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Published Oct. 1, 2005

(ran TP edition)


Virgil Donati drum clinic (noon, Mars music store, 3906 W Hillsborough Ave., free). "Okay," all you thwackers must be thinking, "so this new music superstore's drum department is trying to promote itself by presenting drum stars like Dennis Chambers and Liberty DeVitto last week. But who's ever heard of Virgil Donati?" Only the most out-of-it. Donati is the "Thunder From Down Under," to borrow an apt accolade from one of his recent magazine ads. A longtime clinic star in Australia, Donati has been entertaining international drum audiences only within the last few years. During last year's Thoroughbred Music Florida Drum Expo, his sweaty-hair-flinging, face-contorting display of chops brought the USF Special Events Center crowd to multiple standing ovations. On Saturday, Donati-endorsed Sabian cymbals will be on sale. Call 354-1103.

Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International 17th Annual Plant Sale opens (1 to 5 p.m., Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, 500 N Howard Ave., free). So you've been burying your neighbors and co-workers with the surplus bounty of your orange and grapefruit trees. Your generosity will likely always be graciously appreciated, but look beneath those smiles of acceptance. Don't some of them seem to say, "Oh boy, oranges and grapefruit again?" Imagine the genuine oohs and ahs if you show up at the office with bags full of longans, annonas, pomegranates, jaboticabas, grumichamas, sapotes, mangoes and carambolas. All of these and more familiar species of edible landscaping can be had here, including rare herbs and vegetables. You can taste much of this bounty, plus fruit drinks, preserves and baked goods. Growing experts will be on hand. Call 879-6349, or 289-1068.


Birmingham Children's Theater production of Zorro! (1 and 3:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Playhouse, $9.50). Part of the Center's Kid Time Series, this famous swashbuckling ballad is set in 1830s California and follows the adventures of a masked, and misunderstood, hero. Plenty of lavish effects and costumes for the kids are promised. Call 229-STAR.

Oliver! musical (2 and 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Playhouse, $17, $15, $12.50). This musical version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist is brought to us by SLT Productions, aka Spanish Lyric Theater. When it first opened in London in 1960, Oliver! established a West End long-run record. It's in the midst of another three-year run there now. A cast of 40 local children and adults will bring to life the tale of an orphan pickpocket in Victorian England who is rescued by a wealthy man who turns out to be his grandfather. The hit songs? Food, Glorious Food, Where Is Love, and Oom-Pah-Pah. Call 229-STAR.

St. Paul Sunday chamber music series (8 p.m., WUSF-FM 89.7). Congenial host Bill McGlaughlin brings some of the virtuosos of chamber music into his St. Paul, Minn., studio for conversation and performance. Chamber buffs should find this plenty satisfying, but McGlaughlin's deft conversational skills often make the proceedings accessible for those less versed. The guests this week are flutist Eugenia Zukerman and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, who will be accompanied by the Shanghai String Quartet. They will perform Persichetti's Serenade No. 10, A. Foote's Scherzo, Roussel's Serenade Opus 30 and Caplet's Conte Fantastique. Call 974-4890.


Puppet show Abiyoyo (3:30 p.m., Peninsular Branch Library, 3909 Neptune St.). The Tampa Recreation Department's Creative Arts of the City will present this South African folk story. Banished from town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded "Abiyoyo" giant disappear. Call 273-3680.


USF Lecture Series continues with Awo Osunkunle (7 p.m., University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Marshall Center, Room 271). The Panamanian-born spiritualist and high priest of the Yoruba culture will present "The Legacy of African Culture and Religion in the West." Call 974-5303.