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The Debbie Davies Band with Mitch Woods and The Rocket 88's (Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, 8 p.m., $7 advance, $10 day of show.) You may not have heard of guitarist Debbie Davies, but you're probably familiar with the blues greats she has played with _ Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor and John Mayall among them. Before he died in 1993, blues master Albert Collins asked this 40-something L.A. native to tour with his band, the Icebreakers, and she helped front the group on both guitar and vocals. Mitch Woods is described as "one of the finest boogie-woogie, jump blues and second-line pianists of the baby boomer generation," and has cut three records with the Rocket 88's. See them all for one low, low price at the Skipperdome. Call 971-0666.
Ou Commence la Danse? _ An Evening of Dance, Music and Poetry (8 p.m., University of South Florida Theater 2, $8 general admission, $4 students and senior citizens). This is an ambitious, multi-dimensional, multi-national project that combines the work of USF dancer Jeanne Travers with that of poet Olga de Mercoulay of France and Ahmed Ben Dhiab of Tunisia. Between Desert and Sea will premiere at USF with student performers, then travel to Tunisia to be presented at an international conference honoring Tunis as the Cultural Capital of the Mediterranean for 1997. Also on the bill this evening: Gretchen Warren's collaboration with musician Scott Kluksdahl, an abstract neo-classical ballet set to the atonal music of Roger Sessions, and Elsa Valbuena's new work based on Allan Ginsberg's Ballad of the Skeletons, as well as work from Joe Goode and Jennifer Salk. Call 974-2323.
Walking Tour of Tampa's Art and Architecture (10 a.m., meet in the lobby of Tampa Museum of Art, 600 N Ashley Drive, members free, $3 students, $5 non-members) Take a tour of Tampa's pride and joy _ the fabulous Tampa Theatre. The grand movie house has secret nooks and crannies you probably don't know about, and an illustrious history that guide Tara Schroeder will be proud to share with you. It's one of a series of walking tours coordinated by the museum to show folks that Tampa has culture. Go, and see how your opinion of your city improves.
Book Discussions: Princess _ A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, by Jean P. Sasson (10 a.m., Seminole Branch Library, 4711 Central Ave., free admission and refreshments). The experiences of Sultana, a member of the royal family in a country where social conditions are extremely restrictive for women of all social classes. He Say, She Say, by Yolanda Joe (2 p.m., College Hill Branch Library, 2607 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., free) "An unforgettable exploration of romance, friendship and family." The Grass Dancer, by Susan Power (3:15 p.m., Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, free). Portrays connections between generations of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. This discussion precedes the upcoming exhibition "The Frontier in American Culture," running Dec. 1-Jan. 8. Copies of all three books are available at the respective library branches. Call 273-3669 for information.
Tampa Jazz Club presents a CD release party for Dan McMillion's Groovin' High Big Band (3 p.m., the Jazz Cellar, 1311 E Ninth Ave. $3 members, $6 non-members) The young turks can vamp through their lounge acts, but it takes a seasoned big band to really swing. Trumpeter Dan McMillion has been on the Tampa jazz scene for more than 30 years, after moving here from Detroit, where his band backed some of the top names in jazz and pop. Firestarter is McMillion's fifth release, showcasing a number of pieces from the songbook of the great Maynard Ferguson. Call the Jazz Cellar at 248-1862, or Paragon Music at 876-3459.
Temple Terrace Rotary Club 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament (noon, Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, $100 entry fee includes lunch and dinner). This annual tournament benefits the Temple Terrace Rotary's many charities, including Rotary Camp Florida, The Spring and the King High School Interact Club. Challenges within the tournament include a Ford Truck prize for a hole in one on No. 4, and a new car for a hole in one on No. 15. Silent auction and awards dinner follow the tournament. Call 988-2215.
Book Discussions: Sunrise Song, by Kathleen Eagle (10 a.m., Peninsular Branch Library, 3909 Neptune St., free) "A lost boy in a dark place from the past draws together a woman seeking the truth and a modern Lakota warrior who has given up seeking." Call 273-3680. People of the Lightning, by Kathleen O'Neil Gear (2 p.m., New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd, free). The story of White Lightning Boy, a pale-skinned 15-year-old born into a tribe of American Indian anglers in ancient Florida. Call 903-2280. Copies of the books are available at the respective libraries.
Fleetwood Mac in concert (7:30 p.m., The Ice Palace, $25, $40, $60) Mick Fleetwood is still wearing those deedly balls on his pants, and Stevie Nicks' hair remains a triumph of the froster's art. The band that came to embody the excesses of the '70s is back to promote an album (released by Reprise Records, no less) of "new renditions" of old songs including Dreams, Don't Stop, The Chain, Rhiannon, and, well, they don't want you to stop thinkin' about tomorrow. Er, make that yesterday. Call 287-8844.
Patti LaBelle in concert (7 p.m., The Ice Palace, $45 and $60) Oooooh, girl, where have you been? Miss LaBelle does "Rock and Soul" like nobody's business, and she brings her voice, hair, and signature 6-inch "fever pumps" around only so often. She's got a new CD out, Flame, with a rising single When You Talk About Love, but here's hoping she'll treat us to old favorites like Over the Rainbow, and the all-time down-and-dirty classic, Lady Marmalade. Hey sistah soul sistah soul sistah soul sistah . . . Call 287-8844.