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1:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Tampa's Arts Scene Goes Gasp! Again

Ward Hall, legendary showman who appeared at last year's festival, poses for a picture.
Credit Lori Ballard / Creative Loafing

In the atrium of the Tampa Museum of Art, a dancer moved gracefully to pensive piano music. That was just one of the many acts at last year's GASP!--a one night festival for theater, dance, poetry, music and more.

This year, GASP! is back.

The festival is a collaborative effort between the Tampa Museum of Art and Creative Loafing

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StoryCorps: Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Classroom Troubles & Inspirations

Godsisters Dr. Wendell Norton and Izella McCree talk about education then as students and now as Pinellas County teachers.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, public school teachers and godsisters Dr. Wendell Norton and Izella McCree talk about the differences, similarities, and challenges in education - dating back to their time as students to becoming teachers of students. 

Dr. Wendell Norton is now retired. 

Music:

“Three is a Magic Number” by Bob Dorough from the album, School House Rock! Rocks.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Culture
6:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

WUSF TV to Air Documentary on 'American Shakespeare,' August Wilson

Award-winning playwright August Wilson is the subject of a PBS "American Masters" documentary airing on WUSF TV this weekend
Credit PBS

August Wilson was a playwright whose series of ten plays, "The Pittsburgh Cycle," tried to show what life was like for African-Americans in the 20th century, decade by decade.

The work won him rave reviews, as well as five New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony Award. 

The PBS series "American Masters" has produced a documentary on Wilson's life and work, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," which will air on WUSF TV beginning this weekend.

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Culture
9:24 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Violinist Joshua Bell On Music, Technology

Violinist Joshua Bell
Marc Holm

Violinist Joshua Bell is going to be playing one of his favorite violin sonatas Tuesday March 24th in Clearwater with pianist Sam Haywood at the Capitol Theatre .   

The first Sonata in G, Opus 78, by Johannes Brahms really has a place in his heart. "It's the most lyrical piece I know. It doesn't have an ending that brings the house down, but every time I play it or hear it, I almost have tears just about to come out of my eyes, because it's just so beautiful and there's nothing like it," Bell said.

But don't go looking for him to cry at his own concert. He said he's more apt to become emotional when listening, rather than playing the music.

Bell's three sons are also playing music now. His five-year-old twins and seven-year-old play the cello, piano and violin. Bell said there is some talent there, and "it's fun to see." But he believes every child should study music, regardless of whether they make a career of it. "It should be in the schools," he said, not as an after-school elective.

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Culture
12:46 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Cult Cinema Comes to Tampa

Credit Quincy Walters / WUSF News

There's a new movie-watching experience in town. On the third Wednesday of every month, a small group of cinema buffs are watching unconventional films in unconventional spaces.  

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Stay for Awhile

Marie Izzo and Lori Rosenthal stepped into the Storycorps booth last year.
StoryCorps

Marie Izzo and Bruce Blackburn the third met in college but they led separate lives. In this installment of Storycorps, Izzo tells her friend Lori Rosenthal about how she and her husband reconnected in their 30s when he was seriously ill. Izzo tells us it took love and hard work to give her husband another 15 years of life.

Music:

“Stay Awhile” by She & Him from the album, Classics.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Culture
2:28 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

St. Pete International Baseball Schedule Revealed

Credit Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

International Baseball will make its return to St. Petersburg this Friday for its fifth season. 

Mayor Rick Kriseman held a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld and representatives from the Canadian Junior National Team and All Stars from the Puerto Rican Development Program to announce the 2015 schedule of St. Petersburg International Baseball

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Culture
1:27 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Fantastic Negrito: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:21 am

It says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our Tiny Desk Concert Contest. For his winning submission, he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in Oakland. It was his passion, his voice and his backing band that landed him an invitation to perform behind my desk. We're proud of our choice.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Homeschooled Philanthropist-in-the-Making

Denise Ford and Nykko Ford recorded their interview at the Storycorps booth in St. Petersburg in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a mother and son discuss his homeschooling experience. Denise Ford had 10 children, some of which were homeschooled so she could incorporate religion into the curriculum.

Nykko Ford tells us about the benefits of being homeschooled and one thing in particular he learned that made his mom proud.

Music:

“Hall of Fame” by The Script featuring Will.i.am from the album, #3.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Culture
4:15 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Malfunctioning Miami Beach Welcome Sign Sends Mixed Message

A sign welcoming tourists to Miami Beach briefly offered visitors a confusing message.

The flashing, portable sign along the Julia Tuttle Causeway on Tuesday read: "Welcome visitors! Prohibited."

It was supposed to flash this message on three different screens: "Welcome visitors! Prohibited on the beach: glass, metal, alcohol and Styrofoam."

By Tuesday evening, city officials had apologized for the error and the sign was removed to be corrected.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: "Cause You're a Girl'

Carol and C.J. Albernathy shared their story in the StoryCorps booth in St. Petersburg in 2014.
StoryCorps

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Carol Albernathy talks about overcoming inconveniences and challenges in college and at law school because she was a woman. She attended Stetson University in the 1950s and later law school in the ‘70s.

  Carol Albernathy’s advice for women today is, “don’t put up with any crap."

Music:

“It's a Man's Man's World” by Etta James from the album, All the Way.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

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Culture
9:52 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Not So Fast, Jamestown: St. Augustine Was Here First

Park Ranger Mike Evans at the Castillo de San Marcos says the Spanish were roping cattle and pruning their citrus groves in St. Augustine before the British even set sail for Jamestown.
Peter Haden NPR

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:52 pm

Clyde and Corrita Warner came to St. Augustine on vacation from Louisville, Ky. They know their history.

"Well, I knew that this started before the Pilgrims landed and before Jamestown," says Corrita. "You know, this area was first."

St. Augustine treasures being the first — and oldest — city in the United States. So when the area around Jamestown, Va., adopted the title "America's First Region" a while back, the gloves came off.

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Culture
2:55 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

He Was, And Will Always Be, Our Friend: Remembering Leonard Nimoy

While Leonard Nimoy became famous as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, he was conflicted about the role. He later came to embrace it. He's shown here with actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 10:45 am

In 1966, when Leonard Nimoy was offered a minor role on a new space drama, he was thrilled. As he told Archive of American Television: "You have to understand that prior to Star Trek I never had a job that lasted longer than two weeks in any TV show or movie. Never. Two weeks — max. And here I was, looking at a season of work."

The actor beloved for his role as the pointy-eared half-human, half-Vulcan died of lung disease at his home in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 83.

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Culture
7:37 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

In Video: The Great Llama Drama Of 2015

A pair of llamas were on the run in Sun City, Ariz., for about an hour.
Fox 46 via YouTube

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:28 pm

A pair of llamas on the loose in Sun City, Ariz., riveted the nation this afternoon.

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Culture
8:49 am
Wed February 25, 2015

How Do You Market To Millennials?

NPR recently asked Southern California millennials to share their thoughts on branding and advertising. One attendee got the word from his mother.
Courtesy of one participant

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 10:48 am

For the last few months, NPR has been looking into millennials, as part of our series called New Boom. This group, some 80 million strong, spends over $1 trillion a year by some estimates. So, we wondered: How should brands and advertisers go about reaching millennials if they're so powerful, but also so different, than generations before them?

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