Courtly ways and fun without electricity await you at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Largo.
Much more fun than the real Middle Ages
Whether a lady or a wench, a prince or a page, you're welcome at Puddleton on Piddle.
'15 Minutes' is a waste of time
This needlessly violent film displays the worst traits of the tabloids it claims to criticize: an empty-headed story fueled by exploitation.
Festival has its first showing
TAMPA -- Leora Chai remembers watching grown-up movies like The Champ and Star Wars at age 4, while her little pals were entranced by Big Bird.
Enter the Times Oscar Contest
Welcome to the Times Oscar Contest, your chance not only to show off your Hollywood savvy, but also to say which of the nominated movies are your personal favorites.
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.
Movies opening in limited release:
Persall's Top Five
Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall
Also in Theaters
'Meet the Parents' for lots of laughs
Video: Upcoming releases and rankings
Folk music, Florida style
At this two-day marathon of music you can sit back, relax and let your toes tap. Or bring your own fiddle or guitar and join in.
Pop: Ticket Window
Tickets go on sale Friday for Leftover Salmon, performing at 8:30 p.m. April 21 at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $17 in advance and are available at Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.
Team Pop Trivia
This week's winner: Beverley Dedrick of Seminole knew that Fred "Sonic" Smith, the late husband of punk godmother Patti Smith, played guitar in the legendary Detroit punk band the MC5, which, incidentally, stood for Motor City Five.
Pop: Hot Ticket
Kasey Chambers in Tampa
Get Away: Hot Ticket
High style and horse races
Get Away: Down the road
Events to watch for; details in future editions of Weekend.
A light for all to see
Thomas Kinkade has reached millions with his paintings. On Sunday, he'll visit two bay area malls that have his galleries.
Against evil, art
Samuel Bak's canvases evoke a world rebuilt after the horror of the Holocaust.
Art: Best bets
Art critic Mary Ann Marger's recommendations for this weekend. Please refer to the Art Calendar for details.
Art: Hot Ticket
The gallery march
This place cooks
Zoria's chefs celebrate food, from the lowliest root vegetables to the most delicate desserts and everything in between.
Lessons from Dogpatch
Being Li'l Abner for 693 performances on Broadway gives you a few stories to tell the young'uns in a Tampa Bay production.
Stage: On the horizon
Coppola -- Sacco and Vanzetti, an opera by Anton Coppola, premieres March 16-18 at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. $19.50-$55.50.
Stage: Hot Ticket
A Verdi rarity
March, it is said, blows in like a lion and out like a lamb, and shoppers can find merchandise on both themes. Having experienced the roar and acrid breath of Florida wildfires, let us hope for gentle rains and soft breezes.
In the market
Just for kids
The animals that once roamed this state constantly reveal their secrets to local paleontologists, who study their huge bones and jagged teeth.