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Wrap it up
[Times photos: Lisa DeJong and Dirk Shadd • Times art: Teresanne Cossetta]
No more ties and socks! We went shopping for gifts grown-ups will find useful, beautiful, or just plain fun. The hardest part may be giving them away.

December 7, 2000

Cover Story
For kids at heart
Shopping for kids is easy. If you don't know what they want, they're happy to fill you in. Grown-ups, however, are another matter. Make this the year you look beyond ties and scarves for things to delight adults who have a sense of play.

Shopping savvy
Some retailers have extended holiday hours. The least hectic times to shop are early morning and after 8 p.m. weekdays.

Time Out
Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit
Special holiday events all over the area will have you dreaming of sugarplums, even if you're not yet in the spirit of the season.

Rude 'tude at the Hydeaway
As single bars go, the focus is on volume, not ambience, at this S Howard meet market.

Tampa's SoHo -- It's to dine for
From upscale spots to suit the rich to pizza joints for the average Joe, there's an eclectic flavor about the culture -- and the appetizing cuisine -- in Tampa's Soho to appease all taste buds.

Stretch your mind and body
An international yoga seminar offers enlightenment about the benefits and religious aspects of the discipline.

Hot Tickets
Hot Tickets
Roadhouse rock

Film
All locked up with no place to go
Meg Ryan merely distracts from the kidnap-and-ransom macho plot of Proof of Life.

 A rope, a precipice and gravity
In this man versus mountain film, the people are just another prop. It's the action sequences that matter.

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.

Also in Theaters
Big-screen "Dungeons' arrives

Video
'Nutty' and naughty
NEW RELEASES

Dine
Sacks is dark, smoky and elegant
Chidi Ahanotu's new place is upscale by nature. Dress up and be prepared for a wide range of premium drinks, fine food, live jazz and expensive decor.

First Bite
Sushi comes to No. 9 Bangkok

Side dish
MALLS 'N' MEALS

Pop
He's An 'Excitable Boy'!! She Kisses Girls!!
10 PRESSING QUESTIONS

Pop: On the horizon
The Beach Boys -- Dec. 14, Ruth Eckerd Hall: $32.75-$45.75.

Night Life: Ticket Window
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Sat. for comedy performances at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Carol Burnett at 8 p.m. March 19, $39-$50; Elayne Boosler at 8 p.m. March 24, $23.75-$27.75; and George Carlin at 8 p.m. March 28, $32.50-$37.50. (727) 791-7400 (Ruth Eckerd Hall box office) or Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Team Pop Trivia
This week's winner: Andrew Hummer of Seminole knew the Doors took its name from the Aldous Huxley essay The Doors of Perception, inspired by this line of poetry by poet William Blake:

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

Perspective on a life's work
Robert Hodgell, a Florida artist who died last March, had a personal art collection of his own works that spanned a multitude of mediums, including clay, oil, acrylic, watercolor and linoleum-cut prints. More than 50 of these pieces are on display at the Arts Center.

Stop and shop for art
"Come for great punch and mediocre cookies," quips Bill Killingsworth of ArtSpace, one of 23 stops on Saturday's monthly Downtown Arts Association walk. But that's secondary. The main reason to check out the art studios above the Florida Craftsmen Gallery is to admire, and perhaps buy, holiday decorations made by bay area artists to benefit Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

Get Away
Relax in Venice, close to home
Well, maybe gondolas are in short supply, but Florida's city of that name offers leisurely waterside dining, shopping, beachcombing -- and even a grand canal.

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

Stage
Stage: On the horizon
Baroque -- Momentum Dance Company performs to baroque scores Dec. 15 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $12 and $14.

The birth of a symphony
Florida West Coast Symphony premieres Quantumsymphony, a new work by David Carlson.

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