Drummer Steve Turner has just one rule when he works with Pinellas County's special needs children and non-musicians to form drum circles: If you don't drum, you gotta dance. The fun that ensues becomes infectious. Relationships blossom. And no one leaves without a smile.
The designers of the Center For Building Hope at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota created a place where cancer patients and their families find peace and sustenance in surroundings influenced by nature.
Equity crowdfunding is increasingly popular in funding new startups and philanthropic efforts, but there are also risks. In this opinion piece, local attorneys Richard B. Hadlow and Peter S. Lawler weigh in on the concept.
Artist Philip Pearlstein of New York City talks about how he selects models for his famous nudes and other creative works on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.
M2Gen, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, USF Health, Shriner's Hospital, the James A. Haley VA Hospital and Florida Hospital are key collaborators in North Tampa's growing research corridor.
Want to be among the first in the nation to see "Star Trek: Into Darkness''? Have a thirst for the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival? 83 Degrees Media is giving away free tickets.
Hillsborough Community College and the Gaybor District Coalition collaborate to host a ceramic rooster decorating contest that sends one student to college on a scholarship. See the fancy results.
In Tampa Bay, as elsewhere, artists often serve as community catalysts for transformational change in neighborhoods that become attractive to investors. The phenomenon is the subject of Economist Richard Florida's book "Rise of the Creative Class,'' which promotes the idea that creatives, including artists, entrepreneurs and small shops, along with low barriers to entry, help foster urban renewal.
Knowing that the hottest new jobs of the future may not even exist today, what are best practices/best solutions for study? Should the focus be on teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Or should it be broader, including the arts (STEAM)? Join the conversation.
See Sophia run. See Liam jump. See Emma race Aiden. Unplug children for a day from computers, TV, cell phones and electronic games and see how they play, exercise and learn in the park. "Playing Unplugged'' in Pinellas County is just one antidote to the nation's obesity crisis.
The Hub, a cornerstone bar in downtown Tampa since 1946, sets the scene for a music video featuring Funny Bunny, a local band mixing sultry vocals with unconventional chord structures in memorable melodies.
IGNITE Tampa Bay aims to stoke the fires of passion that consume the hearts and minds of thought leaders in Tampa Bay. Only 20 get to take the stage at Tampa Theatre, but hundreds will be in the audience. Will you be among them?
Cell doors and stainless steel benches from the Classic Federal Courthouse in Downtown Tampa are among the unusual treasures available for upcycling at Sarasota Architectural Salvage.
Has Silicon Valley jumped the shark? Ask many keen observers of technology communities from coast to coast, and they'll tell you that 2013 is prime time for startups to bloom in unexpected cities. Take Tampa, for example.
The Venture Compound and Pangaea Project kick it up a notch when it comes to providing a quirky, over-the-top creative haven perfect for Tampa Bay millennials who like to push the boundaries of music, visual art and spoken word.
Are we having fun yet? That's a question no one has to ask at the Tampa Mini Maker Faire as kids and bigger people work together to tear apart and rebuild complex things or make something out of nothing. This playground for innovators and creatives blends math and science, robotics and gear ratios, mechanics and engineering into fun, fun fun.
Datz Dough is the latest entrepreneurial effort by Suzanne and Roger Perry, founders of the popular South Tampa restaurant called Datz. The Perrys are heavily invested in their property on South MacDill, but have their sights set on opening more sites around Florida.
Sponsors supplied the markers and paper, while USF-area travelers supplied the big ideas meant to answer the question critical to keeping people on the move: What does it take to make a street complete?
83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers" event sparks a lively discussion on what makes Tampa and the Tampa Bay region cool, how to develop a stronger sense of place and why creating authentic experiences matters.
Being a dad -- just like being a mom -- in today's fast-paced world means a lot more than changing diapers and driving kids to soccer practice. Read along as three Tampa Bay area dads share parenting experiences in blogs designed to infuse awareness and provoke deeper thought.
In just three years, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's image has changed from uncool to really "cool.'' What changed? He found his voice and the platform to use it, says the author of "For The Love of Cities.''
Public entities and private businesses across the Tampa Bay region are converting vehicular fleets to compressed natural gas, a cleaner, less expensive, domestically available energy source. The cities of Clearwater and Tampa, Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough County and HART are among those leading the way.
A small arts venue with a big agenda, Studio@620 celebrates its 10th season of innovative programming this June. Where else in the Tampa Bay region could you find such an inventive line-up: classic Film Noir, a social justice round table on gay teen suicide, a concert by the Florida Orchestra, poetry readings, Slow Food gatherings, art shows and yoga with ShahRam.
Opening night at the 2013 Gasparilla International Film Fesitval brings out the stars from near and far for a celebration of independent films and filmmakers. For a look at who was in the crowd and what they saw, watch and listen along to a photo slideshow by Julie Branaman.
The need for good, safe transportation options as well as a desire for better communications about Tampa Bay events, history and diversity top the wish lists of 83 Degrees Media readers. See specific suggestions for elevating our CQ (coolness quotient).
Connect Tampa Bay, a grassroots organization, aims to rally public support behind the creation of more transportation options, including access to an expanded public transit system. In just three months, the rapidly growing organization has persuaded more than 2,000 people to get on board.
Here's your chance to celebrate and see independent films from around the globe as part of the Gasparilla International Film Festival. 83 Degrees Media will give away a total of 8 passes (4 pairs) to random readers who fill out our survey.
Urbanism on Tap starts by soliciting participants' visions for Tampa. Among concerns at the first open mic night? Transit, mobility, green spaces, bicycling safety, connectivity, neighbhorhoods and other liveability issues.
Time to boogie under a statue of David without traveling to Italy! Ringling Underground in Sarasota grooms the next generation of museum patrons by attracting young professionals and college students with live music by local bands and interactive art by local artists.
So you've caught the entrepreneurial fever and you're burning up over a hot idea for a startup. All that's left is to create the business model and the customer value proposition. Simple enough? Not. Here's an opportunity to get some help and learn from those who've gone before you.
Imagine touring your tastebuds through Tampa's indy restaurants while imbibing on local brews, meeting new peeps and getting a little exercise. Too good to be true? Not if you ride along on one of City Bike Tampa's monthly bicycle tours. Take a look at images of the last ride in this photo slideshow.
The Martin at Meridian is the latest apartment complex to emerge in the growing Channel District of downtown Tampa. Developer Ken Stoltenberg envisions creating additional amenities of an urban lifestyle, including vibrant retail, parks and schools.
What's next for Tampa Bay? You can help shape the narrative by getting engaged with 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' in a conversation designed to advance the community dialogue about what makes cities cool. Join us March 27 at The Vault in downtown Tampa.
New College student Jodi Johnson overcame a lot of self doubts (I'm too old, I can't do math, I can't afford tuition, etc.) to return to college as an experienced learner. She's now thriving in Sarasota and sharing Tampa Bay's cultural assets in the process.
The Economic Development Innovation Initiative is designed to help drive the growth of technology and innovative startups, and scale worthy small businesses in Tampa and Hillsborough County.
The Wilson Company's ongoing renovation of the Franklin Exchange in downtown Tampa highlights how designers and developers are teaming up to find creative ways to transform underused, dilapidated urban places into hip, vibrant spaces that attract additional investments.
Other than walk your pooch around the block in downtown Tampa, what's a dog lover to do to keep a four-legged friend happy and healthy while enjoying each other's company? Lots! We've compiled a list to get you started.
Nearly every film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature -- including "Brave,'' "Frankenweenie,'' "Paranorman'' and "Wreck-It Ralph'' -- features the work of Ringling College graduates. Special effects-packed nominees like "Marvel's: The Avengers,'' "Prometheus,'' "Skyfall'' and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'' also credit the work of Ringling alumni.
Vacant buildings and underused spaces in the blocks surrounding the Classic Federal Courthouse are likely to attract renewed interest in downtown Tampa as investors see the potential for opportunities to develop an urban scene that can compete for talent in the global marketplace.
Urban pioneer Veronica Simonetto, a native of Venezeula who lived in Miami before moving to Tampa, opened Tailored Pet Sitting in downtown Tampa in 2007 after recognizing that demand for such services far outstripped supply. Today the business is thriving even as competition heats up.
Looking for something sweet to accompany your daily cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea? Tampa bakeries got you covered. Get a whiff of these decadent pastries, cupcakes, cookies and artisan breads. Go ahead, Tampa Bay. Indulge a little.
For most moms, life with children provides new opportunities and challenges on a daily basis. For a few, writing about it adds to the experience. Meet five mom bloggers in the Tampa Bay region who talk about why they do what they do -- provide advice, share experiences and help define motherhood.
Drs. Csilla Ari and Dominic D'Agostino, USF researchers studying ketones as weapons against diseases like ALS, cancer and Alzheimer's, find a mutual interest in diving leads to discoveries about oxygen deprivation that may help the U.S. Department of Defense battle other kinds of enemies.
Want to redefine "normal'' in downtown Tampa? Get in line! Follow the founders of The Urban Conga as they create interactive installations that help people see, appreciate and make use of ordinary spaces and places like never before.
St. Petersburg -- the No. 1 arts destination for mid-size U.S. cities three years in a row -- now has a "Creative Cities Adviser.'' In his new volunteer role, author Peter Kageyama, a former president of Creative Tampa Bay, hopes to encourage and promulgate the city's creative flair.
Encore Tampa is designed as a sustainable community, with green initiatives built into everything from the provision of water and sewer to energy efficient construction to easy access to retail and recreation.
Please pass the beer-poached Florida shrimp! Then let's try some Jamaican jerk alligator ribs. Yum! Outstanding in the Field, a farm-to-table dinner company, visited Florida in January to serve up such local culinary treats.
The talent and global diversity reflected in Tampa Bay’s traditional yet continually emerging and evolving entrepreneurial spirit is the bridge that connects the past to the future, and also catapults us forward. Meet jewelry designer Nicole Shannon and the women behind MAC Portraits of St. Petersburg as shining examples of young entrepreneurs finding success by working together.
Creating innovative public private partnerships is key for moving Tampa forward in coming months and years, agree community, academic and private sector leaders invited to participate in 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' forum designed to foster community conversation and solutions. Watch and listen.
Streamsong Resort in rural Polk County, a creation of phosphate giant Mosaic, is collecting accolades from golf's top magazine critics and players. The 2,300-acre golfing destination showcases Florida's natural environment in an outdoors sporting experience being compared favorably to St. Andrews in Scotland.
Where's the perfect place to meet your peeps, get to know the neighbors or build collaborative spirit among your co-workers? Urban gardens, where the love of the outdoors merges with a desire for healthy eating to serve a dual purpose of growing food and community.
Get your fresh on! Organizer Tiffany Ferrecchia says Ybor City's Twilight Market is designed to fill the gap between weekend markets, providing patrons with local food and products to get them through midweek.
Whether you're a romantic looking for a new way to please your lover or you're just wanting to relax with friends while enjoying Tampa Bay's famous sunsets, check out the newest mode of transportation in downtown Tampa -- as in electric boat rides along the Hillsborough River.
Photographer Bryan Weinstein preserves and highlights Tampa's history, architecture and social culture with "then and now'' photos.
New signs of a renaissance are underway in Tampa Heights. The potential of this community still on the "edge'' may finally be recognized. Historic Victorian and Craftsman-style homes are getting a little TLC and being renovated. Entrepreneurs are opening small businesses. Developers are stepping forward with new projects. And long-time residents are welcoming the change.
Tampa International Airport no longer allows drivers to wait curbside for arriving travelers. So rather than circing the airport repeatedly, head over to the cell phone lot and enjoy some of the perks provided there. The lot is equipped with large flight information screens, bathrooms, vending machines, free wireless internet, a free charging station for electric vehicles and food trucks.
What do USF research, Tampa Bay's Twitterati, Invision Tampa, Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, the Bradenton Riverwalk, Graduate Tampa Bay and community building have in common? They are among the top read features produced by 83 Degrees Media in 2012.
Who are the Tampa Bay region's Next Gen leaders? For starters, they're not waiting around for someone else to make a difference. They're out in the community networking, educating, learning and doing. Some are carrying the torch for philanthropy, others are creating jobs. All are building upon success.
A focused team of business leaders and visionaries try to answer the million-dollar question: What do Tampa Bay startups and innovators need to succeed? A collaborative work space is born thanks to a million-dollar federal grant.
Residents and workers in downtown Tampa know Duckweed Urban Market as the coolest and closest place for picking up a few groceries or a bottled drink and a local sandwich when on the go.
Tony Duda is focused on improving the hiring process with a new high-tech, platform that improves employers' odds for finding the right candidate for the right job. He and his team at a Tampa Bay-based startup company called Talent Sprocket have developed an innovative software platform that targets some of the flaws in the current e-recruiting process.
Encore Tampa, a mixed-use community emerging on vacant land once occupied by public housing, is poised to be the catalyst necessary to transform a largely blighted neighborhood connecting downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights and Ybor City.
Why should Tampa Bay make connections and build relationships with Colombia? Alfred Goldberg of Absolute Mobile Solutions in Tampa explains the economic significance of why Colombia matters to Florida and local businesses.
The Oxford Exchange in Tampa is bringing the University of Tampa neighborhood -- the western gateway to downtown Tampa -- back to its roots, promoting activity and development while offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and retail shops.
Having already moved from Canada to Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and techie Jeff Paleczny decides to “re-career’’ and make the Tampa Bay region his home.
Looking to do your part to help boost the local economy? Spend some money shopping this season in local shops that carry products designed, created, manufactured and/or sold by Tampa Bay residents.
Gretchen LeClezio's passion for art, education, family and community provide the inspiration necessary to run the Palmetto Art Center near Bradenton. Kids there call her "the clay lady'' in respect for the pottery classes offered.
The story of the Fourth of July Cafe, a favorite West Tampa neighborhood gathering spot for generations, is more than cafe con leche and Cuban sandwiches. Follow along as the owner tells a bit about the history and why the restaurant situated at North Howard and Main Street remains popular.
Gateway Organic Farm in Clearwater is recognized for innovation and leadership for partnerships that promote organic gardening and self-sufficiency.
Costs for health benefits continue to climb even as employers and employees seek tangible ways to reduce them, say the founders of a new Tampa startup company called Health Hero. Health Hero’s mission is simple but vital: Save money by creating a healthier workforce. The company is betting on the power of social media to help make it happen.
What does it take to create the primordial ooze necessary for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive in Tampa Bay? Better telling success stories. Shifting mindsets. Creating a community "can-do'' attitude. Setting new priorities. Engaging leadership, both corporate and community. Convincing the big guys to help the little guys. And so much more!
Wow! Three years and counting. 83 Degrees Media, launched in November 2009, continues to be thankful for your encouragement, support and sharing of our stories.
For the third year in a row, St. Petersburg was named America’s No. 1 arts destination in the country for mid-size cities by AmericanStyle magazine. Usually it's museums like the Dali, Museum of Fine Arts and the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection that get all the attention. But emerging areas like the Central Arts District and the Warehouse Arts Districts are the newest hot spots for artists and those who love art.
Anna Maria Island snowbird Kathleen Flinn pursued her dream of earning a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After wrestling with her purpose post-graduation, she's found her niche -- imparting the skills she's acquired to hesitant and fearful home cooks in her latest book "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School."
Scientists like Michelle McEachern, a 2010 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, are hot on the trail of tegu, creepy, four-foot long giant lizards from South America. The exotic invader has the same potential to wreak havoc on Florida's sensitive Everglades' ecosystem as the Burmese python.
Need a caffiene fix? Looking for free wifi? Want to meet your peeps? Check out the coffee shops of downtown Tampa -- places where people gather from early morning till after dark to share ideas and perspectives, discover new artists, find opportunities to collaborate and generally meetup with others to build relationships.
Phenomenal images from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Exhibition are on display at Selby Gardens in Sarasota through November. Follow along as Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. captures Florida's trail scene, which is also being made into a documentary for public TV.
Hillsborough Community College is among Tampa Bay area colleges and universities offering on-site degree programs at companies like Tampa Electric as a convenient way to help employees further their education and increase local college degree attainment.
A keen interest in Florida art grows from hobby into career for Katherine Gibson, a Polk County native who now lives in downtown Tampa and travels frequently around Florida to find visual gems she can share with others.
University of South Florida alumni and architect Sean Verdecia is almost done with his first masterpiece. After years of planning and prototypes, his "multiuse portable dwelling,'' AbleNook, is planned for mass production in 2013. The journey from idea to reality has transformed the project from a local university assignment to a highly anticipated, fully functioning living module in the global marketplace.
The I-4 Corridor stretching from Tampa to Orlando is already seen from afar as a hotbed for designing and developing new technology. So what will it take to nurture startups and retain the talent already here while attracting others to help shape Florida's economy as well as the nation's? Join the conversation as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk innovation.
At Bar/Code Camp 2012, about 850 people gather at the USF College of Business in Tampa to share ideas, make connections, consider collaborations and talk about what more is needed to nurture a vibrant yet fledgling startup community in the Tampa Bay region.
The Toast of Tampa, an internationally recognized women’s chorus group, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Standing Room Only Show on Oct. 20th at the Straz. Members of the group, from ages 8 to 80, cherish time singing together and the lasting relationships they build along the way.
About 50 miles south of The Tampa Riverwalk, a new mile-and-a-half ribbon of fun, frivolity and fancy gives residents and visitors alike good reason to carve out a day (or two) to experience the emerging scene in downtown Bradenton and along the mouth of the Manatee River. The Bradenton Riverwalk defines what "placemaking'' is all about.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville might be the music narrative for Florida, but opera has a passionate following in the greater Tampa Bay region. Professional opera companies in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs draw many ardent local fans. People with a talent and passion for this dramatic art form can find numerous opportunities to study at local colleges and train and perform at local venues.
Since St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards took over The Mahaffey in 2011, the downtown St. Pete arts center has kicked up its image big time. Now the theater hopes to reach an even wider audience with its new exhibition of Titanic artifacts. Local actor Lowell Lytle brings the exhibition to life in his realistic portrayal of Capt. Edward J. Smith.
The HARVST Project brings together more than 20 musicians, sculptors, dancers, painters and photographers for a multisensory celebration of Tampa Bay talent for a pop up exhibit at the downtown offices of Tampa-based ad agency PP+K for one night only on October 13.
Mashable ranks the Florida High Tech Corridor among the top and fastest-growing tech centers in the nation. Meet four experienced innovators who contribute to that narrative as mobile app creators and builders in Tampa Bay.
What's the best investment you can make in yourself, your family and the local economy? Earn a college degree. That's what motivates participants in Graduate Tampa Bay as the region pursues the Talent Dividend.
Shared risk-reward are key to successful P3s -- public private partnerships -- agree panelists representing both sides of the equation at 83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers'' event. As the local economy rebounds, lots more opportunities for such partnerships will emerge in downtown Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods.
Non-conventional workout options -- think spinning classes ala virtual reality tours and running up a replica of the Santa Monica Stairs -- contribute to the popularity of Powerhouse Gym Downtown Tampa, which is already in expansion mode after only three years of operation.
A group of nonprofit organizations in North Tampa is transforming neighborhoods around I-275 and Fletcher Avenue into a vibrant, sustainable community where safety is paramount and the workforce nurtures its residents.
InVision Tampa is researching and inviting suggestions on how to improve the city's urban core and surrounding neighborhoods, ultimately incorporating that feedback into a master plan that will shape Tampa's future for the next 25 years.
After witnessing the confusion surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tarpon Springs business owner Stephen Hickok wanted to use his space along the Anclote River to launch marine searches, sustainable building methods and a collaborative environment where business, nonprofits and students could work together toward innovative renewable energy solutions. His initial idea grew into a new nonprofit called Sustainable Environment Research Foundation.
Three Tampa Bay area women -- Kelly Addington, Becca Tieder and Barbara Rosenthal -- team up to empower students against sexual assault in a new documentary called "You Are The One.'' The film premiers Saturday (Sept. 22) at the Reeves Theater at the University of Tampa.
Banyan aims to speed up major medical breakthroughs by enabling data from scientific research to be shared more easily. Major hospitals and universities -- USF Health, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon and others -- are already on board.
Feeling an inflection point for the nation looming on the horizon? Since the blame game is about played-out, why not help fund something that you want to see change? Seriously, pack your lunch for a week and drop the leftover 20 to 50 bucks on something that makes your 'hood a little sweeter. Now you really can go and build that in partnership with your government and your fellow citizinvestors.
Tampa's rich history, culture and flavor is reflected in a new public art display designed to get people talking. The glass artwork by Susan Gott will become part of the Zack Street Promenade.
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Go behind the scenes with 83 Degrees Media photographer Julie Busch Branaman to experience the sights and sounds of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Advances in radiation therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center increasingly turn diagnoses that once spelled a death sentence or necessitated life-altering treatments into experiences that patients walk away from to return to normal lives.
Tampa Bay area companies are joining the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a nationwide coalition of private businesses that has collectively pledged to hire that many military veterans by the year 2020.
The RNC threw one of the year's biggest parties at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to kick off the week-long celebration in Tampa that will culminate with Michigan's Mitt Romney as the party's nominee for president. See images and sound from the event by 83 Degrees Media photographers.
Spend some time getting to know the people, the neighborhoods, the City of Tampa and the nearby cultural communities and you will find the Tampa Bay region as attractive as we do.
83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' series continues in September with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a community conversation around P3s and opportunities for public-private partnerships to shape Tampa's urban spaces and places.
Looking for the real Tampa and the people who call it home? Take a spin through some of the city's coolest cafes, rad shops and awesome artwork to experience creativity and culture, and to satisfy your curiosity.
Arts, technology and marine science groups and businesses in the Tampa Bay region are forging innovative partnerships
with Israeli organizations and companies in a growing global connection. An example: A new regional alliance spanning the I-4 corridor unites the Jewish Federations of Tampa and Orlando as well as Pinellas and Pasco counties, strengthening the voice of the local Jewish community.
So the Olympics are over and your invitation to the RNC party never arrived. What to do? Where to go? How to entertain yourself and friends beyond the political craziness? Here are five cool places and fun events to keep you busy while experiencing the talent, innovation, diversity and environment of the Tampa Bay region.
Young professionals moving to Downtown Tampa and Downtown St. Petersburg are attracted by cool yet affordable urban living spaces like Metro 510 and The Portland Apartments.
The August Name, a St. Pete-based band that proved a crowd-pleaser at this summer's Vans Warped Tour stop at Vinoy Park, took their music on the road for two weeks along the East Coast.
The national college attainment competition has 57 cities attacking the issue on a community level to produce focused, short-term solutions.
USF Health is collaborating with the American College of Cardiology and other hospitals to bank blood for genetic studies much like Moffitt Cancer Center is already doing with cancerous tumors.
Solvent Studios, a St. Petersburg-based startup, is seeking $14,000 via Kickstarter for the launch of ''Amoeba: Big Adventures for Little Microbes,'' their first mobile video game.
The UEP on the Suncoast program nurtures emerging small businesses in the urban environments of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The public-private partnership is designed to succeed by making sure all involved have "skin in the game.''
Urban art -- not graffiti and not vandalism -- expresses the creative bent of young men (and a few women) who often follow their artistic dreams by mixing mediums in the streets, on concrete and along walls.
Just what exactly is the Cuban Sandwich Show? It began in 1991 as a singular art event that sporadically popped up at Tampa restaurants. Now it's a month-long exhibition highlighting all things Tampa. Expect a series of events in August that reflect the flavors and complexity of Tampa's culture, including the signature sandwich.
So you like to dance? Join the crowd at "Swingin For A Cause,'' a monthly meet, greet and dance the night away event at the Mermaid Tavern in Tampa's Seminole Heights.
A St. Pete mother-daughter art duo and 90 summer camp students are taking their street-art inspired mural on the road. First stop: London and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
A sold-out crowd packs the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City to hear words of wisdom from Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, the author of "Folks, This Ain't Normal,'' "You Can Farm'' and "Salad Bar Beef.''
USF redesigns degree program for nurses to meet needs cited by community members as well as healthcare professionals.
A unique mix of STEM summer camps in Tampa Bay sets out to connect students with greater knowledge and confidence while preparing them to join the workforce with the abilities necessary to land in real jobs.
Marketing studies in Third World nations examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats much like they do in the U.S., but the data collected, the solutions proposed and the outcomes projected look vastly different.
Rebecca and Curtis Beebe want to do more than make you feel at home when you eat at Pearl in the Grove -- they want you to think about how the food gets to your plate. Their nearly two-year-old restaurant draws patrons out of Tampa Bay communities and into the heart of Dade City's farms with its simple, but elegant approach to southern cooking.
Tampa Bay Shines and Front Row Tampa Bay aim to attract investors in the region by showcasing people, places and things that promote civic pride.
Wouldn't it be cool if .... ? The city of Tampa's first hack-a-thon attracted about 75 techies and geeks with new and creative ideas for apps to communicate information, solve perceived ineffciencies and provide new services to the public.
Access to the arts is considered key to developing the creative thinking necessary to thrive in a new economy that values talent and innovation above all else. So how can schools and communities work better together to ensure every child gains exposure to the arts? Community, business, arts and education leaders in Sarasota are working with the Kennedy Center to develop solutions.
If it's edible and doesn't fall between the grates, we'll find a way to grill it -- meat, fish, fowl, veggies, fruits, tofu, even desserts. Two Tampa Bay chefs fire up six tips to raise your grilling skills and put together a crowd-pleasing meal that's charred from start to finish. Ready, set, grill!
Florida's beaches and entertainment spots beckon as we celebrate our nation's roots and enjoy a mid-summer break with family and friends.
The new Family Centered Diabetes Center at the University of South Florida ramps up the university's goal of being a major player in the cure for diabetes. It brings together cutting-edge research, clinical trials, medical treatment, education and counseling in one setting. Dr. Sureka Bollepali is among the physicians there who hopes to make a difference for Tampa Bay families.
Members of Women in Architecture Tampa Bay find personal connections that lead to professional success. Now, the group sets out to inspire and educate its industry's next generation.
Soaring ala James Bond in the movie "Thunderball'' is no longer just a fantasy if you visit the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach. There you can rent a JetLev pack and fly solo while tethered to a towboat providing the power.
More than 280 crochet artists contributed to the colorful indoor coral reef on display at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.
June 1st marked the official start of the six-months-long hurricane season, prompting some Floridians to start stocking up on supplies and tuning into weather reports. But for one USF Tampa scientist, hurricanes and tropical storms aren't a cause of anxiety; they're a source of endless fascination and a focus of her career.
Spring Hill-based home bakery ButterWinks is gradually earning a following for its striking hand-crafted sugar cookies and unique designs. Mother-daughter duo Mallory Chiavacci and Shelley Brown credit Florida's Cottage Food Law, passed in 2011, for enabling budding entrepreneurs like themselves to turn their talents in the kitchen into a business.
Florida-based entrepreneurs Allan Branch and Steven Bristol share lessons they've learned as entrepreneurs and web pioneers with anyone who will listen as part of their LessMoney, LessEverything conferences. Latest stop: St. Petersburg.
The road to Pasco-Hernando Community College wasn't always easy for Rich Mullin of New Port Richey, but one thing he has learned is the value of education. Now, he's telling his story to inspire others.
Where can you order lunch or dinner, jump on a helicopter, take a buzz around the city and return in time to find your order waiting? Safari Chopper outside the Hangar Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Scientific League of Superheroes helps elementary school students learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the antics of cartoon characters.
Stageworks Theatre's playwriting group, Stagewrights, offers support and constructive feedback to a revolving door of dramatists. Now, its members are branching out to bring a collection of nine short plays to life in a two-evening production called "TampaWorks," a mosaic of past and present day life set in Tampa Bay landmarks.
Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a generation of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. People value authenticity, and that often comes in the form of a handmade object with pedigree and a good story to boot. Folks from all walks of life across the nation are trading in their "day jobs" to pursue their passions.
83 Degrees Media consistently aims to change the narrative about the Tampa Bay region by featuring stories about thought leaders, rising stars, innovations, global diversity and sense of place.
Increasingly popular academic programs in entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg attract creative, independent thinkers intent on developing their ideas for the global marketplace.
A new initiative at USF St. Petersburg helps military veterans return to college to earn MBA degrees. USFSP is one of 12 organizations around the world awarded funds for the initiative as part of GMAC's "Ideas to Innovation Challenge.''
A lively community conversation about valuing global diversity successfully engages an audience eager to weigh in along with panelists on why diversity matters in Tampa Bay and how we can build stronger communities, better schools and a well-trained workforce together. Join the conversation on Twitter with #83degreesNYAS.
What is permaculture? For some, it means a "permanent culture." For others, it's "permanent agriculture." But for all of its followers, it's a way of life. In Tampa Bay, it's one piece of a larger green food movement. Through the use of compost, rainwater harvesting and strategic plant selection, anyone can learn to reap the benefits of a self-sustaining garden.
Southern's Nebraska Avenue store, open since January, expands into new territory with an on-site beer-sampling bar, an outdoor beer garden and plans for a small-scale brewery and winery. It's a work-in-progress, with landscaping expected to be complete in August.
A mural project at Pinellas Safe Harbor provides a therapeutic platform for homeless people to work their way back into productive lives. The Clearwater-based center also offers social services for adults 18 and up.
Collaborating on a marketing strategy around the Republican National Convention is a smart strategy, but what matters more is extending the effort beyond August to benefit the greater community and help shape what's next for Tampa Bay.
Alistair Glover is among college students earning degrees that will count toward Graduate Tampa Bay's efforts to win the Talent Dividend, a $1 million national prize. Glover is a student at St. Petersburg College.
Can you work off the belly without giving up the beer? Maybe. Try exploring downtown St. Pete atop PedalPub, a moving tap powered by your own two feet and a round of beer. Shots, anyone?
Art, music, culture, food, perspectives, context, traditions, visions. The list goes on when it comes to the importance of global diversity to a community. But did you know that diversity also is a key indicator of economic success throughout history? Let's talk about it on May 17 with "Not Your Average Speakers.''
Saratopia pokes fun at Sarasota for being uncool in the same vein that Portlandia mocks Portland for being hyper-hip. The lovingly comedic webisode series was launched by serial entrepreneur Rich Swier, Jr., one of the founders of the HuB.
Proceeds from Hold My Paw, a fully illustrated children's book about Snapper, a yellow Lab, who overcomes illness and his fear of injections, will go to PARC, a Pinellas County provider of services for children and adults facing physical and mental challenges.
On Saturday, May 5th, Inspire Your Environment will guide a two-hour, approximately 2-mile walk along Tampa's Nebraska Avenue north of downtown, bringing awareness to the local businesses helping to shape the future of the often overlooked neighborhood.
Gary Rule and Kristina Risola created environ/MENTAL as an outlet to share their passions for the environment, mental health and crafting. Through the use of green everyday products, they hope to inspire customers to make more environmentally conscious decisions.
Art is infectious, especially when it comes to what public art can do to build community. Watch and listen along as photographer Julie Busch Branaman takes us on a tour of some of Tampa Bay's finest public art. Some you may very well see everyday and some likely will surprise you. Enjoy.
Creating a more vibrant urban environment and changing the narrative about all Tampa Bay has to offer will help attract and retain talent in the globally competitive marketplace. Did you know, for instance, that the median age in Tampa Bay is close to 40 -- not 65 or 70 as many people think? "The dialogue was interesting, engaging and most of all exciting. I left there feeling smarter!'' says one audience member at "Talent Squeeze: Filling Tampa Bay's Pool,'' 83 Degrees Media's Not Your Average Speakers event.
Erin Kimmerle, an assistant professor of forensic anthropology at the University of South Florida, knows bones. As the director of the USF Forensic Anthropology Lab, she and her team work with organizations locally, nationally and internationally to examine skeletal remains and solve crimes.
Where can an aspiring -- or even an established -- woman lawyer in Tampa Bay turn for support and career advice in what tends to be a male-dominated profession? HAWL may be just the place.
Fresh off his move into a new studio, St. Petersburg artist Charlie Parker is building a ceramic mural on the Orange Street Bridge entering downtown Lakeland. The mural honors Florida history, environment and agriculture.
Layla's House in Sulphur Springs north of downtown Tampa symbolizes the power of collaboration when residents, community leaders and nonprofit organizations work together to make transformational change and create a promising future.
Tywanda Nelson is among the individual success stories growing out of assistance provided by Sulphur Springs neighborhood organizations. The mother of three recently completed her master's degree, got married and is starting a new job with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Tampa Bay nonprofits working collaboratively to make a difference in the lives of low-income children and families living in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa are taking the time and making the effort to create transformational change in the community and its residents.
The breadth and depth of the scientific activities at the University of South Florida create huge opportunities for collaboration within the university, among other Florida colleges and universities and throughout the greater Tampa Bay community.
Join 83 Degrees Media as we engage a panel of community, academic and business leaders in a community conversation about nurturing, attracting and retaining talent in Tampa Bay.
Looking for something a little different than your typical open mic night and spoken-word event? Creative Loafing's monthly "Story Time" series, created by Arts & Entertainment Editor Julie Garisto, gives Tampa Bay writers an outlet to share their heartfelt, and often humorous, works.
Blending business ventures with nonprofit service, Ferdian Jap is making waves throughout the Tampa scene. What's next for this 27-year-old achiever? Exposing the Tampa Riverwalk brand to the country at large.
RISE, a shared commercial kitchen in Sarasota run by veteran baker and pastry chef Christine Nordstrom, provides a part-time home to Sweet Teeth along with seven other small food businesses, including Nordstrom's own Sift Bakehouse.
Looking for recycled craft supplies, unique finds and people who share your interest in making art out of vintage materials? Check out Tampa Upcycle. Owner Morgan Abdallah is using her space inside The Roosevelt 2.0 as a supplier for Tampa Bay's eager crafters.
Graduate Tampa Bay is a collaborative initiative aimed at growing, nurturing and retaining talent in our region – an effort that could lead to jobs and innovations to fuel the local economy.
The Tampa Convention Center plays host to the 7th annual Focus on Females Healthcare Symposium on March 31st. The free event aims to provide something for everyone who faces health issues or wants to stay healthy.
Tampa Bay's growing arts scene and thriving public spaces take center stage during a lively community conversation led by 83 Degrees Media and "Not Your Average Speakers.'' Fresh off the Gasparilla Music Festival and the grand opening of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa, panelists and audience members applaud the direction we're going.
Success on the startupbus means participants accelerate their individual growth and Florida earns greater respect in the startup world. Nathan Schwagler, a team member from Tampa Bay on the StartupFlorida bus that traveled to the SXSW Festival in Austin, offers insights into the journey and what it means for the future of innovation in Florida.
Advances in research and medical treatment at the Lion's Eye Institute in Tampa make cornea transplants and other treatme