St. Petersburg Times: Weekend

June 7, 2001

photo Rhino Rally plunges into Busch Gardens, heralding the arrival of the summer sun and fun season in Central Florida's main attractions.

Cover story
Are we having fun yet?
Welcome to Central Florida, where abundant theme parks mean play time is no sweat, even under the summer sun.

Welcome back, Travolta
The actor, after a couple of also-ran movies, swims back confidently in the techno thriller Swordfish.

Alien bust
The director who brought you Ghostbusters tries to get by on a few names, some tricks and a lot of attitude. The result is a disappointment.

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: Top Five
Current movies recommended by the Times.

Indie Flix
Movies in limited release:

Upcoming DVD / Video attractions and rankings

'Crouching Tiger' springs into living rooms

Team Pop Trivia
This week's winner: Michelle Pisciotti from Tampa knew that Quiet Riot's original guitarist was the late Randy Rhoads, who later left to play with Ozzy Osbourne. Rhoads died in 1982 at age 25 in a bizarre accident in Leesburg. The small airplane Rhoads was flying in clipped the tour bus Osbourne was traveling in and then crashed into a nearby house.

Pop: Hot ticket
Something old, something new

Pop: Ticket Window
On the horizon

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

Get Away: Hot Ticket
Waterfront goes Caribbean

The never-fading garden
Art endures where nature sometimes falls short. Lisa Williamson's garden artistry captures colors that cannot fade, as well as blossoms that the eye has never seen.

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

Samba Room has style, if not taste
Corporate Cuban food in Tampa? The new hot spot delivers spice and glamor, though you won't find much of it on your plate.

First Bite
The new star on Clearwater Beach

Side dish

Nite Out
Breathe a little easier
Belly up to an oxygen bar for a whiff of the good stuff of life.

Fleet feet fire up the Ice Palace
When Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames show comes to Tampa on Sunday, the audience can expect a huge array of glittering stage lights, as well as the world's fastest feet.

Stage: On the horizon
Dramatists -- Gorilla Theatre's Young Dramatists Project runs June 21-24. $10 and $12.

Hideaways from the heat
We know the calendar says it's still spring. We also know that Florida's summer is here. When you want a shield from heat and sun, you'll find a variety of ideas, from cool shades to hot lawn furniture. Remember to apply sunscreen -- liberally.

In the market

Time Out
Donny Osmond's making the most of life
His 38-year career in show business has touched upon many aspects of entertainment; the teen idol is long gone, but the confident singer seems ready to stay.

West Shore brimming with choices
If you don't think there are enough meat-and-potato places in Tampa, then you obviously haven't been to the West Shore Boulevard area lately. West Shore takes steak to a higher level. From the leather and polished wood atmosphere of the upscale sports bars to the airy refinement of the chic hangouts, you're bound to find a steak prepared to your liking. But even if filets and sirloins aren't your favorites, there are plenty of other choices, whether upscale or down-to-earth.

Art, it's what's for lunch
The Tampa Museum gives you food for thought come lunchtime today.

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