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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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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.  

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Stay for Awhile

Mar 16, 2015
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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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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

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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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.

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: "Cause You're a Girl'

Mar 2, 2015
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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.

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.

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.

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

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?

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Wonders Up Close

Feb 23, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Renata Schwartz tells us about her trip to Africa. As a part of the English commonwealth, she was able to easily travel overseas. There, she encountered wild elephants, a tribe of Pygmy people, and found herself learning to communicate without words.

Music:

“Breakdown” by Jack Johnson from the album, In Between Dreams.

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

Some time ago, author Barbara Shoup of Indianapolis was talking to a friend and he had an idea for a book about a teenage boy growing up in the 1960s who goes in search of Jack Kerouac. She thought it was a good concept, so she told him, "if you don't use that idea, let me."

With her friends permission, she starting writing the story, but says she hit a wall. The story became boring, even to her. That was until life intervened. 

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A record number of tourists flocked to Florida last year as the nation's economy continued its recovery after the Great Recession.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday during a visit to Tampa International Airport that more than 97 million visited the state last year according to estimates prepared by Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing arm.

That's the fourth year in a row that the state has had a record number of tourists come to the state. Most of the visitors were from the United States, but millions also came from overseas and from Canada.

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A woman walks into the spotlight of the theater, looking down. A voice offstage, in Spanish, sings: "She's looking at her shadow". 

The woman is Miroslava Wilson, a dancer from Mexico. She's the co-director of Péndulo Cero, a contemporary dance company in Tijuana. Last week she was an artist-in-residence at USF's School of Theatre and Dance

Wilson says the dance, which is still a work-in-progress, is a reflection of her past and her future. 

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Love- All You Need

Feb 16, 2015
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In our next installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Rita Dudley talks about raising nine children in St. Petersburg with her third-oldest child, son Dwight. They talk about how Rita and her late husband, Bob, didn’t have much money, but still found ways for their large clan to have fun and to grow closer.

Today, Rita Dudley enjoys family gatherings with all nine of her children, her 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Rita turns 86 this Thursday, the 19th  and we wish her a very happy birthday.

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game Will Be Played At Marlins Park

Feb 14, 2015

  Marlins Park will host the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Only 20 days into his new position, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made the official announcement alongside Gov. Scott and local leaders at Marlins Park on Friday.

The MLB All-Star game means more to Miami than just revenue.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Small Town Childhood

Feb 9, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Esther Parker tells her daughter, Chrissy Jackson, about growing up in a small town in Ohio. 

Parker talks about growing up without electricity, playing games with the neighborhood kids, working with horses on the farm, and shares her favorite childhood memory.

Music:

“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Peggy Lee from the album, Sugar ‘n’ Spice.

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

Quincy Walters

The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative held the grand opening for the Community Housing Solutions Center on Thursday. What makes this different from other homeless shelters is it gives both single men and women housing for four months - with the belief that a stable place to live is the first step to getting them off the streets. 

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