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Tampa-born filmmaker Les Blank dies

Tampa-born Les Blank, a documentary filmmaker for whom no subject was too small or strange, died of bladder cancer on April 7 at age 77 in Berkeley, Calif. Mr. Blank made 42 films over his career, on subjects ranging from Gap Toothed Women to blues and zydeco music, to the benefits of garlic. His best-known works involved director Werner Herzog: 1982's Burden of Dreams, chronicling Herzog's problems filming Fitzcarraldo in the Peruvian jungle, and Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, resulting from the subject's lost bet with documentarian Errol Morris. Mr. Blank occasionally visited Tampa Bay with his movies, notably at the long-defunct Chinsegut Film and Video Festival. Two of Mr. Blank's films, Chulas Fronteras and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, were chosen for preservation by the National Film Registry. Another, 1984's In Heaven Here is No Beer? won a Sundance Film Festival special jury prize. Mr. Blank also earned a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute in 1990. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

ABC orders ‘Roseanne’ spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

LOS ANGELES — ABC, which canceled its Roseanne revival over its star's racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative...
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St. Petersburg couple drive a minivan, volunteer at church and were CIA spies

St. Petersburg couple drive a minivan, volunteer at church and were CIA spies

What's it like to start a family when you're working for the CIA? Jihi and Andrew Bustamante know.
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Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

It’ll still be June when Boy George arrives in Florida this week to kick off a summer U.S. tour with Culture Club. But the LGBTQ icon says it won’t feel quite like a Pride parade. "I also bake cakes for straight people," he laughed. "Tha...
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ScART program empowers people to explore their scars and express their feelings through art

ScART program empowers people to explore their scars and express their feelings through art

ST. PETERSBURGShyly, 8-year-old Annabelle Brassfield climbed atop a stool in front of a blank easel, grabbed a brush she named Scarlet and prepared to paint her scars. After three open heart surgeries for a severe congenital heart defect, she’s left ...
Published: 06/22/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 23

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 23

St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride’s popular parade has moved to downtown St. Petersburg’s scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at...
Published: 06/22/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

Summer Classic Movie Series: See 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $7 members. (813) 274-8982; tampatheatre.org.St. Pete Pride Festival: The daytime festival covers Central Avenue’s Grand Central Distr...
Published: 06/22/18

Sports on TV/radio for Friday, June 22

TODAYBaseballYankees at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMDodgers at Mets7 p.m.MLBMarlins at Rockies8:30 p.m.FSFCFLWinnipeg at Montreal7 p.m.ESPN2College baseball, World SeriesMississippi State vs. Oregon State3 p.m.ESPNArkansas vs. Florida8 p.m.ESPNHorsesRoy...
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Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death

Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death

FORT LAUDERDALE — Authorities in Florida have arrested a suspect in the killing of rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in his luxury BMW electric car as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership.Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompan...
Published: 06/21/18
Go Skateboarding Day celebrated at Bro Bowl in Tampa

Go Skateboarding Day celebrated at Bro Bowl in Tampa

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Published: 06/21/18
Column: We can still save wild Florida, but time for panthers, black bears and us is running out

Column: We can still save wild Florida, but time for panthers, black bears and us is running out

When we dipped our paddles into Florida Bay at the mangrove fringe of Everglades National Park and took the first strokes of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, I’m not sure I fully understood the scope of the challenge we were facing. Six...
Published: 06/21/18