Shine Mural Festival brightens St. Petersburg

Hermine delayed the beginning of the second Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, but artists made up for it all weekend long. Murals are being worked on at all hours. Here are some pictures of the progress, with information about the festival at the end of the post. Shine is part of a month long… Read more »

Art & Authoritarianism with Philip Kennicott, on Life Elsewhere

“What would happen to the arts if this country turned to authoritarian leadership?” That is the opening line from a perceptive commentary in the Washington Post, authored by Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art and Architecture Critic. Mr. Kennicott imagines with clever wit, what would happen to the Arts in America if Mr. Trump becomes… Read more »

Celebrity Fossils on Life Elsewhere

Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas – ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. With wit and insight,… Read more »

Virtue & Vice In Ancient Rome on Life Elsewhere

“Two thousand years ago, an aristocratic Roman matron named Vistalia faced a trial for adultery. Vistalia was notorious for conducting multiple extramarital affairs, but her husband, Titidius Labeo, refused to divorce her. Eventually, the Emperor Tiberius himself accused her of adultery, a crime punishable by exile to a remote island. Vistalia responded to this charge… Read more »

Tampa Comic Con is still about the comics

The pageantry of the weird and the wonderful were in full regalia this weekend at the Tampa Bay Comic  Con. The event coordinators are anticipating nearly 60,000 attendees to pass through the halls of the Tampa Bay Convention Center.  Collectors, vendors, artists, celebrities, and cosplay enthusiasts came out to geek out and have some fun…. Read more »

Music Should Be An Interpersonal Dialogue – Life Elsewhere

Sorcha Richardson, the extraordinarily talented Irish-born singer-songwriter is one of our favorite discoveries of the past year or so. So, we were especially delighted when a package arrived from Sorcha, containing a thumb-drive with a new song, beautiful limited edition artwork she has created and a hand-written, heart-felt letter. Here is an excerpt: The music that I’ve… Read more »

Photographer Benjamin Dimmitt captures the decline of Florida’s natural landscapes

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160505_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest is nature photographer Benjamin Dimmitt, whose recent work includes photographs of the examines the impact of saltwater intrusion on the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge just north of the Tampa Bay Area. Over the years rising sea levels, along with weak flow from nearby freshwater springs, has… Read more »

New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160429_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara… Read more »

Local playwrights adapt novel by Ybor City-born writer Jose Yglesias

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160420_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Jose Yglesias is probably the most famous Tampa-born writer that most people have not heard of. Born into a Spanish-Cuban family of cigar workers in Ybor City,  his work often dealt with Latin Americans who are exiled from their homelands and how revolutions affected their lives.Now his 1963 Novel, A Wake… Read more »

A Surprise on the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails through a town that starkly flaunts its contradictions. She had a wonderful surprise while following the trail yesterday, which led her farther afield, and yet right back to the beginning. Beautiful Freedom Surprise… Read more »

Loca African American multimedia artist reimagines controversial minstrel standard “Dixie”

Today on Midpoint, we talk with Sarasota-based musician John Sims, whose latest album the AfroDixie Remixes contains a reimagined versions of the American classic “I wish I was in Dixie”, a song written in the mid 1800’s by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was once considered the anthem of the South, but is now considered offensive for its association… Read more »

On Age & Youth. The Conversations & The Music.

The two smiling, bespectacled and silver-haired chaps in the photo accompanying this post, was taken last year, on a mild sunny, winter’s day, in Hudson, upstate New York. The occasion was the first time Wreckless Eric and Norman B had met face to face. Fueled by many cups of espresso, their long animated conversation covered topics as diverse as the pitfalls… Read more »

Birthday Boys At Life Elsewhere

John Lennon famously said,  “Before Elvis there was nothing.” Lennon was correct, of course, which may have prompted David Bowie to remark, “Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” It is curious to remember that two of the most important and… Read more »

Happy New Year from Life Elsewhere!

2015 was a busy and eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. To begin 2016, we present a retrospective of favorite moments from the past year. Make sure you don’t miss the eclectic selection featuring Jon Macks, Brandon Wallace, Zuzu, Steve Brodner, Robert Priest, Wreckless Eric, Chris O’Leary, Zac Bissonnette, Erin Moore, Lynsey… Read more »