Cesar Millan, the Mexican immigrant who revolutionized the way Americans think about their dogs, is coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa this weekend with a show simply called "Cesar Millan Live!
Millan, of course, came to national attention as the star of "The Dog Whisperer," in which he seemed to tame the most vicious and ill-behaved canines in mere seconds.
It was all very impressive, but it's hard to imagine what his live show would be like, especially in a cavernous room such as Morsani Hall at the Straz. The publicity material from the Straz Center says that he'll share his philosophies and methods and present examples through live demonstrations with multiple dogs, which is pretty much what happened on "The Dog Whisperer." He'll have his canine companion Junior with him, and he's take audience questions.
Although it would seem to be mere copy of his series, Millan's live show actually draws rave reviews from both die-hard fans that have seen all his shows and from neophytes who have never seen him whisper to a dog. Millan's humor and personality apparently come across even more strongly on stage than they do on TV, and he proves that he doesn't use any kind of photographic tricks to achieve the results you see on TV.
Details: 8 p.m. June 15, Morsani Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $36.75 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear