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By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2001
Best Shots: Great Moments in NFL Photography
Art exhibit featuring more than 40 memorable images captured by renowned photographers. Daily. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; and 1-5 p.m. Sun. $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 students; free for ages 5 and younger. Admission by donation 5-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-noon Sat. (813) 274-8130.
Pirates and Pearls . . . Gasparilla!
Features a history of Gasparilla through photographs, artifacts and costumes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $5. (813) 254-1891.
Touchdown at the TradeWinds
Sand sculpture marking Super Bowl XXXVs visit to the Tampa Bay area. Construction work daily, beginning at 10 a.m. behind TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Also watch live on the Web at http://www.floridabeachlive.com. (727) 360-6957.
Features more than 50 interactive games and activities in a 20-acre open air and tented space. Test your football skills in a variety of attractions in which you can run, throw, punt, kick and pass with the pros. Race through a football obstacle course and dive for a touchdown over a line of inflatable players. Special events and guest media and celebrity appearances throughout the weekend. 3-10 p.m. today-Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Raymond James Stadium, Lots 1-2, Tampa. $10-$15. (866) 849-4635.
Floridas Beach Super Celebration/Sand Sculpture Spectacular
Features 8-foot-high sculptures of all the NFL teams centered by two 30-foot-high helmets of the two Super Bowl contestants. Includes a daily laser show at sunset. Today-Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sand Key Park, Clearwater. Parking $1. (727) 464-7200.
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With live music and entertainment by magicians, jugglers and clowns daily. Special events Sat. include kids activities by the Pier Aquarium and Great Explorations, performances by Shana Banana and Fritzey the One-Man Circus, and a Corvette show. Noon-10 p.m. today-Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6164.
Bud Bowl Ybor Celebration
Events include Budweiser Clydesdale viewing, sand sculpting, exotic animal displays, parade, concerts. 5:45-10 p.m. today; noon-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; and noon-end of game Sun. Concert featuring Cheap Trick 7 p.m. Fri.; 3 Doors Down 7 p.m. Sat. Along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. (813) 626-6176, ext. 258.
Super Bowl Gospel Extravaganza
Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and DeLeon Sheffield in concert 7:30 p.m today; Bishop Eddie L. Long with Kurt Carr and Javen Campbell, 7:30 p.m. Fri.; meet and greet brunch with professional athletes, including Gary Sheffield and Horace Copeland, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.; interdenominational worship services 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sun.; family fun day and worlds largest tailgate and Super Bowl party 12:30 p.m.-after the game Jan. 28. Tickets for all three days: $35 in advance or $50 at the event. Brunch $20 extra. Individual concerts $25. Family fun festival free. Without Walls International Church, 2511 N Without Walls International Place (Grady Avenue), Tampa. (813) 879-4673, ext. 265.
Super Music Fest
Daily concerts at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Rapper Ludacris, hip-hop artist Ja Rule and rapper Mystikal, 8 p.m. today; hip-hop artists DJ Faith and Matrix, 8 p.m. Fri.; and country singers Tracy Lawrence and Billy Gilman, 8 p.m. Sat. Tickets $25-$45 each night. Fairgrounds, U.S. 301 at Interstate 4. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
Clearwater Super Celebration
Daily concerts in waterfront Coachman Park. Three Dog Night and Atlanta Rhythm Section, 4-11 p.m. today, $7; Baha Men, Taylor Dayne and the Village People, 4-11 p.m. Fri., $10 advance and $15 day of show; and Dr. John, David Sanborn and Roberta Flack, 1-11 p.m. Sat., $15 advance and $20 day of show. Drew and Cleveland streets, downtown Clearwater. (727) 562-4800.
2001 Super Fest
Weekend of music along St. Petersburgs downtown waterfront. Acts scheduled to appear include the Original Drifters and former Lynyrd Skynyrd member Randall Hall Fri. night; former Doobie Brothers member Chet McCracken Sat. night; Dave Muse Band/Music of Firefall Sun. afternoon; and Jerry Lee Lewis about 4 p.m. Sun. Grounds, including food and vendors, open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE at North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. $15 each day. Portion of proceeds benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. (727) 502-9509 or toll-free (877) 523-4441.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Street festival and midway. 5:30-9:30 p.m., around downtown Tampa. Local reggae and R&B bands onstage at Curtis Hixon Park. Free.
Next Friday Comedy Tour
Features Don DC Curry, Mike Epps, A.J. Johnson and John Witherspoon. 8 p.m. Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $38-$42. (813) 223-1000.
NFL Players Premiere Party
989 Sports offers fans a chance to mingle with NFL players and enjoy music, food, drink and interactive entertainment, including kiosks with NFL GameDay 2001 for PlayStation 2 and other games. 8 p.m.-3 a.m., the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenue Republica de Cuba (E 14th Street), Ybor City. $40 (advance required). (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
With local musician Fred Johnson as opening act. 8 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$60. Proceeds benefit the YET Center. (813) 229-7827. Sold out.
Taste of Soul: Player Cook-Off
Includes a showcase of foods from ethnic restaurants and two cooking competitions, one among NFL players and one among local ethnic restaurants. Also live jazz and autograph and photo opportunities with NFL player participants. Benefits Tampa food banks and Reidel C. Anthony Community Foundation (Reidels Receivers). 2-6 p.m., Full Moon Saloon, 1613 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 advance, $25 day of event. (800) 289-6187.
The Super Funkfest
Parliament-Funkadelic, Lakeside, Zapp and others. 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 974-3002.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Tampas signature celebration, featuring pirate krewes made up of members of Tampa social clubs. Flotilla sails through Hillsborough Bay beginning 11:30 a.m. Invasion, where mayor surrenders the city, 1 p.m., Tampa Convention Center. Parade begins 1:45 at Howard Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard. Street festival, with music, food and midway, throughout downtown 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free concerts include k.d. lang, 6:30 p.m., and Richard Marx, 8, Ashley and Madison streets; and Baha Men, 7:35, and Shaggy, 9:15, in Curtis Hixon Park. Fireworks at 10, Curtis Hixon Park.
Arts on the Ball
Downtown St. Petersburgs many galleries, museums and shops show off with special admissions and discounts. Participants include the Museum of Fine Arts, which is offering a special exhibit of sports photographs by Harold Edgerton; the Salvador Dali Museum; the Florida Holocaust Museum; the Florida International Museum, with its current exhibit on John F. Kennedy and the Cold War era; the Great Explorations hands-on museum for children; plus music in outdoor and indoor locations all day. Two-for-one admissions at museums and discounts at museum stores and art center shops. Brochure tickets listing all events available at museums and galleries. Brochure gives free access to Looper trolley ride among venues. Most activity is in two areas: along Central Avenue between Second and Eighth streets, and along Beach Drive and the Pier. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (800) 874-9007.
NFL Players Party: NFL Player Mania
989 Sports NFL Players Party gives fans a chance to mingle with the players and enjoy music, food, drink and interactive entertainment. NFL Player Mania features autograph and photo opportunities, plus NFL GameDay 2001 video game challenge among NFL players. 3-8 p.m., the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenue Republica de Cuba (E 14th Street), Ybor City. $8 adult, $5 kids. Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
NFL Players Party: After Party
Nightclub-type atmosphere at this version of the party features Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and others. 8 p.m.-3 a.m., the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenue Republica de Cuba (E 14th Street), Ybor City. $40 advance purchase required. Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
With Survivor. 7:30 p.m., USF SunDome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $29.50-$42.50. Proceeds benefit the YET Center. (813) 974-3002.
With Sister Hazel. 7:30 p.m., Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $19-$29. (813) 223-1000.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Street Festival with entertainment on multiple stages and midway throughout downtown Tampa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Live broadcast of Super Bowl XXXV on large-screen televisions in Curtis Hixon Park. Free.
Players Paradise III
Super Bowl viewing party hosted by NBA all-star Magic Johnson and his NFL and celebrity guests. Viewing party: 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. After-game party: 10 p.m.-4 a.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$50 per person. Benefits Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks Brooks Bunch Foundation and the Magic Johnson Foundation. (800) 289-6187.
NFL Players Party: Super Bowl of Parties
This version of 989 Sports NFL Players Party features Super Bowl ticket giveaways (and a trip by limousine to Raymond James Stadium to watch the game if you win); play-by-play game coverage on large-screen televisions. 2 p.m.-1 a.m., the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenue Republica de Cuba (E 14th Street), Ybor City. $10-$15. Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
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