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Why Tampa? Leaders Went After Bollywood

Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham gets much of the credit for actively recruiting the International Indian Film Academy to bring its award ceremonies in 2014 to Tampa.

The commissioner was among the first to recognize the significance of landing the festivities, particularly to Tampa Bay's growing Indian-American community of immigrants and investors.

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One Man's Passion Brings Indian Music, Culture To Tampa Bay

When Mahesh Patel didn't hear Indian music being played on a local community radio station that promised to be a reflection of the globe's diversity, he did something about it. 

Patel created and hosted Radio Asia on WMNF in the Tampa Bay region long before locals would become familiar with Bollywood.

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Indian Movie Star Visits Tampa To Promote Bollywood

One of India's top film stars, Vidya Blan, enjoyed the adoration of a rock star by Florida media and community leaders on a recent visit to Tampa, where she helped promote the April 23-26 Bollywood festivities featuring the International Indian Film Academy award winners.

More than 25,000 tourists are expected in Tampa Bay for the ceremony, which anticipates a global TV audience of more than 800 million.

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Tampa Prepares To Host Bollywood In April

Thousands of film fans from around the globe are expected to converge on Tampa in April for the Indian Film awards known as Bollywood.

The international film fesitval will be in Tampa April 23rd through 26th.

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Visit St. Pete, Says New York Times Travel

St. Petersburg lands right after Croatia and right before Belize in The New York Times list of the top 52 places to visit in 2014. Topping the list? Capetown, South Africa; Christchurch, New Zealand; and the Northern coast of California.

St. Pete's Beach Drive along the Tampa Bay waterfront, emerging arts districts, world-class museums and a diversity of fine restaurants are cited for reasons to visit.

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Clearwater's Renovated Capitol Theatre Attracts Crowds

Attendance at the newly renovated and reopened Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater is surpassing expectations and thus generating unanticipated revenue, including private investments in nearby properties.

Performances by superstars like B.B. King and Jay Leno are among the attractors.

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Movie About Drug Cartels Picks Tampa Location

"The Infiltrator,'' a movie about South American Pablo Escobar's Medillan Cartel, plans to shoot on location in Tampa. The book is based on a book by Tampa Bay author Robert Mazur.

The production company behind the movie, Good Films of Great Britain, plans to tell the story by re-creating scenes of violence, murder and mayhem.

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New Arts, Crafts Museum May Be Built In Downtown St. Pete

A new arts and crafts museum designed by Architect Alberto Alfonso, the designer of the Chihuly Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, may soon be built along or near Beach Drive.

The popular blog, "I Love The 'Burg,'' reports that Two Red Roses Foundation is behind plans for the museum to house a private collection of American Arts and Crafts.

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Tampa Bay Regional Arts Summit Seeks Collaborations

About 200 artists and representatives from arts organizations gathered in St. Petersburg for the first regional Arts Summit pulled together by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Sarasota Arts Council.

Art Keeble of the Hillsborough Arts Council took the opportunity to announce a new online fundraising tool called Power2Give that is designed to attract new and different donors to specific arts projects.

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Ybor City Tops For Halloween Visit, Says AOL Travel

Guavaween may be tamer and more family-oriented than most locals realize with its transition to a street fair and themed costumes, but it still ranks among the nation's top destinations for Halloween.

AOL Travel ranks it 4th behind Boston, New Orleans and New York.

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TMA Design Attracts Attention From USA Today

The Tampa Museum of Art -- designed by Architect Stanley Saitowitz -- ranks among the top museums in the nation for the architectural significance of the building itself, says USA Today.

Starchitecture sometimes offers as much of an attraction as does a museum's art collection when it comes to provinding a destination to drive tourism and the local economy.

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Powder Your Nose, Memorize Your Lines, Tampa Bay

An entourage of Bollywood officials spent a few days in Tampa Bay checking out local venues and hotels in preparation for the June 2014 International Indian Film Festival's visit.

The awards ceremony and hoopla surrounding it June 12-14 is expected to be watched by 800Million viewers around the globe.

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4 Tampa Bay Area Drive-Ins Go Digital For Movies

Four movie drive-ins in the Tampa Bay region now offer sound and picture quality rivaling their indoor counterparts thanks to newly installed digital technology.

The drive-ins, providing popular family night outs in Lakeland, Dade City, Ruskin and east Tampa, are counting on investment to pay off in more customers.

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Pop-Up Art Parties Arrive In Tampa Bay

Pop-Up art parties for creatives and the young at heart are making the rounds of south Tampa restaurants and other hip neighborhoods as the latest trend in reasons to get together.

The concept, launched locally by Jen Loveridge, an Armwood High School grad, is designed to engage people in fun and spirits while attracting a new crowd to local restaurants.

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Skateboard Park Jumps For Historic Status

Patrons of the Bro Bowl, a concrete skateboard playground at Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the north edge of downtown Tampa, are pushing for protection of the bowl by seeking state and national historic designation status.

The Bowl, a longtime favorite among local teens and pre-teens, looking for a chance to show off their surfing moves, attracts skateboarders from around the nation to Tampa.

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