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ART / Mary Ann Marger

FLORIDA FELLOWSHIPS _ In the closest thing to a major juried show in the immediate bay area, winners of Florida Visual Arts Fellowships for 1992-93 exhibit works Sunday through Aug. 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday monthly. Voluntary donation; $4 suggested. The Museum of Fine Arts is at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; Call 896-2667.

AT CLAYTON _ Clayton Galleries shows off works by its regulars throughout the summer. The first exhibit runs Monday through July 15 and features works by Rebecca Sexton-Larson, Garry Mealor, Kim Fay and others. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Clayton Galleries is at 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; 831-3753.

ABSTRACTS AT FOSTER HARMON _ A summer version of Foster Harmon's annual Major Florida Artists show is on display at the galleries through July 10. Featured are abstract paintings by Cecil West of Jacksonville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. Foster Harmon Galleries of American Art is at 1415 Main St., Sarasota; 955-1002 (Sarasota).

FILM / Steve Persall

LAST ACTION HERO _ If anyone has a chance to topple Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs from the top of the box office, it's Arnold Schwarzenegger. The world's most popular movie star returns as Jack Slater, one of those indestructible stars of shoot-'em-up cop dramas who now has an unexpected co-star. Austin O'Brien is an 11-year-old Slater fan who magically appears on screen, fighting bad guys with Ah-nold. Previews suggest that protests from media watchdog groups about violent influences on children in this PG-13 film may have merit. Costly budget overruns, reshoots and reportedly poor test screenings may have caused Columbia Pictures to not offer any Tampa Bay screenings before the Weekend section's deadline, but a review of Last Action Hero can be found on the Entertainment page in Section B of today's Times.

JURASSIC PARK _ Tickets to Spielberg's masterly thriller were almost as hard to find as dinosaurs during its record-setting opening week performance at the box office. If you missed it _ or wish to tour Dino Country Safari again _ lines may be a bit thinner, now that Last Action Hero has opened. You may have been impatient to see the amazingly realistic monsters the first time around. Now that you know what to expect, take time to appreciate Spielberg's economic "crunching" of Michael Crichton's 1990 novel and a wry comic turn by Jeff Goldblum as one of the park's first frightened visitors.

POP MUSIC / Tony Green

FREEDOM CELEBRATION _ The Second Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration will be held today and Saturday in St. Petersburg. The celebration, which marks the day slaves were notified of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, is the oldest African-American holiday observance. The festivities start today at 7 p.m. with a musical potpourri at the Bethel Community Baptist Church at 1045 16th St. S. Saturday's Family Fun day will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Campbell Park. Saturday's events include musical performances ranging from hip-hop to rap and R&B as well as ethnic dance, arts and crafts and story telling. Among performers at Saturday's event are Straight Up, the Orlando Power Boy's Steel Band Orchestra and Marcus Vance. Call 893-7134 or 323-7004.

REGGAE _ Reggae veteran Al Brown and his Inner Force Band will be appearing at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Kingslawn Cauldron Restaurant in Ybor City, 2302 E Seventh Ave. Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. Tickets are available through TicketMaster Call 248-5694.

THEATER / John Fleming

PEN PALS _ Rosemary Prinz and Brian Murray are the correspondents in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, which opened this week at the Asolo Theater. Tickets are $5-$32. Call 351-8000.

AIDS PLAY _ The Dressing Room was written by Susan Hussey with S. Kane as part of an AIDS Artreach project, with weekly conversations between the pair over a 17-month period until Kane's death from AIDS-related causes in 1992. The result of their collaboration is being presented by the Gorilla Theater company and Stageworks at the Falk Theater. Performances are at 8 tonight and Saturday night and 5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Tampa AIDS Network. Tickets are $8 and $12. Call 253-6243.

TAKING OFF _ Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine is about a middle-age Englishwoman who finds herself by taking off to the Greek islands. Julia Flood stars in the one-woman show, which opens at 8 tonight and runs through July 9 at Florida Studio Theater. Tickets are $10-$16. Call 366-9797.

MUSIC / John Fleming

CHAMBER MUSIC _ The Sarasota Music Festival concludes with concerts tonight and Saturday night at 8:15 at Van Wezel Hall. Tonight, the program includes Dring's Trio for flute, oboe and piano, the Trio for violin, horn and piano by Ligeti and Brahms' Piano Trio in C, Op. 87. Saturday, violist Robert Vernon plays Penderecki's Concerto and clarinetist Franklin Cohen plays Weber's Concerto No. 2 in E flat, Op. 74. Saturday's performance also has the festival orchestra playing Enigma Variations by Elgar. Tickets are $12-$24. Call 953-4252.

CHORUS _ The Tampa Bay Gay Men's Chorus gives a concert at 8:15 tonight at the Sarasota Opera House. Works on the program include Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, a Balkan folk tune called The Flute Sings and Barry Manilow's One Voice. Proceeds go to AIDS organizations. Tickets are $20. Call (800) 729-2787.

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