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By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2001


WEEKEND-LONG EVENTS

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 XXXV's 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.

NFL Experience

Florida's Beach Super Celebration/ Sand Sculpture Spectacula

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.

Super PierFest

Bud Bowl Ybor Celebratio

Super Bowl Gospel Extravaganz

Super Music Fes

Clearwater Super Celebratio

2001 Super Fes

FRIDAY 2

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.

B.B. King

Taste of Soul: Player Cook-Of

The Super Funkfes

SATURDAY 2

Tampa's 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. Petersburg's 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.

REO Speedwagon/Styx

With Sister Hazel. 7:30 p.m., Ice Palace, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $19-$29. (813) 223-1000

SUNDAY

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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