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4:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Revving Up for the Bollywood Oscars in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham – decked out in a tuxedo – on stage at the 2013 International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony in Macau, China.
Al Higginbotham

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham is an unlikely advocate for the International Indian Film Academy Awards.

He said he’s not a cinema fan and knew little of the awards nicknamed "IIFA" and the "Bollywood Oscars."

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11:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bollywood IIFA 2014 Comes To Town

Shahid Kapoor with Kareena Kapoor
Credit IBN Times

The International Indian Film Academy's biggest party is starting this week in Tampa. Otherwise known as the Bollywood Oscars, tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend IIFA events across the Bay Area.  

And famous Bollywood actors and actresses are expected to be in town. 

So to get you ready for the festivities, which start with the IIFA Stomp Wednesday night at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, here's a little primer on The Best of Bollywood from Time.  

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4:53 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Vinyl Enthusiasts Celebrate Record Store Day

Photo during a Record Store Day
Credit Tom Mcshane on Flickr

The Internet may be the place for music sales nowadays, but vinyl enthusiasts want to show there's still a place for records by celebrating Record Store Day.

 

The 7th annual Record Store Day is scheduled Saturday, April 19, 2014, in more than 1,000 stores across the world.

 

Buyer and inventory manager for Sound Exchange in Tampa, Steve Crace, said in the past, all sorts of people would stop in on Record Store Day.

 

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Culture
6:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

What We Can Learn From DaVinci And Michelangelo

Mark Rodgers and Michelangelo's Pieta

Today, most kids may recognize the names Leonardo and Michelangelo from a group of turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who take their names from the Italian Renaissance masters.  

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Culture
8:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Winning Playwright To Receive Greenfield Prize In Sarasota

Playwright Nilo Cruz
Credit Nilo Cruz by Oskar Landi

Playwright Nilo Cruz already has a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his drama, Anna in the Tropics, which was set in Tampa's Ybor City.  

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Culture
1:04 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

An Update on WUSF TV

WUSF TV will reair this week's Doc Martin episode NEXT Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Credit PBS

Fans of "Father Brown" and "Doc Martin," we've got the word you want to hear - WUSF TV is back up on the air today.

Over the weekend, a significant piece of equipment for WUSF TV failed, resulting in a large number of people being unable to see our programs. We apologize for the inconvenience.

That problem has been resolved. If you still can't see or hear our programs, please rescan or reset your system, which should resolve these issues.

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Culture
8:48 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bomba Music Transcends Barriers

"Currency & Exchange" is a short film that will premiere Saturday, April 5.
Credit Bomba en Tampa

A Tampa musical group is premiering a short film Saturday about the music they make and the culture it represents. They play bomba, Puerto Rican folk music with more than four centuries worth of history. Bomba may be from a small island but it transcends national barriers.

Goat-skin barrel drums, a large maraca, and sticks called los cuá are the instruments that make up bomba. It's Puerto Rican folk music, born in Spanish colonial times from rhythms of African slaves.

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4:45 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Documentary Chronicles Holocaust Survivor's Return to Warsaw

Jerry Rawicki, 86, is a Holocaust survivor whose visit to Warsaw last summer was filmed for the documentary "Behind the Wall".
Credit Jasmine Thomas

Strains of regret mixed with forgiveness are reflected in "Behind the Wall", a documentary by a University of South Florida professor who chronicles the trip of a Holocaust survivor's return to Poland.

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Culture
3:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Sarasota Film Festival Raises The Curtain On Its 16th Year

Credit Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival has programming for the community all year long. But this Friday, its international film festival opens with nearly 200 films, glittering stars and movies that will rivet audiences to their seats.  

Director Tom Hall said the festival is really all about community.  He said festival organizers keep ticket prices low and make events accessible to the people who live here.

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4:05 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays are Best Baseball Team - For The Money

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It’s no easy feat to rank as the league’s lowest spender, especially when considering the cost-cutting efforts of teams like the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. But unlike the Astros and Marlins, the Rays have kept expenses low while ranking among the league’s very best teams, all while playing in one of the league’s most competitive divisions. That impressive cost efficiency makes the Tampa Bay Rays our best MLB team for the money. In short, no other team has come close to wringing so much success out of such little player spending in recent seasons.
The Tampa Bay Rays probably aren't the best team in baseball. They may not even be the best team in their division. Yet the Rays have won at least 90 games in each of the last four seasons, a feat that only the Texas Rangers have been able to match.
Culture
11:02 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

DeSoto County Food Bank is a Tale of Two Counties

Lines form at the food bank
Credit Ian Cummings / Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Just next door to one of Florida's richest counties is a place where hunger and poverty grow worse every year. In DeSoto County, the state’s second-poorest county, aid workers say things have never been this hard. Jobs are increasingly scarce, cuts to food stamps are leaving more people hungry, and a high school has started operating a food pantry for homeless students.

Diane Campbell, a volunteer at a local homelessness nonprofit, is the first person many Arcadia residents meet when they seek help food and shelter. But she also depends on charitable food banks to get by.

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Culture
9:04 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Pablo Picasso Coming to Visit Salvador Dali

First it was Andy Warhol.

Now, it's Pablo Picasso's turn to come to Salvador Dali.

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9:24 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tampa Drummer Joe Lala, Who Teamed With a Generation of Rock Stars, Dead at 66

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Lala, a Tampa native, performed percussion for such influential acts as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Allman Brothers, The Eagles, The Bee Gees, The Byrds, Eric Clapton, Neal Diamond, Kenny Rogers, John Mellencamp and Barbara Streisand. He accumulated 32 Gold Records and 28 Platinum records and played on the movie soundtracks of “Saturday Night Fever,” “Staying Alive,” “D.C. Cab,” “Streets of Fire” and many more. Lala was perhaps best known locally for the Latin-tinged pop/rock band Blues Image, founded in Tampa and famous for the song “Ride Captain Ride” — No. 4 during 1970 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian RPM magazine charts.
TAMPA - Joe Lala, regarded as one of greatest musicians to come out of Tampa for his drum work a generation of rock's top performers, died at a hospital Tuesday morning at 66 of complications from lung cancer.
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Culture
5:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Bollywood Fever Hits Downtown Tampa

Dancers for the Desi Dhamaka dance group
Credit Nathan Powell

One of the world's biggest award shows is coming to Tampa in April.

In advance of that, downtown was filled with music, food trucks and Bollywood dancing Friday.

It was all to increase awareness of the International Indian Film Awards, which are going to be presented in the United States for the first time next month.

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11:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

49ers Acquire Jonathan Martin From Dolphins

Credit Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Jonathan Martin has had Jim Harbaugh's support all along, from his early college days at Stanford to the offensive tackle's tumultuous year in which he accused a Dolphins teammate of bullying, and even in a formal NFL investigation into the situation in Miami.

Now, Harbaugh is giving Martin a football fresh start. In a safe environment around former Stanford coaches who consider him a friend.

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