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Mama Guava leads us on

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 25, 2002

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from the Lords of Dance to the Lords of Acid, with ghosts and goblins between them.

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Ybor City's Seventh Avenue has been likened to New Orleans' Bourbon Street for its beads, bosoms and booze.

And parades.

Saturday, for the 19th year, the mythical Mama Guava leads her cohorts through Ybor City in an annual Halloween parade, commonly known as Guavaween.

The all-day celebration is for both children and adults, though at varying times. Kids and their families get the day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) while hard-core revelers get the night (4 p.m. to 3 a.m.)

The Guavaween Family FunFest includes a childrens' costume parade and contest in Centennial Park at 3:30 p.m. The FunFest spreads throughout Ybor from 14th Street to 20th Street, with stages along Eighth Avenue.

Then the mood shifts, with wildness that invokes images of Girls Gone Wild.

The Stumble Parade, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., begins at Seventh Avenue and 20th Street; it moves west on Seventh, then north on 14th Street toward Palm Avenue.

National acts this year include Nick Carter, sans the Backstreet Boys, Daniel Bedingfield (Gotta Get Through This), Angie Martinez, Amber and Faith Trent.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume Contest, 8 p.m., is flanked by 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. showings of the movie at Muvico in Centro Ybor.

Admission: $2 for Family Funfest (children in costume free); $10 for Guavaween.

Call 621-7121 or 248-0721.


PUMPKIN PATCH: "And the Great Pumpkin will rise up out of his pumpkin patch with his bag of toys for all the good children!" If Charlie Brown had the right idea, so does The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, sponsor of Pumpkin Patch at Old Hyde Park Village. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today until Oct. 31. Children's activities from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Old Hyde Park Village, Swann and Dakota avenues. Call 251-3500.

NAUTI-NIGHT: Nauti-Night Masquerade at the Florida Aquarium on Oct. 25, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Lavish food from Tampa chefs, open bar, live music, dancing and entertainment throughout the Aquarium with the Barracudas and the Dagari Jazz Trio, costume contest, games, prizes and other amusements. $50-$70. Call 273-4568.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: In this cult classic, Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) encounter Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) and his hedonistic cohorts. Audience participation is invited, but historic Tampa Theatre asks guests to leave the rice, hot dogs and squirt guns at home. 8 p.m. today and Saturday; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $8-$10. Call 287-8844.

ZOOBOO: Lowry Park's annual Halloween event, ZooBoo frightens the masses with a Haunted Mansion, 3-D Haunted Swamp of Terror, Little Tyke Boo House, Haunted Hearse Ride and Creatures of the Night shows. Zoo animals on view until dusk. Continues 7-10 p.m today through Nov. 2. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave.; $8.50 adults, $6.50 ages 3-11; token required for Haunted Hearse Ride and Ghoulish Games. Call 935-8552 or visit

HAUNTED HOUSE: Kid friendly haunted house opens at Great Explorations, the Hands-On Museum, with fun, surprises and trickery; low on fright and gore. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 31; $2-$4. Located at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.

WOMEN ARTISTS RISING: Unique selection of photographs, paintings, pottery, fiber art, mosaics and mixed media for sale, accompanied by music, spoken word and song. 8 p.m.; Rigo's Eatery & the Empyrean, 6607 N Florida Ave. Call (727) 452-5001 or visit

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA: Cover bands abound, especially Grateful Dead cover bands. Dark Star Orchestra throws original songs into the mix. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, 16 Second St N, St. Petersburg; $20. Call (727) 896-1244.

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


HALLOWEEN FUN FEST: If your kids still worry about monsters under the bed, Halloween Fun Fest offers a calmer way to celebrate. Juggling, gymnastics, magic, a costume parade and Cassie the Clown are among the entertainment offerings. There's also a pumpkin patch stage set up for storytelling, a wizard's tent and children's games. 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo, bandshell area, 1101 W Sligh Ave.; free. Call 931-2106.

CRAFTART FESTIVAL: Woven baskets and knitted quilts may come to mind when talking crafts. Throw contemporary into the mix for a whole new spin. The two-day CraftArt Festival gathers the work of more than 130 artists. In a tent, they demonstrate crafts ranging from clay to handmade guitar making. Local restaurants peddle goodies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Plant Park, University of Tampa campus, 601 W Kennedy Blvd.; $3 suggested donation at gate. Call (727) 821-7391. BILLY BRAGG/THE TINEMEN: British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who climbed to prominence in 1983 with his debut album Life's a Riot, performs at Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. 8 p.m.; $17. Call 287-8844.

BILL & TED'S HAUNTED HOUSE: Before the movie with Keanu Reeves came out in 1988, neighbors Bill Huff and Ted Criss used a screened-in porch where they dished out candy in modest amounts each Halloween. Sixteen years later, they give away about 800 bags of treats as trick-or-treaters quiver through a 30- by 40-foot haunted castle that takes two months' preparation and 35 people to man. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday; Haunted Castle, 4309 Sherwick Drive, Mango. Off Interstate 75 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Florida State Fairgrounds; donations accepted. Call 621-4106.

AMELIA BEDELIA: Children can enjoy the stories of Amelia Bedelia while she tells the tales of Tikki Tikki Tembo -- about a little boy who falls into a well, and the story of Anansi, a wise and wily spider that gets into mischievous adventures. 10 a.m. and noon; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $5.50. 229-7827.

DOG OBEDIENCE FOR KIDS: Author Sandy Bergstrom Mesmer elaborates on her book How to Turn Your Dog Into a Show-Off, about improving your dog's ability to obey and compete. No dogs allowed. 11 a.m.; Barnes & Noble; free. Call 962-6446.

27 -- SUNDAY.

GUPPYWEEN: Guppyween is a Halloween party for kids. They trick-or-treat throughout the Florida Aquarium, hear tales from Mona the storytelling witch and compete in a costume contest. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (entertainment, 1 to 3 p.m.) and 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday (entertainment, 6 to 8 p.m.). Admission $10-$15 ($5 after 5 p.m.), but kids in costume enter free with another paid admission. Call 273-4568.

KAY KAY and the RAYS: Texas soul/blues band with jazz and funk influences, Kay Kay and The Rays promote their new CD Texas Justice at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 6 p.m.; $5. Call 238-8001.


29 -- TUESDAY.

LORD OF THE DANCE: Reflecting the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance blends traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. Its story is a classic tale of good versus evil based on Irish folklore, with Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord, challenging the Lord of the Dance. Runs through Nov. 3. Opening performance, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $24.50-$61.50. Call 287-8844. LECTURE. "Politics Would Be So Serious ... If It Wasn't So Darn Funny." Darryl Paulson, a.k.a. "Professor Wit," finds humor in national and local politics. Paulson, a government professor at the University of South Florida, also fields questions from the audience. 7 to 8 p.m.; WEDU Studios, 1300 N Boulevard; free. RSVP by Monday. (Lecture later airs on WEDU, Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 at 10 p.m.) Call 228-0097.


OLD HYDE PARK VILLAGE LIVE MUSIC SERIES: Taxi hosts the final concert of the free Hyde Park Live Music Series in the Old Hyde Park Village business district. All proceeds from beverage sales benefit the Self Reliance. 6 to 9 p.m. Call 251-3500.

SEXTREME HALLOWEEN: The Lords of Acid went through a simpler, more innocent phase before their exaggeratedly sexual, acid house dance music gained a cult following with the 1991 album Lust. If this sounds like Halloween eve fare, the show's all yours. 8 p.m.; the Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $20. Call 287-8844.

HOCKEY: NEW YORK RANGERS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 7 p.m.; St. Pete Times Form; $8-$155. Call 288-2658.


HOWL-O-SCREAM: Lying in an open casket with her arms crossed against a white wedding gown, she looks so peaceful. Except for the rats scurrying over her. Big ones. One after another. The Rat Lady is one of the visions aimed at sending chills down your spine at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream. Runs through Nov. 2. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday ($29.95); 7:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($39.95). Call 987-5082.


  • 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.
  • B.B. KING: Dec. 31, Mahaffey Theater.

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