St. Petersburg Times: Weekend

February 20, 2003

The joint jumps again
A new musical revives the Manhattan Casino, the St. Petersburg hot spot that drew jazz’s greats, such as Louis Armstrong.

[Times photo:
Bob Moreland 1957]

Cover Story: Reviving beats of music, life
The Manhattan Casino, a nightclub where musical greats performed and the onetime hub of St. Petersburg's black community, is the force that drives a new song-filled show.

Grand Prix gets rolling
Engines will roar to life this weekend. Read all about the St. Petersburg race in Friday's special sports section. In the meantime, here are the basics.
[Photo courtesy of CART]

Cop drama shoots, misses

An on-target central performance by Kurt Russell isn't enough to overcome the inadequacies of Dark Blue.

photoLacking in execution
The death-row thriller The Life of David Gale is undermined by its illogical plot and ranting liberalism.

Indie Flicks: Jewish Film Festival this weekend
The seventh annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival continues through Monday after Wednesday's opening night events in Clearwater. The festivities move to Tampa Theatre tonight, Saturday and Sunday, plus a finale Monday night at Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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.

Also Opening
Call to arms is rough on rump

Video / DVD
A snapshot of a psychopath

One Hour Photo (R)

Upcoming releases and current rankings
Upcoming releases

Video Rewind: Quick -- what were the last 10 Oscar winners?
The Oscar nomination hoopla remains deafening in Hollywood and will no doubt intensify in the days before and after the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony, on March 23. But will anyone, aside from the winners and the nominees, remember who won 10 years from now? Five years from now? Next year?

Team Pop Trivia

This week's winner: Linda Mundella of St. Petersburg knew that Marvin Gaye was killed by his father, the Rev. Marvin Gay Sr.

Hot Ticket
Grammy nominee brings blues-rock to bay

Ticket Window
James Taylor, 8 p.m. June 5, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Tickets ($25-$45) go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the box office (813) 223-1000 or Ticketmaster (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Another classic production

Before the show even opens, the Show Palace Dinner Theater has a hit with Gypsy.

Multitalented McFerrin
As Bobby McFerrin returns to conduct the Florida Orchestra, the question may arise: Is he a pop singer, a conductor or a jazz artist? The answer: Yes.

Hot Ticket
Hear the first 'Sunrise'

Down the road
Chicago -- The musical Chicago, staged by Eight O'Clock Theatre, is at the Largo Cultural Center Feb. 27-March 16. $10, $18.

A blockbuster in the making

New American and tapas step into the spotlight at Mangia, where food and patrons get the star treatment.

I can't get enough . . .
Fresh grouper.

Food and drink events
Lakeridge Winefest -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, U.S. 27, 3 miles south of Florida Turnpike Exit 285, near Clermont. Guided tours, wine samplings, music, wine specials, crafters and artists, food available; $2 donation. Toll-free 1-800-768-9463or (352) 394-8627.

Glass imaginings

The studio art on exhibit at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts takes glass beyond the utilitarian to a form of artistic expression that was born in the United States.

Hot Ticket
Recasting conceptions about glass

At the museums
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo -- Through April 13, Florida Visual Arts Fellowships: 25th Anniversary Exhibition. Work by 25 artists chosen from several hundred who have received state grants through the Florida Arts Council.

Nite Out
No chip off another Rock

Tony Rock, brother of comedian Chris Rock, has a comic style all his own, so just skip most of the comparisons.

Comics coming soon
Jon Stewart -- March 1, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $29.50-$49. (813) 229-7827.

Get Away
Down the road

Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.

Hot Ticket
Celebrating African-American culture

Downtown Gallery Walk
A special St. Petersburg Downtown Arts Association art walk for the St. Petersburg Grand Prix, with participating galleries offering extended hours, 5:30-9 p.m. Sat. Downtown St. Petersburg locations. (727) 821-6767.

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