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Taking in Tori's new tunes

By LEA IADAROLA and SHANNON BREEN
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 1, 2002


Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from seafood, cigar and Greek festivals to a moody nun.

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Tori Amos brings her piano poetry to Tampa on Thursday, belting out songs from her eighth album Scarlet's Walk, just released Oct. 29. It is her first under the Epic label.

The eight-time-Grammy-nominated redhead -- known for her deep, emotional melodies and lyrics about religion, violence and sex -- will perform for a sold-out crowd as she perches atop her piano bench post.

Born Myra Ellen Amos to a Methodist minister, Tori began playing piano when she was about 21/2. She trained at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Amos -- a victim of sexual assault -- founded the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. She tells the story of her experience in the a cappella Me and a Gun, from her 1992 multiplatinum hit Little Earthquakes.

Amos' style has changed since her first release, Y Kant Tori Read. Since the 1988 flop, now highly coveted by fans and collectors, Little Earthquakes set the tone for Amos's other, more popular releases: Under the Pink, Boys for Pele, From the Choirgirl Hotel and To Venus and Back.

Scarlet's Walk will feature all original songs, unlike last year's Strange Little Girls, a sort of cover album, made up of her interpretation of male artists' tunes.

The sold-out concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Carol Morsani Hall.

-- LEA IADAROLA

TODAY.

LATE NITE CATECHISM: Get rid of the gum and sit up straight. Sister is coming. After a highly successful run in the spring of 2001, the comedy Late Nite Catechism starring Colleen O'Neill transforms the audience into a Catholic school classroom taught by Sister. The abrupt mood swings of Sister may strike a chord with private school alumni. Today through Dec. 22. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Jaeb Theater; $17.50-$29.50. Call 229-7827.

GREEK FESTIVAL: St. John Greek Orthodox Church holds its annual Greek Festival today through Sunday with food, crafts, Greek folk dancing and live music. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; Peter & Sophia Kourmolis Community Center, 2418 Swann Ave.; $1 suggested donation. Call 876-8830.

JOE COCKER: Joe Cocker's memorable performance of the song With a Little Help from My Friends at Woodstock and a habit of wildly flailing his arms on stage may contribute to his rock-icon status. But Feelin' Alright, You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong don't hurt, either. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $35.75-$75. Call 287-8844.

SAVOY BROWN: One of the earliest British blues bands, Savoy Brown was originally called the Savoy Brown Blues Band. With founding guitarist and longtime member Kim Simmonds at the helm, they helped launch the UK blues/rock movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg; $15. Call 287-8844.

2 -- SATURDAY.

CIGAR HERITAGE FESTIVAL: It's time for Ybor City's 6th annual Tampa Cigar Heritage Festival, which benefits The Ybor City Museum State Park. There will be an array of entertainment at the festival including a bocci ball tournament at 9 a.m.; Spanish guitarist from 10:30 a.m. to noon; nationally-syndicated TV show Cigar Day broadcasts from noon to 2 p.m.; Southtown Fever, a 12-piece orchestra playing a variety of pop music from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and The Radiators cap off the event with their southern rock sound from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children learn about Ybor City's cultural heritage through hands-on activities. Pets allowed. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Ybor City. Call 927-3626.

RUSKIN SEAFOOD & ARTS FESTIVAL: A juried fine arts festival with seafood from area vendors and restaurants comes to Ruskin for the 14th year. There will be boat and truck shows, aquarium viewings, rock climbing and plenty of children's activities. 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 to 4 p.m. Sunday; E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin. Admission $3 adults; $1 ages 6 to 12; free for 5 and younger. Call 645-3808 or visit www.ruskinchamber.org.

WILCO: American alt-country band Wilco released their debut album A.M. in 1995, followed by Being There, Summer Teeth and the latest, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Since songwriter Jay Bennett's departure last year, the band forges on with lead singer Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and touring utility player Leroy Bach. 8 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $24. Call 287-8844.

VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL: The sounds of dynamic R&B, Latin, soul, jazz and country music will be heard during the second annual Verizon Musical Festival. Verizon throws a free concert with a treasure chest of talent: Al Jarreau, Kevin Ceballo, Shemekia Copeland, Chris Botti and Halcyon. 3 p.m.; Coachman Park, Clearwater. Call 483-2541.

BLUE JEANS CLASSICS: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS. The Florida Orchestra performs hits from John Williams' famous film scores including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, E.T. and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 7:30 p.m.; The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; $18. Call (727) 892-5202.

LITTLE FEAT: Formed in Los Angeles in 1969, Little Feat plays southern blues rock with the kind of skewed sensibility you'd expect from an act whose creators were once in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg; $20. Call 287-8844.

SHANA BANANA: After warming up the imagination, children's musician Shana "Banana" Smith invites kids into Fairy Tale Land. She introduces them to the Fairy Godmother, who has a fit of sneezes, a not-so-evil dragon who just wants to plant flowers, and a bully beetle. 10 a.m. and noon; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $5.50. Call 287-8844.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: CHARLESTON SOUTHERN BUCCANEERS AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS. 7 p.m.; Raymond James Stadium; $20. Call 287-8844.

3 -- SUNDAY.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC: Bradley Field puts David Copperfield to shame in The Magic Theatre & Illusion Show. With flowers appearing from nowhere and silver coins turning to sparkly magic dust, who needs a disappearing Statue of Liberty? 2 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; $6.50-$10.50. Call 229-7827.

ELVIS COSTELLO: Legendary British songwriter Elvis Costello makes his first Tampa Bay area appearance since 1982, when the "angry young man" was 27. On When I Was Cruel, his first straight-up rock album since Brutal Youth, he warms up on easy targets such as vapid starlets and teen pop. 7 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Sold out.

FOOTBALL: MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. 1 p.m. Fox-Ch.13.

6 -- WEDNESDAY.

WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET: For nearly 35 years, Wayne Shorter has crossed paths with many of history's indisputable giants of music. After cutting his teeth with Horace Silver and Art Blakey, he joined Miles Davis in 1964. His quartet features Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $35. Call 287-8844.

SALIVA: Since making their debut on Every Six Seconds in 1996, the Memphis quintet known as Saliva blend hard rock with hip-hop, grunge and unbridled mayhem. 8 p.m.; The Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave.; $15. Call 287-8844.

7 -- THURSDAY.

QUIDAM: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. Bodies undulate to a whimsical melody as a kaleidoscope of artistic elements intertwine, creating Quidam. Quidam, pronounced Key-Dam, has graced North American stages since its premiere performance in 1996. Creative costumes come to life with acrobatic choreography. Quidam portrays a megalopolis inhabited by street people. The performance begins Nov. 7 and runs through Dec. 8. Premieres at 8 p.m. today. Tropicana Field; $45-$165. Call 1-800-678-5440 or visit cirquesoleil.com.

BONEY JONES WITH FOURPLAY: Sultry and sensual, Boney Jones' sax seduces an audience with a night of smooth jazz. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $35.75-$60. Call 287-8844.

NEXT WEEKEND:

  • CLINT BLACK: Nov. 8, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • RED ELVISES: Nov. 8, Skipper's Smokehouse.
  • EDDIE MONEY: Nov. 8, Twilight.
  • RIBFEST: Nov. 8-10, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg.
  • INDIGO GIRLS: Nov. 9, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • PETER, PAUL AND MARY: Nov. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES: Nov. 12, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES: Nov. 12, State Theatre.

UPCOMING:

  • TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW: Nov. 14-16, Tampa Convention Center.
  • JERRY SEINFELD: Nov. 16, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • TONY HAWK: Nov. 16, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND: Nov. 24, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • WYNONNA: Dec. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • LION KING: Dec. 13, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • B.B. KING: Dec. 31, Mahaffey Theater.
  • HARRY BELAFONTE: Jan. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Jan. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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