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ART / MARY ANN MARGER ACRYLICS PLUS _ Works by Rowena Berteau (acrylics and collage) and Robert C. Turner (acrylics and tissue paper) go on display with an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Suntan Art Center, 3300 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Petersburg Beach (next to the Don CeSar). Hours following the opening are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Nov. 24. It's free. Call 367-3818 (St. Petersburg Beach).

ART OF THE NEW WEST _ Gary Ernest Smith exhibits his clean, sharp style of neo-regionalism, portraying Western subjects, in "Journey in Search of Lost Images," on display Sunday through Nov. 21 at the Art League of Manatee County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Also on display are works by well-known bay area artists Robert Gelinas, George Pappas, Jack Dowd and others. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Call Bradenton 746-2862 (Bradenton).

MOVIES / HAL LIPPER

JESUS OF MONTREAL _ Writer-director Denys Arcand rails against religious hypocrisy, media deception and the rank commercialism in this radical rethinking of the Passion play. Arcand's handsome, occasionally lethargic, yet ultimately rewarding film opens tonight at the Beach Theater in St. Petersburg Beach.

PATHFINDER _ Norwegian writer and director Nils Gaup adapts a Lapland legend, passed for generations through his family, about a young boy attempting to save the Lapps from a band of Tchude warriors. This widely acclaimed adventure, heightened with a hint of mysticism, runs tonight through Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday at the Tampa Theater in Tampa.

IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE _ Forget the alleged joys of 3-D glasses; one size doesn't fit all. With Jack Arnold's vintage twist on Ray Bradbury's story, the three-dimensional effects aren't as important as the film's finely defined performances or its somber mood. It Came From Outer Space, the story of aliens adopting human forms while repairing their spacecraft in the Arizona desert, remains one of the most satisfying vestiges of the '50s sci-fi craze. It plays the Tampa Theater at 10 tonight and Saturday.

CLASSICAL MUSIC / RUSSELL STAMETS

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA _ Guest conductor Joann Falletta leads aconcert that features a saxophone concerto by Paris/Prague/Tampa composer Alexandre Rudajev. French virtuoso Claude Delangle is soloist in the Rudajev as well as the Ibert Concertino de Camera. The program also includes the Turina Danzas Fantasticas and the Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition at the concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $14-$24 and available by calling 286-2403 (Hillsborough) or 447-4210 (Pinellas).

TV / JANIS D. FROELICH

THE KING _ Talk-show host Larry King lands his own prime-time special on NBC, titled Sunday Night With Larry King. From 8-9 p.m. on WFLA-Ch. 8, King has a familiar roster of guests, including the Rocky movie crew, Sylvester Stallone and his son, Sage, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire and Carl Weathers.

POP MUSIC / ERIC SNIDER

POWER JAM _ If you wanna shake it, shake it, shake it and shake it some more, the Power Jam Tour is the hottest ticket in town this weekend. The orgy of dance-pop sounds features Stevie B, Sweet Sensation, George Lamond, Candy Man and TKA. Adding an interesting ethnic element, the two top Latino rappers _ Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace _ will be on the bill as well. The show is today at 8 p.m. at the Bayfront's Mahaffey Theater. Reserved-seat tickets are $16 (plus service charge), available through Ticketmaster and the Bayfront box office.

COUNTRY _ Two strong country bills roll into the bay area this weekend _ unfortunately, they're both today. Middle-of-the-road singers Crystal Gayle and Ronnie Milsap team up at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $26 and $22, available through the Eckerd Hall box office. Country-rock picker/fiddler/singer Charlie Daniels takes on the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 and $20.50, available through the Van Wezel box office.

MASTERS _ The raggedy, punk-oriented jam band, Masters of Reality, plays the USF Special Events Center (Tampa Campus) Wednesday with a new member in tow: Ginger Baker, who more than two decades ago held down the drum chair for the definitive '60s power trio, Cream. Tickets for the general public are $5 (plus service charge) in advance, available through Ticketmaster; $6 day of show. Tickets for students are $3, if purchased on campus.

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