Arts and Entertainment

Theatre students from across the Southeast head to SFC for 55th annual conference

More than 1,500 high school junior and senior thespians will begin arriving today at Santa Fe College for the 55th annual Florida Theatre Conference Festival.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy reports, this conference will benefit students and Santa Fe’s fine art’s program. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/santafewrap.mp3] (News source: Santa Fe College Fine Arts …

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Was Shakespeare a fraud? That is the question.

A new dramatic thriller will hit theaters tomorrow, but as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo reports, this new film is already stirring up controversy in academic circles. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Shakespearewrap.mp3] (News source interviewed for this feature was University of Florida English professor and Shakespeare scholar Sidney Homan)

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Bringing music and science together at UF

The University of Florida School of Music is pushing a dual major program to boost the declining music major enrollment. Admissions Director Mutlu Citim-Kepic says this option can appeal to students and their families who don’t think a degree in just music is worth it. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/CitimKepic1.mp3] She says making the …

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Gainesville’s Pride Festival celebrates all community members

Gainesville’s annual Pride Festival will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. North Central Florida Pride Community Center Co-President Terry Fleming says this festival helps younger people gain support from the community. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/FLEMING1.mp3] The festival will feature a parade with food and entertainment starting at 2 p.m.

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Alachua County Fair bringing bargains this year

The Alachua County Fair will open tomorrow, and WUFT-FM’s Zac Blobner says fair officials hope to bring in bigger crowds with bigger bargains this year. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/zacvoicerreal.mp3] Fair Organizer Steve White says they will extend special price hours, offer discounts and provide other deal to breathe life back in to the …

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Ocala rolls towards skate park solution

Ocala residents can expect a new skate park in the near future. WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman says the city is trying something a little different for the new park’s design. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Ocala-Skatepark2.mp3] Ocala Parks and Recreation Division Head Ire Beathea says the park will have a direct benefit to the city, especially …

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Turn of the Screw is the latest thriller at Hippodrome State Theatre

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/turnofscrewFINAL.mp3] As people begin to think about their Halloween costumes and pumpkins start to appear on front porches across the county, the Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville is also gearing up for the Halloween season. The Hippodrome’s latest play, The Turn of the Screw, is based on a nineteenth century story by Henry James, which has been adapted by …

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Graduate student bends metal to create art for public enjoyment

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPGainesvillePublicArtist.mp3] Leslie Tharp, a free-lance artist in Gainesville expresses herself best through public art. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara tells us about her involvement with the community and her goal to interact with people through her own creations. Tharp’s passion is to shape common things such as iron and steel into art—public art, …

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Location for Alachua County Fair faces uncertain future

As the Alachua County Fair makes a comeback this month after not operating last year, a new debate has begun. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports on the possibility of moving the fairgrounds in the near future. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPFairgroundsSB.mp3] Above are the sounds from the Alachua County Fair during past years …

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