Arts & Culture

Fat Albert in all his glory.
Nick Evans

Over the weekend, thousands gathered along Pensacola beach to see the blue angels.  But before the F-18s perform for the crowd, there’s another member of the team that sets the stage.

Dan MacDonald is your conductor in a journey across the globe into a dream play of William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. A Magic Journey: Into the Underworld of Shakespeare will feature Dr James Amend, an ethnomusicologist trained at Florida State University. Afterward, MacDonald invites The Southern Shakespeare Festival's music director Steven Hodges to discuss the show's modern music approach.

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A new development is springing up on South Magnolia Drive near the Florida Lottery. The proposed site will soon be home to a few new fast food restaurants and other shops. But at least one local group say the development is a lost opportunity in the ongoing quest to learn more about the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto.

LHatter / WFSU News

A program started several years ago to spread the love of reading has trickled down South into Thomasville.

In front of busy stores in Thomasville’s historic downtown are miniature houses painted in bright colors and fun patterns—pinks, and green’s blues and reds. They’re called “Little Free Libraries” and they’re situated strategically around the blocks, offering piles of books. Everything from Mitch Alboom, to Danielle Steele—and they’re there for the taking:

Donald DeBevoise / WFSU-News

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater rolled up their sleeves and joined a delegation of representatives from more than 100 Miami-Dade County groups to serve a hungry line of lobbyists, politicians and staffers large plates of paella in the midday sun today.