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March 7, 2002

As the Piano Man and the Rocket Man team up for two Ice Palace shows, we ask the musical question: Are they ...

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One and the same?

Cover Story
Keys to the conspiracy
Piano Man and Rocket Man, the hairlines, the Cyndi Lauper connection ... the similarities are uncanny, wouldn't you say?

Film
Great-grandpa would be proud
Oscars Chat
Times movie critic Steve Persall hosts a special Oscars chat, March 20 at 7 p.m. on TimesChat. For more information or to send a question now, click here.
Age hasn't withered the appeal of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, especially now that his great-grandson's film has combined the timeless tale with some contemporary flair.

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.

Also in theaters
Stickup at the box office

Indie pix
'Lantana' ensnares the viewer in its tangles

Top 5 movies
1. The Time Machine -- H.G. Wells' classic science fiction story gets reworked by his great-grandson, director Simon West. Imaginative special effects and a running time that gets the job done briskly.

Video
New releases: 'Last Castle' a prisoner of its own cliches
The Last Castle (R)

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Dine
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The meat of the matter
At this genuine chophouse, the meat is big, the drinks are big, and the best part is Bascom's serves more than just beef.

Side dish
I'll have another ...

Food events
TAKE BARBIE TO TEA: 11 a.m. Sat. and March 23, Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Girls can bring their Barbies for hot cocoa, finger sandwiches and tea cookies. $29 adults, $25 for children. (941) 309-2008.

Get Away
Name your interest: The Chasco Fiesta delivers
An 80-year old recipe for success combines music, entertainment and oh, yes, plenty of food.

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

Get away: hot tickets
Rubbing elbows with the world

Pop
Pop: down the road
Dave Specter with Jennifer and the Venturas -- March 15, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. $10.

Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Stewart O. Olson of St. Petersburg knew that rocker Lou Reed shacks up in a romantic way with avant pop princess Laurie Anderson.

Pop: hot tickets
Some things old, some things new

Night Life
Louie, Louie
Comedian and Family Feud host Louie Anderson has left his childhood behind.

Stage
Stage: down the road
Composers -- New works by Wayne Berman, Libby Larsen, Helena Michelson, Paul Siskind and Donald M. Wilson are performed March 15 at the Palladium Theater. $8 and $10.

Stage: hot tickets
Bang the drum loudly

Art
The persistence of Dali
When The Persistence of Memory is unveiled next to The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, the first-ever pairing of the paintings will create another unforgettable Salvador Dali image.

The golden rules
Gleaming works from an Italian family firm combine the luster of gold, the brilliance of precious stones and the delicate, imaginative touch of the artisan.

Art: upcoming events
Much Ado About Art -- Auction, fundraiser for American Stage. 6 p.m. March 15, Renaissance Vinoy Sunset Ballroom, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 823-1600, ext. 203.

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