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Phoenix New Times

Florida's ThrashBack Records Finds Gold In Arizona's Metal History

Most of the time when Arizona and Florida are joined at the hip, it’s because someone in the media is making fun of the less than stellar activities of our sun-baked residents. Perhaps it is the combination of excessive heat or high humidity that makes decision-making flawed and flaky. Either way, it’s nice to be able to share some good news about how our two states work together.

Star-studded ¡Vamos Florida! weekend backs Annette Taddeo, primes Miami women for Primary Election

The two-day event featured dozens of Latino celebrities supporting progressive, climate-minded candidates like Miami state Sen. Annette Taddeo. This past weekend proved fruitful for progressive, politically minded celebrities with an eye on the Sunshine State, as dozens of celebrated performers, journalists and activists with roots in Latin America united for the “¡Vamos Florida! Weekend of Action.”

Google Doodle: Teen's Award-Winning Art Is All About Self-Care

Sometimes, caring for yourself means recognizing that there are others in the world who are also there to help you. That realization is the cornerstone of a Doodle created by Sophie Araque-Liu, a high school student from Florida. Google featured her art, titled Not Alone, as Tuesday's Doodle after she won the 2022 Doodle for Google competition, an annual contest open to school kids across the US. This year's theme was "I care for myself by..."

Oliver Samuels’ Guilty with Explanation returns to Florida Labor Day Weekend

Veteran comedian and entertainer Oliver Samuels will return to South Florida for the Labor Day weekend with his show Guilty with Explanation. It’s almost impossible to be Jamaican and not be touched by the humor or humility of Oliver Samuels. Most Jamaicans agree that the image of Oliver with ear muffs in his winter coat, no visa, and overloaded with extra pieces of luggage of “pudden”; is the funniest moment in the history of Jamaican motion picture.

Marcy Dermansky, Hurricane Girl | WGCU PBS & NPR for Southwest Florida

This time on the Gulf Coast Life Book Club, we hear from Marcy Dermansky, the author of five novels. Her latest is Hurricane Girl. It opens with a young woman buying a beach house in North Carolina, only to see it swept away by a hurricane a week and a half later. Eventually Allison travels away from the hurricane, but into some other disasters. The book is fascinating, funny, horrifying, relatable and overall a very gripping read, especially during hurricane season here in Southwest Florida. I talked with the author, the terrific Marcy Dermansky about Hurricane Girl, and her writing in general.

Video: Paralyzed Florida dog shows baby how to crawl in viral TikTok

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - If you watch one video today, make it this one. A TikTok video has gone viral of a paralyzed dog in Florida ‘teaching’ a baby how to crawl. Lori Dugas, of Port Charlotte, said she filmed the video on August 3. In the adorable video, baby Caleb can be seen observing the way Kahlua the dog moves, as the canine hops past him in what looks like an attempt to teach him. Caleb then starts moving with his leg tucked under his body.
Guitar Player

Josh Smith: "It Was Really Important to Keep it as Old-School Live as Possible. Kenny Burrell Didn’t Go Back and Fix Any of His Solos, So I Wasn’t Even Tempted"

Former Floridian Josh Smith has carved out his place in the guitar firmament through his high-powered, hybrid-picked, heavy-stringed mixture of blues bends and jazz sophistication. He was already playing professionally at age 13, touring the same circuit as contemporary prodigies Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa. By the end of the 2010s, Smith – just 35 – already had two decades of touring under his belt and four records under his own name.
International Business Times

Who Is Sophie Araque-Liu? Doodle For Google 2022 Winner Bags $30,000 Scholarship

A teenager's relationship with her mother became the inspiration behind an artwork that is now featured on and Chrome. Sophie Araque-Liu, 16, from Florida, was declared the winner of Doodle for Google 2022, an annual contest in which students from across the U.S. participate by sending their own Google Doodle renditions based on the given theme, according to HITC.

Ron DeSantis & Kari Lake Get Drag Makeovers As ‘The Daily Show’ Brings In ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star To Help

Here’s a crossover for fans of The Daily Show and RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Comedy Central series and the VH1 show, which was just renewed for season 15, are coming together to drag the Republican party over its recent comments on, well, drag. The Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan and RuPaul star Kerri Colby, who appeared on season 14, are helping the likes of Florida governor Ron DeSantis, Kari Lake, who is running to become Arizona governor, and Michigan Republican Beau LaFave to find their inner drag queens. It comes after DeSantis filed a complaint against a Miami restaurant for letting children into...

Joe Scarborough Illness: What Happened To Him?

Charles Joseph Scarborough (born April 9, 1963) is a co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC alongside his wife, Mika Brzezinski. He is also an attorney, political pundit, and former politician. On the same network, he formerly hosted Scarborough Country. Scarborough, a former Republican, represented Florida’s first congressional district in the...

Call to Artists

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Monroe, Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded close to $4 million in fellowships to over 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.