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POP MUSIC/ Eric Snider ROTH _ High-kicking, wise-cracking David Lee Roth, who fronted Van Halen in its heyday, walks the line between legit rocker and buffoon. True, he does bring a sense of self-deprecating fun to counter the macho pose of most metal men, but sometimes he takes it too far and subverts his credibility. Still, the man can raise a ruckus on stage. Cinderella and Extreme open the show at the USF Sun Dome at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $18.75 (plus service charge), available through Ticketmaster or the Sun Dome box office.

RAMONES _ The aging punks continue to prove that they're not over the hill. Their sound pummels with a hyperdrive verve that would leave many younger bands choking on their exhaust. The Ramones play the Ritz Theater at 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $16 (plus service charge) in advance, available through Ticketmaster; $18 at the door.

DIXIELAND _ The gleeful cacophony known as Dixieland Jazz will invade the Belleview Mido resort this weekend, featuring some of the genre's most respected acts: Uncle Yoke's Black Dogs, the Garden Avenue Seven, Nightblooming Jazzmen, Paradise Jazzmen and others. The ensembles will play at four different stages. Times are: Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Mido. Prices: $45 for a full weekend badge; $18 each for Friday and Sunday; $23 for Saturday. Saturday night features a swing/big band dinner with singer Connie Haines ($30).

FILM / Hal Lipper JUNGLE FEVER _ Spike Lee's latest opus casts Wesley Snipes as a married Manhattan architect who embarks on an affair with his white secretary (Annabella Sciorra), a resident of Bensonhurst. When rumors of their liaison spread, the couple face the realities of conducting an adulterous romance in a society that considers interracial love taboo. Jungle Fever opens throughout Tampa Bay today. Review, page 6.

CITIZEN KANE _ Orson Welles' first and finest film practically reinvented cinematic techniques when it premiered in 1941. This stunning account of a Hearst-like publishing mogul makes extensive use of deep-focus, extreme angle shots and seamless scene-to-scene transitions. Welles, who was 25 when he made Citizen Kane, plays the ruthless publisher. (The movie so enraged William Randolph Hearst that he banned any mention of the film in his newspapers.) Unlike other classics, the 50-year-old Citizen Kane seems to improve with age. See it, and Rosebud, at the Tampa Theater this Saturday through Thursday. On June 14, it opens at the Movies at Largo.

FREEZE-DIE-COME TO LIFE _ Winner of the Camera D'Or at Cannes last year, this is one of the most beautiful films ever made about the capacity of children to enjoy life regardless of their circumstances. Set shortly after World War II in a small mining town in the Soviet Union, this autobiographical first film by Vitaly Kanevsky notes how the bitter existence of the Japanese POWs is practically indistinguishable from that of the miners and their families living in communal barracks. Amid the squalor, Kanevsky focuses on the friendship shared by a 12-year-old boy and girl. Freeze-Die-Come to Life opens today at the Beach Theater on St. Petersburg Beach.

TV / Janis D. Froelich TNN MUSIC CITY NEWS COUNTRY AWARDS _ More slaps on the backs as yet another award show salutes singers and songwriters in the country music biz. But this one is live from the Grand Ole Opry with hosts Tanya Tucker and Roy Clark, so the hoedown should be fun, airing Monday on TNN at 9 p.m.

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT _ Carol Burnett hops into the role of narrator on HBO's charming animated musical special based on the children's classic. HBO airs the half-hour tale of the hare Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

TV SPORTS / ERIC SNIDER

NBA PLAYOFFS _ The NBA takes its Bulls-Lakers final to full prime-time this year, probably capitalizing on the marquee matchup between superstars Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Game Three is tonight at 9 on Ch. 8, and Game Four will be Sunday at 7 p.m.

ART / Mary Ann Marger FUNNY FOLKS _ Boca Raton artist Todd Warner has turned from animals to people for subjects of his whimsical mixed media sculpture. Rarely on display in the bay area, a few of the artist's works are at the Galleries of Frank J. Oehlschlaeger, Gallery II, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, through June 29. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free. Phone Sarasota 388-3312.

ANDI WOUNG _ University of Tampa graduate Andi Woung introduces For Love of Darkling at Berghoff-Cowden Galleries' reception tonight from 7 to 9. The print is the first of a series of original silkscreens being made at Lois Berghoff and Dorothy Cowden's print workshop in Tampa. Hours after the opening are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through July 5. Free. Berghoff-Cowden Galleries is at 3209 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa; 835-5019.

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