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January 24, 2002

The new face of art Temple Beth-El’s respected festival opens amid a deeper appreciation of art.

[Visage Platter
by Patrick L. Doughery]

Cover Story
Art goes deeper
Art Festival Beth-El's biggest show will reflect the reactions of artists and art lovers to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Film
photoHe's no Mulder
In The Mothman Prophecies, Richard Gere tries to lose his playboy image by becoming a confused investigator looking into reports of a supernatural being.

Green eggs and baloney
I Am Sam is a movie with good intentions, but it's difficult for viewers to appreciate them while being hit over the head by its preposterous premise.

Also opening
Spreading himself too thin?

Family movie guide
The Family Movie Guide should be used along with the Motion Picture Association of America rating system for selecting movies suitable for children.

Indie flix
This pack is tough to track

Top 5 movies
1 Black Hawk Down -- Director Ridley Scott commands a gripping, fact-based story of a U.S. special forces operation in Somalia in 1993. Movie war more hellish than Saving Private Ryan. One of the best films of 2001.

Video
'Rock Star' cranks up the cliches
Rock Star (R)

Pop
Not your father's country music
Young and trendy Jo Dee Messina will be among 15 performers at the annual Charlie Daniels Angelus Country Concert on Sunday in Clearwater.

Pop: ticket window
Further Seems Forever with One Line Drawing and Recover -- State Theatre, St. Petersburg. $7.

Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Brook Gideon of Tampa knew that blues guitarist Peter Green founded Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie in 1967, calling it Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

Pop: Hot ticket
Prepare to be moved

Pop: Ticket window
Natalie Merchant, 8 p.m., March 12, Mahaffey Theater at Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg. Tickets ($39.75) on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office (727) 892-5767 or Ticketmaster (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Night Life
From unscripted to sketch
Two venues showcase local comedy troupes weekly, one an improvisational group called the Unprofessionals, the other a sketch comedy group, the Flor-idiots.

Nite out: Hot ticket
The standup challenge

Nite out: comedy shows
COCONUTS COMEDY CLUB: Rene Bray (Jan. 30-Feb. 3); Mike "Mad Dog" Adams (Feb. 6-10); Steve Moore (Feb. 13-17); Daryl Lenox (Feb. 20-24); John Knight (Feb. 27-April 3). Howard Johnson's, 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Get Away
Celebrating Florida past
Immerse yourself in pioneer life at the Pinellas Folk Festival, which this year pays tribute to the originators of Cracker music with 14 bluegrass, gospel, folk and country acts.

Getaway: Hot ticket
Kumquats galore

Getaway: down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.

Stage
As violinist matures, so does her music
She's done an album of gypsy music and performed with a bluegrass virtuoso. Now she's getting back to Brahms.

Movement based on mood
Ideas rule the dance of Moving Current, a group whose performances exhibit physical constructs that range from serious philosophy to silly fun.

Stage: auditions
The Spanish Lyric Theatre will hold auditions for The King and I from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jackie's Dance Studio South, 1005 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Children ages 6 to 10 will audition from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and adults (older than 15) will audition from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Bring sheet music and be prepared to read from the script. Dancers for a demanding Siamese ballet are especially needed. (813) 936-0217.

Stage: hot ticket
In 1761, Benjamin Franklin invented the glass armonica, consisting of a row of glass bowls mounted on a rod. A performer works a foot pedal to spin the rod and bowls while running wet fingers over the bowl rims to make music. Mozart wrote an adagio for the instrument.

Stage: down the road
Chopin -- Ning An is the soloist in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic Feb. 1 at Van Wezel Hall. $45-$55.

Shop
Stripes that star
Stripes add a festive note everywhere, from shop awnings to party tents to more elemental items. Bright colors enhance the mood.

Art
Art: best bets
Art critic Mary Ann Marger's recommendations for this weekend. Please refer to the Art Calendar for details.

Art: Hot ticket
Stepping to new perspectives

Dine
photo
Still seeking the sizzle
Saute Cafe succeeds with pastas but needs to add pizazz to more entrees to make the concept work.

Side dish
Toast the town

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