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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 I - 1 The Palm Beach Post) w section f; COM IMG UP Ancient, quirky and mysterious, Istanbul is a town where religion is ritual and $5 makes you a millionaire. SUNDAY IN TRAVEL INSIDE FAMILIES Thumb sucking is toddler's way of : comforting himself and nothing to '' worry about, Dr. Brazelton says. PAGE 3F Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and Lake Communities 7TT WILL THE SPIRIT Thorn Smith ACCENT A if I V Whitney, Bobby take quick rest after slow dance MOVE THEM? After 98 years, St. Paul's A.M.E. Church is planning a move to the suburbs. But the congregation is torn between serving the migrating flock and remaining faithful to a neighborhood that needs its help. Those crazy kids Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston checked into The Chesterfield hotel early Sunday and checked out . . . later Sunday. Hmm . . . were they just worn out from their last turn at 251 Sunrise where they danced closely . . . and suggestively? "She was laughing," an observer said. "Both i L 1 of them were having a great time. Brown and Houston spent most of their Brown Jl-"."'Ji'J"iLM"Wii.i. jw.iwin.1 .N ..-hi., i ij.il i in ujimn, whim,., i i ,, mmmmm-mmwimmnmmmimni mil. '$ Sir" . ' . it : ,. :', J?- o A- :Y: - ! . J w3 1 f ,i s f- Palm Beach visit at the Mar-a-Lago Club, guests of Donald Trump. Still smarting from his drunken driving conviction in Fort Lauderdale, Bobby was the model of good citizenship. Royal touch to eggs and toast Eyes in the Harbor Financial Center in Palm Beach Gardens Wednesday morning were locked on the couple at Kevin's Dockside Deli. Lingering over a 2Vi-hour breakfast were Prince Andrew and Heidi Simpson. She's an old pal from Barbados who's a news producer at WPEC-Channel 12. "He was so delightful, so adorable and so charming . . . and he's eligible," Phyllis Dennis, co-owner with hubby Kevin, said of her royal guest, some 20 pounds trimmer from a diet suggested by ex-wife Fergie. The Dennises want to name a menu item in the prince's honor, but what's distinctive about eggs, hash browns and whole wheat toast? INHOUSE opts for more pop You may not recognize local band INHOUSE. Oh, sisters-founders Gin and Evi Weintraub haven't run off; nor has guitarist Andy Stein. For their third album, Waking Juliet, the girls refocused their writing toward more pop sounds. And they sought out drummer Dave Goodstein from Nil Lara's band and bassist Phil McArthur for the sessions. (Bassist Cliff Wallach and drummer Bill Meredith handle the live gigs.) Fans and friends can judge for themselves tonight. The album release party begins about 10:30 at Abaco's in Lantana. Hootie helps Marino's charities Solo Hootie! Darius Rucker will sing . --i n i . . . - Photos by MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer As services inside St. Paul s A.M.E. Church conclude, congregants hold each other's hands in prayer. 'We are not moving and foreettine from whence we cometh,' church member Marian White says. 'We know where we came from. We've lived in the inner city Ml our lives.' lMCLUN tonight at 8 at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. The lead singer from Hoo 3 ! tie & the Blowfish won't be singing their hits, but Big Band tunes. It's a benefit for the Dan Marino Foun By Steve Gushee Palm Beach Post Religion Writer Inside the historic church, all arms rise and all voices unite in worship. But outside, if you stand atop the 15 steps of the stately white church, you can look out and see the problem that has divided this community of lifelong friends. Blight surrounds St. Paul's A.M.E. Church in West Palm Beach, a 98-year-old church with roots deep in the historically black neighborhood of Pleasant City. Crime forces members to hire security guards when they go to church. Many members have family ties to the neighborhood, but they moved out long ago. They are torn by a common problem for inner-city churches: What happens to a neighborhood church when the neighborhood crumbles around it? Should church members build a dation (Dan and Darius are buds), which raises money for South Florida children's charities. Rucker new church and move to the safer suburbs? Or should they stay symbols of hope and help? The African Methodist Episcopal congregation has made plans to leave the white masonry church on 21st Street and build a new building on Haverhill Road about 6 miles away. But the decision to move has been painful and it has cut to the heart of the church's mission. Marian Bacon White, 58, joined St. Paul's in 1962. She lives in Riviera Beach, not Pleasant City, but her husband's family were longtime members of the church. And so she worshiped and worked there help- Please see ST. PAUL'S5F During Sunday services, congregants come to St. Paul's altar to greet the Rev. James Russell. Russell, 47, came to St. Paul's a little more than four years ago. For tickets ($200-$5,000) and information, (it's sold out), call (954) 475-2001. Hayden speaks on Irish Famine Saturday at FAU's Davie campus, antiwar activist-turned-California Sen. Tom Hayden leads a program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine. Hayden edits The Irish Hunger, a collection of writings on the famine. Call (305) 891-9987 for details. Ahoy! Longer Titanic' ahead Updated 'Show Boat' navigates grittier course i By Jill Vejnoska Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service Take heart, Titaniacs. There can't be a sequel, but producer-director James Cameron is promising the next best thing an even longer version of the original film! Clutching his three Oscars to his chest Tuesday morning, Cameron said people at early screenings began asking him about the possibility of a "director's cut" version even before Titanic was released in theaters. "I thought when you have a three hour, 14 minute picture and people want to see the long version, you're in fat city," said Cameron, while wife Linda "Terminator" Hamilton beamed proudly at him from a corner of the press tent. "We'll definitely do it at some point Don't expect a seven-hour movie. There's no such thing in the footage. But we could probably add 15, 20 minutes." Such a version would shift the movie's balance slightly "away from the emotional story and a little bit to the factual story." - jf i . -v. '. , v ..... iv i r". ill? Cloris Leachman, is more overtly political than previous incarnations. It keeps an audience aware of the advances and lack of progress in our social history. In addition, its script has been shored up, with long-existing dramatic gaps filled in to satisfy the expectations of today's theatergoers. And the great Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score has been bolstered with music written for the show more than 70 years ago but never used. lYince, whose producing and directing career includes such works as Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera, is not one to dabble in revivals. But when Canadian theater mogul Garth Drabinsky approached him about a new I1,ase see HOW B0AT76F By Hap Erstein I'alm liearh fust Theater Writer Two water barrels. That's the first image in Harold Prince's revival of the 1927 landmark musical, Show Boat. The year depicted is 1884, and one barrel is marked for "Whites" and the other is marked for "Col-oreds." Three hours later, this show based on Edna Ferber's novel of life on the Mississippi has spanned 43 years. The barrels have been replaced by water fountains, but the signs still say "Whites" and "Coloreds." It may be a revival but this Show Boat has a startling new look and tone. The production that docks at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night, headlined by Dtn Jones and 'Don't expect a seven-hour movie. There's no such thing in the footage. But we could probably add 15, 20 minutes,' said director James Cameron. Dean Jones and Cloris Leachman headline the tounng production of Show Boat, which opens Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.