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Weekend highlights

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 26, 2001


Daily

Best Shots: Great Moments in NFL Photography

Art exhibit featuring over 40 memorable images captured by renowned photographers. Daily. Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thur.; and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon. $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 students; and 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. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. Closed Mon. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $5. (813) 254-1891.

Touchdown at the TradeWindsNC

Sand sculpture marking Super Bowl XXXV's visit to the Tampa Bay area. Construction work daily, beginning at 10 a.m. behind the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Also watch live on www.floridabeachlive.com. (727) 360-6957.

Today

NFL Experience

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, a stationary gauntlet, maze of cones, tackling dummies and dive for a touchdown over a line of inflatable players. Daily special events scheduled to include players read-a-loud with kids, 4 p.m.; Arena Football League clinic, 5 p.m.; coaches chalk talk, 5 p.m.; ESPN NFL 2Night, 7 p.m. Experience open 3-10 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, Lots 1-2, Tampa. $10-$15. (866) 849-4635.

Florida’s 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 New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. Laser show at sunset. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sand Key, Clearwater Beach. Parking $1. (727) 464-7200.

Super PierFest

With live music, entertainment by magicians, jugglers and clowns. Noon-10 p.m., The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6164.

Super Bowl Gospel Extravaganza

Bishop Eddie L. Long with Kurt Carr and Javen Campbell, 7:30 p.m. Without Walls International Church, 2511 N Without Walls International Place (Grady Avenue), Tampa. $25 this event alone; $35 advance, $50 at door includes Sun. (813) 879-4673 ext. 265.

Super Music Fest

Daily concerts at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Hip hop artists DJ Faith and Matrix, 8 p.m. Tickets $25-$45 each night. Fairgrounds, U.S. 301 at Interstate 4. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Clearwater Super Celebration

Daily concerts at waterfront Coachman Park. Baha Men, Taylor Dayne and the Village People, 4-11 p.m., $10 advance and $15 day of show. Drew and Cleveland streets, downtown Clearwater. (727) 562-4800.

Bud Bowl Ybor Celebration

Events include Budweiser Clydesdale viewing, sand sculpting, exotic animal displays, parade, 7 p.m. concert by Cheap Trick. Noon-10 p.m. Along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. (813) 626-6176, ext. 258. Free.

2001 Super Fest

Fri.-Sun.

Weekend of music along St. Petersburg downtown waterfront. Acts scheduled to appear include The Original Drifters and former Lynyrd Skynyrd member Randall Hall. Grounds, including food and vendors, open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 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.

Taste of Soul: Player Cook-Off

Includes a showcase of foods from ethnic restaurants and two cooking competitions, one between NFL players and one between 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 (Reidel's Receivers). 2-6 p.m., Full Moon Saloon, 1613 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 advance, $25 day of event. (800) 289-6187.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Street festival and midway. 5:30-9:30 p.m., around downtown Tampa. Local reggae and R&B bands on stage at Curtis Hixon Park. Free.

"Star 95.7" Concerts

Finalists compete in the "What Would You Do For Super Bowl Tickets" contest, 5:30 p.m.,, followed by concert with Greed Engine and Harry Dash at 6:30 p.m.; $4 advance, $5 day of show. Cold Storage Cafe, Tampa and Whiting streets, downtown Tampa. (813) 221-6676

Saucony Super Run

5K run benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Course begins at BayWalk, Second Street at Second Avenue N in St. Petersburg, and continues through downtown. Also NFL players sign autographs, post-race concert and Super Bowl game ticket giveaways. Registration 4-5:45 p.m. Race starts 6 p.m. $20 entry fee. Call for advance registration locations. (727) 424-4052.

The Super Funkfest

Parliament-Funkadelic, Lakeside, Zapp and others. 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100

Game Day Tampa Bay Gridiron Celebrity Hoops

All-star basketball game featuring NFL players, celebrities and musicians; also live concert; autographs. 7-9 p.m., Bob Martinez Center at University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. (entrance on N Boulevard, just north of Kennedy). $10 general admission, $20 VIP seating. (323) 299-0200.

NFL Players Party: "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.

United Way/Heisman Super Celebration

Play blackjack, roulette, craps and poker with play money. Features former Heisman trophy winners, live entertainment and food by area restaurants. 7-11 p.m., the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $100-$125. Proceeds benefit the Lambos Foundation and Phil Esposito's Hockey Kidz. (727) 789-4406.

Celebrity Super Shootout 2K1

Celebrity basketball game with NFL and Major League Baseball participants. 7:30 p.m., Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Boulevard, Tampa. $7. (713) 952-5465.

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.

B.B. King

With local musician Fred Johnson as opening act. 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Sold out. Benefits the YET Center. (813) 229-7827.

Player's Masquerade

Masked event featuring live entertainment, professional athletes and celebrities. Features Tampa Bay Buccaneer players. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $60-$150, $10 per mask. (734) 779-1886.

Super Carib Festival: Kick Off Party

Music by Club Creole, Dr. Yves Morency and IMAJ Band. 9:30 p.m., Saffron's Caribbean Restaurant, 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Cash bar. (800) 694-2078.

Ballaz Weekend

Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Derek Bell, a Tampa native, presents a two-day celebrity basketball event with musical guests and fashion shows. Doors 5:30 p.m., celebrity all-star game 6:30 p.m. Fashion shows by Willie Esco, Her Game 2 & Olivacce. 3-point contest. Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall. $35-$65. (813) 287-8844.

Saturday

NFL Experience

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, a stationary gauntlet, maze of cones, tackling dummies and dive for a touchdown over a line of inflatable players. Daily special events scheduled to include Arena Football League clinic, 11:30 a.m.; MTV's Total Request Live broadcast 1 p.m.; players read-a-loud with kids noon and 4 p.m.; coaches chalk talk, 2 and 4 p.m.; and ESPN NFL Countdown, 6:30 p.m. Experience open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, Lots 1-2, Tampa. $10-$15. (866) 849-4635.

Florida's 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 New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. Laser show at sunset. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sand Key, Clearwater Beach. Parking $1. (727) 464-7200.

Super PierFest

With live music, entertainment by magicians, jugglers and clowns. Special events include kids activities by the Pier Aquarium and Great Explorations: the Hands-on Museum, performances by Shana Banana and Fritzey the One-Man Circus and a Corvette show. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 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, 7 p.m. concert by 3 Doors Down. Noon-10 p.m. Along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. (813) 626-6176, ext. 258. Free.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Tampa's signature celebration featuring pirate krewes, 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 p.m. 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 p.m., Ashley and Madison streets; and Baha Men, 7:35 p.m. and Shaggy, 9:15 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Park. Fireworks, 10 p.m.

Old School Dance and Concert

Concert and dance featuring Denise Lasalle, Mr. Magic, the Gary Brown Band and Sloan. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, 504 N Howard Ave., Tampa. $25 advance, $30 day of show. Benefits the Tampa Urban League Building Fund. (813) 258-9796.

REO Speedwagon/Styx

With Survivor. 7:30-11 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $29.50-$42.50. Benefits the YET Center. (813) 974-3002.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

Thin Lizzy

7 p.m. Jannus Landing, Second Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 898-2100.

Tracy Byrd

National country music recording artist. 10 p.m. Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $20 advance, $25 day of show. (813) 855-1464.

Evening with the Stars

Celebrity event featuring food and live entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel, 725 Harbour Island Blvd. S, Tampa. $150-$250. Benefits the United Negro College Fund. (732) 846-3185.

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