Arts and Entertainment

Whole town comes out to deck the halls

Many Americans celebrate Christmas by coming together with their communities in the holiday spirit. WUFT-FM’s Emily Burris shares how the small town of Hawthorne throws a big Christmas celebration every year. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/BurrisHawthorneXmasFinalWRAP.mp3]

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Gainesville’s inspirational musical duo

In a community of almost 125,000 residents it’s not hard to find people who truly dedicate their time to what they love.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Catherine Awasthi looks into how one couple’s passion for music brings championship titles to local schools while also bringing students together. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CatherineAwasthiBandProj2.mp3] News Sources:  Gainesville High …

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Opening a planetary view

Planetarium Awareness Week is giving the community a chance to experience a unique feature at Santa Fe College. WUFT-FM’s Keaton Webb says this week-long tradition will let people relax under the stars. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/PlanetariumWeekWrap.mp3] Planetarium coordinator James Albury says many area residents did not even know Santa Fe has a planetarium.  …

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Ocala residents getting ready for weekend parade

Seventy thousand people are expected to line up on East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala tomorrow for the 63rd annual Christmas Parade. Marion County Schools Public Relations officer Kevin Christian says approximately 120 units, including floats, marching bands and community groups will take part in the parade. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Christian3.mp3] He says …

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Santa Fe College hosts concert

Santa Fe College looks to celebrate the holidays. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FMs Jessica Becerra reports, fine arts performers are putting on a holiday concert. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/CHRISTMASWRAP.mp3|titles=CHRISTMASWRAP]

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Veteran folk musician to play benefit concert Friday

Veteran folk musician and songwriter John McCutcheon will be visiting Gainesville for a special benefit concert tomorrow. WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo spoke with Mr. McCutcheon today about the upcoming show, his nearly 40-year career and his life on the road. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/McCutcheon-QA-FINAL.mp3|titles=McCutcheon QA FINAL]

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Gainesville’s nutcracker show & festival in a nutshell

As the holiday season approaches, Dance Alive National Ballet gets ready for their Nutcracker Festival. Florida’s 89.1, Stephanie Bechara tells us how the different events try to involve family friends. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPNutcrackerBalletFINAL.mp3] Source:  Resident Choreographer for Dance Alive National Ballet, Judy Skinner

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“Sounds of the Season” – a UF holiday tradition

This Sunday, December 4th at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville people can experience one of the University of Florida’s most anticipated and beloved holiday traditions- “Sounds of the Season.” Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Richard Drake talked with the conductor for the performance, Professor Will Kesling. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPSoundsoftheSeasonQA.mp3]

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