Florangela Davila

Lead Artscape Reporter

Florangela Davila  has been a journalist since 1992. For 14 years she worked at The Seattle Times where she covered both news and features. She's been freelancing for KPLU since 2008, reporting and producing as well as helping coordinate the station's "Looking Back to Look Forward" documentary project. She's also a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Florangela received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. She's been both an arts consumer and an arts practitioner for as long as she can remember.


digital learning
3:42 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Microsoft Launches Ad-Free Bing Search Engine for Schools

FILE - Vendor Patrick Porter works on a laptop marked with the logo for Bing, Microsoft's recently upgraded search engine, in a cafeteria at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., Wednesday, July 29, 2009.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Microsoft wants students to be able to search the Internet without getting bombarded by ads.

The software company has launched "Bing for Schools," a pilot program available to educational institutions who want ad-free searches and no adult content. School districts in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Fresno, California have already signed on.

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guns & businesses
8:55 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

New Program Helps Seattle Businesses Ban Guns in Stores

Dozens of businesses in Seattle are turning their backs on customers who carry guns. They’ve signed onto a new “gun-free zone” program launched by Washington Ceasefire with the support of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

Businesses can register for the program by signing up on Ceasefire website and posting a "no guns allowed inside" decal on their windows.

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public education
4:52 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Teachers Slam Seattle Schools' Proposal to Increase Class Size

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle public schools kicks off the new school year on Sept. 4 with a projected enrollment of 52,000 students—an increase of 4,600 students in the past five years.

But how best to accommodate all those students in the future has Seattle schools and the teacher’s union at odds.

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8:31 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

New Film Series Heads to Tacoma

This image grab shows a scene from the film "Chasing Ice."

It's not quite a film festival. But a new series of films will play for free in Tacoma next month as a way to spark cultural conversations.

The "Film Forum: Advancing Cultural Dialogue" is sponsored in part by The Sundance Institute.

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5:12 am
Mon August 12, 2013

City Council to Discuss Proposed Puget Sound Bike Share Program

A total of 500 of these bikes with fenders, lights and puncture-proof tires would be stationed at 50 spots in Seattle under the proposed Bike Share program.
Puget Sound Bike Share

After years of planning, Seattle officials are likely to move one step closer to bringing a new form of public transportation to the city. The Seattle City Council's transportation committee will discuss the rent-a-bike program called “Bike Share" at its meeting Tuesday.

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4:54 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Gamers Storm Benaroya for Championship Tournament

A sold-out crowd of gamers watch an early round of The International Dota 2 Championship
Florangela Davila

How to describe your typical Benaroya Hall crowd? Folks attending the Seattle Symphony. Folks who sip white wine and wear pants—long ones. 

But this week, it's mostly guys—a lot of guys—downing energy drinks and walking around with felted toy collectibles that are packing Benaroya. through the weekend. These are serious gamers, and they're here through the weekend.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
8:32 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Murray, McGinn Leading in Seattle Mayoral Primary

Florangela Davila

A state senator who drove efforts to make gay marriage legal in Washington state was leading in early returns in Seattle's mayoral primary.

Ed Murray had 30 percent of the vote released Tuesday night. Incumbent Mike McGinn, fighting to avoid becoming the second straight mayor ousted by city voters before the general election, had 27 percent.

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5:02 am
Tue August 6, 2013

After More Than a Century, Sherman Clay Store Closing Doors

It’s been the go-to music store in Seattle since the 1870s. But Sherman Clay is packing up its grand pianos and shutting down its iconic downtown store on Fourth Avenue.

In the 1980s, anyone in search of a used or new Steinway grand piano could turn to the  Seattle store as well as some 60 other Sherman Clay stores around the country. 

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4:49 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Tiny Parks Called 'Parklets' Coming to 3 Seattle Neighborhoods

An artist's rendering of a proposed "parklet" at 421 Sixth Avenue South in Seattle's Chinatown/International District.

Meet the "parklet," a little patch of public space about to take root in three Seattle neighborhoods.

"We want people to be out enjoying the sun and having lunch outside," said Don Blakeney, executive director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, a group hoping to fund a parklet in the neighborhood.

The city is granting permits for the parklets, but private businesses are responsible for building and maintaining these micro public spaces. These would be temporary spaces, but they could last a few years. 

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:23 am
Mon July 29, 2013

A Leading Question: Mary Martin and the Working Class

Courtesy of Mary Martin

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Talk to a candidate long enough and she’ll start repeating herself because she's staying on message, or because it's who she really is.

Like when Mary Martin talks about an upcoming trip to Egypt.

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regulating marijuana
5:03 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle Mulls Ordinance to Fine Public Pot Smokers

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Seattle city leaders are considering an ordinance that would fine public pot smokers about $100 each.

City leaders agree that while the state works to figure out how to regulate marijuana, it’s important for citizens to remember there are still laws governing its use.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:25 am
Wed July 24, 2013

A Leading Question: Doug McQuaid and His Pivotal Moments

Doug McQuaid as seen reflected in a favorite wooden sculpture that's in his West Seattle office. The sculpture? An homage to the bronze Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market. McQuaid purchased his sculpture at a Market fundraising auction.
Florangela Davila

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

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rally planned
3:28 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Seattle Rally, March Planned in Support of Trayvon Martin

FILE - In this undated file family photo, Trayvon Martin poses for a family photo.
Martin Family Photos via AP Photos

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle Saturday as part of a Justice for Trayvon Martin National Day of Action.

The noon vigil will include Martin's cousin, Cedric Martin of Tacoma. It's being held as part of the Rev. Al Sharpton's nationwide Justice for Trayvon Martin Day, which is expected to include 100 cities across the country.

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5:02 am
Fri July 5, 2013

At the state prison in Purdy, creating theater behind bars

This photo shows a "suicide letter", one of the props used by inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The women are participants in Freehold Theatre Lab's Engaged Theatre program.
Florangela Davila

There’s something about art that has the power to heal, for both those performing it and those watching it.

That is precisely why Seattle’s Freehold Theatre Lab teaches creative writing to the women locked up in the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy. The program helps the inmates weave their past and dreams into stories they perform on stage.

Prison isn’t exactly the most natural space for theater, says inmate Amanda Songer.

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5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Teens making films 'on the fly' out in Indian Country

Raven Two Feathers of Seattle directs a short documentary about the Suquamish Indian tribe as part of the 2013 SuperFly Filmmaking Workshop.
Josh Marshall Josh Marshall Photography

Each year, 50 teens  from all over the country fly into Seattle to participate in a fast-and-furious film challenge. They have to produce short films in 36 hours, or "on the fly." Which is why the program is called "SuperFly."

Most of the participants are Native Americans, creating Native-themed films out on location on an Indian reservation.

Seattle filmmaker Tracy Rector and her Longhouse Media company launched the workshop 8 years ago.

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