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Passing the baton to a new generation

Passing the baton to a new generation

After the speeches and the crowds at Tuesday's inauguration of President-elect Obama, you can find insight into how his administration will work in The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill's analysis of the evolution of black political leadership hits bookstores the day Obama takes office.

His love was like a red, red rose

Shake out your kilt and head to the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the St. Andrews Society of Tampa Bay and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System celebrate Sunday's 250th birthday of Robert Burns by unveiling a bust of the beloved Scottish poet by sculptor Linda Ackley-Eakers. Warning: There will be bagpipes.

Glitz and cutthroat competition

This is a big week for show biz awards. The nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced Thursday morning, and on Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild hands out its awards — often the best predictors of who will grab those Oscars.

How about a SAG statue with cake?

Speaking of the SAG Awards, three TV actors who are nominees have birthdays this week. Mariska Hargitay (up for best female actor in a drama for Law & Order SVU) will be 45 on Friday. The Office is nominated for best ensemble cast in a comedy — a cast that includes Rainn Wilson, who turns 41 on Tuesday, and Ed Helms, who will be 35 on Saturday.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, cbancroft@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8435.

Correction

Listings in Sunday's paper gave an incorrect phone number to buy $25 tickets to a luncheon on Tuesday sponsored by the Friends of Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama. The correct phone number is (727) 323-1104.

Passing the baton to a new generation 01/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 18, 2009 9:26pm]

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