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Out and about

By MARY ELMORE and BILL COATS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 14, 2001


GUMBI ORTIZ & THE LATINO PROJEKT AT SKIPPER'S:

Bring your dancing shoes to Skipper's Smokehouse tonight for some Cuban street music. Gumbi Ortiz is a world renown Afro-Cuban drummer who plays Rumba. This high energy band includes Jeremy Douglas on piano, Frank Martinez on drums, Kenny Walker on bass, Freddie Montes on vocals and Gumbi Ortiz on congas. Ortiz has been playing with Al DiMeola for many years and has also played with Miles Davis and Gato Barbieri.

The performance is at 8 tonight and includes a new Tampa band, Ghetto Love Sugar, formed from the Jonathan Powell Quartet. The band left Ybor City after a successful debut during the Elvis Costello birthday tribute show at the Skipperdome.

The quartet plays a mix of jazz, funk, fusion, rock, experimental and world music. The group's material includes original compositions along with improvised pieces by the Meters, Jimmy Hendrix, Thelonious Monk and Peter Gabriel.

The show is at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, near Nebraska Avenue. The cost is $7 at the door. For information, call (813) 971-0666.

GUYS AND DOLLS AT CARROLLWOOD PLAYERS:

Come and hear the great musical numbers that have made this show a success. Carrollwood Players Theater will present Guys and Dolls, Jr. This version, produced with the younger performer in mind, is one of Broadway's most hilarious shows.

Performances are at 3 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday , and continues through Sept. 29. Tickets are $10 at the door at Plantation Plaza, 4333 Gunn Highway, just north of Linebaugh Avenue. For information or reservations, call (813) 265-4000.

SPACE EDUCATION FOR FAMILIES:

The year is 2061 and Halley's Comet is returning to the inner solar system. Your mission: locate and rendezvous with this famous comet and launch a scientific probe into its tail. Learn the anatomy of a comet and engineer how you are going to safely catch fragments of the icy tail.

This five-hour program stresses problem solving and teamwork skills. The cost is $20 per child/parent team for MOSI members and $25 per child/parent team for nonmembers.

The program is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., across from the University of South Florida. For information, call (813) 987-6300.

GET THE GOODIES (AND THE GARBAGE):

Tonight, some otherwise worthless trash along the roadside in Lutz will take on new value. Organizers of the Lutz Trash Bash will be hiding coupons in it, some for merchandise and some for cash.

The occasion is Lutz's second annual effort to rid the roadsides of trash. Organized by sheriff's deputies and volunteers of the Lutz Community Council, the event Saturday morning is timed in conjunction with the statewide Florida Coastal Cleanup.

Last year, 415 people participated in the Lutz effort, said Hillsborough Sheriff's Deputy Gordon Brown, coordinator of the community council. Donors, led by SunTrust bank, have contributed $150 in cash that will be exchanged for mock money hidden in trash. Other businesses are contributing hot dogs and soft drinks that will be served at the end of the effort.

Trash bags will be distributed 7-8 a.m. Saturday at the Old Lutz School Building, 18819 U.S. Highway 41 N. For information, call Brown at 264-8950, or Auralee Buckingham at 949-7481.

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