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Clearwater Jazz Holiday pulls together a top-notch lineup of smooth and straight-ahead rhythms, dazzling with stars like trumpeter Terence Blanchard, the man behind the music of many Spike Lee flicks.

October 19, 2000

Cover Story
It's all in the mix
Organizers of this year's Clearwater Jazz Holiday hope to please with a more balanced mix of acts, including acoustic, fusion, Latin, R&B and neo-swing music.

  • Terence Blanchard
    Terence Blanchard is keeping busy with a well-received new CD, scoring movies and as the artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of Southern California.
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
    Dee Dee Bridgewater strayed for a while -- dabbled in other musical directions, took some acting roles. But the vocal traditions of jazz called her back.
  • Jerry Gonzalez
    Jerry Gonzalez's musical inspiration comes from legends such as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Machito and Eddie Palmieri who, he says, showed him how "to go in my own direction."

Hot Ticket
Hot tickets
Dance takes center stage

A disappointing payoff
Such a good idea deserves a better movie than Pay It Forward turns out to be. Don't fault the star-studded cast, though.

'Bedazzled'? Bedraggled
With sophomoric humor and lack of subtlety, it's all downhill after the opening credits.

'Bamboozled' gets under your skin
Spike Lee's modern minstrel show is brilliant and baffling, touching one moment and repulsive the next.

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

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. Films are categorized as "recommended" for family viewing, "recommended with reservations" and "not recommended" for family viewing, with a description of content that led to that categorization. Compiled by St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall.

 Woody and Buzz return with Tour Guide Barbie
Here is what reviewers thought of this week's new video releases back when they were released on the big screen. Second thoughts include hindsight about the movies, what they'll be like on video and suggestions about who might want to rent them.

Rhapsody in the park
Grab a blanket and head for the park, where the Florida Orchestra will present an open-air concert. Don't miss the grande finale with Tchaikovsky and fireworks.

Ticket window
Single tickets are on sale for the Asolo Theatre Festival, which begins Nov. 3 with I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick. (800) 361-8388 or

Sun rises on 'Fiddler'
A father raised with Jewish traditions finds himself coping with rebellious daughters and harsh political realities in Fiddler on the Roof, opening Friday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.

The Show Palace Dinner Theatre will hold open auditions for its 2001 season at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Performers of all ages are needed. Everyone auditioning should bring 16 bars of up-tempo music and a ballad. Be prepared to dance and read from scripts. Call (888) 655-7469.

On the horizon
Julio Iglesias -- Oct. 27 and Nov. 1, Ruth Eckerd Hall: $49.75-$59.75.

Balancing the real and the ethereal
Two one-artist shows contemplate the deeper meaning of life in their own styles.

Art best bets
Joseph Veach Noble -- Nationally known donor of antiquities to Tampa Museum of Art speaks at museum.

Art Calendar
Mail items for consideration to "Weekend Art Calendar," St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731; or fax to "Weekend Art Calendar" at (727) 892-2327. Deadline is 10 days prior to publication.

Night Life
Cool kitsch
TAMPA -- Tom Jones gently croons to appreciative twentysomethings, who mingle in themed rooms with multicolored waterfalls. It's a Thursday night at Rain Lounge, an eclectic new bar in Tampa's Channelside district.

Get Away
All aboard the moving museum
PARRISH -- Passengers gather in an empty field to wait for a train that goes nowhere.

Down the road
Some Halloween-related activities to plan for.

Boldness in the 'burbs: Rock Waters
The menu still needs some tweaking, but early indications show that this new Tarpon Springs restaurant is headed toward good things.

Cheap thrill: Fourth Street Shrimp Store
Chris Sherman designates his favorites where you can eat happily for $10 or less as Cheap Thrills.

Hot for Halloween
When Halloween became a major commercial holiday in the United States, we're not sure. Judging from retail aisles and neighborhood lawns, there's a huge market for spooky stuff. Here are some treats for procrastinators.

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