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By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 8, 2002

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from Indigo Girls to Red Elvises.

Don't expect any elaborate time-traveling machines like the futuristic DeLorean at this year's Tampa Bay International Auto Show.

Do expect a first look under the hoods of real automotive designs like the 1967 Shelby GT500 driven by Nicolas Cage in Gone in 60 Seconds, a chance to meet NASCAR drivers Sterling Marlin and Matt Kenseth, and an appearance by Spiderman.

Beginning Thursday through Nov. 17 hundreds of vehicles will be on display at the Tampa Convention Center, including 2003 models, 2004 pre-production models, concept cars, exotic cars and "green" cars.

NASCAR drivers meet, greet and sign autographs on Thursday (Marlin, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and Nov. 16 (Kenseth, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.).

Marlin, who led the Winston Cup standings for 25 weeks, will miss the rest of race season because of a fractured vertebra in his neck from a crash earlier this year.

Professor G.W. Hogwash performs a magic show Nov. 15, using the tricks and spells of a character likely to prefer a broom over a car: Harry Potter.

On hiatus from The Daily Bugle, Spiderman will meet guests and sign autographs on Kids Day, Nov. 17, from noon to 6 p.m. when all children 12 and younger are admitted for free.

Displays are open noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 15; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17; $4-$7, children 6 and younger are free. Call 276-6909.


RED ELVISES: Comprising three Siberians and a Texan (no, really), the Red Elvises play surf rock, rockabilly and garage rock with the obligatory Middle Eastern Elvis shadings. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road; $12. Call 287-8844.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? Get a taste of Chicago's Second City without being in Chicago, and without Second City. Sans Drew Carey, Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles, ABC's successful improvisational show Whose Line Is It Anyway? hits the road with Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten and Greg Proops. As part of Homecoming week at the University of South Florida, Whose Line is this year's comedy act, known as the Stampede. A full-scale free carnival will be at the USF Fowler Avenue entrance from 4:30 p.m. to midnight; a parade starts at 6 p.m.; and Stampede is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; USF Sun Dome; Stampede: $5-$10. Call 287-8844 or 974-5202.

CLINT BLACK: Squinty-eyed, happy-go-lucky country crooner Clint Black burst on the charts in 1989 with Better Man, the first of five consecutive No. 1 hits from his debut album. Black is still churning out hits. He is also still married to TV-turned-movie actress Lisa Hartman-Black. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $45.50-$75. Call 287-8844.

EDDIE MONEY: 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 than his music career but had time to release a CD Ready Eddie in 1999 and tour. 8 p.m.; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $18-$25. Call 247-4225 or visit

RHYTHM AND BRASS: "Beyond Category" was a praise Duke Ellington reserved for artists who transcended normal boundaries. There's no better way to describe the genius of icons Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Rhythm & Brass celebrates the music of Armstrong, Ellington and others in a concert experience that is truly "Beyond Category." 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; $10-$15. Call 287-8844.

RIBFEST: The stars come out for St. Petersburg's annual Ribfest 2002. Cyndi Lauper (Saturday, 3 p.m.), the Doobie Brothers (Friday, 8 p.m.) and Gregg Allman (Saturday, 8 p.m.) are some of the featured acts during this year's three-day festival. 11 a.m. today through Sunday; Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg; $6-$10, children 12 and younger free. Call 287-8844.

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


INDIGO GIRLS: Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, also known as the Indigo Girls, continue to strum soulful folk-rock hits like Closer to Fine, Kid Fears and Galileo. The current release, Become You, makes album 11 for the pair who moonlight as activists on topics from gay rights to gun control. 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $29.75-$35. Call 229-7827.

ZOOFARI: The way to 5,000 hearts is through the stomach. Tidbits from 80-plus restaurants tempt guests at Lowry Park Zoo at the $80-a-head Zoofari party. Starship, around since the 1960s, provides the musical entertainment. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $70-$80. Call 935-8552, ext 239.

FILM CASTING AUDITIONS: Local filmmaker Sharon Stone has penned a feature film, Cabin Fever, about three TV comedy writers who go off to a secluded mountain cabin and find themselves without electricity, phone, TV. Stone, who began her career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, had her latest short film, Aaron Brockovich, selected for screening at the 13th Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in October. She's looking for actors to portray President Bush, Dick Cheney, Hilary Clinton, Prince, Laverne and Shirley, Lenny and Squiggy, Ted Kennedy, Dennis Hastert and Ward Cleaver. Casting call is from 1 to 3 p.m.; USF, Marshall Center, room 269. Call 974-3180.

PETER, PAUL AND MARY: In Meet the Parents, Ben Stiller tried to convince Robert DeNiro that Peter, Paul and Mary's Puff the Magic Dragon is a song about marijuana. In VH-1 interviews, the band disagreed. Decide for yourself at 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $30-$60. Call 287-8844.

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


10 -- SUNDAY.

ROOSTER PARADE: Six years later, Tommy Stephens, 58, still mourns for his beloved pet rooster. James E. Rooster met his maker in the mouth of a vagabond dog. Not a good way to go, even for a rooster. Gone, yes, but hardly forgotten. On Sunday, Stephens has organized another tongue-in-cheek memorial service honoring his beloved bird. 3 p.m.; Beginning at 19th and Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.

11 -- MONDAY.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: The University of Tampa's Henry B. Plant Museum, stocked to the ceiling with new merchandise, offers a 10 percent discount and free gift wrapping. There's an array of items such as books, jewelry, silver, fragrances, porcelain and children's toys. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; UT, Henry B. Plant. Call 254-1891 ext. 4.

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

12 -- TUESDAY.

MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES: While No Doubt members were still pottytraining, another ska punk band, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, were already selling records. The bouncy Boston-based eight-piece band that's been around for two decades features lots of horns, socially conscious lyrics and danceable tunes punched up by Caribbean beats. 7 p.m.; State Theatre, 687 Central Ave.; $17.50. Call 287-8844.

DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES: While other rockers have aged badly in the past two decades, classic pop rockers Hall & Oates haven't changed much since their landmark 1970s album, Abandoned Luncheonette. Crows feet, shmoes feet. The sound remains the same. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $35.50-$75. Call 287-8844.


AMP IT UP FOR GAL: The Guardian ad Litem Guild hosts the "Amp it Up for GAL" party where Dottie Berger MacKinnon, first recipient of the GAL Guild Champion for Children Award, will be honored for her commitment to children. Proceeds raised at the event benefit the GAL Guild. 6 to 9 p.m.; Amphitheater Entertainment Complex, 1609 E Seventh Ave.; $50 per person. Call 272-5110.


NIGHT OF THE IGUANA: The Seventh annual Night of the Iguana, a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, begins with cocktails and a gourmet buffet of sample entrees from local restaurants. The focus of the evening: witnessing a child's wish come true. There will also be a silent and live auction as the crowd enjoys cigars and dancing. 6:30 p.m.; A La Carte Pavilion; $100 per person. Call 288-2600.


JERRY SEINFELD: Nov. 16, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

TONY HAWK: Nov. 16, St. Pete Times Forum.




WYNONNA: Dec. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 6-8, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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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