||Tall ships take their bows at the Port of St. Petersburg for four days of nautical nostalgia.
The majesty, the beauty, of tall ships
This weekend offers a rare treat for all whose hearts skip a beat at the awesome sight of a tall ship, white sails filled with wind.
No general parking is available at the festival site, but you may park at lots and garages downtown and at lots along First Avenue S between Seventh and 15th streets (near Tropicana Field).
The tall ships in St. Petersburg
Eagle: A 295-foot U.S. Coast Guard trainer, the three-masted sailing barque has a usual complement of 10 officers, 65 crew members and 150 cadets.
Tips for boaters
Planning to join the Tall Ship flotilla today?
Schedule of Events
Where to eat downtown
Food and drinks will be for sale at the festival, and downtown has numerous spots for ice cream or coffee, but if you want to grab a quick bite or a more leisurely meal nearby, here are some of the choices available.
July Fourth events
Watch for details in Weekend on July Fourth.
As good Deeds go, this one is okay
Adam Sandler's remake of the classic Mr. Deeds Goes to Town isn't in that league. But it's not sacrilege, either.
Arnold is what he is
The movie version of Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold! doesn't have much depth, but that's okay. It's a fine story for kids.
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 5 movies
1. Minority Report -- Tom Cruise plays a futuristic cop whose department can predict who will commit murder and arrest them before the fact. Director Steven Spielberg once again proves he's the best science fiction filmmaker ever, even better than his pal, George Lucas.
IMAX gets back to its roots
Video: Low deeds in high places
Gosford Park (R)
Rewind: The understated screenwriter
Screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond was the silent partner in one of Hollywood's greatest collaborative teams, writing many of the words that director and co-writer Billy Wilder turned into classics. Diamond never spoke to the actors or interrupted shooting, in order to keep his ideas true. Wilder told interviewer Cameron Crowe in the book Conversations with Wilder that Diamond made his points quietly but effectively:
DVD: A pretty good memory
A Beautiful Mind (two-disc awards edition)
Stage: hot ticket
Curtain rises for young dramatists
Stage: down the road
Madness -- John McGivern stars in Shear Madness at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center July 5 through Sept. 1. $24.50-$29.50.
Steak that's simply well done
The Texas Cattle Company's decor may be dated, but the franchise's method of grilling quality beef has never gone out of style.
Pop: down the road
DivaFest featuring Pat Benatar, Jennifer Holliday, Suzanne Palmer, Halcyon and more -- July 6, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. $15.
Pop: hot ticket
These Jets have a sweet sound
Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Steve Vetter of Bradenton knew that rap duo Eric B. & Rakim did a guest cameo on the 1989 hit Friends by dance club chanteuse Jody Watley.
A journey worth the trip
Highwaymen artists go from roadside obscurity to national prominence; a new documentary and exhibit showcase their years of hard work.
Art: continuing events
An American Anthem: 300 Years of Painting from the Butler Institute of American Art -- Through Sept. 8, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota.