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Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11 listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: war on terror, September 11th, Middle East, poetry, Art, music, USF


"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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Seminole Heights artists rally around fire victims listen

04/04/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Seminole Heights, Robert Wegmann, Terry Klaaren, Art, artists

Residents in Seminole Heights have been rallying behind people affected by a fire that wrecked two local businesses. Now they hope to raise some money for artists too. Tammy Harmon Siebel has been organizing the Heights Unites Artist Benefit Bonanza this Sunday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

"It's a group of community artists coming together to put on an exhibition and sale of local artwork and the benefit is for the fire relief fund. Back in February a Modern Line furniture store and Domani's rest...

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Retired Talk radio veteran talks about his career in Tampa Bay listen

12/20/13 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Jay Marvin, Art


Today on Radioactivity we look back at Talk radio in the early 1990s in the Tampa bay area. Rob Lorei speaks with Jay Marvin who worked for WTKN then later WFLA . He was an outspoken radical and anti-war activist. Later, he moved Milwaukee, Denver and Chicago where he continued his career in radio. He is now retired but is a poet, author and painter. His work is being featured in St. Pete.

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What is Art--the play and the festival listen

11/01/13 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: Art, theater, theatre, Creative Clay, American Stage

Bill Leavengood's play, What is Art, will be the inaugural play of American Stage's The Emerging Masters Playreading Series, which starts on November 4. Josh Poll of Zen Glass, and Gina and Todd Frain from Creative Clay's Folk Fest talk about the creative spirit, and how not to set yourself on fire in the glass studio.

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St. Pete candidates' ideas on arts funding varied listen

09/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Candidates for offices in St. Petersburg have varied ideas on how to increase funding for arts in the community. The two mayoral candidates and all eight people running for city council tried to woo arts enthusiasts with their ideas during a forum at Studio 620 in downtown Wednesday. Incumbent Mayor Bill Foster said he’s been trying to convince council to dip into a $15 million fund from the sale of land near Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County.

“We knew that it was for Parks and ...

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Tampa's Barrio Latino Commission allows Roosevelt 2.0 to keep its Ybor City mural listen

05/21/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday the City of Tampa dedicated a giant outdoor mural on an Ybor City warehouse along Adamo Drive.

But a much smaller mural caused controversy at this morning’s meeting of the Barrio Latino Commission. City staff recommended removal of a mural outside the...


Director Oliver Stone: films cast imprint on American culture listen

04/26/13 Jim Bleyer
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Film director Oliver Stone has challenged socially accepted views of American history through films like Platoon and Wall Street. Stone spoke this month at Rollins College in Winter Park and he emphasized the roll of film on society.

Stone asserts movies wield enormous power to persuade and manipulate. The controversial director laments that unconventional views are underrepresented in the cinema. We were not allowed to interview Stone or record [his speech](

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Directors Lana Wilson and Martha Shane discuss the documentary After Tiller

04/11/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, the directors of After Tiller, discuss their film. After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, four American physicians-Dr. Leroy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Shelley Sella and Dr. Susan Robinson were the only remaining providers of late-term abortions in the United States. Living under constant threat of violence, they continue to do their work. With unprecedented access into the lives of these doctors and the patients who seek their help...

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Tribute to Jane Cortez

01/03/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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A brief tribute to the recently deceased Jane Cortez-poet, humanist, writer. and woman extraordinaire was done with history and her poems. She passed on December 28, 2012. Her latest CD is a compilation of her work from 2003-2008 and is titled "Find Your Voice."

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Graffiti art is changing the face of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood listen

12/20/12 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The sound of a graffiti artist’s can of spray paint may mean different things to different people. For people in the Wynwood and Overtown districts of Miami, it is the sound of the inner and outer transformation of their neighborhood.

Rob Fogel is a graffiti artist painting a mural on the border between the two districts. It is the middle of the night, but police spotlights are lighting up the wall, so Fogle carries on painting. But, the police are not here to help him finish his mural...

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