The Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville opens its 40th season with the play “Other Desert Cities” Friday night. This is the first production of the award winning play outside of New York since it went on Broadway. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis spoke with Michelle Bellaver, the lead actress in the play.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/OpenDesertCitiesQA.mp3]
From Ray Charles' early years in Florida to homegrown stars like Linda Lyndell and Little Jake Mitchell, John Capouya shines a spotlight on the underappreciated contribution Florida has made to the history of soul music in America. "Race is really the context for almost all of the stories I tell." "When white kids started listening to soul music, it really helped the whole movement toward integration of this country that when that music was accepted by a generation, it’s something you can’t quantify, but I think it made a difference."