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Art Basel
6:11 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Picasso Heist Stuns Art Miami Satellite Fair

Pablo Picasso's "Visage Aux Mains" (Face With Hands)
Credit Art Miami

It’s hardly his most famous or most valuable work, but it’s a Picasso nonetheless. And Thursday night it was believed to be stolen from Art Miami in Midtown. That’s one of the prominent satellite fairs to the main Art Basel Miami Beach.

The piece is called “Face With Hands” (Visage Aux Mains). It’s an engraved silver plate, about 16 inches in diameter, part of a series Pablo Picasso made in 1956. Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei is following this story and tells us this is an unusual heist:

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Opinion
3:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Venezuela's Truly Indictable Offense? President Maduro's Governance

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government indicted opposition leader María Corina Machado this week for allegedly plotting to assassinate him.

But the thing to remember about Machado is that she isn't exactly the most competent anti-government operative.

She’s best known for blunders like leading the 2005 opposition boycott of parliamentary elections. That essentially gifted the National Assembly to Venezuela’s ruling and radical socialist revolution, turning it into a rubber stamp for then-President Hugo Chávez.

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Art Basel
3:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Trayvon Martin, Black Life Inspire Art Africa In Overtown

Close-up of 'Black Lives Matter' by Laolu Senbanjo.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

  On Thursday night in  Overtown, artist Doba Afolabi was showing his work at the Art Africa show.

Afolabi is from Nigeria. He used to live in Miami, but left for Brooklyn a while ago.

Up close, his paintings look like abstracts in brightly-colored oil paint. But stand a few feet back, and a cellist in a top hat emerges. Or two saxophone players against a fiery background. One painting is called “Ride the Storm.” That’s the piece he did after his house burned down. Painting, he says, is what keeps him happy and centered.

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News
12:00 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Florida Roundup: Art Week In Miami

Credit Terence Shepherd / Instagram / WLRN

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with local journalists. 

Gay Marriage And Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance

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Dance
11:32 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Dance Artist Explores Black Male Experience In Art Basel Performance

Nora Chipaumire outside the Little Haiti Cultural Center where she will perform during Art Basel week,
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Nora Chipaumire is in the middle of a dance workshop at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College.

She asks about 12 dance students of different races to define what it means to be a black man in America -- an especially weighty topic right now.

Many of the students are hesitant to try to describe the black male experience.

"I’m saying, let's go into places of inquiries," she says.

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News
8:24 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Miami Dade County Commission Puts Off Ludlam Trail Decision

The Miami-Dade County Commission has put off a decision on developing a six-mile stretch of abandoned rail lines.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Miami Dade County Commission was supposed to decide on Thursday the fate of Ludlam Trail-- a six-mile corridor from Miami International Airport to South Miami that’s home to abandoned railroad tracks.

Florida East Coast Industries owns the property and was hoping for approval to build homes on the vacant land.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Satanic Temple's Display At Florida Capitol Gets Approved

The Satanic Temple plans this display for the first floor of the Florida Capitol. The group's application for the same display last year was denied.
Credit News Service of Florida

We told you the Satanic Temple was preparing to file a lawsuit this week against the state of Florida. Now, those plans have been dropped because the temple is being allowed to put up a holiday display inside the Capitol. 

The display depicts an angel falling into a pit of fire. It’s scheduled to go up on December 22. It includes a banner with the words "Happy holidays from the Satanic Temple.”

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Triva Night
4:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Join WLRN For A Night Of South Florida Trivia In Boca Raton

Players answering a trivia question at Gramps in Wynwood on July 11.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Our newsroom has hosted South Florida trivia nights in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It's time we tested our listeners in Palm Beach.

WLRN will host another night of South Florida trivia on Tues., Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 2621 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

Questions will be about South Florida facts and history. Teams of five or fewer are allowed. RSVP on Facebook. 

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Art Basel
1:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Let Them Taste Cake: Rubells Celebrate 50 Years Of Marriage

Don Rubell feeds a strawberry cake to a visitor of the Rubell Family Collection during Jennifer Rubell's annual performance-art Art Basel breakfast.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Don and Mera Rubell, founding couple of the Rubell Family Collection, spoon-fed people little bites of cake Thursday in Wynwood, assisted by 48 servers dressed all in black.

Yes. Like Marie Antoinette.

It was a celebration of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and also a performance-art piece by daughter Jennifer at her annual Art Basel breakfast. Every year Rubell puts on a food-related installation. Her breakfast itself is the piece of art.

    

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Venezuela
8:14 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Venezuela Opposition: Machado's Indictment For Plot To Kill President Is A Political Move

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado
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Among Venezuela's opposition leaders, María Corina Machado is a favorite of ex-patriates in South Florida for her strong defiance of the country's radical socialist government. But now that regime hopes to put her behind bars for a long time.

Machado, a conservative, was a congresswoman until she was stripped her of her seat this year. Officials were angry that she'd denounced Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro before the Organization of American States.

On Wednesday his government indicted Machado on charges of conspiring to assassinate him.

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Art Basel
7:34 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Wynwood Pop-Up Exhibits Student-Shot Everyday Portraits

Elijah Wells, 17, a student at Miami Arts Charter, was selected by the Play To Win Foundation for their 1-day workshop.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

    

On a warm afternoon in Wynwood, just minutes away from their homes in Allapattah and Overtown, a group of students is making images. 

The group, 25 students selected by the Play to Win Foundation, is part of the program's Through My Lens: Art Is Life workshop. The mission is to empower students through art. 

Students paired with mentors spent all day on Nov. 8 crafting their photography skills. Armed with state-of-the-art Nokia phones, they snapped photos of each other in front of murals. 

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Art Basel
6:57 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

On Scrap Wood, Broken Doors And Shag Carpets, Purvis Young Painted Overtown

A piece of Purvis Young that features horses, a common symbol for freedom in his work
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Amidst all the new and cutting-edge art on display at Art Basel and surrounding fairs, an exhibition of late painter Purvis Young’s work is a well-deserved resurrection.

“A Man Amongst the People: A Purvis Homecoming” is the first art show in the newly renovated Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The exhibition represents a homecoming for work made by the former Overtown resident.

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lobster casitas
5:43 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Lobster Casitas Get Thumbs Down From State

Spiny lobster are Florida's most valuable fishery, with $50 million in landings annually. Commercial divers would like to use casitas to help catch them, but trap fishermen and state regulators oppose the move.
Credit Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

For years, divers looking for lobster in the Florida Keys knew that the best place to find them was under some sort of shelter, whether a rock or something more artificial like a car hood.

John Coffin, who owns a marine salvaging business in the Lower Keys, said he got into using "casitas," or little houses, to find lobster in the late 1970s.

"It was a huge secret. I would never dive with another person," Coffin said. Still, even before GPS, other divers started following him around.

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Art Basel
5:22 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Did Art Basel Devastate The Local Arts Scene? Or Did NY Times Get It Wrong?

BASELING Heavy traffic in Wynwood during Art Basel. According to the New York Times, it's all too much.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Under the headline "Those Artsy Early Birds Flew Away," the New York Times this week sketches a history of Art Basel Miami Beach as an ill-conceived money storm that transformed too much, delivered too little and ultimately devastated - and then scattered - the local art scene.

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Newscast
8:58 am
Wed December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014: Transgendered Men, Women In Miami-Dade Gain New Protections

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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