| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business.
On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," in which the former directs a film about the latter, premieres Monday on HBO. It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel.
The first black female comic to make it in the...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 10:10 AM
On Wednesday (on Thanksgiving Eve), I’ll be running my annual list of “101 Things I’m Thankful for in Central Florida” -- full of my favorites and suggestions from readers as well.
Believe it or not, I can never get everything on...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 11:44 AM
A special performance will take place this Saturday, July 20, at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Eatonville.
A Florida State University research group, led by Lauren Hlubny, will perform between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the museum,...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 8:27 AM
By sheer coincidence, each of this week's happenings relate to our shared local history, shared and varied cultures, and the effects of "progress" on us all.
Preserving old Florida
The Kenton Kowboy Classic is a new organization dedicated to...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:53 AM
In the story of the proposed American Writers Museum, we've had the prologue and the introduction. Now comes the long-awaited Chapter One, with the unveiling last week of plans for the museum's "First Edition," the inaugural stage in the creation of the...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The Art & History Museums — Maitland is opening two exhibitions highlighting the historic Central Florida community of Eatonville.
"Images of Eatonville: Then & Now" will be shown in the A&H's Maitland Art Center Galleries from Aug. 16-Sept. 29....
| Jul 2, 2013
| 12:02 PM
Thousands of years have washed over this slender sandbar of a barrier island called Anastasia. But only recently has man written his history on this coastline.
As you stand along the park's barren, wind-swept beach, squinting inland over light-washed...
| May 29, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Celebrating 500 years of Florida history, "Dreamers and Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians" will be presented on Friday, June 7, at Sanford's Princess Theater.
In the show, presented by the Florida Humanities Council and Creative Sanford,...
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Great indie music. Some of my favorites include: Urge Overkill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, alt country pioneers The Waco Brothers, Liz Phair (the early days), Neko Case, The Redwalls, Smith Westerns,...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 4:29 PM
What do college football's Tim Tebow and Bobby Bowden have in common with businessman Wayne Huizenga and Everglades demolisher Hamilton Disston?
They've all recently been named "Great Floridians," what is supposed to be a high honor, bestowed upon...