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By WILMA NORTON, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 10, 2002


RIBFEST: Rib extravaganza with music by Leon Russell, Edgar Winter and Grand Funk Railroad. Also Corvette show and kids' activities. Gates open 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, Seventh Avenue NE at Tampa Bay, downtown St. Petersburg. $10 at gate. (727) 528-3828 or www.ribfest.org.

RIBFEST: Rib extravaganza with music by Leon Russell, Edgar Winter and Grand Funk Railroad. Also Corvette show and kids' activities. Gates open 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, Seventh Avenue NE at Tampa Bay, downtown St. Petersburg. $10 at gate. (727) 528-3828 or www.ribfest.org.

TAMPA COMIC AND TOY CONVENTION III: With artists from Crossgen, Marvel, DC and AC comics and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 4732 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. $3, free for ages 10 and under. Directions, (813) 877-6061; information, (727) 522-9032.

POP SHOWS: My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult with Cherrie Blue and Voodou, 8 p.m., Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100. . . . Mitch Hampton Jazz Trio, 3 and 7 p.m. Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. $13. (813) 879-2914. . . . Tom Rush, 8 p.m. Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $20. (941) 365-2494. . . . Battle for the Blues with the Dynatones, Anthony Gomes and Bill Wharton, 5 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 advance, $15 at the door. (813) 977-6474.

THE WIGGLES: "The Wiggly Safari Tour." 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. Sold out. (813) 229-7827.

BEST OF THE BEST CAR, TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW: Annual automotive show open to all vehicles; benefits Mason Dixon's Christmas Wish Fund. Registration 9 a.m.-noon, awards 3:30 p.m. at parking lot adjacent to Classic Corvettes, 440 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. $15 for participants; free for spectators. (727) 823-6656 or www.geocities.com/ssvtbirds.

BUG JAM 2002: 14th annual Volkswagen automobile show with nearly 400 vehicles including microbuses, Things, pick-ups, classic sedans and Beetles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pasco County Fairgrounds on State Road 52, Dade City (8 miles east of Interstate 75, exit 59). $5 adults with canned food donation, ages 10 and under free with can of food or new unwrapped toy. (813) 996-6306.

ART EXHIBIT OPENINGS: Heart and Mind: the Art of Bo Breguet and Volf Roitman, with cartoon-like dreamscapes by Breguet and MADI, or geometric nonrepresentational art, by Roitman, opens. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762. Hours today: 1-5 p.m. Free admission Sundays. . . . I See the Rhythm: Paintings by Michele Wood, an exploration of African-American cultural history with emphasis on music but including art, literature and performance, opens, Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. (813) 274-8130. Hours today: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 students; free for ages 5 and under.

PIANO CONCERT: Joseph Schwartz, member of the Oberlin Trio for the past 13 years; works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Schubert, others. 3 p.m., Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. $11-$13. (727) 942-5605.

FLUTE AND PIANO CONCERT: With Barbara Prescott on flute and Ruth Northcutt, piano; works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Copland, Carl Reinecke. 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 347-9702.

HISPANIC HERITAGE PERFORMANCE: Alberto and Selena Hoyos and guest performers present song and dance; benefits scholarship fund of the Latin American Civic and Cultural Association. 3 p.m., Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $15 adults, $10 students. (352) 683-6235.

ITALIAN-AMERICAN SHOW: With Italian tenor Dino DiLiberti and other singers and dancers. 3 p.m., Royalty Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $12.50 adults, $7 students. (727) 441-8868.

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ: Broadway-style musical adapted from bestseller by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson; presented by Creative Arts Ministries of Northeast Christian Church. Benefits Crisis Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 youth. (727) 822-3590 or www.palladiumtheater.com.

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