12:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

20 Tampa Bay Attractions Offer Free Admission Saturday For Smithsonian Museum Day

Bok Tower Gardens

Two words you should not hear from your kids this weekend: I'm bored.

Saturday, Sept. 29, is Smithsonian magazine's annual Museum Day Live, when more than 1,400 attractions nationwide wil offer free admission. Just go to to print a ticket good for two people.

Participating local venues include:

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Fine Art
1:26 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

The Landscape Art Legacy Of Florida's Highwaymen

Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, Al Black, James Gibson and Mary Ann Carroll were all part of the original Highwaymen.
Photos by Gary Monroe

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 4:54 pm

If you traveled by way of Florida's Route 1 in the '60s and '70s, you might have encountered young African-American landscape artists selling oil paintings of an idealized, candy-colored, Kennedy-era Florida. They painted palms, beaches, poinciana trees and sleepy inlets on drywall canvases — and they came to be known as the Highwaymen. The group made thousands of pictures, until the market was saturated, tastes changed, and the whole genre dwindled.

Roadside Innovation

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10:12 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Tampa Bay Fashion Week Nurtures Local Talent

After graduation from the Art Institute of Tampa, Simone Fratus plans to move to New York to pursue her goal of becoming a celebrity stylist.
Dalia Colon WUSF

Twenty-two-year-old Simone Fratus is sitting in a computer lab at the Art Institute of Tampa, doing homework with a friend.

"Right now, I have on knee-length riding boots with studs on them and an oversized shirt and leggings and tons of accessories -- everything that I could just kind of throw on together. Three necklaces, a whole wrist full of bracelets. So I guess today I felt 'downtown girl,'" Fratus says with a laugh.

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The Two-Way
4:15 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

More Clues, Questions About Director Of Anti-Islam Film

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:19 pm

The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It's full of "choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad," she says.

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Making Sense of the Media
4:41 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Is Terry Jones Exaggerating His Role in Muhammad Film?

Rev. Terry Jones says he supports a controversial film about Muhammad. But there's little evidence he had anything to do with it.

Rev. Terry Jones has a knack for getting publicity, so it is no surprise he’s inserted himself into the latest controversy involving Islam.

The surprise for Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute is how the media lets Jones get away with it.

"The media apparently are biting on this without asking some critical questions,” she said.

“Specifically, how did Terry Jones have anything to do with the violence? And the answer is, he didn’t!”

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12:57 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

What We Know About Sam Bacile, The Man Behind The Muhammad Movie

A trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims was uploaded to YouTube in early July.

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:02 pm

Most Americans knew nothing about Innocence of Muslims. That's the film that has set the Muslim world on fire, causing protests in Egypt and Libya that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

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3:13 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Fewer Out-of-State Residents Choosing Florida

primemover88 Flickr

Fewer out-of-state residents are applying for Florida driver's licenses, and it's not because they've donated their car to their favorite public radio station. Population experts say Northerns are no longer flocking to the Sunshine State the way they used to, according to this report from the Associated Press.

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9:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

President Bush in Sarasota on the morning of 9/11
  • A brief clip from WUSF's Morning Edition just hours before the 9/11 attacks.

It was a day that started out like any other here in the Tampa Bay Area. 

President Bush was on a two-day swing through the state promoting education reform. 

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox that night at Tropicana Field.  That game would never be played.

5:19 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

RNC Art from Elephants to Manatees

Clearwater mosaic glass artist Carole Haberkorn next to her self-portrait.
Bobbie O'Brien

Elephants are iconic Republican and they’re also the closest living relative to the Florida manatee according to the Florida Wildlife website.

So, it seemed only natural that the animal kingdom duo be the focus of our RNC art coverage.

First, the “Elephants Herd About Tampa Bay” art project. It gave 29 artists a chance to adorn, embellish and festoon fiberglass, elephant sculptures.

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5:21 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Boy Band Fans "Larger Crowd Challenge" for TIA Than RNC

One Direction
Associated Press

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Tampa International Airport officials faced a major challenge Saturday--not a huge number of people leaving town after the Republican National Convention, but fans of the boy band One Direction.

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12:54 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

"Mr. Satan Goes to Wall Street" Comes to Republican National Convention

Justin West and Heather Merlis jam outside the Cafe Hey
Steve Newborn WUSF

I was in search of a good protester or two - which, after the first two days of the Republican National Convention, became rather hard to find in downtown Tampa. So I went to Cafe Hey, a coffee shop in the shadow of Interstate 275 that had become a de-facto hangout for the radical set. There, I came across Heather Merlis and Justin West, who was strumming a guitar on the sidewalk outside the cafe.

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11:36 am
Fri August 31, 2012

In Defense Of Tampa

Never mind the palmetto bugs. There's a lot to like about Tampa, Fla.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:46 pm

It's been a rough week for my adopted hometown.

First, it looked like our worst nightmare would come true: a direct hit from Hurricane Isaac with tens of thousands of visitors in town for the Republican National Convention.

We were spared the worst of Isaac — but then came a raft of snarky stories about Tampa.

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10:10 am
Thu August 30, 2012

What Do Protesters Do After Dark?

Protesters hold a "Roving Radical Dance Party" through Ybor City.
Eric Mennel / WUSF News

After a long day of marching and chanting, most protesters in the tent camp known as Romneyville are trying to get some sleep.

"We have the constant helicopter overhead to give us the soothing white noise to sleep to," said one activist who asked not to be named.

He had just climbed down from the billboard behind the camp, where he hung a banner to overlook the nearby interstate entrance. The banner is a white bed sheet with water bottles tied to the bottom to weigh it down.

It read "GOP 1% GO HOME."

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10:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

It's What's For Dinner - or Lunch

The famous Cuban sandwich

Wet and rainy one day. Sunny and balmy  the next. Usually hot and always humid.

Welcome to Florida, RNC visitors!

Now that the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac is over for us and the Republican National Convention is underway, we can get back to helping you discover more about the Tampa Bay area other than its unpredictable weather.

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5:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The 'Business of Beautiful People': Tampa Strip Clubs Expect Big Bucks from RNC Crowd

Danielle dances at 2001 Odyssey, a gentleman's club on Dale Mabry.
Carmel Delshad WUSF

Warren Colazzo is in the business of beautiful people.  As the co-owner of Thee Dollhouse gentlemen's club in Tampa, Colazzo is expecting some major business during the RNC.

"If they're going to compare this to three or four super bowls, I just think people better be ready. It'll be very very busy."

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