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MOVIES/HAL LIPPER ROMUALD AND JULIETTE _ Coline Serreau, creator of the original Three Men and a Baby, writes and directs a sweet, sophisticated comedy revolving around two star-crossed lovers: an ousted yogurt company president and the woman who implicates his co-workers in a case of corporate espionage. See Romuald and Juliette at the Tampa Theater tonight through Wednesday, and during selected dates until Nov. 21. Review, page 7 STRAPLESS _ British dramatist David Hare directs Blair Brown and Bridget Fonda as sisters becoming "strapless" _ losing all visible means of support _ during vulnerable times in their lives. The film launches what the Tampa Theater hopes will become an occasional weekend brunch. Vanilla-nut coffee, croissants and bagels are on order for Saturday and Sunday's 11 a.m. screenings. Review, page 12

THE XXII INTERNATIONAL TOURNEE OF ANIMATION _ While less daring than previous installments, this latest compilation is nonetheless engrossing given the variety of mediums the animators apply. Sand, wire, pencil, oil paints, clay, scraps of paper and live action are part of the artists' palettes. In all, there are 18 shorts from 10 countries. Among them is West Germany's Balance, an allegory about power, diplomacy and greed that won this year's Oscar as best animated short. The Beach Theater in St. Petersburg Beach opens the XXII Tournee tonight.

TV / JANIS D. FROELICH PISCOPO _ Joe Piscopo in Concert features the muscle man of many guises. Piscopo, the ex-Saturday Night Live player best known now for beer commercials, lands this HBO special, airing at 10 p.m. Saturday. It's heavy on body building humor and parodies of performers who have made their mark, unlike Joe.

LEISURE / MARY EVERTZGRAND PRIX _ The GTE Grand Prix is back on track in downtown St. Petersburg. The action begins at 8:30 a.m. today and ends with the Toyota Atlantic Race at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A three-day ticket is $40. Friday-only admission is $15; Saturday and Sunday, $20. Tickets are available at participating Publix supermarkets and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Tickets purchased at the gate are $5 more. Call 896-7223 (St. Petersburg).


MARY ANN MARGER RETURN OF JEFF WHIPPLE _ Popular artist Jeff Whipple is back after a few years in Chicago. His paintings, which examine the human comedy, are at Berghoff-Cowden Galleries, 3209 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Nov. 16. Free. Call 835-5019 (Tampa).

AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART _ The third annual art show sponsored by the African American Arts Council of Greater Tampa Bay features the meticulous realism of Brooksville painter Solomon Gavin. Also on display are works by other bay area artists. The show is at The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.Please RSVP by calling 821-6764 (St. Petersburg) or 873-4001 (Tampa).

SOLOMON, SOLOMON _ Syd Solomon opens in two Sarasota locations this weekend: at the Ringling Museum of Art where he has a retrospective (today through Jan. 6) and at Corbino Galleries, where he exhibits major works on paper (Saturday through Nov. 30). Call the Ringling at 355-5101 and Corbino at 955-8845 in Sarasota.

POP MUSIC/ERIC SNIDER ADULT POP _ The middle-of-the-road pop season, targeted at the 50-plus crowd, kicks in at the area's performing arts halls. Jim Nabors, who earned fame playing that goofball Marine, Gomer Pyle, has an operatic tenor. He'll perform at 8 p.m. today at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $25 and $29, available through the Eckerd box office. The singing husband-and-wife team of Diahann Carroll and Vic Damone plays the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. today. Tickets range from $10-$28.50, available through Ticketmaster or the Performing Arts Center box office. Carroll and Damone also will hold court at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22.50-$26.50, available through the Van Wezel box office.

SPECIAL BEAT _ A supergroup molded from stars in the British pop-ska movement, Special Beat includes members of the Specials, the English Beat and General Public, including Ranking Roger. It should be a lively, dance-heavy night at Jannus Landing on Saturday. The Toasters open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 (plus service charge), available through Ticketmaster; $15 day of show. Story, page 29.

GUY _ Flashy blues guitarist Buddy Guy was a hero to most all the young white Brits that earned blues-rock stardom in the late '60s _ Clapton, Beck, Page et al. Guy is a road warrior now, playing an endless string of one-nighters, turning on club audiences with his six-string fireworks and stage antics. He'll hit Skipper's Smokehouse at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 (plus service charge) in advance, available through Ticketmaster; $12.50 day of show.