||The weekend brings 300 artists and craftspeople to the largest outdoor art festival in the bay area, at Ashley Drive and Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa.
A fine weekend for art
Nice weather and the works of 300 artists and craftspeople should attract crowds to the bay area's largest outdoor art show.
All this, and strawberries, too
Royalty on parade, country music, animals, contests -- entertainment of all kinds helps Plant City pay homage to its favorite fruit.
- Eat it up with a spoon
If it's March in Plant City, then it's Strawberry Festival time. Bring on the shortcake, music, midway and pig races.
- Who's playing the festival
If you can't get your country music groove on at the Strawberry Fest, then you've got no groove to get on, darlin'. It's as plain as that.
- Event calendar
The Strawberry Festival remains true to its agricultural roots. Featured events include cook-offs, a dairy show, animal exhibits, milking contests and more.
Good dog, bad movie
A canine pursued by hit men because of his drug-sniffing prowess? It's all part of a flick that should be consigned to the doghouse.
Persall's Top Five
Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall
Indie Flicks: Filmmaking off the beaten path
IMAX MOVIES at Channelside -- Tampa's second IMAX venue opens this weekend at Regal Channelside 9 with a pair of films showcasing the format's educational and entertaining possibilities. Going to a museum to watch a movie doesn't appeal to some viewers. Perhaps the familiar multiplex surroundings will open more eyes and ears -- wide -- to the IMAX experience.
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 in Theaters
Brad Pitt's other movie opens
'Kings of Comedy' still funny on small screen
The Original Kings of Comedy
First Elvis, then Fuel
In true lavish rock-star fashion, Brett Scallions, lead singer for modern rockers Fuel, currently on tour with Kid Rock, spent an evening recently living it up on Rock's personal jet.
Team Pop Trivia
This week's winner: Mike Dispenza of Treasure Island knew that litigious metalheads Metallica successfully sued Victoria's Secret in 1999 over unauthorized use of the band's name, for naming a lip pencil Metallica. The band had previously sued Pierre Cardin for the same sort of thing, and now that its members are no longer busy hounding Napster, they're suing a French perfume company for calling its new scent Metallica, which begs the question: Can't these companies come up with original names?
Pop: Ticket Window
Tickets go on sale Friday for Warrant, performing at 8:30 p.m. March 31, at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and available at Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
Pop: Hot Ticket
The brilliant Mr. Bennett
Bellamy's sure it's his turn
Calling from a cell phone in Los Angeles after leaving a viewing of Chris Rock's new movie, Down to Earth, Bill Bellamy pledges his support for the comedian he considers a friend.
Get Away: Down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.
Get Away: Hot Ticket
The original tribal council
Art: Best bets
Art critic Mary Ann Marger's recommendations for this weekend. Please refer to the Art Calendar for details.
Art: Hot Ticket
As an abstract expressionist, Syd Solomon captured the emotion and expression of nature, forcing it to yield to visible form on canvas in works such as Bay Divide (mixed media, 1984), now on view at the Ringling School of Art and Design.
||Dan Marino's gaining fans
BayWalk's bustling new dining spot scores with trendy styling and mostly good food, although it could use some new tweaking in its playbook.
Perch and Ten Beach Drive
The really big band sound
Conductor Keith Lockhart relies on his musicians' versatility to get the nearly 90 players of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to swing like a 20-piece band.
Telling stories on Zora, the storyteller
"Jump at de sun," Zora Neale Hurston said her mother once told her. By that, she said Mama meant "We might not land on the sun, but at least we'll get off the ground."
Concert to help ship stay afloat
Tables and chairs will be set up dockside. Music performed by the Florida Orchestra will be purely patriotic: American Fanfare, God Bless the USA, Hands Across the Sea.
Stage: On the horizon
Chamber -- Richard Cormier leads the Chamber Orchestra of Florida in Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi on March 11 at Friday Morning Musicale. $20.
Stage: Hot Ticket
In its day, Godspell was something of a poor man's Jesus Christ Superstar, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice show that found a huge audience for Christian rock. Now the musical gospel according to St. Matthew is back.
In the market
Catering to canines
Sugar, spice and everything nice
Infancy may be the only time one is adored completely, despite irritating noises and disgusting emissions. No wonder there is such a vast array of wonderful things for entertaining babies and snuggling them comfortably.