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The Cure brings classics to Tampa

Published July 23, 2004

Of all the bands that emerged in the aftermath of the punk rock wave in the late 1970s, the Cure was one of the most enduring. Its haunting, emotional songs spawned millions in record sales and legions of devoted fans.

Guided through various incarnations by lead singer Robert Smith, 45, the five-member band became notorious for their slow, gloomy lyrics and Smith's ghoulish appearance. The group built the foundation for goth rock.

By the end of the 1980s, the Cure had crossed into mainstream not only in their native England but also in the United States and various parts of Europe.

Fastforwarding to fall 2000, the group released an all-encompassing retrospective album titled Greatest Hits, which included two new songs.

The Cure heads to the new Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Sunday. Expect to hear such classic hits as Just Like Heaven, Mint Car and their signature tune, Why Can't I Be You? Also on tap: Let's Go To Bed and Round and Round and Round.

Interpol, the Rapture and Mogwai will open.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $29.50 to $49.50. Call 287-8844.

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from a wicked witch to a noble sheriff.


KEITH MARTIN JOHNS: "Florida River Journeys and Forgotten Places," an art exhibit by painter Keith Martin Johns, opens today during a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Johns' paintings focus on Florida landscapes and are available in digital photographs. Through Aug. 31. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; free. Call 875-0511.

MICHAEL W. SMITH: Michael Whitaker Smith has become one of the most popular Christian music singers and is finding success as a mainstream artist. 7:30 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa; $16-$35. Call 287-8844.

"LION, WITCH, WARDROBE': The Carrollwood Players present C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, a fantasy story about four children who go through an old wardrobe in their uncle's country house and mysteriously find themselves in the Land of Narnia. The land is always winter and is ruled by a witch. Today through Aug. 7. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa; $10-$12. Call 265-4000..

LATIN CAFE SERIES: Oye, Tampa! returns for a third time with Latino music, art, dance and performances. Entertainment includes musician Freddy Montes Y Su Son and Colombian magician Cesar Domico. Art displays will feature work from Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Carlos Soto, Maida Millan, Ken Echezebal and a collection from Brazilian artists. Food and drinks will be available. The event will run from 7 p.m. to midnight today at Covivant Gallery and Studios, 4906 N Florida Ave. A $5 donation is suggested. For information, call Natasha Del Toro at 846-3768.


BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION: The artist reception for the 2004 Biennial International Juried Exhibition will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. In Gallery I, 30 artists will display their paintings, and in Gallery II, 24 artists' works on paper will be exhibited. Through Sept. 25. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and by appointment. Brad Cooper Gallery, 1712 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Call 248-6098 or go to


"BLAZING SADDLES': Mel Brooks' western spoof Blazing Saddles is about a corrupt governor who tries to ruin a town by appointing a black sheriff. The governor's plan backfires, and the sheriff promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. The 1974 film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn also star. The film is part of the Tampa Theatre's Summer Classic Film Series. 3 p.m.; Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., downtown Tampa; $7. Call 274-8982.

UnderCURRENT/overVIEW7: Inaugurated in 1997, the underCURRENT/overVIEW exhibition was conceived as a showcase for contemporary artists living and working in the Tampa Bay area. The seventh installment of the exhibition opens Sunday and includes the work of 14 different artists, such as Curtis Weatherall, Dee Hood and Juliet Davis. Sunday through Sept. 26, Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Call 274-8130.


CHICAGO WITH EARTH, WIND & FIRE: According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Chicago is touring with Earth, Wind & Fire. Describing the musical elements of EWF isn't easy. Although the original members were basically jazz musicians, they played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music. Formed in 1971, EWF has sold more than 20-million albums domestically. They have released two dozen albums and picked up six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. Four years ago, the group made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 7:30 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa; $16-$71. Call 287-8844.

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


LYLE LOVETT: Though Lyle Lovett will probably never shed the title of the former Mr. Julia Roberts, he is one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the 1980s. Originally labeled as a country singer, Lovett had more in common with 1970s singer/songwriters, such as Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester and Randy Newman. His latest album, My Baby Don't Tolerate, delivers an array of musical styles, including country, blues, gospel and folk. 8 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; $39.50-$60. Call (727) 791-7400.

HYDE PARK LIVE MUSIC SERIES: As part of Old Hyde Park Village's live music series, jazz band Alvina Moore Band will perform. Beer sales will benefit Hyde Park Preservation Inc. The outdoor event continues the last Wednesday of each month through October. 6 to 9 p.m.; Hyde Park's main fountain area, Swann and Dakota avenues; free. Call 251-3500.

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


DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: You know you've struck success when Ben and Jerry name an ice cream flavor after you. Dave Matthews, a South African vocalist/guitarist, formed the Dave Matthews Band in Virginia in the early 1990s. Featuring Matthews, Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, Boyd Tinsley and Carter Beauford, the group's music presents a more pop-oriented version of the Grateful Dead crossed with the worldbeat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting. 7 p.m.; Ford Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. Sold out.

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


The Bourne Supremacy A Home at the End of the World Before Sunset Adventures of Ociee Nash COMING SOON:

The Manchurian Candidate (July 30)

Catwoman (July 30)

The Village (July 30)

Thunderbirds (July 30)

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (July 30)

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (July 30)

Her Majesty (July 30)


RUSH: July 30, Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa.

KISS AND POISON: July 31, Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa.

"CHICAGO' THE MUSICAL: Aug. 1, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

CAROLE KING: Aug. 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.


GAVIN DeGRAW: Aug. 6, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg.

HILARY DUFF: Aug. 12, USF Sun Dome, Tampa.

JOURNEY: Aug. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH: Aug. 22, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

HEART: Aug. 29, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

STING AND ANNIE LENNOX: Sept. 9, Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa.

[Last modified July 22, 2004, 11:08:58]

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