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Beware of men in grass skirts

By MIKE READLING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 7, 2003


Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from Parrotheads to crafty critters.

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Break out the gas blenders and dust off your coconut bikini tops and grass skirts. Downtown Tampa is about to be transformed into Margaritaville.

Parrotheads from all over the bay area will use Jimmy Buffett's appearance at the St. Pete Times Forum at 8 p.m. Saturday as the perfect excuse to get out and search for lost shakers of salt.

Buffett concerts are typically tailgating heaven for his legions of fans, and his weekend appearance should do little to discourage that.

A staple of Buffett's shows: pieced-together video snippets of ticketholders as they party Jimmy-style in the parking lot. Men in grass skirts. Women in parrot suits. Parrots in pirate outfits. You get the picture.

Bet on plenty of cheeseburgers in paradise sizzling on portable grills and Parrotheads serving boat drinks out of their trunks.

That's before you get through the door.

Jimmy Buffett performs with the Coral Reefer Band. Tickets cost from $28.25 to $62.25. Call 287-8844.

TODAY.

CARMEN: Septime Webre's sultry ballet adaptation of Carmen is set to an orchestral suite of Bizet's recognizable opera score. Also on the program are Blue Until June featuring the music of Etta James and George Balanchine's Rubies. 8 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $19.50-$49.50. Call 229-7827.

TOMMY CASTRO: For 10 years, the Tommy Castro Band has delighted San Francisco with soulful blues rock. Guitar player Castro's songwriting is impeccable. The band's Right as Rain and Live at Fillmore both topped Billboard's blues charts. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse; $12. Call 287-8844.

CRAFTY CRITTERS: Grades K-5 construct crafty camp critter creations at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr.; $25-$32. Call 273-4015.

8 -- SATURDAY.

FIESTA DAY: The 57th annual Fiesta Day celebration fills the streets of Ybor City with ethnic foods, stage entertainment, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, and an international flag parade down Seventh Avenue at 4 p.m. A designated area for children, Kid's Fiesta, includes face painting, games and activities in Centennial Park. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free. Call 241-8838.

SAMMY KAYE ORCHESTRA: The Sammy Kaye Orchestra's big hits are As Time Goes By, Red Sails in the Sunset, and their covers of Sweet Georgia Brown and You Are My Sunshine. 8 p.m.; Coliseum Ballroom, St. Petersburg; $12. Call 287-8844.

PAPA ROACHWITH BLINDSIDE AND UNLOCO: California band Papa Roach, led by vocalist Coby Dick, performs such tunes as Broken Home, Between Angels, Insects and Last Resort. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg; $15. Call 287-8844.

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS VS ST. LOUIS. 7 p.m.; USF Sun Dome; $14. Call 1-800-462-8557.

9 -- SUNDAY.

STAGEWORKS THEATER COMPANY: Broadway veteran Ann Morrison will take the spotlight at Stagework's fundraising event to perform songs by Broadway composer-lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. 4:30 p.m.; Don Vicente Hotel, 1915 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City; $30-$60. Call 251-8984.

PETER PAN: James Matthew Barie created the story of Peter Pan in honor of his youngest brother who died as a child, inspiring the idea of a boy who would never grow up. Almost a century after Barie's play originally debuted in London, it's still a phenomenon. The Septime Webre-choreographed Peter Pan features dancers who fly through the sky. 2 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Carol Morsani Hall; $19.50-$49.50. Call 229-7827.

LATIN FESTIVAL. As part of the Florida State Fair, Fiesta Gigante festivities include Ana Barbara, Jennifer Pena, Odalys Garcia, Area Code 305, Jose Alberto, El Canario and others. 7:30 p.m.; Florida State Fairgrounds; $15. Call 621-7821.

11 -- TUESDAY.

CHER: Cher, who last played Tampa in September, is coming back around for another local stop on her "Living Proof -- The Farewell Tour." Yes, again, Cher pats herself on the back with a homage to her longtime music/acting career. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $39.75-$79.75. Call 287-8844.

ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL: James Darren, Michael Amante and Pete Barbutti star in Italian American, which features PBS's tenor Amante singing arias and other Italian songs.8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall; $30-$50. Call 287-8844.

12 -- WEDNESDAY.

BOSTON POPS: Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra celebrate the musical legacy of Broadway's Richard Rodgers, whose musicals include Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $30-$125. Call 287-8844.

13 -- THURSDAY.

BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES: Their Live At The Quick is still basking on the Billboard Charts. Bela Fleck and his bandmates, specialists in a particularly eclectic brand of jazzy fusion, have been nominated for Grammys in the categories of pop instrumental, contemporary jazz and country instrumental. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St.; $31.50. Call 274-8982.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: The North Carolina Dance Theatre presents Tennessee Williams' 1947 classic. 8 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater at Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg; $26-$30. Call (727) 892-5767.

NEXT WEEKEND:

  • SMUCKER'S STARS ON ICE: Feb. 14; 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum; $37-$85. Call 301-6500.
  • VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE: Feb. 14; 9 p.m.; the Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave.; $5. Call 248-9500.
  • ASHANTI: Feb. 14; 7:30 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall; $10. Call 621-7821.
  • KREWE OF THE KNIGHTS OF SANT'YAGO ILLUMINATED NIGHT PARADE: Feb. 15; 7 p.m. Call 248-3088.
  • HENRY ROLLINS'SPOKEN WORD TOUR: Feb. 15; 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $22. Call 229-7827.
  • THE FULL MONTY: Feb. 18-23, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Call 229-7827.
  • ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: Feb. 20-21; 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. Call (727) 791-7400.

COMING UP:

  • FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Feb. 27-March 9, Plant City.
  • JON STEWART: March 1, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
  • YANNI: March 6, St. Pete Times Forum.
  • LYNYRD SKYNYRD: March 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  • BON JOVIWITH 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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