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Bon Jovi still has 'Bounce'

Looking for something to do? Here's a super duper calendar, ranging from country crooners to Yankees and Indians.

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published March 14, 2003

At 14, Jon Bon Jovi once sat in his New Jersey garage, tinkering with guitar notes and trying out lyrics.

Nearly two decades later, he's a fixture in music venues around the world.

He brings his show to the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday, along with Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan.

The band's latest album, Bounce, is a diverse collection of songs. On the band's Web site, Jovi notes the title, inviting listeners to draw their own interpretation. "In the most simplistic form, Bounce could mean the action of a ball or a kid jumping up and down," he said. "Or it can address the resiliency of the band or even our country in the face of adversity."

Show time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 to $64.50.

For more information, call 301-6500.


TIM McGRAW and the DANCEHALL DOCTORS: The American Music Awards 2003 favorite male country artist gets our boots a-tappin' and our hearts a-swoonin'. 7:30 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $39.75-$59.75. Call 301-6500.

EILEEN IVERS: Can you imagine winning a fiddling contest? How about being the seven-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion? You may not know her name, but you may recognize some of her work. She was lead fiddler for Riverdance. 8 p.m.; Mahaffey Theater at Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; $28-$32. Call (727) 892-5767.

JIM BREUER: Famous for playing Goat Boy on Saturday Night Live and a stoner in the film Half Baked, Breuer will be in Tampa performing at the Improv, 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant, Centro Ybor; $22-$24. Call 864-4000.

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: "All That Jazz." 8 p.m. today, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Also at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Mahaffey Theater at Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; $20-$42. Call 286-2403.

SPRING TRAINING: TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS VS. NEW YORK YANKEES. One side of the Bay meets the other in this Spring Training matchup of Tampa Bay's two "home teams." 1:15 p.m.; Legends Field, Dale Mabry Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Tampa; $11-$15. Call 287-8844.

CAJUN ZYDECO CRAWFISH FEST: The third annual festival will include a Mardis Gras parade, crawfish eating contest, vendors, artists and 10,000 pounds of live crawfish. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. today; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; Bayfront Center Arena, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; $10. Call (727) 892-5798.

TAMPA BAY AUTO FAIR: There's more to do at the Florida State Fairgrounds than get sticky from cotton candy. This weekend, visitors can enjoy a collector-car auction, a car and truck show, a car corral, and more. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Sunday; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa; $8. Call (727) 449-1963.


CHISELERS' MARKET SALE: Over 40 years after the late Elsie Delo started Chiselers Market to foster fundraising for the restoration of the University of Tampa, the effort is still going strong. From plants to shoes, you can find it at this annual market that raises money and awareness of Tampa's historical landmarks. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Plant Hall. Call 253-3333, ext. 3776.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: Another parade? With more than 90 floats, krewes and bands, Tampa celebrates the green. Begins 8 p.m. at Nick Nuccio Parkway and Seventh Avenue in Ybor City, moves east along Seventh Avenue to 20th Street. Call 748-0642.

FARMER'S MARKET: Old Hyde Park Village debuts its weekly Farmer's Market. Vendors will be selling fresh fruits and veggies, cheeses, fresh baked breads, cut flowers and plants, fresh seafood, food and beverages, and gourmet foods. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; main fountain area of Old Hyde Park Village. Call 251-3500.

BLUESTRING: A moody blues band with a unique combination of sounds. 8 p.m.; Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa; $7. Call 971-0666.

MINERAL AND SCIENCE SHOW: More than 35 jewelry dealers sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundayat Tampa Mineral and Science Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Demonstrations, lectures, exhibits of fossils and minerals, gold panning, auctions, raffles and children's activities are all part of the two-day show. $4 adults, $3 students; free for children 12 and younger accompanied by adult. Fairgrounds at U.S. 301 and Interstate 4. Call 684-2039

BAND OF THE GRENADIER GUARDS: One of England's most regal bands is on loan to the United States. The Band of the Grenadier Guards and the Pipes & Drums of the Scots Highlanders (who usually perform during the Queen's Birthday Parade and the daily Mounting of the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace) will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 2 p.m.; $30-$39. Call (727) 791-7400.

AIR SUPPLY: The Australian soft-rock group famous in the eighties for such hits as All Out of Love and Lost in Love is on tour promoting its latest album Sweet Dreams: The Encore Collection. 8 p.m.; Jannus Landing, 220 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg; $25-$99. Call (727) 896-2276.

16 -- SUNDAY.

SPRING TRAINING: NEW YORK YANKEES VS. HOUSTON ASTROS. 1:15 p.m.; Legends Field, Tampa; $11-$15. Call 287-8844.

ARENA FOOTBALL: ORLANDO PREDATORS AT TAMPA BAY STORM, noon; St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $10-$100. Call 301-6600.

17 -- MONDAY.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY: Four Green Fields opens its doors for a lunch buffet spread (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) including corn beef and cabbage, Irish stew, shepherd's pie, fish and chips. Irish musicians (The Prodigals, Pat and Andy Dunlea) perform ballads and folklore on the festival stage. 11 a.m. to midnight; Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St., Tampa; After 2 p.m., cover charge is $10. Call 254-4444.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY: While snacking on an array of Irish foods, listen to the Dublin City Ramblers. 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.; MacDinton's, 405 S Howard Ave.; $10. Call 251-8999.

HOCKEY: MINNESOTA WILD AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. 7 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $8-$150. Call 288-2658.

18 -- TUESDAY.

THE HOBBIT: This performance by the Carrollwood Day School tells a story inspired by the Lord of the Rings series, complete with wizards and magic of its own. Drama teacher Walter Bitner directs 94 elementary and middle school students as they perform on a stage hand-crafted by their parents. 7 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; $10. Call 229-7827.


QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: This metal band, descendants of the band Kyuss, aspires to the cult status of predecessors. Since releasing a self-titled debut album in 1998, the band is slowly gaining recognition and currently on tour promoting its latest, Songs for the Deaf. 8 p.m.; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $16. Call 247-4225 or visit

SPRING TRAINING: NEW YORK YANKEES VS. CLEVELAND INDIANS. 7:15 p.m.; Legends Field, Tampa; $11-$15. Call 287-8844.


SATCHMO: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG. A cabaret musical paying tribute to the legendary Louis Armstrong. Using actual journal entries from the famous musician, the show dispels common myths and explains how Armstrong saw the world. 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall, Tampa; $26.50-$29.50. Call 229-7827.


DUNCAN SHEIK: March 21; 8 p.m.; Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $12. Call 247-4225 or visit

MY FAIR LADY: March 22; 7:30 p.m.; Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall; $22.50-$25.50. Call 229-7827.

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