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Exploring the fine line

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 24, 2003

Looking for something to do, here's a super calendar, ranging from wild horses to tame parades.

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David Auburn's Proof is a relative rarity, a scientific-based play that explores the very close relationship between madness and genius.

The play, at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center from Tuesday to Thursday, relates the story of Robert, a mathematical prodigy who is mentally spent by 22.

He follows the route of so many geniuses -- to eventual madness.

Robert's two daughters, Catherine and Claire, are like chalk and cheese.

The former seems to have inherited both her father's brain -- she knew about prime numbers before she could read -- and his tendency toward insanity.

Claire is more like a Barbie doll, concerned about looks and superficial issues but lacking any spark.

After her father dies, Catherine struggles to solve a perplexing question: Will she inherit his madness -- or his genius?

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; 7:30 p.m.; $19.50-$29.50. For tickets, call 229-7827 or www.tbpac.org.

TODAY

PIN-UP ART: A HISTORICAL COMMENTARY. Still under the repressed and cloistered mores of the Victorian era, women were corseted, petticoated and so cloaked from head to toe that a glimpse of an ankle was racy titillation. Today, the scantily clad Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez make these women appear reserved. The American 1940s WWII Era Pin-Up Art exhibit runs through March 7. Exhibit opening todayfrom 7 to 10 p.m. Gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; Hoffman Porges Gallery, 1907 E Seventh Ave.; free. Call 247-2000.

SUBTEXTURE 2003: Contemporary dance concert includes a performance of "Kung Fu Fungus," an original work by Andy Noble, graduate of the University of South Florida Dance Department who now dances with the Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City. 8 p.m. today; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; University of South Florida, Theater 1; $6-$12. Call 237-0216.

WILD HORSE & BURRO SHOW AUCTION: For those with extra room, more than 100 horses are awaiting new homes at the Wild Horse & Burro Show Auction. The auction, a first-time event at the Florida State Fairgrounds, aims to promote the adoption of wild horses and burros that have been removed from public lands. All animals are adopted by a competitive bid process starting at $125. Animals may be previewed today between 1 to 5 p.m. Regular show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to noon Sunday; Florida State Fairgrounds. For more information or an application, call 1-888-274-2133.

TRE DONNE MUSICANTI: Pianist Lise Frank, violinist Myra Lyn and cellist Theresa Villani perform works by Shostakovitch and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m.; Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg; $6-$12. Call (727) 822-3590. www.palladiumtheater.com.

THE KINGSTON TRIO: Crafton Beck conducts the Kingston Trio as they revisit a selection of tunes from such hits as Tom Dooley, Scotch and Soda, They Call the Wind Maria, among others. 8 p.m. today; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; and 2 p.m. Sunday; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $20-$42. Call 286-2403.

PRETENDERS: Despite the career-threatening misfortune of losing two band members to drug overdoses in the early '80s, the Pretenders carried on. Singer and songwriter Chrissie Hynde, 51, has kept the band pulsating by issuing solid albums and successful album tours. Hynde, a vegetarian since 1969, has never been afraid to voice her opinions concerning topics such as ending animal cruelty. The band covers songs like Back on The Chain Gang, Don't Get Me Wrong and Night In My Veins. 8 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; $37.50-$60. Call 287-8844.

KENNY NEAL: At 13, Kenny Neal was playing in his father's band. Four years later he was playing bass and touring with Buddy Guy. A flashy guitarist with a rich, deep, expressive voice, Neal has released three CDs for his current record label. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $12-$15. Call 971-0666.

25 -- SATURDAY.

GASPARILLA CHILDREN'S PARADE: Tamer than next week's Gasparilla Pirate Fest, the Children's Gasparilla Parade is an alcohol-free, family event, usually drawing more than 75,000 people. The parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at Euclid Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard, concludes with the Gasparilla "Piratechnics" Extravaganza, a fireworks show, at 7 p.m. Call 353-8108.

SUNSTATE OPERA SOCIETY: Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, sung in English. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Royalty Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater; $12-$15. Call (727) 441-8868.

26 -- SUNDAY

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS VS. OAKLAND RAIDERS. Pinch yourself. Harder. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to the Super Bowl for the first time in the franchise's 27-year history. Check out the Bucs in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego at 6:25 p.m. Sunday; ABC-Ch.28.; WQYK-AM 1010, FM 99.5.

28 -- TUESDAY.

SATCHMO: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG. As part of the American Music Festival, the Center Theater Company pays tribute to Louis Armstrong. Using his actual journal entries, the story of Satchmo will be told in Armstrong's own voice dispelling myths and showing how he saw the world. From Ain't Misbehavin', Georgia on My Mind, Basin Street Blues and What a Wonderful World are some of the songs that help explore the life and times of the legendary jazz musician. Through April 19. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Jaeb Theater; $26.50-$29.50. Call 229-7827.

FRUTELAND JACKSON: He brings his rich vocals, humor, soothing slide and fine fingerstyle guitar playing to Skipper's Smokehouse at 8 p.m.; $8. Call 971-0666.

TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA: Conductor Buddy Morrow leads a tribute to the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" Tommy Dorsey. Reminisce with songs like Marie, Little White Lies and You Taught Me to Love Again. 1 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $15. Call (727) 791-7400.

TODD RUNDGREN: Ever fantasized about banging on the drums all day long? Outlandish and inventive rock by Todd Rundgren are on tap with hits like Bang on the Drum All Day, Hello It's Me, I Saw the Light. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $29.75. Call 287-8844.

29 -- WEDNESDAY.

STYX WITH KANSAS AND JOHN WAITE: Joining Styx band members Tommy Shaw and guitarist and vocalist James "JY" Young are former member Glen Burtnik on bass, Lawrence Gowan on keyboards and vocals, and drummer Todd Sucherman. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $25-$40. Call 287-8844.

TANGO BUENOS AIRES: Under the musical direction of renowned pianist Cristian Zarate, Tango Buenos Aires steams up the stage with a sexy romp through the evolution of tango. The gritty, raw emotion of the first truly forbidden dance races through Tango Buenos Aires, climaxing with a display of hip-swiveling fury deeply rooted in South American folk culture. 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $27-$32; Call (727) 791-7400.

30 -- THURSDAY.

MYSTERY LOVER'S BOOK GROUP: Each month, a mystery book group uncovers a new mystery guest. This month it's Melody Bussey, author of Crazy Cats. 7:30 p.m.; Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway; free. Call 962-6446.

RENT: Based on Puccini's La Boheme, (which also appeared at Ruth Eckerd Hall earlier this season on Nov. 13), Rent celebrates a community of young artists in New York City as they struggle with life, love and death. Rent is a thoroughly modern rock musical lead by a cast of Gen X-ers. 8 p.m.; Thursday and Jan. 31; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 1; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $37-$45. Call 287-8844.

NEXT WEEKEND:

AIMEE MANN: 8 p.m.; Jan. 31, Tampa Theatre; $25. Call 287-8844.

DAVID COPPERFIELD: Different times; Jan. 31-Feb. 2; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $24.50-$45. Call 287-8844.

GASPARILLA DAY PARADE: Feb. 1; Bayshore Boulevard; free. Call 353-8108.

KENNY CHESNEY: Feb. 1; St. Pete Times Forum; $29.75-$39.75. Call 301-6500.

SCORPIONS WITH WHITESNAKE AND DOKKEN: 7 p.m.; Feb. 2; St. Pete Times Forum; $27.75-$37.75. Call 301-6500.

JA RULE: Feb. 5; 7:30 p.m.; USF Sun Dome; $28.50. Call 287-8844.

COMING UP:

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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