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  • perryharveyparkrendering_w1024
    July 21, 2015
    Did you know that R&B legend Ray Charles got his start in Tampa Bay? Or that Martin Luther King Jr. visited Tampa Bay in 1961 as he rose to lead the Civil Rights Movement? Tampa Bay's African American history, once centered in Central Avenue on the northwest corner of downtown, was largely erased decades ago by Urban Renewal and the construction of I-275. Community leaders began the process of acknowledging the deep roots of Tampa Bay's black residents this morning when they broke...
  • tma1
    May 21, 2015
    Tampa Museum of Art has joined Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. It's one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. The complete list of participating museums is available here . Museum Director Michael Tomor remarked,...
  • jose_marti_park
    May 4, 2015
    Before the first Cuban refugee set foot in South Florida, Cubans had already been an integral part of Tampa Bay for nearly a century. This weekend, the New York Times reminded the world just how connected Tampa Bay is and has been to Cuba -- and how much we'd like to rebuild those old connections as relations between the U.S. and Cuba thaw. Remember, once you leave Tampa Bay in a ship and turn south, the next piece of land you hit is Havana. Havana was the launching point for Spanish
  • river_walk0
    April 15, 2015
    Come out to celebrate Tampa Bay's newest attraction, the Tampa Riverwalk . Forty years in the making, the Riverwalk opened its last major segment last month, creating an unbroken 2.5-mile pedestrian path linking some of the areas top attractions like gems on a string. On May 2 and 3, Riverfest -- the city's newest annual event -- will turn the waterfront destination into one big party, with events spread its entire length, from the Tampa Bay History Center to Water Works Park. The...
  • ybor_city_cigars
    April 13, 2015
    Say Happy Anniversary to your favorite hand-rolled cigar! Today is the 129th anniversary of the first cigar rolled in Tampa Bay's Ybor City neighborhood in 1886. We have Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor and Gavino Gutierrez to thank for setting Tampa Bay on the path to becoming the Cigar Capital of the World several decades later. That first cigar helped make Tampa Bay a beacon for immigrants from Cuba, Spain, Italy, German and Eastern Europe. It helped put Tampa Bay on the map as the home to
  • garthbrooks_8col
    March 31, 2015
    We've got some great news for Garth Brooks fans: The country music superstar has announced that his comeback tour is coming back to Tampa for the first time in more than 16 years. Currently announced for two shows at Amalie Arena -- one each on June 5 and 6 -- Brooks has been known to expand the number of shows in a given city depending on demand. "It's going to be an event," Elmer Straub, the arena's vice president of event booking, told the Tampa Bay Times . "This...
  • giff2015_guide_web_singles_cover_w1024
    March 24, 2015
    Tampa Bay turns its eyes to Hollywood when the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet this week. The festival starts tonight (Tuesday) and runs through Sunday evening. Tampa Bay film buffs and star gazers will get their chance to discover new work and meet the creators during the weekend long festival. Here’s what you need to know if you go: SETTING This year’s festival brings 129 films to the screens of the Channelside Cinemas...
  • straz3_w1024
    March 10, 2015
    Tampa Bay's Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced plans this week to expand its outdoor reception area to include a restaurant adjacent to the Tampa Riverwalk and a floating performance pavilion and amphitheatre. The expansion would take advantage of traffic on the finished Tampa Riverwalk, which will open its last major section at the end of March. The pavilion would be connected to the Riverwalk by a walkway running over the surface of the river. Straz CEO Judith Lisi tells the...
  • river_glow_by_wannemacher_jensen_architects_w1024
    February 18, 2015
    River Lights This weekend's Lights on Tampa festival will fill downtown's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens with drumming, dance and interactive art installations that will turn the city itself into a canvas after night falls. The festival is free and family-friendly. After the festival ends on Sunday morning, one art piece will find a permanent home downtown. "River Lights" will be Lights on Tampa's addition to Tampa Bay's growing collection of public...
  • tma1
    February 10, 2015
    The Tampa Museum of Art has a new director -- Michael Tomor, now the head of the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas. He starts April 15. According to the El Paso Times , Tomor has led the museum in his hometown for nine years. He'll take over a museum that has about the same amount of exhibit space and -- with 80,000 to 100,000 visitors a year -- about 10 percent higher attendance. During his tenure in El Paso, he has tripled the museum's sponsors and doubled its membership. In 2014,...