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ART /Mary Ann Marger IT'S ALL ON YOUR HEAD - A collaborative installation, including hair montage and puddle art by Julius Vitali and Terry Niedzialek, opens tonight at the Florida Center for Contemporary Art, 1722 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Following the reception, 7-9 p.m., regular gallery hours through March 31 are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Events in conjunction with the show are a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Wed. and a performance, At the Corner of Error and Perfection, at the Tampa Theater, 711 Franklin Street Mall, at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Events at Florida Center are free. The Tampa Theater performance is $10; tickets available at the center, the theater and Ticketmaster locations. Call 248-1171 (Tampa). GUGLIOTTA, GAZZOLI, KIMBALL - What, no fish in Diane Gugliotta's art? That's because the whimsical mixed media artist is trying new directions. She exhibits along with Italo Gazzoli (mixed media and drawings) and Jan Kimball (sculpture). The show opens tonight at the Arts Center with a reception from 5:30-7:30, and continues through March 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Free. The Art Center is at 100 Seventh St. S, St. Petersburg; Call 822-7872.

POP MUSIC /Eric Snider STREET BALL - It won't exactly be like New Orleans, but you can get a whiff of Mardi Gras on Saturday at El Pasaje Plaza in Ybor City.

Sponsored by the Cajun Connection, the Mardi Gras Street Ball will feature two strong zydeco bands - Warren Caesar and Creole Zydeco Snap and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band - along with the Cajun outfit Charivari. This year's theme, "Your Favorita Past Life," should inspire plenty of costume ideas. The ball starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at Cafe Creole, $12 day of show.

For information, call 286-0597 in Hillsborough. On Sunday, Caesar and

Carrier bring their bands to Skipper's Smokehouse (corner of Skipper and Nebraska, Tampa) at 6:30 p.m. A crawfish boil is included in the $6 admission (at the gate only).

MOVIES /Hal Lipper ROMERO - Raul Julia is the sturdy centerpiece of this decent, well-crafted film, written by John Sacret Young and directed by John Duigan, about the radicalization of a priest. Julia depicts Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a pleasant, unremarkable and fragile man who is thrust onto center stage during a bloody epoch in El Salvador's history. The life, death and politicalization of Romero are explored in Romero, opening today at the Beach Theater in St. Petersburg Beach.

THEATER /Thomas B. Harrison EASTERN STANDARD - Richard Greenberg's glib comedy revels in its

shallowness, and this brain-dead Asolo Theater Company production hits all the false notes correctly. Garry Allan Breul directs an attractive but largely uninvolved cast in this play about callow dilettantes who regard a homeless person as a social science project. Presented through April 8 in the Harold E. and Esther M. Mertz Theater of the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Performances at 8:15 nightly, with matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets $10 to $25. Call 351-8000.

70 GIRLS 70 - A cast of showbiz veterans populates this Asolo revival of the 1971 John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, which focuses on a group of aging performers who resort to crime to save their dilapidated home. The Asolo version, co-directed by John Ulmer and Rob Marshall, features an updated book by David Thompson and Norman L. Martin, and musical direction by the Asolo's gifted David Brunetti.

Presented Feb. 20 through April 11. Tickets $11 to $25. Call 351-8000.

TV /Janis D. Froelich HULK - The green man is dead. That's what the title of The Death of the Incredible Hulk implies. But maybe, just maybe, David Banner (Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno, photo at right)) has just run out of Hulkster high jinks. Tune in Sunday and see, locally at 9 p.m. on WFLA-Ch. 8.