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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 10, 2002

Buffett coming to Forum

Buffett coming to Forum

Jimmy Buffett returns to the Tampa Bay area with the Coral Reefer Band at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 with a concert at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tickets are $28.25, $52.25 and $62.25, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum ticket office and through Ticketmaster at outlets and by phone at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Martin to host Oscars

A wild and crazy guy is being called in to celebrate 75 years of Oscars. Yes, Steve Martin has been tapped to emcee the 2003 award show, his second Oscar-hosting gig. Martin did a tour of duty at the 2001 ceremony, which was applauded by critics but wound up being the lowest-rated Academy Awards ever.

"I'm very pleased to be hosting the Oscars again, because fear and nausea always make me lose weight," Martin said. He takes over for Whoopi Goldberg.

Nominations for the 2003 Oscars will be announced Feb. 11, with the show scheduled to air March 23 on ABC.

Moby talks turkey

Vegan musician Moby is urging people to call a turkey company's holiday hot line, but not to learn how to stuff, roast or carve their turkey for this month's Thanksgiving holiday.

"Please join me in calling Butterball to let them know that there is no proper way to kill and cook these beautiful birds," the techno artist says in a message recorded for a telephone line set up by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Moby then gives the number for Butterball's Turkey-Talk Line, which the company operates annually at holiday time to offer turkey-cooking techniques.

The Norfolk, Va.-based animal rights group contends that turkeys raised on factory farms live in filth and misery and that many of the birds, bred to grow large, suffer from skeletal deformities and disease.

Moby, 37, said he has been a vegan -- a strict vegetarian who eschews all animal products -- since he was 21.

TV notes

NBC has ordered three more episodes of American Dreams, the 1960s family show with Tampa native Brittany Snow. It adds to the full run of 22 episodes it previously ordered for this season. ... Phil Donahue's going back to his roots. Beginning Monday, his 8 p.m. MSNBC show will be revamped so each show is about one topic and done in front of a studio audience. ... Al Gore has a guest role on tonight's season premiere of the animated science-fiction comedy Futurama, supplying the voice of his own preserved head. Futurama, which airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on WTVT-Ch. 13, chronicles the 30th-century life of a hapless time-traveler named Fry, his robot pal Bender, and their cyclopean space pilot Leela. It is the brainchild of Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Springsteen postpones concerts

Bruce Springsteen is postponing two more concerts because E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons is recovering from surgery for a detached retina.

A concert that was scheduled for Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, has been moved to Dec. 16, and a show set for today in Indianapolis has been rescheduled for Dec. 17.

Springsteen is scheduled to play the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Nov. 24.

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