St. Petersburg Times: Weekend
February 22, 2001
photo Scott Hartsock and his monster truck, Gun Slinger, fly through the air with the greatest of ease. They are among the competitors at the Superbowl of Motorsports Saturday in Tampa.

[Photo courtesy Kathy and Scott Hartsock]

Cover Story
A monster in the family
With his wife's support, an Oldsmar man parlays his love of trucks into a career that is a roaring success.

Film saves best for last
It starts out with a tiring flood of self-indulgent surrealism, but eventually Monkeybone actually tickles the funnybone.

A rare treat from Korea
Im Kwon Taek is a household name if your home is Korea, where his films have thrilled audiences for nearly 40 years.

Also in theaters
Yep, that's Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell in those rhinestones and muttonchop sideburns. Seems the easiest way for casino robbers to blend in in Las Vegas is by impersonating Elvis Presley. That's the loopy premise of 3,000 Miles to Graceland, a violent, sexy and profane caper from first-time director Demian Lichtenstein, a music video veteran.

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.

Persall's Top Five
Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall

Blair Witch's magic is gone

Video: Upcoming releases and rankings

Talent times three
Each player brings his own creative perspective to the Marcus Roberts Trio.

Team Pop Trivia
THIS WEEK'S WINNER: Ron Young of Clearwater knew that singer-actor Jennifer Lopez was once a Fly Girl dancer on the comedy show In Living Color.

Pop: Hot Ticket
Bring it on, Parrotheads

Pop: On the horizon
The Monkees -- March 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall: $35.75-$75

Portrait of a community
Photographer James VanDerZeeis famous for his portraits and other innovative work during the Harlem Renaissance.

Art: Best bets
Art critic Mary Ann Marger's recommendations for this weekend. Please refer to the Art Calendar for details.

Art: Hot Ticket
Exploring life's origins

Get Away
Connecting with the past
The Florida African-American Heritage Celebration is in part an effort to fill in the gaps in local history.

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

Get Away: Hot Ticket
Mardi Gras in Dunedin

Glitz outshines fare at Mezzanotte
Centro Ybor's latest dining spot has hip decor and a dance-all-night atmosphere, but the food doesn't have the same cool.

Side dish

The unlikely blockbuster
The most recent Tampa engagement of Les Miserables reminds both the composer and fans of "the world's most popular musical" that initially this adaptation was given little hope of success.

Stage: Upcoming
Boys -- The Vienna Choir Boys sing March 4 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $20.50 and $22.50.

Stage: Hot Ticket
Shaham to solo on Schumann's Piano Concerto

Treasure hunt
Call them the ultimate in recycling: Garage sales, flea markets, swap meets. Someone else's gently worn goods can become treasures in your own home. Serious hunters will prepare themselves with tools of their trade.

In the market
Tips to get the best buys

Time Out
A fine reason to party
The more Independence Days the merrier. Now Tampa folks with ties to the Dominican Republic invite you to honor the country's 157 years as an independent nation.

Rallying for hemp
Lots of advertisers like to put captions next to likenesses of George Washington this time of year. In most cases, our first president is saying things like "Zero down!" or "No payments till June!"

Piecing together a fabulous quilt show
There's more to this show than admiring the many works of art. Visitors can bid on miniquilts, try to win a quilt in a raffle, get appraisals and browse the quilting mall.

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