7 tonight and Saturday; Florida Aquarium; $30 members, $38 nonmembers. Call 273-4015.

HOWL-O-SCREAM: Busch Gardens is transformed after closing time to feature six haunted houses, four scare zones, six roller coasters in the dark and encounters with ghouls and goblins. Parental discretion strongly advised; not recommended for children. Continues until Nov. 2. 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday; Busch Gardens; $19.95-$39.95. Call 1-888-800-5447 or visit www.buschgardens.com.

12 -- SATURDAY

FOUR TOPS AND TEMPTATIONS: Gear up to be taken back in time with the golden oldies of Motown. The Temptations, known for soul-moving hits like 1964's The Way you Do The Things You Do and 1972's Papa Was a Rolling Stone, team with old-time friends, the Four Tops, known for finger snapping tunes like: Baby I Need your Loving and Reach Out. The sold-out performance is set for Saturday at 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $45-$75. Call 287-8844.

INDIAN CLASSICAL FUSION CONCERT: Listen to instrumental music by Grammy Award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on Hawaiian guitar and Ravi Kiran. 8 p.m.; University of South Florida, Cooper Hall, Room 103, 4202 E Fowler Ave.; $15 at door, free for USF students. Call 265-0350.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION: To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, the Florida Aquarium opens its doors to Hispanic-American entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; buy one and get one free for kid's admission. Regular admission for adults. Call 273-4000.

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Oldies radio deejay Jim Quin emcees the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America's second annual Salute to Veterans concert at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road; 8 p.m.; $8. Call 971-0666.

HOCKEY: CAROLINA HURRICANES AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $8-$155. Call 288-2658.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS VS. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES. 7 p.m.; Raymond James Stadium; $20. Call 287-8844.

13 -- SUNDAY

BAROQUE AGAIN: The Chamber Orchestra of Florida presents "Baroque Again," and work by Florida composer William Banchs. Complimentary champagne at intermission. 4 p.m., Friday Morning Musicale, 809 Horatio St.; $20, free for students. Call 273-0359.

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY: Since Cleveland-based rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was formed in the early 1990s by Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-n-Bone, the group has consistently topped the R&B charts. Their last album, BTNHResurrection, was released in 2000 and has gone platinum five times. They hit the Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., on their Grey Goose Vodka Tour with Eight Ball, MJG, Lil Jon, the East Side Boyz, Lady May and Now City. 8 p.m.; $20-$25. Call 287-8844.

RUBEN BLADES: To salsa fans, Ruben Blades was the leader of the Nueva Cancion (New Song) movement, where socially conscious lyrics and sophisticated musical arrangements helped spread substance to dance music. He has also flexed his acting chops alongside Joe Pesci in The Super and Bruce Willis in Color of Night. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; $39.50-$45. Call 229-7827.

FOOTBALL: CLEVELAND BROWNS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. 4:15 p.m.; Broadcast on FOX-Ch.13.

14 -- MONDAY

DEGENERATIVE DISEASES: Who needs Suzanne Somers and Jane Fonda when there's an endocrinologist named Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, M.D.? Schwarzbein will hold a health-wise workshop and autograph her new book The Schwarzbein Principle II: A Regeneration Process to Prevent and Reverse Accelerated Aging. The tome's topic is her conclusion that degenerative diseases are not genetic, but acquired. 7:30 p.m.; Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 962-8097.

15 -- TUESDAY

STEP AFRIKA!: Founded in 1996, Step Afrika! is an ensemble project involving collaborative dance with claps, body slaps and stomps to the music by young artists from the United States, Europe and the South Africa-based Soweto Dance Theater. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; $10-$17.50. Call 229-7827.

17 -- THURSDAY

HANGIN' WITH MR. CURRY: Best known for a five-season stint as Mark Cooper on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Mark Curry heads back to comedy circuit land. 8 tonight; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19; 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $12-$18. Call 864-4000. TITUS ANDRONICUS: The newest adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus will be presented by the Jobsite Theater in the Shimberg Playhouse from Thursday through Nov. 3. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $15.50-$21.50. Call 229-7827.

NEXT WEEKEND:

  • ROCKTOBERFEST: Oct. 19, Fantasy of Flight, Exit 44 on Interstate 4, Polk City.
  • MICHAEL BOLTON: Oct. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BASKETBALL: DETROIT PISTONS AT MIAMI HEAT. Oct. 20, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • INCUBUS: Oct. 22, USF Sun Dome.
  • AMERICAN IDOL: Oct. 23, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • KORN: Oct. 24, With Disturbed and Trust Company, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • YES: Oct. 24, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

UPCOMING:

  • NAUTI-NIGHT: Oct. 25, Florida Aquarium.
  • GUAVAWEEN: Oct. 26, Ybor City.
  • LORD OF THE DANCE: Oct. 29, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • JOE COCKER: Nov. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • ELVIS COSTELLO: Nov. 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • TORI AMOS: Nov. 7, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • QUIDAM: Nov. 7, Tropicana Field.
  • INDIGO GIRLS: Nov. 9, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES: Nov. 12, State Theatre.
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND: Nov. 24, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • B.B. KING: Dec. 31, Mahaffey Theater.

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