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  1. A river runs through teen art project

    Visual Arts

    The Community Stepping Stones serves at-risk teens and, for a recent project, tapped into both science and art. Teens studied and canoed the entire Hillsborough River over several trips. They also applied what they learned to a variety of artistic mediums such as ceramics, painting, drama and photography. You see …

    At-risk teens in the Community Stepping Stones program took photos and produced art for the “I Am River” show.
  2. Playful design for musical instrument show at Florida Craftsmen

    Visual Arts

    Musical instruments are utilitarian, built for performance. In the hands of master craftsmen, they can also be things of beauty, so much so that many non-musicians collect them for their looks, not their sound.

    A violin embellished with carvings by Mark Noll
  3. Comic D.L. Hughley takes on current affairs at the Improv this weekend

    Stage

    Veteran comic D.L. Hughley is a Dancing With the Stars survivor, but it will be current affairs and strong opinions, not spangles, that will be flashing when the comedian takes the stage at the Improv at Centro Ybor this weekend. He's well-known for his strong opinions on everything from Colorado legalizing marijuana …

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  4. Review: Panama Canal photos at MFA, St. Petersburg document amazing accomplishment

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The big summer show at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is "My Generation: Young Chinese Artists," which is spectacular. There are other visual pleasure to be had there, too, such as the museum's permanent collection. Hanging out in the second-floor gallery devoted to works on paper is a …

    Ernest “Red” Hallen, gelatin silver print. It shows the operation of the Gatun Locks with the S.S. Allianca leaving the upper-west chamber June 8, 1914 and entering Gatun Lake.
  5. Epcot fills out concert lineup for Food and Wine Fest

    Florida

    In addition to eating and drinking your way around the world, Epcot's Food & Wine Festival has an "Eat to the Beat" concert series during the festival's run from Sept. 19-Nov. 10. Fan favorites like Boyz II Men, left, (Nov. 3-5) and Rick Springfield (Sept. 24-25) return and new-to-the-festival acts recently announced …

    Boyz II Men
  6. Video: First trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is out (NSFW)

    Movies

    Fifty Shades of Grey, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book, has released its first trailer and created a predictable buzz.

  7. Review: Richard Beckman's work at USF Contemporary Art Museum celebrates what was

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA

    We see only a few pages from one of sculptor Richard Beckman's journals, opened in a Plexiglas case for "Outside the Curve of Reason," an exhibition at University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. Yet they tell us much about Beckman's restless, relentless and obsessive creativity.

    You can see the detail in Richard Beckman’s Song of Kabir (ca. 2000), foreground, made from thin, bent pieces of wood. Zim Zum, a metal sculpture (1997-98), Under the Pink (2000), made of epoxy resin, and Chantella (2000), another wood sculpture, are in the background.
  8. Next Generation Ballet brings 'Summer Fantasy' to the Straz

    Stage

    Want to give ballet a twirl? Check out the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet on Friday when it presents Summer Fantasy, featuring more than 200 ballet students from around the world led by siblings Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet. The dancers, chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 …

    Jeffrey Cirio and Hannah Beach practice Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Fantasy, which opens Friday at the Straz with more than 200 dancers.
  9. Exhibit shows off works of one teacher's nine student artists

    Visual Arts

    Student works

    Rose Marie Prins is a much-admired professional artist and it's no surprise that she's also a good teacher. Paintings by nine of her students at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg are on view at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, …

    detail of a painting of an artichoke by Colette Bancroft at Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus.
credit: Gallery 221
  10. Nuance Galleries opens show of 15 Cuban artists

    Visual Arts

    In 2013, Robert Rowen of Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, purchased a collection of several hundred works by 20th century Cuban artists. The art had previously been lent by a collector to the Meridian International Center, which works with the State Department on cultural exchanges and traveling …

    This painting by Alfredo Cecilio Rodríguez Cedeno is a landscape with surrealist influences.