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Rise up, Tampa, and run, run, run

By Shannon Breen
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 3, 2003

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

It was 1978 when Bill Rodgers crossed the finish line as the first winner of the Gasparilla Distance Classic race.

Since then, many have done the same thing: risen from bed at an ungodly hour for the sake of running in Tampa's flat terrain course.

The downtown Tampa race, usually in February, was pushed up a month because of conflicting times with trade show expos at the Tampa Convention Center.

Saturday opens two days of running events, collectively called Tampa Run.

At 7:10 a.m. Saturday, the 15K wheelchair race begins; followed by the 15K open at 7:15 a.m.; the 5K college invitational at 9:15 a.m.; and the 5K open at 9:30 a.m.

Cost to participate is $25 for the 5K (3.1 miles) and 15K (9.3 miles) races.

Registration will be available at Race Headquarters, Tampa Convention Center, East Hall today from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 6 to 7 a.m. (for 15K); and 7 to 9:15 a.m. (for 5K).

There will be a post-race party at Newk's, 514 Channelside Drive at 11 a.m.

Sunday, hard-core athletes gather for the 2003 Hops Marathon by Tampa Bay (26.2 miles). Wheelchair participants begin at 5:55 a.m.; others at 6 a.m. Entry fee is $65 (wheelchair registration closed).

The marathon course starts in downtown Tampa and finishes on Bayshore Boulevard, with excursions to Davis Islands, Hyde Park, Ballast Point, the Channel District and Ybor City.

For more information, call 229-7866 or visit


THE BIBLE: Remember how the pot was stirred by Kevin Smith's religious satire Dogma? The Bible: the Complete Word of God (abridged) is a comedic rapid-fire dissection of the Old and New Testaments by three crazed actors. What could John the Baptist have accomplished with a Super Soaker? You'll find out. The Jobsite Theater production follows last season's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Runs through Jan. 19. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse; $12-$15.50. Call 229-7827.

GARY OWEN: There is nothing out of the ordinary about Gary Owen winning "the Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego contest" -- except that Owen is white. When he enlisted in the Navy, Owen called himself serious but smiled while spinning rifles and carrying flags. Check him out at the Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, Centro Ybor. 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday; $10-$16. Call 864-4000.

THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME: This story, by David Drake, charts a course through the depths and shallows of the urban gay male experience while exposing the sexual, spiritual and political yearnings at the heart of gay America. Runs through Feb. 9. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; Central Stage, 2235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; $18. Call (727) 327-7529.


THREE MO' TENORS: Last season, Three Mo' Tenors, a celebration of the African American tenor voice, played to sold-out crowds. The performance includes Broadway hits such as Let the Good Times Roll, Not While I'm Around and I'm a Brass Band; jazz hits made popular by Duke Ellington; as well as spirituals, opera and soul. Don't miss Victor Trent Cook, Rod Dixon and Thomas Young as they take your spirit, body and mind on a fantastic, memorable and awe-inspiring musical journey. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $45-$66. Call 229-7827.

SAINTS AND SINNERS: The independent Jobsite Theater (as in The Bible, above) throws a costume party-fundraiser, with a DJ, dancing and an array of relics from shows past. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed saints and sinners. Food provided, cash bar. Midnight to dawn; Silver Meteor Gallery, Ybor City; $10-$25. Details at

THE EVERGLADES: EXPLOITATION AND CONSERVATION: Last day of an exhibit tracing the history of Florida's sensitive ecosystem. Explores world perspectives on the Everglades and the use of its resources. Includes a wide range of artifacts, photographs, illustrations, maps and film. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tampa Bay History Center; free. Call 228-0097.

5 -- SUNDAY.

IRA SULLIVAN: Ira Sullivan (tenor and alto sax, trumpet, fluegelhorn and flute) with the Larry Camp Quartet as backup. 8 p.m.; The Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave.; $10-$13. Call 879-2914.

6 -- MONDAY.

JOHN TUTTON: A bay area artist exhibits mixed media paintings at the TECO Plaza Public Art Gallery through February, including The Magnificent Seven, his series based loosely on the film of the same title. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; TECO Public Art Gallery; 704 N. Franklin St.; free. Call 251-3688.


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


COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UAB BLAZERS AT USF BULLS. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's basketball team takes on the University of South Florida Bulls. 7 p.m.; USF Sun Dome; $14; 287-8844 or 1-800-GoBulls.


HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS: Arguably their most notable exposure, Huey Lewis and the News pepper the Back to the Future soundtrack with Back in Time and Power of Love. Other hits from the eighties include Workin' for a Livin', I Want a New Drug, Hip to Be Square. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $34.50-$60. Call 287-8844.



  • PAULA POUNDSTONE: Jan. 10, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant.
  • HARRY BELAFONTE: Jan. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall.


  • SUPERBOWL OF MONSTER TRUCK RACING: Jan. 18, Raymond James Stadium
  • DOO WOP CONCERT: Jan. 19, USF Sun Dome.
  • RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Jan. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • DAVID CROSBY AND JUDY COLLINS: Jan. 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • JOHNNY MATHIS: Jan. 23-24, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • PROOF: Jan. 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • AIMEE MANN: Jan. 31, Tampa Theatre.
  • 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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