Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off

Published November 4, 2005


Three fine movies open today for a variety of tastes: Good Night, and Good Luck (PG), George Clooney's black-and-white film about the showdown between journalist Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph McCarthy; Chicken Little (G), the first completely computer-animated offering from Disney; and Jarhead (R), a drama about the first Persian Gulf War starring Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal. St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall gave Good Night an A- and Jarhead a B. Reviewer Philip Booth gave Chicken Little a B.


Dunedin's annual Art Harvest offers fine arts and crafts in the tree-lined confines of Highlander Park. You'll find 215 exhibiting artists, along with food, music and children's activities. Highlander Park is at Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Avenue. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 727 298-3322 or (727) 738-5523; www.jlcd.org For a range of other art events, see Page 4E.


The food and fun festivals this weekend range in theme from flapjacks to pioneer life. Check out the Flapjack Festival today through Sunday, 4 to 11 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Land O'Lakes Community Center, on U.S. 41, 3 miles north of State Road 54. 813 909-2722; www.centralpascochamber.com Free admission. Pioneer Day at Chinsegut Nature Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center, 23212 Lake Lindsay Road (County Road 476), north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. Free. Art Arbor, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Boyd Hill Nature Park, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg, $2 adults, $1 children. (727) 893-7326. Ruskin Seafood and Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin. $5, $4 seniors, kids admitted free. (813) 645-3808. Chiliblast, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Coachman Park, Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue, downtown Clearwater. Free admission. (727) 562-4839 or (727) 781-6330; www.floridachili.com Safety Harbor Wine Festival, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Main Street, between Bayshore Boulevard and Eighth Street. Free admission. (727) 724-1572.


Strictly Sail, one of the area's biggest boat shows, adds a charitable component this year with a series of Sailing for Miracles fundraisers for All Children's Hospital. Those include a cocktail party 6:30 p.m. today, a celebrity sailor's regatta (4 p.m. Saturday) and a Boat Builder's Poker Run (1 p.m. Sunday). See www.sailingformiracles.org for details. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Spa Beach Park at foot of the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $10 today, $12 Saturday and Sunday. Ages 15 and younger free. $20 for two-day pass. Call toll-free 1-800-817-7245; www.strictlysail.com


Other music highlights include Alan Jackson with Sara Evans and the Wrights, 7:30 p.m. today, Ford Amphitheatre at the Tampa Fairgrounds, Tampa. $31.50-$66.50. (813) 740-2446. Last Damn Show 7, 6 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. $19.87-$35. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100. Florida Orchestra, Masterworks Concert featuring Ferhan and Ferzan Onder, pianos, and Stefan Sanderling, conductor, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15.50-$50.50. (813) 286-2403 or call toll-free 1-800-662-7286.