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HOORAY FOR DALIWOOD

It's a somewhat surreal week, not least at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. On Friday, the new exhibition Dali & Film opens there, between stops at the Tate Modern in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Not only has Dali been a profound influence on many filmmakers (see Pan's Labyrinth for one recent example), he made some amazing films himself with such collaborators as Luis Bunuel, including the unforgettable Un Chien Andalou. For information, go to salvadordalimuseum.org.

We vote to let the good times roll

The surrealism continues in New Orleans, where the carnival season reaches its peak on Fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras, that age-old celebration of hedonism before a season of repentance. This year, it falls on the same day as Super Tuesday, the national presidential primary extravaganza. Folks in 24 states will turn out to vote or caucus, which we hope won't lead to a season of repentance.

Style in the seats, on the runway

The stylish audience will be half the show when the Ebony Fashion Fair makes a stop at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg at 8 tonight. Glam Odyssey, this year's version of the spectacular promenade, features fashions by Christian La-croix, Carolina Herrera and many other designers. The show will raise funds for local charities. Go to www.ebonyfashionfair.com for details.

A cosmic reception for a Beatles tune

For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song directly into deep space. At 7 tonight, the Beatles' dreamy Across the Universe will roll out over the galaxies, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the song's recording, the 50th anniversary of the founding of NASA and the 45th anniversary of the inauguration of the Deep Space Network, an international system of antennas. Humming along at the speed of light, it should take the song 431 years to reach its target: Polaris, the North Star. Here on Earth, we only have to wait until Tuesday for the DVD release of director Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired film, also called Across the Universe.

Want cake with your statuette?

Thanks to a deal with the striking Writers Guild of America, the 50th annual Grammy Awards will go on at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Three multiple Grammy winners celebrate birthdays this week, too. On Wednesday, singer Natalie Cole (who has won eight Grammys) will be 58. On Friday, composer John Williams (a whopping 20 Grammys) turns 76, and on Sunday, opera legend Leontyne Price (no slouch with 13 Grammys) will be 81.

Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, cbancroft@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8435.

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