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The pirates are coming!

By SHANNON BREEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 31, 2003

Looking for something to do, here's a super calendar, ranging from pirates to Penzance.

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Energies shift from professional pirates in San Diego to pillaging pirates in South Tampa.

During Saturday's Gasparilla Pirate Fest, invaders filch the keys of the city from the mayor at 1 p.m., and start plundering the streets at 1:45 p.m.

The annual parade begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore boulevards and ends at Morgan Street in downtown Tampa.

This year's route features 120 units, including 92 floats and 14 high school bands. It's six-tenths of a mile longer than past years, totalling more than 4 miles.

The Pirate Fest Street Festival takes place between Whiting and Brorein streets and Florida Avenue and Tampa Street.

Musical entertainment includes DJ Structure and Matt the Bratt, 6 to 6:30 p.m.; Dyshon & Squabble, 6:30 to 6:45 p.m.; Prymary Colors, 7 to 7:15 p.m.; Nivea, 7:30 to 7:45 p.m.; Angie Martinez, 8 to 8:15 p.m.; Mario, 8:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Naughty by Nature, 9 to 9:45 p.m.

Shuttle service from the Florida State Fairgrounds will be available from 9 a.m. to midnight for a cost of $5 round trip. Parking at the fairgrounds is free.

WFLA-Ch.8 will broadcast the parade at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 353-8108.


DAVID COPPERFIELD: The master magician uses his hocus pocus to rob Ellis Island of Lady Liberty. Copperfield's "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion" involves illusional abracadabra to make things disappear. 8 p.m. today; 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $24.50-$45. Call 229-7827.

CARLOS MENCIA: Comedian Carlos Mencia addresses a variety of subjects, such as ethnic stereotypes, racism and a certain president's sexual needs. 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $16-$20. Call 864-4000.

DIANNE REEVES: On her 11th album The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan, Dianne Reeves celebrates the esteemed jazz vocalist who inspired her to pursue a career as a jazz singer. 8 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; $28-$32. Call (727) 892-5767.

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND with BIRD STREET PLAYERS: For 25 years, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has forged the traditions of New Orleans jazz with modern elements of bebop, funk, R&B and pop. The Bird Street Players blend hip-hop, rock, jazz, blues and reggae. 7 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $13-$15. Call 971-0666.

AIMEE MANN: In 1995, Mann had a modest hit with That's Just What You Are, a song included on the soundtrack of TV hit Melrose Place. Released in 1996, Mann's second album, I'm with Stupid, received positive reviews but suffered from weak sales. However, in 2000, her career got a kick-start when she released her soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia; the song Save Me was later nominated for an Oscar. 8 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $25. Call 287-8844.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: Oscar Wilde's comedy didn't fare well in its 2002 screen version but has been well-received on stage. Through March 2. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (no matinee Feb. 1); American Stage, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; $20-$28. Call (727) 823-7529.

ARENA FOOTBALL: CAROLINA COBRAS AT TAMPA BAY STORM. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $10-$100. Call 301-6600.


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: Haven't reached your pirate quota? Then head to the Florida College Footlighters' spring semester performance of The Pirates of Penzance. Pirates raided Penzance, a summer resort, port and municipal borough of southwest England, until the 18th century. 6:30 p.m.; Florida College, 119 S Glen Arven, Temple Terrace; $7.50-$15. Call 988-6292.

SMART KIDS SATURDAYS: Hands-on art activities related to the "I See the Rhythm" exhibit. Children ages 3 to 8 must attend with an adult; those 9 to 13 may come on their own. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive; $5-$7. Call 274-8130.

KENNY CHESNEY with MONTGOMERY GENTRY and KELLIE COFFEY: Kenny Chesney, a 30-year-old guy who probably doesn't leave the house without a cowboy hat, has sustained a long run on the Billboard Country Single Chart with his The Good Stuff. He also received three Country Music Award nominations, and is now on his first headlining tour. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $27.50-$41.50. Call 301-6500.

2 -- SUNDAY.

SCORPIONS WITH WHITESNAKE AND DOKKEN: Thirty years after their debut album, the Scorpions still rock fans with hits like Bad Boys Running Wild, Rock you Like a Hurricane and Still Loving You. They team up with fellow heavy metalers, Whitesnake, led by David Coverdale, and Dokken. 7 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $27.75-$37.75. Call 301-6500.

WEDDING EXPO 2003: See the latest wedding fashions before you trek to Vegas and get married by Elvis. 1 to 4 p.m.; Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd.; free. Call 854-1625.

BLUE COUNTRY and ROY BOOK BINDER: Blue Country's album Airplane is a collection of rural-blues songs from the 1920s and '30s. Roy Book Binder is a modern-day songster and master storyteller with humor lurking behind historical anecdotes and tall tales gathered from 32 years on the road. 5 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $17. Call 971-0666.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF FLORIDA: "America the Beautiful" concert, with works by Copland, Foote, Gould, Still and Vieuxtemps. 4 p.m.; Friday Morning Musicale building, 809 Horatio St.; $20, free for students. Call 273-0359.

3 -- MONDAY.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: "Bruckner's Fourth" with violinist Jennifer Koh and conductor Jahja Ling. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $24.50-$46.50. Call 286-2403.

JOE MILLIONAIRE: Find out who doesn't get a necklace from this babbling construction worker. And, in return, the female contestant's tearful spurts of profanity. 9 p.m.; FOX-Ch.13.


RIVERDANCE: Dancers stomp their feet lightning fast to Irish music. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 8; 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 9; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $41-$65. Call (727) 791-7400.

HOCKEY: WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 7 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $8-$150. Call 288-2658.


JA RULE with EVE and CHARLI BALTIMORE: At the NFC Championship game, Ja Rule performed with Ashanti during the half-time show, and received boos. Could that happen again -- from paying rap fans? 7:30 p.m.; USF Sun Dome; $28.50. Call 287-8844.


FLORIDA STATE FAIR: This popular 12-day event, which runs Thursday through Feb. 17, features daily parades, horse shows, livestock competitions, roving entertainers, concerts and yummy fair food. Thursday's headliner: George Jones at 7 p.m. (tickets are $15-$20), weather permiting; gates are open from 9 a.m. to midnight daily; midway rides run from 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday; Florida State Fairgrounds; $5-$8. Call 621-7821 or visit

TOMMY CHONG AND SHELBY: When he's not playing a stoner in movies with Cheech or on That '70s Show, Tommy Chong is playing a stoned, stand-up comedian. 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and Feb. 8; 7 p.m. Feb. 9; Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $20. Call 864-4000.

THE PIANO LESSON: As part of the American Music Festival, August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama visits African-American life in Pittsburgh in 1936. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Shimberg Playhouse. Through Feb. 23. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday; $15.50-$21.570. Call 229-7827.

HOCKEY: TORONTO MAPLELEAFS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 7 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $8-$150. Call 288-2658


  • JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND: Feb. 8; 8 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $28.25-$62.25. Call 287-8844.
  • PAPA ROACH WITH BLINDSIDE AND UNLOCO: Feb. 8; 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg; $15. Call 287-8844.
  • LATIN FESTIVAL: Feb. 9; Featuring Ana Barbara, Jennifer Pena, Odalys Garcia, Area Code 305, Jose Alberto El Canario. 7:30 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds; $15. Call 621-7821.
  • CHER: Feb. 11; 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $39.75-$79.75. Call 287-8844.
  • BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES: Feb. 13; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $31.50. Call 287-8844.


  • 'THE FULL MONTY': Feb. 18-23, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Feb. 27-March 9, Plant City.
  • JON STEWART: March 1, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • LYNYRD SKYNYRD: March 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BON JOVI WITH GOO GOO DOLLS: March 15, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • PAUL ANKA: April 5, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • AL GREEN: April 7, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • ELLEN DEGENERES: April 21, Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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