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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► There is a rumor that Eric Seidel is going to run as a Democrat for Hillsborough County Tax Collector, an office currently held by Republican Doug Belden, who recently made it crystal clear he wants to run for reelection in 2020.
We spoke with Seidel about this rumor. He said he is considering the run but hasn’t made a decision yet. …(to read more, buy a paper)

►Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen has filed to run for mayor, joining Ed Turanchik and Christopher “Topher” Morrison. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► We hear County Commissioner Al Higginbotham will propose placing an amendment to the County Charter on the ballot making the constitutional officers nonpartisan positions.
If passed, it means candidates for the offices of sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, clerk of the court and supervisor of elections will no longer appear on the ballot with a party identification. You will no longer have partisan primaries. … For three decades, the partisan pendulum has swung to the Republican side. During those decades, Republican commissioners refused to support efforts to make these offices nonpartisan. They also refused to consider expanding single-member districts on the County Commission or changing countywide seats to district ones.
The reason for the opposition was Republican Party bosses believed these changes would benefit Democrats over Republicans. Now that it’s clear the pendulum has swung back and Democrats are favored in countywide races, the Republicans embrace these reforms.
We call bull$#!* …(to read more, buy a paper)

► In preparation for their move to Tampa’s Latin Quarter, Ybor City, the Tampa Bay Rays are already Latinizing their operations. The team hired Tampeño Jack “The Funkman” Henriquez as its organist. We expect a little salsa, merengue and bossa nova to leak into the playlist. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► We are sad to see Catherine Barja passed away on March 19 at the age of 85.
She was the first woman elected to Tampa City Council in 1971 and the second woman to achieve a prominent elected office in Hillsborough County, preceded only by Cecile Essrig, who was elected to the School Board in 1967.
Her success paved the way for many others. She served the Council until 1978 and left to run for County Commission and was defeated by Jan Platt.
She was appointed to serve on Council again in 1986 to temporarily fill the seat vacated by Sandy Freedman, who became the acting mayor.
Barja first ran because her community of Sulphur Springs was being ignored by the City of Tampa.
Sulphur Springs needs another Catherine Barja today.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … if just one percent of what has come out about this president is true, it’s time for a change. If two percent is true, he needs to go now. If any more than that is true, he should have been gone already.
The problem is that the president has blind followers who are spineless and cannot see past their own ambition. The president would have us believe he has done no wrong, ever, and everyone who claims otherwise is a liar. I can only think of one person who was without sin, but the holes were in his hands, not his stories. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► The Dems will be picking up seats in the House this fall. This we know. It’s what the out-party typically does. But this time, for obvious Trump-and-policy-related reasons, even more so. Hopefully, at least two dozen seats will be turned. Momentum from Alabama, Virginia and Pennsylvania signal serious movement. Chances are better by the day for the House to turn blue. And the Senate, while more problematic on the numbers, should be in play too.
But there is also this stark reality. Recall how we all got here in the first place. An unhinged, unprepared, faux-populist, billionaire celebrity-scoundrel pandered to America’s lowest common denominator. With that approach and that appeal, all it took was for enough of the majority, non-Trump channelers to do – or undo – their part. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► The negative opinion of Times’ political expert Adam Smith aside, I think America’s next revolution began last week. Well, really it began with the Women’s March in January of last year, but two recent achievements show its growing strength. One, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a bill to make Florida’s Mary McLeod Bethune the first African-American woman honored with a statue in the national capitol; and two, millions of people in an amazing 800 cities in this country and around the world braved March cold to protest against guns. Adam doesn’t think that these activists can remember until November, but I do. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Dominic Fariello, by Tiffany Razzano

► Those who know of Dominic Fariello – either as the larger-than-life radio personality behind “Ask the Dom” or as an attorney and advocate who works with the Tampa area community, or even as a friend – might be surprised to learn how far he’s come since he was a child. “If you knew me back then, I was a quiet boy, if you can imagine,” he said.
“I was shy when I was younger,” he said. “It’s true; I was. I remember stories of my mom working with me and I had a very slight stutter. I had to kind of come into my own when I was older.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Evelio Lecour es un prestigioso escultor, ceramista, dibujante y profesor cubano, cuya obra emergió en la década de 1970 para situarse en la vanguardia de la escultura cubana de su generación. En los años siguientes, su obra ha participado en importantes exposiciones colectivas y personales, tanto en Cuba como en Europa y Estados Unidos. Además de su obra de creación artística, ha sido profesor de escultura en la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Alejandro, en La Habana. Al saber que en los próximos días visitará la ciudad de Tampa, le envié unas preguntas que afablemente respondió y, al publicarlas en La Gaceta, le damos la bienvenida a una ciudad donde seguramente nacerá una obra suya.
La profesora y crítica María de los Ángeles Pereira, en “La escultura en Cuba: una historia cautivante”, incluye tu nombre entre los principales escultores que surgen después de 1959, cuando afirma: “Los punteros de esta hornada fueron, a nuestro juicio, Angulo, Villa, Lecour”. ¿Cómo evalúas a esa generación de escultores cubanos a la que correspondes?
Fue una generación de mucho valor artístico y creativo para la escultura cubana, pero debo aclarar que el grupo de los escultores, mundialmente, siempre ha sido una minoría (si se compara a la gran cantidad de pintores que siempre han existido). Podemos imaginarnos que para hacer esculturas, en cualquier época –en la Grecia antigua, el renacimiento y hasta hoy en día– se necesitan más recursos para los escultores, y me refiero a los presupuestos, que siempre han tenido que ser mayores que el de otros proyectos artísticos. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Como parte de las celebraciones del quincuagésimo aniversario de la Orquesta de la Florida (TFO), el pianista y compositor Aldo López-Gavilán debutó como artista invitado con dicha agrupación sinfónica el fin de semana del 23 al 25 de febrero de 2018, en el Mahaffey Theater –viernes y sábado– y el Ruth Eckerd Hall, el domingo. Antes de sus presentaciones, el destacado músico nos concedió una entrevista, que por su larga extensión nos vimos precisados a dividir en dos partes: la primera salió a la luz el viernes, 23 de febrero, y llega a su final por medio de la presente edición.
Además de interpretar el piano, ¿tocas otros instrumentos?
Me siento muy satisfecho con el piano, creo que es muy completo, con él puedes lograr muchas sonoridades; además, al escribir para otros instrumentos también alimento esa necesidad de querer tocarlos pero realmente no domino ningún otro que no sea el piano. He estado experimentado con algunos instrumentos de percusión y otros autóctonos de África como la kora, el balafón y la mbira, inclusive he tenido la osadía de tocarlos en público y hasta en mis discos. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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