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Misty Copeland promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater

NEW YORK — Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted Tuesday by American Ballet Theater, bec …


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  1. Misty Copeland promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater


    NEW YORK — Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted Tuesday by American Ballet Theater, becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

    Misty Copeland and James Whiteside appear in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on Wednesday. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role, a key moment for her fans who hope she'll soon be named American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. [Gene Schiavone of American Ballet Theater via AP]
  2. Art Planner: Summer shows at the Polk Museum, Clayton Galleries and the Chihuly Collection

    Visual Arts



    For centuries, collecting art was a pastime only for the wealthy (including the wealthy church), but with the rise of the middle class in the mid 19th century, it became an aspiration many more could afford. Travel, too, became available on a broader scale …

    Louis Aston Knight, Path Along a River, ca. 1920, oil on canvas.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 1


    Telescope Viewing: The two brightest planets in the sky, Venus and Jupiter won't be at this close of a conjunction until late August of 2016. The public is invited to the observatory to witness this and to take a telescope view of Saturn and the moon. 8:45 p.m., St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. …

    PHOTO #2 Sarah Williams, astronomy student at SPC, takes a look from the observation deck of the St. Petersburg College observatory, atop the science building on the St. Pete Gibbs campus.  The SPC planetarium has gotten a lot of phone calls about the bright planets visible in the southwest after sunset. This evening?s beautiful conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and a waxing crescent Moon can be seen on Monday, December 1, 2008. These three objects will not appear this close together again until the year 2052.  This grouping of planets is particularly appropriate this holiday season, as a similar conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the summer of 3 B.C. is considered a possible explanation for the Christmas Star. On that occasion, these two planets passed so close to one another that they were indistinguishable as 2 separate planets.  Jupiter is the ?’star?“ on the right, with Venus below and to the left of Jupiter.  Over the next few nights the Moon will move farther to the east (left in the photo), and the separation between Jupiter and Venus will gradually increase.  The Moon is the closest of the 3 objects, followed by Venus and Jupiter; both of these planets are on the far side of the Sun.  Photo by Craig Joseph, Planetarium Director, Dept. of Natural Science/Gibbs Campus, St. Petersburg College.
  4. Dining Planner: Where to eat on the Fourth of July, plus a showing from Dr. BBQ

    Food & Dining

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    For most of us, Saturday evening will culminate in looking skyward while saying, "Oooooohhhhhhh." July Fourth fireworks displays are preceded in large measure by backyard barbecues, but if you find yourself peckish preshow, here are some dining suggestions.

    Hang out on the outdoor tiki deck and enjoy fresh seafood at Rusty Bellies in Tarpon Springs.
  5. Famous people, famous places: Reflecting on the best parts of Florida

    Human Interest

    Ernest Hemingway once described Key West as "the best place I've ever been anytime anywhere, flowers, tamarind trees, guava trees, coconut palms. ... Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks." That is a real, unedited quote. Although we might never know the result of that night of absinthe-induced …

    This photo by acclaimed Florida nature photographer Clyde Butcher is "Loxahatchee River State Park - 1991" will be included in the exhibit opening Jan. 8-29 at the Pasco-Hernando State art gallery. The exhibit Visions of Florida: The Photographic Art of Clyde Butcher is part of the Museum of Florida History's Traveling Exhibit (TREX) program. Butcher will will discuss his work in a special presentation, followed by a Q&A and book signing, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the college's West Campus in New Port Richey.
    A shot of the stunning dress, (and natty tux) by ace photographer and Deal Diva, Lisa Gartner.

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    Matt Moore threw a 35-pitch bullpen on Monday at the Trop, the last hurdle to his return from April 2014 Tommy John surgery.

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    LHP Matt Moore is set to rejoin the Rays rotation on Thursday....