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January 9, 2003

Lady swings the blues Marcia Ball stirs blues and New Orleans R&B in her musical gumbo.

Cover Story: Ten Pressing Questions: A career with legs
Marcia Ball's barrelhouse piano playing, soulful singing and sexy looks are always in style.

Film: A Dickens of a tale
Nicholas Nickleby gets another outing on film, this one shorter and livelier than its predecessors and abetted by a stellar cast.

Being Spike Jonze
Take a book that can't be scripted, a movie that can't be written and a director who can't be conventional, and the result is the dazzling Adaptation.

Idle 'Hour'
Even Edward Norton can't redeem Spike Lee's 25th Hour, a post-Sept. 11 drama that provokes only boredom.

photoRoman Polanski's redemption
The renowned director turns in part to his own memories of Poland and the Holocaust in The Pianist, a poignant drama.

Top five movies and upcoming releases
Top five movies

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.

Also Opening
Redneck redux

Video: Rewind: Cinema in the sunshine
Florida always has been a favorite setting for filmmakers, even though there's no guarantee they'll turn out a box office sizzler each time.

Video/DVD: New Releases: Shivers, with style
Signs (PG-13)

Upcoming releases and current rankings
Tuesday: About a Boy, Blue Crush, City by the Sea, Fear Dot Com, Undercover Brother

Pop: Team Pop Trivia
This week's winner: Rick Goebel of Tampa knew that singer Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attended Plant High School in Tampa during the 1960s.

Hot Ticket
Daniels' gift to Angelus, and fans

Stage: For this actor, amazing but 'Tru'
The American Stage revival of Tru stars a relative unknown who so impressed the play's author that they have big plans for the play.

Down the road
Trio -- The Osiris Trio from the Netherlands is at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Jan. 18. $12, $14.

Hot Ticket
The artist and his brother

photoDine: A triumph of marketing…
. . . but little else is the new Sloppy Joe's in Treasure Island.

I'll have another...
Bowl of soup.

Art: Artistic journeys into night
Objects and images associated with travel become metaphorical reminders of life's ultimate destination in a new Dunedin exhibit.

Hot Ticket
Step right up to view new art

Nite Out: Sharp, businessman
Area musician Nik Sharp aspires to be more than a singer/songwriter/band leader/studio owner. He wants to be a music mogul. So he's started a record label.

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

Hot Ticket
Defying the laws of nature

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