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August 11, 2000
TAMPABAY.COM: August 11, 2000
Entertainment News, Reviews from the Times

Cover story

[Times files: Bill Serne/1997]
Boaters can only live out of a cooler for so long. Eventually, you want to tie up at the dock and enjoy a meal cooked by someone else. Story

On Screen
Hollywood's summer dogs
The dog days of summer movies are here, when Hollywood dumps new films into multiplexes like so much picnic litter.

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

 Not a single saving grace
Even the search for a new messiah can't redeem Bless the Child's tired portrayal of twisted theology and cheap shocks.

Movies on the edge
BUTTERFLY (R) (97 min.) -- Wrap a genteel coming-of-age tale, leisurely paced and suffused with sentimentality, inside a troubling historical era. The result may be an awkwardly dressed simpleton of a period piece.

Pop Beat
Freedom becomes Blige
Mary J. Blige says her new album isn't crossover, she's just doing things the way she wants.

Classical file
CARUSO 2000: DIGITAL RECORDINGS (RCA) -- Digital technology has come to 16 of the most famous solos of Enrico Caruso, whose records were made before electricity transformed the recording process. This millennial makeover is not as ghastly as you might imagine. In fact, Caruso 2000 offers what seems like a reasonable facsimile of how the great Italian tenor actually sounded without the wretched little bands and surface noise of the early wind-up recordings.

On Stage
Coming home to success
You could call it the summer of Bill Leavengood's success. First came Webb's City: The Musical, written and directed by Leavengood. With a score by Lee Ahlin, the musical about St. Petersburg entrepreneur Doc Webb played to enthusiastic crowds at Ruth Eckerd Hall and Mahaffey Theater in June and July.

Art Beat
Just right for an evening's viewing
With just 11 galleries participating, Saturday's Downtown Art Association walk is small enough to visit all galleries during the allotted time, or to drop in to a few at a more leisurely pace.

Clayton Galleries opens 'Hot Summer Show III'
CLAYTON GALLERIES -- Clayton Galleries continues its summer rotation of works by gallery artists with "Hot Summer Show III," opening Wednesday and continuing through Sept. 2. Among the exhibitors are Virginia Derryberry, Susan Klein, Jeffrey Kronsnoble and Fraser Smith. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; (813) 831-3753.

TimeOut
It's a pool party
Teens can get out and cool down at the Extreme Pool Party from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.


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