Colonial Revival Instrumentalist Dean Shostak performs a concert of traditional American music and original compositions on the glass armonica, hurdy-gurdy and violin, with a bit of anecdotal 18th century history and humor thrown in. The glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, consists of glass bowls tuned by size, one inside another. Moistened fingers rub the exposed rims of the glasses to produce the desired, ethereal sounds. The instrument has been played in recent years at the Metropolitan Opera and in movie soundtracks such as Interview With A Vampire. Shostak's own national appearances include National Public Radio's All Things Considered and NBC's Nightside. He's performed in Colonial Williamsburg since 1979 and toured extensively. Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $13. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605.
Not Another Pretty Face Actor/comedian Bill Bellamy has certainly made the most of his talents — an original sense of humor and a winning smile — since first showcasing his natural gift for stand-up at a male beauty contest he entered while attending Rutgers University. Bellamy has starred in several films, including The Brothers, Any Given Sunday, Love Jones and How To Be a Player. He's also the voice of Skeeter in Nickelodeon's Cousin Skeeter, for which he's been nominated for an NAACP Image Award. But fans of his stand-up remember him best for his appearance on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and subsequent hit Showtime special, Booty Call. Jan. 24, 8 p.m.; Jan. 25, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Jan. 26, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Jan. 27, 12 a.m. Tickets cost $18-$22 depending on the night. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., Centro Ybor, Ybor City, 813-864-4000.
Dogged Art The latest exhibit at the University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Galleries is Feat of Clay by sculptor William Sapp, a professor of art at the University of Georgia. Sapp's exhibit of sculpture, installations, photography and prints depicts a world of dogs, as a metaphor for the world of men. Individual dog-men figures standing only several inches tall are made of stabilized adobe (unfired clay). Sapp's installations include crowds (500-1,000) of such creatures. Large photographic panels similarly support the notion of man as beast. The exhibit opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28. Scarfone/Hartley Galleries, Corner of North B Street and Brevard Avenue on the University of Tampa campus, Tampa, 813-253-6217.
No Rest for the Shelterless There isn't much in the way of prizes for the winners of the Run for Shelter 5K, an annual race sponsored by the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser and the city of Tampa. All race proceeds are donated to local shelter-related charities throughout Hillsborough County, and so the prizes are mostly goods donated by local businesses. But the amenities available to the runners are fine: food, fruit, beer and music. Add to that the setting of this evening run is the lovely brick streets of historic Ybor City. Fri., Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The race starts at 7 p.m. Race-day registration costs $20 and the first 750 registered runners are guaranteed long-sleeve custom race T-shirts. Centro Ybor, 16th St. and Eighth Ave., Ybor City, 813-242-4660.
All Along the Watchtower Jose Gaspar and his merry mates have expanded their annual invasion to include Gasparilla First Watch, an alcohol-free event highlighted by the Children's Gasparilla Parade. The event ends with a spectacular fireworks display as an imaginary piratechnic sea battle takes place over Hillsborough Bay, setting the stage for the Gasparilla Invasion, Parade of Pirates and Pirate Fest Street Festival taking place the following Saturday (Feb. 2). The Children's Gasparilla Parade takes place at 4 p.m. at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Boulevard. The route goes north to Rome and Bayshore (approximately 1.1 miles). For more on Gasparilla, visit www.gasparillapiratefest.com. Sat., Jan. 26, 4 p.m. Hillsborough Bay, Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa.
Beer Snobs Unite The Florida Brewers Guild hosts Beerfest 2002, a day of peace, love and killer beer. So plan your day accordingly — designated driver, etc. There are hundreds of brews to sample from a variety of regional brewers, How To clinics on different brewing stages and a panel of experts judging Best Micro Brews of Florida. Home Brew stores from around the state are on hand with their latest products and info. And there's lots of food and a live band. Sat., Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 advance, $20 day of. Centro Ybor, 16th St. and Eighth Ave., Ybor City, 813-242-4660.
Kum What May With a thick sweet peel and tart pulp, the kumquat is Florida's tiniest citrus product. The kumquat is a delicacy whether eaten fresh or preserved and has been featured as a trendy new flavor and ingredient in top culinary magazines such as Gourmet as it lends itself well to many salads and desserts. And the majority of the nation's kumquats are grown in St. Joseph, Fla., an outlying township of Dade City. The fifth annual Kumquat Festival takes place in Dade City, where last year more than 30,000 people enjoyed a weekend of craft shows and food booths. This year's event promises to be bigger and includes a cooking contest, live music, farmer's market, antique vehicles, and an arts and crafts show. For a lineup of events, visit www.dadecitychamber.org. Sat., Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Dade City, From I-75: Exit 59 east on State Road 52 and drive approximately 11 miles; turn right on Meridian Avenue, Dade City.
Amplified E-Pop Maryland-born, electronic-music artist BT (Brian Transeau) is touring to support his latest album, Movement In Still Life. BT's recent projects have included soundtracks for 1999's Go and most recently the film Under Suspicion, soon-to-be-released. The trance pioneer has collaborated in the past with such artists as Madonna, Sarah McLachlan and Seal. He continues the trend on his new album, pairing with Sasha, Paul Van Dyk, DJ Rap and Doughty, the former vocalist for Soul Coughing. The resulting album is a melting pot of musical styles and influences. BT is spinning with DJ Gemini. Sun., Jan. 27, 9 p.m. Tickets cost $16.50-$20.50. Amphitheater, 1609 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 813-248-2331.
Book Lover's Special Just Books — one of Tampa's finest book stores, particularly for finding quality used paperbacks — presents its annual Parking Lot Sale, selling all paperbacks at 50 cents and all hardbacks at $1 and $2. The books have been donated throughout the year and include all of the major categories generally found in the store: history, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent's Food Bank. Sun., Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m. Just Books, 2002 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 813-977-4648.
Sepia Tones The Museum of Fine Arts opens African-Americans in 19th and 20th-century Photographs to commemorate February as African-American History Month. The exhibit features images by Marion Post Wolcott, Dorthea Lange, James Van Der Zee, Richard Avedon and Aaron Siskind, one of the most significant photographers of the 20th Century. Several works from Siskind's Harlem Document, images of the Harlem renaissance (compiled 1932-40), are on display. The exhibit's images, however, range from the Civil War era to contemporary portraits of African-Americans in Florida. Sundays, 1-5 p.m.; Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 7. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667.
Mr. Vibraphone Man Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz mallet artist Jerry Tachoir (vibes, marimba) leads the Group Tachoir, which performs with the USF Jazz Ensemble at the college's Monday Night Jazz Series. Tachoir, as leader of the Group Tachoir jazz ensemble, has had an extensive career and performed at such events as The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The International Festival of Jazz in Montreal and The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. Mon., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Admission costs $10, $5 for students. University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-974-2323.
Attack of the Killer Plants Based on the 1960 Roger Corman horror flick, the off-Broadway, comedy-horror-musical hit Little Shop of Horrors frolics with its Motown and Broadway-inspired score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast). Nerdy flowershop clerk Seymour, pal Audrey and boss Mushnick soulfully sing their way through this quick-witted show, as Seymour's exotic plant (Audrey II) brings bloody shocks to their humdrum lives. Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Tue.-Thur., 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 28. Tickets cost $25.50-$28.50. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827.
Melodic Drama Tony and Emmy Award-winner Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by pianist Paul Ford, performs his critically acclaimed theater concert, a program of traditional, classic and contemporary songs. Patinkin's performance is for parents and children alike. He puts his own touch on songs like Rodgers and Hammerstein's Getting to Know You. Patinkin, who earned his Tony for his 1980 Broadway debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, has been performing in concert for 10 years. Wed., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $23.75-$49.75. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827.