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December 27, 2001

Step into 2002 The party line-up: Here are some suggestions to welcome 2002, from family day at the zoo to an elegant night out on the town.

[Times art: Teresanne Cossetta]

Cover Story
Year in, year out
Want to rock with the Red Elvises? Or polka with the German-American Society? Have a day of family fun or an elegant night out? Take your pick for New Year's Eve.

Welcome the year in style
Lots of people are staying home to ring in the new year, gathering in small groups to raise a glass on New Year's Eve or having open houses Jan. 1. However you celebrate, we wish you a happy 2002.

Film
photo'In the Bedroom' offers less than meets the eye
Despite critical hype and able performances, this formulaic film that relies on small-screen conventions offers nothing either new or particularly exciting.

Video and DVD releases
Imagination sucked dry by aliens!

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.

Top 5 movies
1. A Beautiful Mind -- Russell Crowe places himself in Oscar contention with a sterling portrayal of John Forbes Nash, a schizophrenic mathematician. Directed with workmanlike detail by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Cocoon).

Also in theaters
Hollywood opened some of its most anticipated films of 2001 on Christmas Day. Full reviews of these movies appeared in Tuesday's Floridian section.

Stage
More meaning in this 'Messiah'
To communicate a greater depth, the Master Chorale's director focuses that much more on the text of Handel's masterpiece.

Stage: down the road
Peters -- On Jan. 4, Bernadette Peters gives a concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $50.

Stage: hot ticket
Music festival has Dali theme

Pop
Signature Slim
Local blues singer Sarasota Slim talks about his new disc, why he cut his ponytail and his dream dinner companions.

Ticket window
Barry Manilow, 8 p.m. April 16, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Tickets ($59-$100) on sale 10 a.m. Fri. at the box office (727) 791-7400 or Ticketmaster (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

Team pop trivia
This week's winner: Jamie Lewis of South Pasadena knew that British folk punk singer Billy Bragg collaborated with American alt-country band Wilco to perform two Mermaid Avenue albums of songs written by the legendary Woody Guthrie.

Pop: hot ticket
The real thing

Get Away
Getaway: down the road
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus (Jan. 3-13) Circus is Jan. 3-6 at the Ice Palace, Tampa. (813) 223-1000, and Jan. 9-13 at the Times Arena at Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. $11.75-$28.

Getaway: hot ticket
Animal or vegetable?

Art
Art show honors terror victims
Dollar bills stamped with special messages will be among artists' tributes to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks at a special First Night St. Petersburg venue.

Art: hot ticket
Raising the bar on still lifes

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

Dine
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Where shall we dine tonight?
It seems mothing will stop us from going out to eat. All the better then that we have so many new choices.

Side dish
New in town

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