Arts and Culture

Actor, FSU Alum Burt Reynolds (left) has died at the age of 82.
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Actor Burt Reynolds has died. His death was confirmed by his agent, who did not have any further details. Reynolds was not only a well-known actor, he was also an alumnus of Florida State University.

Indian Association of Tallahassee

With its universities and the information technology demands of state government, Tallahassee has a surprisingly large Indian connection. The India Association of Tallahassee is inviting the community to a celebration of Indian culture this Saturday, Aug. 18.

The United Way of the Big Bend is tightening its focus. Under a new strategic plan, the organization wants to fund programs and proposals targeting early learning, housing, financial literacy and workforce training.

Tom Flanigan

As Tallahassee wrestles with what its future will look like, the city’s state Capitol Complex could have looked very different than what it does today.

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Tallahassee’s LeMoyne Arts is featuring a triple-treat for area artists and art lovers. The new show opens this Friday evening (8/3).

Kaleigh Wright

A survey by the Food Marketing Institute says the U.S. sees an 18 percent increase in consumers choosing to purchase meat locally rather than from a supermarket. North Florida farms and butcher shops take thoughtful preparation and service when it comes to distributing meat in the local community. 

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's oldest annual music festival happened on Saturday, July 14. The Tallahassee Museum's Swamp Stomp has been happening since 1978.

A young appears in pain on stage while singing the Green Day song 'Give Me Novocaine.'
New Stage Theatreworks

New Stage Theatreworks is bringing the show “American Idiot” to Tallahassee this (Friday) evening. The show is a coming-of-age story told through music from the band Green Day.

Tom Flanigan

For years, Tallahassee’s Leon High School has hosted a summer stage presentation, featuring the county’s top high school performers. This summer is no exception, with Leon Performing Arts’ offering of “Les Miserables.”

LeMoyne Art Gallery
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Monday’s Community Redevelopment Board meeting divvied up $3 million  to three arts and cultural groups and a new program, not in the running last week, is now set to receive $1.8 million.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Kelly Crocker

A Department of State panel has agreed to allow a Confederate General statue currently in the U.S. Capitol to call a Florida museum its new home. But, that decision is receiving some pushback.

The statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
Architect of the Capitol

A Florida museum may be the new location for the statue of a Confederate General currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. On Thursday, a state panel approved the Lake County Historical Society and Museum’s application to become the new home of the likeness of Edmund Kirby Smith. Bob Grenier is the curator of the museum located in Tavares, which he says is a prime location for the statue.

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News is available at our fingertips. What constitutes news, and when should it be designated as “fake?”

The Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is hosting a luncheon on Thursday, June 21, to discuss how news consumers can discern what’s truthful and what’s less-than-factual.

Sachs Media Group Founder and CEO Ron Sachs will present tips on how to help stop the spread of misinformation – like keeping our own biases and emotions in check.

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In a time of profound political polarization, the Confederate Flag remains a divisive topic. The remnants of the Confederacy are still shaping society today. And the flag means vastly different things to different people. 

To some, the flag represents years of hatred, hardships, oppression and the fight for equality. To others, it’s pride and a celebration of cultural heritage. Here are some of their stories.

"Skip Day" characters (l. to r.) Jamelia Burrows and Na'Kerria Nelson
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Two Tallahassee college students are heading to France's Cannes Film Festival May 14. They're going because of their roles in a documentary on high school life in South Florida that will be screened during the world-famous cinematic celebration.

The Happy Motoring Bar hosts the Tallahassee Soccer Club's new drive to bring soccer to the city 5/3/18
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Boosted by local enthusiasts, the Tallahassee Soccer Club held it’s unveiling on a bright, Wednesday afternoon at Happy Motoring.

Local artist Georjean Machulis hosts her first solo art show.
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Longtime Tallahassee artist Georjean Machulis is hosting a one-night-only, pop-up exhibition of her work Friday. Although it's her first solo show, she's been making art all her life – and says it's helped her recover from some grievous losses.

Suwannee Hulaween and Silver Wrapper

The small Panhandle town of Live Oak is bracing for an influx of tens of thousands of people. Live Oak, population 6,900, is the host of the annual Suwannee Hulaween music festival. The weekend-long event is known for its psychedelic electronic music and art installations. 20,000 attendees flock to the woods outside of town, where the festival’s synthesizers echo across the Suwannee River. 

Kate Payne

Observant and lucky Floridians may have spotted grapevines growing wild in the parks and backyards of the Panhandle. WFSU brings us this report on wild muscadines. We teamed up with the Miccosukee Root Cellar to look at what they are, how to find them, and what to do with them.

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The Panhandle town of Havana recently won a Florida Main Street designation from the Department of State. Now the community is re-envisioning the future of its downtown.

Nick Evans

Local leaders and about 75 Tallahassee residents gathered last night to discuss the recent violence and unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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From rivers to railroads to highways, the destiny of many Florida cities is tied to local infrastructure. Small neighborhoods and whole towns can live and die by the construction of interstate exits. But public historians say there are ways to balance public access and preservation.

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Tallahassee film buffs in search of the rare, bizarre and weird may be in trouble. A local, independent video store and movie theatre is struggling to keeps its doors open.

The Capital Chordsmen

Tallahassee residents can take a trip back in time this weekend during The Capital Chordsmen’s annual harmony concert. Marketing Vice President Bruce Bickley says the acapella group will pay homage to the Beatles and the tradition of Barbershop music. 

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City of Tallahassee

The John Gilmore Riley Center Museum is hosting a historic preservation conference in Tallahassee. It’s part of the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network the museum created in 2001.