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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3:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Sarasota Film Festival Raises The Curtain On Its 16th Year

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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.
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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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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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

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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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6:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Seminole Hard Rock Marks 10th Anniversary

Billie Walker holds a 6-foot alligator used in the opening 10th anniversary ceremony "alligator walk."
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

The state has opened negotiations to renew its gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe amid the 10th anniversary of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opening in Tampa.

But it wasn’t until the early 1980s that the Seminoles even had a Tampa reservation.

Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, James Billie, said 144 Indians helped him establish the Tampa reservation where the Seminole Hard Rock Casino now sits.

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2:30 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Watch: An Alligator Walk Celebrating 10 Years for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Billie Walker holds an alligator used in the ceremonial walk to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.
Credit Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The alligator is a symbol of prosperity for the Seminole Tribe. And they have enjoyed prosperity since the Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened 10 years ago.

Watch as members of the tribe perform an "alligator walk" at the beginning of the 10-year anniversary celebration. Seminole Billie Walker is the one carrying the alligator on his shoulders.

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2:48 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Run With The Bulls This Saturday In Dade City

Bull Run in Pamplona

It may not be exactly like running with the bulls in Pamplona, but you can run with the bulls this Saturday in Dade City.

The Inaugural Great Bull Run will be held this Saturday at the Little Everglades Ranch. Chief operating officer for the Great Bull Run, Rob Dickens says this event has something for everyone and isn't just about the Bull Run.

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2:50 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Founding LAGQ Guitarist Andrew York Performs Thursday Night in Lakeland

Andrew York
Credit Hillary Greene-Pae

Guitarist Andrew York grew up in a home where his mother sang, beautifully, he says, and his father played folk music on the guitar.  His earliest memories are of family musical gatherings.  He went on to help found the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

He's had many teachers, but York names one professor at USC as a particular influence, Duke Miller, who brought him to Los Angeles to USC. York had a full scholarship to get his Master's degree there, and was essentially a jazz player at that time and playing lute in an early music ensemble.  

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11:33 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Lightning's Owner: It Was Important for Us to Not Stand in the Way of Marty St. Louis

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The reaction has ranged from sorrow to anger among Tampa Bay hockey fans that team captain Marty St. Louis requested to be traded away from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis' apologized, but did not explain his insistence on the trade in an open letter.

The Lightning's owner, Jeff Vinik, wrote an open letter of his own. He praised St. Louis' time with the team and stressed that the organization did not want to impede the veteran player's wish to join the New York Rangers.

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5:42 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lightning Captain Marty St. Louis Traded to New York

In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, a fan holds up a sign congratulating Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis (26) for being selected to the Canadian Olympic hockey team before an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Tampa.
Associated Press

In a surprising move just hours before the NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a major deal on Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis in a blockbuster.

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