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Forward thinking

An entirely subjective look at the week ahead

Published February 14, 2005


Young filmmaker Vincent Vittorio says he drew on his childhood memories of Tampa for Little Men, a film about friendship and conflict among kids. Made for $50,000 and filmed in Tampa Palms in 2003, the movie shows one time only tonight at 7:30 at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Some of the youngsters in the cast are locals, so expect a supportive crowd. Tickets are $8; call (813) 274-8982.


Didn't make a restaurant reservation for tonight? You're in trouble, lover. But you might be able to save it. Forget those doghouse roses in the white buckets on the corner. Try Esquire's love letter generator at for an e-mailed warmup. Then hit the wine shop Champagne and the bakery (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate), and rent a DVD about love against the odds. (Try Say Anything; Chocolat; Out of Sight; Truly, Madly, Deeply; or Moonstruck.)


Every Parrothead within a couple hundred miles knows Jimmy Buffett is performing Feb. 26 at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. They can get themselves in a Key West state of mind a week early by watching Jimmy Buffett Uncut, an hourlong interview with new footage of Buffett chatting about love, literature and music. It airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on CMT.


The formidable Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has a new book, Making Kind Choices: Everyday Ways to Enhance Your Life Through Earth-and-Animal-Friendly Living. She'll be signing it at 2 p.m. Sunday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. in Tampa. Inkwood co-owner Carla Jimenez says that, given the shop's close quarters, you should leave your companion animals at home. But you can read them the book later.


There hasn't been this much betting action on TV characters since J.R. got shot. On The Simpsons, at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox, someone in the cast will come out - and Homer will preside at his or her wedding. Odds are on Marge's sister Patty; Smithers is too obvious, Flanders too easy a shot. One thing that won't be a surprise will be cranky reaction from groups like the Parents Television Council ( which two weeks ago revealed the shocking news that MTV has lots of sex, drugs and violence. It did, however, approve of this year's Super Bowl halftime, even that song of Sir Paul's about marijuana and gender confusion. Go figure.


Those born the week of Valentine's Day include a trio of strangely lovable guys. Today, Teller, the silent half of gonzo magic duo Penn and Teller, is 57. And Simon Pegg, star and screenwriter of last year's horror spoof Shaun of the Dead, is 35. On Tuesday, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is 51.

- By COLETTE BANCROFT, Times staff writer, 727 893-8435 or

[Last modified February 11, 2005, 14:41:04]

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