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May 17, 2001

Fell the fever Tropical Heatwave washes across Ybor City on Saturday.

[Times art:
Octavio Perez]

Cover Story
Something so hot can be so cool
For lovers of music outside the mainstream, Tropical Heatwave is a fresh breeze blowing across six Ybor City stages.

Cold news for Heatwave fans
Randy Wynne, program director for WMNF-88.5, the sponsor of Tropical Heatwave, says this year may mark the end of a Tampa tradition.

Here's the lineup
The annual WMNF Tropical Heatwave brings an eclectic mix of music to Ybor City. Tickets for Heatwave are $25 advance, $30 at the door, $12 for under 21, free for kids under 12. Late-night tickets, for those arriving after 11 p.m., are $12.

Film
'Shrek' needs human touch
The lack of warmth in the film's look illustrates the shortfalls of computer animation. Still, it's a pleasant enough virtual fairy tale.

Jennifer LopezThe uniform fits
In Jennifer Lopez' new film Angel Eyes, the pop culture icon demonstrates her growing confidence before the camera and a talent that transcends the transitory appeal of peek-a-boo fashions.

Persall's top five
1. Chopper -- Fact-based tale of a ruthless career criminal Down Under featuring an incendiary performance by Eric Bana in the title role.

At the box office
The top movies at North American theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:

Indie flix
Brutal brilliance

Video
A good deed gone bad
New releases

Upcoming video/DVD releases
May 22: Before Night Falls, Some Like It Hot, Diary of a Chambermaid, Beautiful Joe, Requiem for a Dream, Vertical Limit.

Get Away
Ear-to-ear grins in Zellwood
Shucks, it's time to head to the annual sweet corn festival for music, crafts, good food and rides.

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

Diana's dresses return
The Princess of Wales' gorgeous gowns, traveling the world for charity, come back to Tampa on Friday.

Getaway: hot ticket
Diana's dresses and other star attire

Art
The dimensions of art, nature and culture
The Arts Center's current show of sculpture and painting tickles the imagination, touches the soul and sparks a few smiles.

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

Art: hot ticket
Irony, survival and modern Cuban art

Pop
On the horizon
Dickey Betts Band -- May 24, Jannus Landing: $16-$20

Pop: hot ticket
A quirky alternative

Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Ted Machler of Dunedin knew that Brat Pack actor Rob Lowe once dated The Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine and made a cameo as a nebbish nerd in the band's 1984 Turn to You video.

Dine
Chateau France
In the French tradition
Chateau France surrounds the diner with gracious airs, and the food recalls the flavors of a time before nouvelle ruled.

Side dish
Menu out front. Posting a menu under glass outside is an old custom where many diners are on foot, but it also makes sense in a car culture and especially in malls or entertainment districts. Nothing fancy; just a menu in the window or a stack of take-out menus is cheap, easy advertising. It lures many and spares others sticker shock.

Stage
An encore for the maestro
Anton Coppola, buoyed by the debut of his opera Sacco & Vanzetti, sees his best possibility for a second production in Europe. He will conduct a concert of Verdi and Puccini music this weekend.

Young cellist leads double life
Taking a full load of classes as a college freshman is only part of Alisa Weilerstein's busy schedule; she is also in demand as a performer.

Stage: ticket window
Stomp, July 10-15, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. Tickets ($15.50-$49.50) on sale at noon Sunday at the box office at (813) 229-7827 or www.tbpac.org or at Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100..

Stage: hot ticket
Gorilla gets 'Snakebit'

Night Life
Night life: hot ticket
No splinters at Side Splitters

Shop
Gifts for the graduate
Green is the favorite color of expectant high school and college graduates; bills and checks are always in style. We found other options, most of which can do double duty as money holders. Congratulations, class of 2001!

In the market
Sela Ward, star of ABC's Once and Again, will host QVC's Cure by the Shore 1-4 p.m. Saturday in a benefit for the National Women's Cancer Research Alliance. The show, to be broadcast live from Monaco, will feature designer sunglasses and other accessories at half their retail price.

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