||The Florida State Fair -- with its carnival rides, animal exhibits and musical acts -- starts today.
A pretty fair lineup
So you don't get lost on the midway, here's a guide to all that's happening at this year's Florida State Fair.
Prisoners of life's circumstance
Billy Bob Thornton plays a racist prison guard who executes a man and then falls in love with his wife, played by Halle Berry, in Monster's Ball.
This revenge is far from sweet
In Collateral Damage, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a heroic firefighter who loses his wife and child in a terrorist attack. The filmmakers delayed its release after Sept. 11, but it's still a violence-drenched bomb.
Family movie guide
Top 5 movies
Also in theaters
Video: upcoming releases
Tuesday: Hearts in Atlantis, Legend of the Red Dragon
Video: Or maybe just read the books
Ghost World (R)
Rewind: A tale of two art forms
Charles Dickens died nearly two decades before the birth of motion pictures, but his novels have inspired generations of filmmakers.
A doll's life
When nationally known artists apply their talents to dollmaking, the results are thought-provoking and whimsical but never childish.
Times columnist is new art critic
St. Petersburg Times columnist and feature writer Lennie Bennett has been named the newspaper's new art critic. She succeeds Mary Ann Marger, who recently retired.
Art: hot ticket
Art walk takes on a romantic theme
Art for the palate
Named in honor of the artist Frida Kahlo, Viva la Frida Cafe y Galeria serves creative Mexican food in an inviting and colorful setting.
Fun with an international flavor
Fiesta Day in Ybor City features Cajun, Spanish, Asian, Greek and Italian food as well entertainment and activities.
Get away: down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.
Artist in an anxious age
The edgy times and wide-ranging talents of Leonard Bernstein are remembered in a monthlong festival of the performing arts.
Stage: down the road
Russian -- Soprano Solveiga Raja sings with the Russian Heritage Ensemble Feb. 16 at the Music Center of St. Petersburg College. $10.
Stage: hot ticket
Violinist, pianist to play Palladium
Night out: hot ticket
Doing what comes naturally
Pop: hot ticket
A satisfying serving of Cake
Pop: ticket window
Earth Wind & Fire, 7:30 p.m. March 24, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. Tickets ($39.75-$49.75) on sale 5 p.m. Fri. at the box office (813) 229-7827 or Ticketmaster (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Jeff Rimensnyder of Pinellas Park knew that the Sex Pistol's original bassist was Glen Matlock. ( Sid Vicious replaced him.) Rimensnyder will look very anarchistic in his Weekend T-shirt.
Beyond candy and flowers
With Valentine's Day an entire week away, there's time for gifts more imaginative than last-minute chocolates and flowers. Delight a sweetie with these romantic, sometimes amusing playthings.
FASHION BENEFIT: Marie Gray, co-founder and designer for St. John knits, will appear at a benefit reception, fashion presentation and luncheon benefiting the LampLighters of Metropolitan Ministries Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Westshore Hotel in Tampa.