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A noteworthy tribute

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 17, 2003


Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from Louis Armstrong to David Crosby.

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"I see trees of green; red roses, too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

Since Prozac wasn't yet available when that Louis Armstrong song was written, life's beauty alone must have been enough to make a joyful man.

Music legends are honored during What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong and the Evolution of Jazz, a multimedia arts and humanities festival.

The Center kicks off the music fest with a free tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Monday at 7 p.m. at TBPAC, Ferguson Hall.

The events, all at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, include:

Satchmo -- The life and times of Louis Armstrong: Jan. 28 to April 19; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Jaeb Theater; $26-$29.50.

Jazz: Its Roots and Branches: Feb. 3; 7:30 p.m.; Jaeb Theater; free.

Classically Jazz: Feb. 4; 7:30 p.m.; Ferguson Hall.

The Piano Lesson: Feb. 6 to Feb. 23; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday; Shimberg Playhouse; $15.50-$21.50.

The Weary Blues: A Reading of Jazz-Inspired Poetry: Feb. 16; 8 p.m.; Shimberg Playhouse; free.

Louis Armstrong, American Luminary: Feb. 24; 7:30 p.m.; Jaeb Theater; free.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: March 9; 7 p.m.; Ferguson Hall; $17.50-$29.50. For tickets, call 229-7827 or visit www.tbpac.org.

TODAY.

FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ SERIES: Old Hyde Park Village hosts the second Friday Night Jazz concert of the season with Jeff Woodridge, who performs in the main fountain area from 6 to 9 p.m. The series is held the third Friday of each month, through April. All events are free to the public. Call 251-3500.

NATURE, A SYMPHONY OF SOUNDS: The Florida Orchestra performs classical works by Beethoven, Smetana, Vivaldi, Grofe and Arnold Bax, with flutist DeMarre McGill and conductor Susan Haig. 10:30 a.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; $17-$28. Call 229-7827.

CABARET : Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, is an American caught up in the faux-glamour of prewar Berlin, while her Jewish friend Natasha constantly faces persecution by Nazi authorities. In addition to the difficulties of sharing a bisexual English lover with a wealthy German homosexual, Sally gets drawn in by the sinister atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub. The reinvention of Kander and Ebb's musical won four 1998 Tony Awards including Best Revival. 8 p.m. today; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $32-$50. Call 287-8844.

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

18 -- SATURDAY.

SUPERBOWL OF MONSTER TRUCK RACING: Plenty of large trucks toppling over other large trucks. Grrrr. 7:30 p.m.; Raymond James Stadium; $14. Call 287-8844.

JOHNNY APPLESEED: Props in hand, Katie Adams, puppeteer and storyteller, presents her adaptation of Johnny Appleseed. 10 a.m. and noon; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Rehearsal Hall; $5.50. Call 229-7827.

VIKTOR SHVAIKO: Originally from Siberia, Viktor Shvaiko painted his way out of the old Soviet Union to settle in New York City. This exhibit, through Feb. 15, displays Shvaiko's original paintings and hand-enhanced canvas serigraphs. He will be at the gallery on opening night from 7 to 9 p.m. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 875-0511. BILL GAITHER AND FRIENDS: One of gospel music's biggest stars, Bill Gaither is the feature act with guests such as Jake Hess, The Hoppers, Ivan Parker, Janet Paschal, Ben Speer, The Isaacs, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Taylor Manson, Lynda Randle among others. 6 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $17.75-$27.75. Call 287-8844.

19 -- SUNDAY.

BUCS VS. EAGLES: Their victory against the San Francisco 49ers put the Bucs into Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium. The forecast calls for a high of 31, but the Bucs logged a win this year in under-40-degree temperatures. Nevermind the Eagles' home-field advantage. Forget that the Eagles beat the Bucs in wild-card playoff games at Veterans Stadium in 2000 and 2001. And that the Eagles beat the Bucs this season, 20-10. Don't worry. A couple of tips to clinch the Bucs a trip to San Diego: (1) Wear red. (2) Buy a Donovan McNabb voodoo doll. Catch the game at 3 p.m. on FOX-Ch.13.

DOO WOP CONCERT: Sounds of the 1950s and 1960s concert fest with appearances by Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Coasters, the Platters and the Original Drifters. 7 p.m.; USF Sun Dome; $45-$150. Call 287-8844.

RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS: Oysters? Chocolate? The Righteous Brothers? In Cheers, Rebecca Howe was seduced by Robin Colcord after being serenaded with Unchained Melody by Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers. Kelly McGillis was seduced by Tom Cruise after he sang the Righteous tune You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling in Top Gun. See a pattern? Medley and Bobby Hatfield bring their blue-eyed lovin' to Ruth Eckerd Hall. 7 p.m.; $42.50-$49.50. Call 287-8844.

20 -- MONDAY.

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

21 -- TUESDAY.

JOSE CARRERAS: One of the original three tenors, Jose Carreras performs as well as Scarlatti, Tosti, with pianist Lorenzo Bavaj. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $69-$89. Call (727) 791-7400.

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA: Preserving their distinctive sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is the only musical organization legally authorized to carry the name. They perform hits such as In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Moonlight Serenade. The concert is sold out. 1 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall. (727) 791-7400.

22 -- WEDNESDAY.

DAVID CROSBY with JUDY COLLINS: Known for being charitable with his manhood, David Crosby (sperm donor to lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge) has other virtues: music for one. Crosby and Judy Collins (folk singer known best for Send in the Clowns) perform together and individually. 8 p.m. Jan. 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $35-$75. Call 287-8844.

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

23 -- THURSDAY.

JOHNNY MATHIS: Johnny Mathis really exists post-holiday season. Remember Chances Are, The Twelfth of Never or It's Not for Me to Say? They're unrelated to Christmas. 8 p.m.; Thursday and Jan. 24; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $49-$100. Call 287-8844.

NEXT WEEKEND:

  • PRETENDERS: Jan. 24, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $37.50-$60.
  • KENNY NEAL with DEBORAH COLEMAN and JOHNNY RAWLS: Jan. 24, Skipper's Smokehouse. $12-$15.
  • MOTOWN-STAX HIT PARADE TRIBUTE: Jan. 25. Eight hours of classical soul music featuring 25 bands. Skipper's Smokehouse. $12-$15.
  • SATCHMO: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Jan. 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • PROOF: Jan. 28, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. $29.50.
  • STYX: Jan. 29, St. Pete Times Forum. $25-$40.
  • RENT: Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall. $37-$45.

COMING UP:

  • AIMEE MANN: Jan. 31, Tampa Theatre.
  • KENNY CHESNEY: Feb. 1, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • SCORPIONS WITH WHITESNAKE AND DOKKEN: Feb. 2, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • JA RULE: Feb. 6, USF Sun Dome.
  • PAPA ROACH: Feb. 8, Jannus Landing.
  • BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES: Feb. 13, Tampa Theatre.
  • CHER: Feb. 16, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Feb. 27-March 9.
  • JON STEWART: March 1, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND: March 9, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • AL GREEN: April 7, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

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