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Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

You can hear the National Championship Fanfest before you ever get a glimpse of the flashing lights, huge video screens and brightly colored banners.

It’s just a ride up the escalator to second floor of the Tampa Convention Center and then a step into the cavernous hall where your instantly blasted by the musical rhythms coming from the Dance Off stage.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hispanic artists have long been part of the visual landscape in Florida and in other parts of the country. But often, Latino art is overlooked. That's why the Smithsonian American Art Museum is growing its collection of Latino art and created an exhibit to reflect America's evolving culture. That show is now on the road and currently in St. Petersburg. 

Tabitha Blue of FreshMommyBlog.com

This New Year can be a time to simplify, and if you're looking to clear your head and clear your space, Tabitha Blue of FreshMommyBlog.com says start by gathering and grouping items by category.

For example, pull out all of your dishes to you really see what you have and what you no longer need, she says.

Courtesy Calvin Royal III

A dancer for New York's American Ballet Theatre will receive the keys to the city of St. Petersburg on Saturday.

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The magical ballet with dancing toy soldiers and sugar plumb fairies premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia around this time in 1892. This weekend and next weekend, you can catch The Nutcracker on stages in Tampa, Sarasota, Clearwater, Lakeland and Saint Petersburg, Florida. 

Below is a list of dates and showtimes:

Dec 16:

7:00 PM

Dance Theatre Of Tampa - The Nutcracker

USF Theatre 1 – Tampa

Dec 17:

2:00PM

The Nutcracker

David A. Straz Center - Carol Morsani Hall – Tampa

Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center announced an $11 million expansion to their downtown Tampa building, which will begin next month.

The project will add a new wing to the third floor, which will include new galleries and the first cartographic center in the southeastern United States.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

One of Tampa's most historic buildings has been given a futuristic makeover. The Fort Homer Hesterly Armory hosted Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Doors, and President John F. Kennedy four days before he was assassinated.

Thursday, it reopened as the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

State Archives of Florida

This Christmas, a new movie based on Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night" is coming out. It's a story about a wayward son of a Boston cop who moves to Tampa's Ybor City and gets into bootlegging and becomes a gangster. Author Lehane divides his time between his native Boston and Florida, where he teaches creative writing.  

The hostess is dressed as a unicorn, reclining on a red velvet bed. She's bottle-feeding a lion cub. Monkeys scurry around in the room, which was rented from the Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, Calif.

Courtesy of Sarasota Music Festial

Pianist and Conductor Jeffrey Kahane grew up in Southern California at a time when the Beach Boys provided the soundtrack for teenagers trying to catch a wave.  He said the legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix was on his radar, but he was more influenced by folk rock and drawn to the music of Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. 

Benedictine Sisters of Florida

If you’ve not yet bought your turkey and want to share the day with others, there’s an opportunity in San Antonio. The Benedictine Sisters of Florida are hosting a free Thanksgiving meal and fellowship for the 21st year in a row.

Cathy Carter

Commuting in Tampa Bay can be challenging. Often, drivers can get stuck in traffic and endure plenty of red lights.  But in a few local spots, commuters are seeing those mundane gray signal boxes transformed into colorful, vibrant canvases.

Traffic box art isn't a new thing. They’ve been successful public art projects in cities like Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. And now an arts group in Clearwater is jumping on the trend with a signal box public art project called "Thinking Outside The Box." 

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Halloween is upon us and with the coming of this day, comes another reminder that buyers should beware.

What does state law have to do with the house you buy in Florida? A lot, and in ways you might not have imagined. If you're not buying a newly-constructed house, there's a history to be considered. Cooley Law School Assistant Professor Remalia DuBose says laws vary from state to state about what sellers must disclose to potential buyers---like, if the house is haunted.


Quincy Walters / WUSF News

Lincoln Cemetery in Gulfport is a historic resting place for many prominent African-Americans. For decades, it's also suffered from neglect. Some locals say that's about race. Others believe it's a little more complicated than that. 

Tampa Bay Lightning TV

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their season opener Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings at Tampa's Amalie Arena. The final score was 6-4 with the Lightning scoring four goals in the third period.

Before the game, Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos warned against getting "caught up in predictions" that have the Lightning as a Stanley Cup favorite. The team has gone deep in the playoffs the last two seasons.

Robin Sussingham / WUSF

Public art in the Tampa Bay area is not limited to Sarasota, Tampa or St. Petersburg. Heading east to Lakeland, there's an entire organization dedicated to showcasing local artists and bringing art to nontraditional spaces.  Platform Art,  for the last 12 years, has sponsored everything from public monuments to community gardens.

Alison Miller

When you think of St. Petersburg, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Time once was that answer was likely to be the Pier or the city’s  famous green benches.

Now, that answer might be murals. In the past few years more than 100 murals have been created and more are arriving all the time.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

WUSF recently launched an occasional series called “Art Populi,” an occasional series that is focusing on public art.

From city murals to street sculptures and free art, we're hoping to shed a new light on the Tampa Bay's art scene.

For our second story, we follow two artists as they abandon their creations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Courtesy of Sarasota Orchestra

The remembrances of Maestro Paul Wolfe have been pouring in since news of his death became public this week.

Wolfe was the co-founder of the Sarasota Music Festival, the longtime Artistic Director of the Sarasota Orchestra, and established and nurtured four chamber ensembles while serving in the latter capacity. 

Wolfe attended the High School of Music and Art in New York, Queens College, the Juilliard School and Columbia University. He went on to work with the likes of Paul Whiteman and Frank Sinatra in New York.

WUSF TV is celebrating a milestone today – it’s been 50 years since the station serving West Central Florida went on the air.

University of South Florida students were the first people to tune in when WUSF TV went on the air on Sept. 12, 1966. The station provided distance learning classes, from Monday to Friday.

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