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 TAMPABAY.COM: May 12, 2000
Entertainment News, Reviews from the Times

On stage
Leaps and bounds: Mikhail Baryshnikov
[Photo: Andrea Comas]
Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak modern dance company bring cutting-edge choreography to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Story

Troupe movements
For Doug Varone, modern dance can be found in the motions of our everyday lives: the way we walk, the gestures we make.

'Nunsense' is delightful nonsense
Nunsense, the irreverent little musical comedy about five nuns doing a talent show fund-raiser to bury four sisters poisoned by a bad batch of soup, opened off-Broadway in December 1985 and ran for 3,672 performances over the next 10 years.

Even star power can't guarantee a full house
Tampa Bay has little dance tradition, if you don't count The Nutcracker. As a result, even legendary stars like Mikhail Baryshnikov sometimes play to paltry attendance.

Performances to beguile dance lovers
Three bay area dance companies have upcoming performances.

Today's headlines
Miami 'Millionaire' gets 2nd shot at final answer

Dan Blonsky thought his 15 minutes would run out about two months ago.

98 Rock leads with ages 25-54
There's been a changing of the guard in Tampa Bay area radio, according to the latest Arbitron ratings.

Seize the day
Best bests for Friday

Pop beat
'Shake Your Booty' after the Mutiny game

That KC -- he's been everywhere.

Prize goes to the Dogs
The state of the local music scene? Not too shabby, judging by FLARO4, the Florida Rock Off competition, sponsored annually by Reindeer Records of Portland, Maine.

Audio files
It seems weird to call Silver & Gold a masterpiece.

On screen
Battlefield Earth
[Photo: Franchise Pictures]
Space aliens without a clue
They're big and they're ugly, but the unkempt race that has devastated Earth in Battlefield Earth is also clueless about the workings of science fiction and the demands of plot.

Dancer from Center Stage Enchanted feet
Ballet lifts this Fame-like film above its familiar plot.

Just who is Cynthia Niedland?
St. Petersburg residents may remember this student filmmaker, who hopes to make a name for herself with her short documentary at a New York film festival.

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.

Movies on the edge
Sofia Coppola has been a film industry joke since spoiling The Godfather, Part III with a pivotal, amateurish performance. Ten years later, she deserves serious praise as a filmmaker with this haunting debut, a confident labor of love and dexterity.

Persall's top 5
Recent releases recommended by Times film critic Steve Persall

Getting out
Games, concert sock it to fun seekers
Celebrate good times with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and KC and the Sunshine Band.

Lonely no more
Esther Neuhard felt lost when her husband passed away 36 years ago. Shirley Smith was confused when her husband left her 18 years ago for another woman. And Joe Guess' spirit was broken when his wife died six years ago after 42 years of marriage.

 Dining
Update your taste buds
Bonefish Grill, 5901 Fourth St. N; St. Petersburg, (727) 521-3434

tea potArt beat
Graze as you gaze
Sixteen galleries are participating in the fourth annual Taste of the Arts on Saturday in downtown St. Petersburg.

Three shows opening today
Pair 25 professional artists with 25 developmentally challenged students through three community arts groups based in St. Petersburg, and you have Artlink, an inspired environment for making and viewing art.


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