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Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from an aging pastor to a chocolate factory heir.

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 4, 2004

TAMPA THEATRE'S SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES: The wild world of "Willy Wonka'

If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.

Those are some of the many memorable lines from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a film that 33 years after its original release is still a charmer with timeless lessons in honesty and politeness.

Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the film focuses on a sweet, poor boy named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) whose family is so destitute that they consider a loaf of bread sacred. Charlie's mesmerized by a mysterious chocolate factory owned by an eccentric man named Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder).

Wonka starts a worldwide phenomenon when he announces that he has randomly issued five golden tickets inside his candy bars.

When all five are found, the ticketholders are invited to his candy factory, a place filled with fantasy and, possibly, danger.

Naturally, Charlie discovers the last golden ticket and chooses his grandfather (Jack Albertson) to accompany him. In the course of the tour, the four nastier children are punished in various diabolical methods (one is inflated with blueberry juice) because they have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory.

In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left.

Part of the Tampa Theatre's Summer Classic Series, Willy Wonka will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 711 N Franklin St. Tickets cost $6. For information, call 274-8984.


TASTE OF PINELLAS: Sample food from area restaurants at the 18th annual Taste of Pinellas, featuring live music and fireworks. Headliners include musicians REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money and Kenny Loggins. Coolers and animals are not allowed. 5 to 10 p.m. today through Sunday; Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg; $5. Call (727) 892-4193.

SOPHIE B. HAWKINS: A pop singer/songwriter from New York, Sophie B. Hawkins began performing professionally as a percussionist with Bryan Ferry in the early 1980s. Her music ranges from dance-pop to folkie introspection. Hawkins released her first solo album in 1992, Tongues and Tails, which launched the hit, Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover. Released two years later, Whaler was a flop initially, but a year later the single As I Lay Me Down broke into the singles charts. Timbre followed in 1999. 7:30 p.m.; State Theatre, St. Petersburg; $18. Call 287-8844.

"GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS': This comedic play by David Rambo, God's Man in Texas, is about a devoted, young, country preacher who is set to replace the high-powered, 81-year-old pastor of the biggest Baptist church in the United States. Power struggles ensue before the torch is passed. The play, based on a true story, is a pointed look at organized, merchandised religion, the cult of personality and the power of honest faith. Schedule varies. Through July 24. American Stage, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; $22-$32. Call (727) 823-7529.

ANDREW W.K.: Michigan-raised Andrew W.K. came into the music scene with a hybrid of metal, pop and dance that parodied and paid tribute to the cheesiest, sleaziest aspects of all three styles. The initials stand for everything from "White Killer" to "Wilkes-Krier," the surnames of his mom and dad. His latest CD, Party "Till You Puke, was released in the fall. 7 p.m. Masquerade, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; $10. Call 287-8844.


13 UGLY MEN: The 13 Ugly Men are throwing another bash, this time to support the Florida Aquarium. The theme: Upscale South Beach. Admission includes a gourmet buffet, open bar, silent auction and live entertainment. The 13 Ugly Men is a nonprofit organization which donates proceeds to various charities. 7 to 10:30 p.m.; Ron and Beverly Bailey's house, 1619 Renaissance Way, Harbour Island; $250 per person. Tickets are available at

DYLAN FOR DOLLARS: Dylan for Dollars is a benefit to raise funds for community radio station WMNF-FM 88.5's new building project. The all-day concert features 30 of the bay area's most imaginative musical acts performing their renditions of Bob Dylan tunes. The performers include Barely Pink, Crabgrass Cowboys, the Downshifters, Handshake Squad, Anna O., Jeremy Gloff, Jen Shamro, Mojo Gurus, Paul Reller, Lance Rowland, the Peabodies, Rebekah Pulley, Ronny Elliott, Sparky's Nightmare, Squirrels Gone Wild, Steve Connelly, Michelle Ari, the Diviners, Tribal Style, Triple Threat and the Vodkanauts. 2 p.m. to midnight; Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa; $12-$15. Call 971-0666.

97X NEW ROCK SPECTACLE: The 97X New Rock Spectacle features several bands, including the Darkness, Authority Zero, Steriogram and Suburban Tragedy. Doors open at 5 p.m., music begins at 6 p.m.; Coachman Park, Clearwater; $15-$23. Call 287-8844.

THE SUPREMES: The most successful black performers of the 1960s, the Supremes reeled off five No. 1 singles in a row and, for a time, rivaled the Beatles in terms of commercial appeal. The original trio - Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard - met in the late 1950s in Detroit's Brewster Housing Project. This incarnation - Scherrie Payne, Lynda Laurence and Freddie Poole - will perform memorable hits, including Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love and Back in My Arms Again. 8 p.m.; Ramada Inn Plantation House, Plant City; $20. Call 287-8844.


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $3-$225. Call 287-8844.


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $3-$225. Call 287-8844.


LEGENDARY PINK DOTS: Formed in London in 1980, Legendary Pink Dots play classical music mixed with dark, violent, apocalyptic lyrics. After more than two decades on the music scene, the group has consistently toured Europe and the United States. They are mostly appreciated by dark industrial/goth audiences. 8 p.m.; State Theatre, St. Petersburg; $13.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. 7:15 p.m.; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg; $3-$225. Call 287-8844.



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I'm Not Scared


The Stepford Wives (June 11)

The Chronicles of Riddick (June 11)

Garfield (June 11)

Young Adam (June 11)

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (June 11)

Around the World in 80 Days (June 16)


DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS: June 12, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

JESSICA SIMPSON: June 13, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa.

ERIC CLAPTON: June 14, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa.

SISTER HAZEL: June 17, Masquerade, Ybor City.

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