San Jose Jazz's Winter Fest is upon us this weekend, with a fine lineup of musicians that'll be making San Pedro Square even more lively than usual. You've got saxophonist Anton Schwartz, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys and Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia among those performing at the festival, which runs Friday though Sunday.

But jazz fans with an eye to the future and an ear for local talent should make a point of catching some of the student performers at the festival. That roster includes big bands from Santa Teresa and Valley Christian high schools, the San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra and the Kuumbwa Jazz Honors Band from Santa Cruz.

And, of course, you've got the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars, under the direction of Aaron Lington, who also just won a Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album with his band Pacific Mambo Orchestra. The student bands occupy the afternoon portion of the schedule on both Saturday and Sunday, and those performances are free to attend.

Check out the full schedule at www.sanjosejazz.org.

AT THE MOVIES: I had a fun time last weekend hosting two screenings of my favorite James Bond movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me," for the Retro Dome at Century 21. The crowds both nights seemed to have a good time, and I certainly enjoyed talking to some other Bond fans. I'll be doing it again for "Goldfinger" on March 14.


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The Retro Dome folks, aka Scott and Shannon Guggenheim, are continuing with their program of classic movies at the 50-year-old dome theater ("Lawrence of Arabia" and an Oscars-viewing party are on tap this weekend), but I'm not sure how much longer this will last. Their agreement with the theaters only runs through the end of March.

And while there's been no official word, the rustling of the leaves has been whispering lately that the property the Century 21, 22 and 23 theaters sits on may be leased by spring. San Jose's Historic Landmarks Commission is determining whether the parcel qualifies as a historic landmark, but that designation -- if it's granted by the San Jose City Council at all -- may not arrive in time.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.