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Video Renaissance closes after 33 years

Sarasota’s long-standing independent video store and local gathering place, Video Renaissance, known for its eclectic catalogue and staff expertise, will close shop after 33 years in business. Bill Wooldridge opened up its first incarnation as “Cult Video” in 1985, then...
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The effects of opioid addiction in Sarasota

The effects of opioid addiction in Sarasota

The effects of the opioid crisis continue to endure in Sarasota. According to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the leading cause of death in Sarasota among 15-34 year olds is drug abuse. “I think everyone is at risk,” Chief...
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Liberation Breakfast in Newtown

Liberation Breakfast in Newtown

On the third Saturday of every month, the Liberation Breakfast is held in Newtown by Answer Suncoast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL). Professionals, students, activists and community organizers gather together at the Newtown Estates Park to pr...
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Red Tide Causes Food Insecurity in Sarasota

Red Tide Causes Food Insecurity in Sarasota

The current outbreak of red tide has done more than wreak havoc on marine life. It has affected the livelihood of people in Sarasota County. Visit Sarasota, the official tourism marketing agency for the county, surveyed 40 tourism partners in...
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The art of the selfie: a photography exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg explores the intimate history of self-portraiture

The art of the selfie: a photography exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg explores the intimate history of self-portraiture

Though the term selfie is now a ubiquitous part of our vernacular, the act of taking a photo of one’s self is not usually viewed as the creative process of an artist. “This is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from...
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Fogartyville center bought by WSLR

Fogartyville center bought by WSLR

“We just have to create alternatives, so we are trying to get people to imagine what could it be and how can we help get it there,” Arlene Sweeting, former director of the Peace and Action Center and Fogartyville, said...
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Sarasota Museum of Art set to open in fall 2019

Sarasota Museum of Art set to open in fall 2019

Sarasota will soon be adding another museum to its already extensive selection of artistic and cultural institutions. However, this museum, with a focus on contemporary art and a commitment to community engagement, is determined to develop a new institutional ...
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From Emmett Kelly to Pee-Wee Herman to Steve-O: Sarasota’s clown history

From Emmett Kelly to Pee-Wee Herman to Steve-O: Sarasota’s clown history

In America, clowns have a multiplicity of meanings, evoking many different emotions. They’re associated with laughter, play, tragedy and fear. They’re also associated with Sarasota.   Clowns have existed in a plethora of forms across continents and ce...
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Better beekeeping: how Alma Johnson is diversifying the honey industry

Better beekeeping: how Alma Johnson is diversifying the honey industry

A recent partnership with the Sarasota Honey Company (SHC) brought beehives to campus, providing educational opportunities to students, pollen to the food forest and, eventually, honey to the Four Winds Cafe. In addition to advocating for environmental respons...
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Hundreds gather for protest at Bayfront Park in solidarity with March For Our Lives

Hundreds gather for protest at Bayfront Park in solidarity with March For Our Lives

SUBMISSION BY CHARLIE LEAVENGOOD   A chorus of supportive car horns accompanied, “Hey! Hey! N-R-A How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?!” at the local Sarasota March for Our Lives.   An estimated 7,000 protesters congregated at Bayfront Park on...
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