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ART / Mary Ann Marger

ALICE IN DALILAND _ Salvador Dali's version of Alice in Wonderland Pinspires the theme for the annual Surrealist Masquerade Ball at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are available for $25 through TicketMaster outlets (287-8844) or the museum (823-3767). Reserved seats for $125 and up available at the museum.

CHRIS STILL AND TARPON SPRINGS _ It has become an annual event: Chris Still holds a one-person show at his studio; the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center complements it with an appropriate program 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Still exhibits paintings of native Americans; the center presents artifacts and performances of the Seminole sacred Green Corn Dance. Both shows continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 8. The Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is at 101 Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19 N); the studio is at 123 E Tarpon Ave. Free. Call 942-4513 (Tarpon Springs).

RINGLING FACULTY _ Faculty members of the Ringling School of Art and Design open their annual show with a reception 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. On display are works by Neverne Covington, Dolores Coe, Leslie Lerner, Morris Mitchell and more than 40 others. The show runs during gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Nov. 21. Free. Selby Gallery, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, one block east of N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 359-7563.

GALLERIES GALORE _ Several area galleries hold open houses for new shows tonight. Among them: Aleksandar Galleries, 4336 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, quincentennial theme show, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Evelyn Cobb Galleries, 222 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, "Three Men and a Lady," 5 to 8 p.m.; Anderson-Marsh Galleries, 348 Corey Ave., St. Petersburg Beach, "An Evening in Madrid," 7:30 p.m.

FILM / Hal Lipper

ENCHANTED APRIL _ For those who couldn't get enough of Howards End comes Mike Newell's intoxicating idyll set at a remote Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean. Four London women take refuge there in April 1921, escaping passionless marriages or the confines of class-regimented British life. Based on Elizabeth von Armin's 1922 novel, Enchanted April is the tale of blossoming friendships and newly defined lives. It opens today at the Largo Mall 8 in Largo and the Northdale Court in Tampa.

SONG OF EXILE _ Ann Hui, the Hong Kong-based director of Boat People, continues her exploration of alienation within foreign cultures through this tale of a lifelong rift between a Japanese-born mother and her 25-year-old Chinese daughter. When Hueyin (Maggie Cheung) returns to Hong Kong from college in London, she discovers her widowed mother (Shwu-Fen Chang) more tradition-bound than ever. Song of Exile, opening tonight at the Beach Theater in St. Petersburg Beach, is the account of their tentative steps toward compromise and reconciliation.

PRIDE FILM FEST _ Some of the most acclaimed new gay and lesbian films, including Swoon and The Living End, play the third annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Film Festival at the Tampa Theater through Sunday. See page 8 for a schedule and synopses of selections.

THEATER / John Fleming

HAITI _ Once on This Island, a musical set in Haiti, continues at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, with shows at 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19.50-$36; call 221-1045 or (800) 955-1045.

MUSICAL _ Working, a musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, is the fall student production at Eckerd College. It opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 25. Tickets are $1-$5; call 867-1166.

POP MUSIC / Eric Snider

SKIPPER'S _ The Skipperdome, the charming outdoor concert spot adjacent to Skipper's Smokehouse, boasts a strong week of shows. Starting on Saturday, the storied, horn-heavy R&B band Roomful of Blues makes its bay area debut. The group is a party institution along the Eastern Seaboard, but doesn't make the trek to Florida much. Tickets are $8. On Sunday, the Skipperdome sizzles with Louisiana zydeco courtesy of Lynn August and the Hot August Nights. Webbed Feet opens at 7 p.m. $6. Then, on Thursday bluesman Eddie Kirkland, who called the bay area home for a number of years, returns to support his new albumI All Around the World, which features guest appearances by John Lee Hooker and other notables. Skipper's is throwing an album release party at 8 p.m. $5.

ALCHEMY _ Two British guitarists _ Nick Webb (steel string) and Greg Carmichael (nylon string) _ make up the core of Acoustic Alchemy, a band that has mined new sounds in acoustic music that are not exclusively jazz or folk, but a combination of the two, mixed with flamenco, world-beat, reggae, rock and more. Acoustic Alchemy is part of the State Theater's impressive fall lineup. The band appears at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show, available through Ticketmaster (which adds a service charge) or the State Theater box office.

MUSIC / John Fleming

ORCHESTRA _ The Florida Orchestra coffee and champagne concerts feature Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, with 14-year-old pianist Maria Iskandar, winner of the orchestra's young artists competition. Also on the program: Dvorak's New World Symphony. Performances are at 11 a.m. today at Mahaffey Theater, with coffee and danish beforehand; and at 7 p.m. today at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, with champagne afterward. Coffee concert tickets are $11-$20; champagne concert tickets are $19-$22. Call 447-4210.

CONTEMPORARY _ Spectrum, a chamber music group, performs works by John Cage, whose collages of random noise and percussion were the epitome of 1960s avant-garde art. The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Museum of Art, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Black Mountain Connection. Museum admission is $2-$3.50; call 223-8130.

MENDELSSOHN _ Gloria Bolivar and Bolivar Gruppo di Camera, a piano chamber music group, plays Mendelssohn's melodic Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49 in a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Admission is free; call 864-8471.

COLUMBUS _ C.C. Seascape , a work for wind ensemble, with boy's and men's chorus and recorded music by University of South Florida composer James Lewis, commemorates Columbus' voyage. Its debut performance is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $4; call 221-1045 or (800) TV / Janis D. Froelich

MICHAEL JACKSON IN CONCERT IN BUCHAREST: THE DANGEROUS TOUR _ PMichael's on cable so he's free to be himself. HBO airs this electrifying concert one time only, so crank up the VCR. It's 8-10 p.m. Saturday on HBO.

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