Life & Culture

Lucas Ebert holds up a freshly gathered scallop while on a chartered boat trip with tourists, Aug. 8, 2022 in Crystal River.
The Old Florida tradition is in season. Here’s how to get into the water.
American Landmark Apartments provides a year of free rent to artists in exchange for classes for residents.
He was a charter chemistry professor at the University of South Florida and an author.
A look at the art of hand rolling cigars at J.C. Newman Cigar Company.


  1. Miróux — Jonah Hollander, foreground, and, from left, Jazz Goodwin, Jesse Daw, Kevin Mendel and Sebastian Siaca — pose outside Crowbar in Tampa before a July show.
  2. Beach visitors explore the shallows off Clearwater Beach south of Pier 60 recently. The water in the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Harbor is more often blue, green or even tea-colored, depending on the light and the algae in play. Originally named Clear Water Harbor, the city got its name because clear springs gurgled from the banks into the bay of what would be known as Clearwater Harbor. The springs, long since gone, were located along the high bluffs upon which Clearwater’s City Hall and most of its downtown are now situated.
  3. Tracy Morgan performs at Tampa's Improv Comedy Theater this weekend.
  4. Brian B.V. Cooper, 33, of Tampa, teaches a painting class to residents of American Landmark Apartments on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 in Tampa. Cooper receives a year of free rent at the complex and a stipend for leading free workshops for residents.
  5. Actor Anne Heche poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Last Word" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 2017. Heche died Sunday, nine days after she was injured in a fiery car crash. She was 53.
  6. In 2012, Jack Fernandez, of Tampa stood in front of renderings after Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in conjunction with the Friends of the Riverwalk, unveiled details about the new Historical Monument Trail that would wind around Tampa's Riverwalk. Fernandez was on the committee for the project.
  7. In this photo from Oct. 13, 2019, British author Salman Rushdie smiles as he attends a photocall with his book "Quichotte" for the authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction at Southbank Centre in London.
  8. Goofuss, a Florida woman's chihuahua who went missing after a car crash in rural South Carolina, was found days later and returned to his owner.
  9. Blood stains mark a screen as author Salman Rushdie, behind screen, is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture on Friday.
  10. Lucas Ebert holds up a freshly gathered scallop while on a chartered boat trip with tourists, Aug. 8, 2022 in Crystal River.
  11. Bruce Springsteen performs at the 15th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit at Alice Tully Hall in New York City in November 2021. He kicks off his world tour Feb. 1, 2023, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  12. Anne Heche arrives at the premiere of "The Tender Bar" in December at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Heche is on life support and not expected to survive injuries from a car crash last week.
  13. Aerial view of a golf cart bridge on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 in The Villages, Florida.
  14. The Florida Orchestra added more concerts to its 2022-23 season.
  15. The Paradeco coffee shop in downtown St. Petersburg is on the shortlist for best cafe design in the Americas for 2022, the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards announced Tuesday.
  16. Kerry Kriseman will sign her memoir, "Accidental First Lady."
  17. Alicia Thompson's new novel is "Love in the Time of Serial Killers."
  18. Ron DeSantis announces the removal of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren during a news conference at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office administration building in Tampa.
  19. Fish a la Spetsiota, made with a local catch.
  20. Executive Director Rui Farias stands in front of a sign for the exhibit, Building the Sunshine City, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The museum is offering $6 admission on Sundays through the end of August.
  21. A Connecticut-style lobster roll, dressed in warm butter, is served at Lucky Lobster Co. in Dunedin.
  22. Hector Lopez smokes a cigar while conditioning tobacco leaves at J.C. Newman Cigar Company on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 in Tampa.
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