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June 6, 2002

Take a break,baby Had enough fun in the unrelenting sun? Here’s an indoor sport that combines science, art and camaraderie.

[Times photo: Carrie Pratt]

Cover Story
The principles of poolology
Florida's west coast has a surprising number of excellent pool players and respected billiard halls.

Film
It's no 'Friphotoed Green Tomatoes'
Despite its feminine star power, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood disappoints as a mediocre mishmash of schmaltz.

The title says it all
Bad Company is a Chris Rock-Anthony Hopkins movie that sounds like a good idea but doesn't get further than that.

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. Only films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included in this weekly listing, along with occasional R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance. Compiled by St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall.

Top Five
1 Dogtown and Z-Boys -- Fascinating documentary of 1970s teenagers who created a skateboarding revolution, the genesis of today's extreme sports culture. Tremendous home-movie footage and musical selections from the era.

Indie flicks
In the extreme beginning . . .

Video
Video: Paranoia on the wing
A dollop of creepiness, a helping of creeps and a huge serving of balderdash are served up in new videos The Mothman Prophecies and Fat Hal.

Stage
Well-versed virtuoso
Joseph Silverstein's career as violin virtuoso, conductor, teacher and orchestra leader has led to his time-honored status as a guest at the Sarasota Music Festival.

Auditions
Opera Tampa Chorus at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will hold auditions by appointment only Monday at the center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Positions available for 30 men and 30 women in all choral voices. Call (813) 222-1021.

Dine
Succphotoessful salvage
Jack Willie's Original Tiki Bar & Grill, the latest incarnation of a 25-year-old backwater joint, goes beyond the expected.

I'll have another . . .
Fruit gazpacho with jalapeno. Pepper gave kick to a peachy refresher from the Wine Cellar at the Taste of Pinellas for All Children's Hospital last weekend, but the event needs more punch too. Red Mesa's chili pepper pineapple chunks, Harvey's tuna and Papaya's mullet-lobster spread were cool treats, and Steak & Ale's prime rib bites and Dorothea Bacon's cornbread and collards were hot stuff, but the menu hasn't kept up with the swelling crowd. More restaurants need to pitch in to show Pinellas' taste for variety, from medianoches to pad Thai, from craft beer to fine wine.

Food events
SEA GRAPES: 7-10 p.m. Sat., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Wine tasting and art auction, with samplings of area restaurant dishes, plus silent auction. Benefits aquarium's education and veterinary care programs. $40-$45. (813) 273-4568.

Art
Walk, look and appreciate
It's time for Tampa's twice-a-year art walk, as well as the more frequent gallery strolls in St. Petersburg and other local cities.

Of note in galleries
Celebration -- Through June 30, work by Ruth Harley, Rene Gallardo, David Anderson, Timothy Dawson, Vincent Plzak, Chuck Hager, Ocampo Silva, John Ordoyne, Michael Harris and Jackie Ballard, Adrian Howard Galleries, 3000 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

Pop
Threesome is 'committed to the cause'
The Suncoast Blues Society, radio station WMNF and Skipper's Smokehouse, a venue for many blues artists, work together to keep the blues alive.

Ticket window
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for the Rolling Stones' only Florida appearances in their upcoming tour, Oct. 22 at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise and Oct. 23 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. About $50 to $300 per ticket, plus various surcharges, through Ticketmaster, all (727) 898-2100, (813) 287-8844 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Get Away
All aflutter in the gardens
The Botanical Gardens at the University of South Florida this weekend is showing off the newly renovated butterfly gardens and the Greathouse Butterfly House, where visitors can walk among hundreds of winged critters.

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