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Say toodle-ooh to 2002

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from balls to bowls.

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 27, 2002

Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?

Perhaps until you run into them during an awkward moment at the grocery store.

For some, New Year's Eve is a time to ponder flimsy resolutions and reflect on yet another year that sped by faster than the previous.

The Cuban Club's New Year's Eve Ball marks off the 2003 countdown with a live seven-piece band, Son de mi Tierra, beginning at 8 p.m., with dinner at 8:30 p.m. and a continental breakfast buffet shortly after midnight.

The New Year's Eve Ball is a semi-formal, black tie-optional affair with abundant party favors. At $50 per person, reservations are required. Call 248-2954.

Another Dec. 31 celebration: Outback Bowl's TECO Energy Parade & Ybor Bowl Blast, sort of a two-fold pep rally by college marching bands and a New Year's celebration. At 8:15 p.m., a fireworks show makes eye candy for Ybor City denizens. The parade, with floats and 30 marching bands, begins at 5:30 p.m. and follows Seventh Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, call 874-2695.


ROY ROGERS: Veteran musician Roy Rogers (no kin to the departed cowboy) and Norton Buffalo appear at Skipper's Smokehouse -- Rogers on slide guitar and Buffalo on hot harmonica. Grammy winner Buffalo brings 27 years of touring with the Steve Miller Band. 8 p.m.; $12-$15. Call 971-0666.

MARYELLEN HOOPER: She was voted best stand-up comedian at the 12th annual American Comedy Awards in 1998, after debuting that year on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. On New Year's Eve show, she joins Vinnie Favorito for shows at 7:30 p.m. ($50 per person) and 9:30 p.m. ($55 per person); Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $16-$20. Call 864-4000.

MEAT LOAF AND FRIENDS: Marvin Lee Aday was a singer and occasional actor (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) who recorded under the name Meat Loaf. Tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, Meat Loaf became one of the biggest chart acts of the 1970s. Thus far, his most popular album is Bat Out of Hell in 1977, and his successful follow-up, 1993's Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, yielded a hit single I'd Do Anything for Love. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $55-$85. Call 287-8844.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: BOSTON BRUINS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $8-$155. Call 288-2658.


CHAMPIONS ON ICE TOUR: Nancy Kerrigan, Elvis Stojko, Dorothy Hamill, Victor Petrenko, Rudy Galindo, Philippe Candeloro and others perform on ice. 2 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $26-$61. Call 287-8844.

THE WARP BROTHERS: Beat fanatics slip into a state of aural bliss as the German duo spin endless rhythms on Twilight's stage. 9 p.m.; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $15-$20. Call 247-4225 or visit

CHEAP TRICK: Remember Dream Police, Voices, the 1980s smashes The Flame, Don't Be Cruel, She's Tight, If You Want My Love. Sure, Cheap Trick hasn't had too many hits since, but, who cares? With a catalog like that, Cheap Trick can still rock you at the live shows. 8:30 p.m.; Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg; $22-$25. Call 287-8844.

GREAT AMERICAN TRAIN SHOW: See model railroads and more than 10,000 model trains at the Great American Train Show. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Florida State Fairgrounds, Charles M. Davis Special Events Center; adults, $6; children 12 and younger, free with adult. Enter grounds by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking, $5.

29 -- SUNDAY.

MICHAEL ROSS QUARTET: Real jazz, dark jazz, post hard bop. All those terms apply to Tampa's leading acoustic quartet. Scene veteran Ross on bass leads the Tampa Jazz Club Event Series. 3 p.m.; The Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave.; $6. Call 879-2914.

DINER: During Christmas of 1959, five guys (Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser) stumble into adulthood while hanging out in their comfortable diner. With Timothy Daly, Ellen Barkin. Directed by Barry Levinson. 3 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St; $5-$7. Call 274-8981.

SALUTE TO VIENNA: This returning production features a cast of 75 musicians, singers and dancers in a fresh program with the best of Johann Strauss from The Blue Danube Waltz to excerpts from the world famous operetta Die Fledermaus. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $39-$55. Call (727) 791-7400.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: NEW YORK RANGERS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 6 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $8-$155. Call 288-2658.


30 -- MONDAY.

LIFE ON THE PACIFIC COAST: The Florida Aquarium continues its holiday camp for grades K-5 to learn about Pacific coast geology, geography and culture. 9 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; extended care, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Call 273-4015. Admission, $32. Reservations required.

31 -- TUESDAY.

NOON YEAR'S EVE: Beat the crowd by 12 hours. Lowry Park Zoo hosts its fourth annual celebration, Noon Year's Eve, beginning with an apple cider toast at noon. The party includes interactive games, hats, noisemakers, arts, crafts and a variety of live entertainment. Noon; Lowry Park Zoo, 7530 N Boulevard; adults, $9.50; children 3-11, $5.95; free for children 2 and younger. Call 935-8552.

B.B. KING: Nobody knows the blues quite like B.B. King. He and his pride and joy Lucille testify with heartfelt song, beginning at 9 p.m. $39.50-$65; Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. SE, St. Petersburg.

SOME LIKE IT HOT: Legendary Tony Curtis, whose hairdo hasn't budged an inch since the sixties, brings the film classic to stage. Curtis, father of Jamie Lee Curtis, plays a multimillionaire smitten with one of two men disguised as women in an all-female band. And the two men are being chased by the Chicago mob. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $40-$55. Call 287-8844.

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


OUTBACK BOWL: The 2003 Outback Bowl featuring the 11th-ranked University of Michigan and the No. 20 University of Florida is officially a sellout. Outback Bowl officials say no more tickets are available for the New Year's Day bowl game. It is the third consecutive sellout for the bowl and the fourth in the past five years. 11 a.m. kickoff; Raymond James Stadium. Broadcast on ESPN.


RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS: One can always tell the circus has arrived when PETA members painted as white tigers handcuff themselves to cages. Elephants, clowns and tigers gather under the big top beginning Thursday through Jan. 5. Show times 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4; 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 5. St. Pete Times Forum; $13.75-$29.75. Call 301-2500.


  • GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC: Jan. 4, Downtown Tampa.
  • THREE MO' TENORS: Jan. 4, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS: Jan. 9, Ruth Eckerd Hall.


  • DAVE MATTHEWS COVER BAND: Jan. 17, Jannus Landing.
  • SUPERBOWL OF MONSTER TRUCK RACING: Jan. 18, Raymond James Stadium.
  • RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Jan. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DAVID CROSBY AND JUDY COLLINS: Jan. 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • PROOF: Jan. 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • KENNY CHESNEY: Feb. 1, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES: Feb. 13, Tampa Theatre.
  • CHER: Feb. 16, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • AL GREEN: April 7, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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