30th Annual Pumpkin Festival sparks fall feelings in SRQ
Friends pondering which activity they should partake in next.

30th Annual Pumpkin Festival sparks fall feelings in SRQ

All of the senses are stimulated as one makes their way from the parking lots to the grounds of the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival; the air is a medley of kettle corn, foods fried in Canola oil and a thriving community of farm animals. One…

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Sarasota celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, crowds of rainbow-clad Sarasotans gathered in J.D. Hamel Park to celebrate Pride Fest 2018. A number of free activities were available to festival-goers. Flag-toting high school students and senior citizens alike lounged in lawn chairs and sat in the grass…

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Selby Gardens embraces ‘endless forms’ in annual orchid show
Serenity Garden at the 2018 Orchid Show.

Selby Gardens embraces ‘endless forms’ in annual orchid show

As October winds down, fall is finally here, bringing with it pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating and, just maybe, temperatures below 75 degrees. In Sarasota, there’s one sure sign of the new season: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ annual Orchid Show, which opened Oct. 12 and runs till…

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NCF alumnus showcases art at first Ringling Underground of the year
A view of the stage from the middle terrace in the courtyard.

NCF alumnus showcases art at first Ringling Underground of the year

After a persistent rainy season forced the organizers to postpone the event in September, Ringling Underground came back in full force for the first Thursday in October. The replica of Michelangelo’s “David” statue towered over the crowd of attendees as live music by LANNDS, Glove…

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Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival at New College
Festival-goers enjoying Chinese snacks.

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival at New College

The Mid-Autumn Festival, called “Zhōngqiū Jié” in Mandarin Chinese, has been celebrated throughout Asia for thousands of years. Traditionally, family and friends come together to give thanks for the bountiful harvest, pay tribute to deities like the moon goddess Chang’e and engage in various regional…

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Justicia para trabajadores agricolas: Encuentro 2018
photo courtesy pf the CIW Encuentro students sing and chant at the Wendy's Boycott protest.

Justicia para trabajadores agricolas: Encuentro 2018

Each fall, the annual Encuentro takes place in Immokalee, Florida. Coordinated by the Student Farmworker Alliance (SFA), Encuentro is a gathering of students and organizations from around the country who come to learn about ways to organize protests in their communities and campuses. This year,…

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‘Miki Kratsman: People I Met’ at USF Contemporary Art Museum
photo courtesy of Will Lytch Miki Kratsman: People I Met installed at USF Contemporary Art Museum, 2018.

‘Miki Kratsman: People I Met’ at USF Contemporary Art Museum

People I Met is a conceptual mixed-media piece documenting Miki Kratsman's attempt to use Facebook to identify 9,000 Palestinians he took photographs of during his 30 years as a photojournalist for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz. The installation features 2,000 printed portraits hung individually…

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Meet an Emotional Support Animal!

Turtle Spiliadis Age: 1 yr old DOB: 6/27/16 Zodiac sign: Cancer Weight: 10.5 lbs Species: Dog Breed: Labradoodle Fun fact: When she sees a baby, she crawls towards them on her stomach so she doesn't scare them and licks their feet.        …

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