Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Coppola conducted the world premiere of his revised duet and finale of Puccini's opera Turandot and also selections from Copola's opera Sacco and Sacco and Vanzetti.
The gala was attended by several of Anton Coppola's family members, including the maestro's nephew, director Francis Ford Coppola, great-niece Sofia Coppola and his great-nephew Nicolas Cage....
Rhinos can't talk. That's where photojournalist Ami Vitale comes in.
She's spent the past two decades traveling Africa, the Middle East and Europe taking photographs that tell unsung human stories, but also, she says, giving voice to the animals whose fates are so intertwined with them.
Her photos have documented, often in stunning intimacy, conservation and relations between humans and rhinos and elephants, as well as conflict in Kosovo and life in Kashmir, the long-disputed "nuclear flashpoint" on the India-Pakistan border. ...
03/23/17 Human Interest
They came with deteriorating cardboard boxes filled with Hot Wheels cars and a laundry basket overflowing with stuffed bears crowding out a Bart Simpson from the "Don't have a cow" era. Their arms were stuffed with My Little Ponies, metal lunch boxes reading "Sock it to me!" and Batman comic books.
Some left Thursday's Toy Buying Show at the Tampa Marriott Westshore with a crisp $20 or $100 bill. Some left with several of them....
If you've passed by the building at 1027 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg lately, you might have noticed something is missing.
The entire east facing wall was once a colorful mural of a guy riding a bike made of vines, pedaling toward the beer tangled in his beard. Now, there's part of a mural, with a 20-foot-tall blank square smack in the center of it.
At 121 years old, the Tampa Tribune was one of the few local institutions that pre-dated even the historic Tampa Theatre.
That makes the downtown movie house an interesting venue for the premiere of a new documentary titled Stop the Presses, which uses the now-closed Tribune as its subject. The 90-minute movie will screen there May 3 and feature a talk with the director and crew of the film following the 7:30 p.m. screening. ...
Hundreds of University of South Florida students wrote messages on their skin earlier this month as part of the Dear World event at the USF University Lecture Series.
Dear World, which is currently touring college campuses, started several years ago with residents of New Orleans writing "love letters" to the city on their bodies, but has since become an interactive storytelling project spanning 30 countries and meant to "unite people through pictures in their distinct message-on-skin style."...
03/21/17 Food & Dining
Popular St. Petersburg taco shop Casita Taqueria is growing across the bay into Tampa, owner Don Arvin confirmed Monday.
Arvin, who opened the original Casita on Fourth Street N in 2011 with his wife Gwen Arvin, said they'd been looking for a place in Tampa for more than a year, and finally found a good fit at 6707 N Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights. It's the same recently-renovated strip of brick storefronts that Revolution Ice Cream and Seminole Heights City Wine Bar moved into in 2016....
Do you have G.I. Joes lingering in your attic? Old comic books hiding under your bed? Pez dispensers stuffed in a box out in the garage?
Joel Magee wants them all.
The man who goes by "America's toy scout" has been traveling the U.S. for decades in search of old toys, but makes his first toy-buying trip to the Tampa Bay area this week with stops in Tampa, Clearwater, Oldsmar and Brandon. ...
The Tampa Pride parade and street festival returns to Ybor City on Saturday.
Tampa Pride president Carrie West said even though Tampa's modestly sized pride parade and festival is affectionately known in the community as the "baby pride," this year's event could top last year's crowd of 30,000 attendees.
There are more vendors at the festival this year, including a food truck alley . And there are more floats in the parade, which includes former Hillsborough commissioner Kevin Beckner and local entertainer Joey Brooks as grand marshals . Steve Grand, hailed as the first openly gay country singer to taste mainstream success when his video for the song All American Boy went viral, is the headliner on the main festival stage....
At 13, Tyler Houston was outed by a family member who'd read his personal diary. By 16, he was kicked out of his father's house for being gay. He was stuck in a small, conservative town.
He'd tried to harm himself. His mother, struggling to find a way to help, turned to Google.
She typed in "gay guys who sing."
"The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles was the first thing that came up," Houston, now 26, said. "She sent them an e-mail simply saying, 'My son is going through a hard time. Can you help?' "...
Jennifer Lopez was in Tampa on Saturday with the man she's reportedly dating, ex-Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod, who's serving as a special instructor for his former team during spring training, brought J-Lo along to an afternoon game between the Yankees and Orioles at Steinbrenner Field, the Associated Press reported. ...
A comedian with a sizeable online following leveled a serious, and extremely bizarre, complaint at Delta Air Lines on Thursday via Twitter.
Nicole Byer, a stand-up comic, UCB improv performer and actress who starred in the MTV series Loosely Exactly Nicole, posted a photo of a blanket with something on it, from what appears to be her seat on a flight.
"Dear @Delta the grossest thing happened on my flight. I opened my blanket & there was a literal piece of s--t. How does that happen?," the tweet reads. ...
You've only got a day and a half to visit the stretch of Pinellas County beaches from Fort De Soto to Madeira Beach. What should you do?
According to the latest entry in the New York Times' "36 Hours" travel series headlined "36 Hours in St. Pete Beach, Fla. (and Environs)," the trails, fishing and "lazing" on the sand at Fort De Soto Park are a must. So is a visit to the John's Pass Village and Boardwalk and the Merry Pier in Pass-a-Grille....
Tampa lawyer and former Buccaneers player Brad Culpepper is getting props from fans for his performance on the second episode of Survivor: Game Changers.
The latest episode saw one tribe pondering the ethics of eating a young goat they'd captured, along with its mother (Sandra, you are cold-blooded, girl), and also the player-dreaded/fan-favorite surprise tribe swap, where two tribes were suddenly split into three, throwing strategies into disarray....
For decades, sixth generation Tampa resident Clyde Darville traveled with his father to swap meets, flea markets and car shows, collecting and collecting.
The automotive machine shop he and his father Walter Darville opened in 1973 at S Howard Avenue and W Cypress Street in Tampa became like a museum of old gas station pumps, porcelain signs for defunct cigarette brands and motor oil, soda machines and antique machinery. Anything that seemed cool to guys who spent their time rebuilding engine parts....