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December 5, 2002

Ho ho ho!   Cover Story
Do you hear what we hear?
Songs, songs, ringing through the night; which will bring you goodness and light? A Team Pop tribunal decides which holiday CDs are stars.


photoFilm
Deja vu all over again
"When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way," Riff declares in West Side Story, the New York gang musical that's a favorite source of quotes for former mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) in Analyze 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.

An 'Empire' of offenses
There's something to turn off everyone in director Franc Reyes' first movie, a bad knockoff of good crime films.

Also opening
Another version of '1984'

Indie flicks
Pandora's Box (R) (103 min.) -- It's still easier to find an interracial sexual relationship in American films than an African-American couple engaging in frisky business on-screen.

Video/DVD
New releases: Man of mystery? Not anymore
Austin Powers in Goldmember (PG-13)

Rewind: Musical dandies
Jazz greats, then and now, come alive on new video releases -- just in time for the holidays.

Pop
She's cute, but she's no cream puff
Lisa Loeb made a splash in the mid 1990s with the hit Stay. As famous for her coy, sugary-sweet tunes as for her cat-eye glasses, Loeb, 34, grew up in an artistic home and studied literature at Brown University.

Pop: Hot ticket
No longer singing for suds

Pop: ticket window
Ten Foot Pole -- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, State Theatre, St. Petersburg. $8.

Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Dave Livingston from Safety Harbor knew that James Taylor played God on Randy Newman's Faust.

Revive the music
The local scene "feels really dead," musician Joran Oppelt says. So he and musician Ronnie Dee have formed a group to change that. Their first big step: releasing a CD of area talent.

Stage
Stage: down the road
Nut -- Ruth Eckerd Hall stages The Chocolate Nutcracker Dec. 13-15. $10, $17.

A different 'Christmas Carol'
A 1994 version of the Dickens classic tells the story from Jacob Marley's point of view, offering Scrooge's dead business partner his own shot at redemption.

Stage: hot ticket
Numerous 'Nutcrackers'

Art
Art: at the museums
Red Grooms: Selections From the Graphic Work -- Through Jan. 5, and "Famous Faces: Celebrity Portraits in Photography," through Sun., Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

Time for serious buying
SARASOTA -- The largest indoor juried fine craft show in Florida starts Friday, sponsored by the American Craft Council, with 237 artists showing wares from large furniture to exquisite jewelry.

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

Christmas time in the city
Santa parades, snowball throwing, lighted boat processions -- all over the Tampa Bay area this weekend, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

photoDine
Up and coming
Manolo's Italian Restaurant serves pizzas and subs, but it's the not so run-of-the-mill offerings that give it a step up in dining style.

Dine: food events
Vinoy holiday dining tours -- Dinner tours 6:30 p.m. Sun.-Tue., $38, includes tour, four-course dinner; lunch tours 10:30 a.m. Wed.-Sat., $25 for tour and three-course lunch, through Dec. (except Dec. 25 and 31), Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1000, ext. 501.

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