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Seize the Day

By KATHLEEN LANG

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000


T H I N G S T O D O . . .

For jazz lovers on a budget, check out the Michael Ross Quartet in concert from 9 p.m. to midnight today at Yeoman's Road, 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. The acoustic bass player is joined by saxophonist David Pate, drummer Tom Carrabassi and guitarist Larue Nickelson. Tickets are $3. Call (813) 251-2748.

Pull out the piano bench for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play Vladimir Horowitz's personal Steinway & Sons concert grand. The Legendary Piano Tour, consisting of Steinway grand pianos once owned and played extensively by Horowitz and Van Cliburn, is at the Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, through July 13. Piano teachers, students and music fans of all ages are encouraged to tinkle these ivories. Free. Call (727) 530-3304 for an appointment.

The final days of Thomas Murray's exhibit are waning at Hyde Park Fine Arts, 937 S Howard Ave., Tampa. "Last Chance Texaco," charcoal on paper and oil paintings, runs through Friday. Prices are cut in half to help finance Murray's move to New Mexico and graduate school. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. A new exhibit featuring multimedia will open July 7. Call (813) 258-8883.

T H I N G S T O V I E W . . .

The History Channel debates History of Hollywood? at 9 tonight when it discusses the historical accuracy of the upcoming Mel Gibson film The Patriot, which is set during the Revolutionary War. Guest historians along with interviews with Gibson and others involved in the film highlight this program. Followed at 10 p.m. by the History Channel's annual sounding of the alarm on America's Most Endangered, 11 "symbols of history" designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the most threatened by neglect or development.

Find a ringside seat for American Movie Classics' Fight Night on AMC festival. Enter the ring with The Great White Hope (1970) at 8 p.m. followed by The Greatest (1977) at 10 p.m., Champion (1949) at midnight and The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) at 2 a.m. Friday.

From his memorable movie debut at age 33 as the cackling psychopath Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death, Richard Widmark has held audiences captive for more than five decades. Tonight on A&E's Biography, learn more about the instant star who was once stereotyped as a villain but fought successfully for better roles. 8 p.m.

Kathleen Lang can be reached at