Twenty-three years ago, Nelson Mandela came to Miami, stumbled into a quagmire of Cuban exile politics, got exploited by racial equality organizers and left South Florida a little better than it was before.
Basel is back in town and the annual artistic spotlight is swiveling around Miami, highlighting nooks and crannies the city normally passes by with nonchalance. Now in its 12th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has not only grown, but changed the landscape of the city and South Florida.
It’s easy to be cynical about the general milieu. I have been snarky about the crowds and traffic before and I most likely will be again. But taking a step back and appreciating what Basel has changed can be boiled down to a few simple questions.
In a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles, WLRN TV will broadcast the family music special Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music, featuring 12-year-old composer, pianist and entertainer Ethan Bortnick.
Accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, 4-piece band and 120-member Kids Choir, Ethan performs with passion and heart as his fingers fly across the piano keys in “Minute Waltz,” the audience rocks out to “Rock Around the Clock,” he claps to the beat of “Lean On Me” and participates in a very enthusiastic sing-along of “Crocodile Rock.” Feel the power of music when Ethan performs emotional and inspiring renditions of “We Are the World” and “The Earth Song.”
After last month's election, Miami Beach was left without having a Latino on the city commission. This got the city, which is 53 percent Hispanic, talking. In an editorial, the Miami Herald called on newly elected mayor Phillip Levine to institute what sounds like an ethnic quota when it comes to making appointments. Then Miami Today came out strongly against that proposal. The Miami New Times explores an interesting issue: Do our commissions look like our communities?
12/05/13 -1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about Linda’s favorite kitchen gift gadgets. Drop Zone Cookie sheet makes perfectly shaped cookies and helps place the right amount of dough and prevents cookies from spreading across the pan. Hot milk frother: velvety milk for latte and cappuccino in minutes... and my favorite, the pomegranate tool, this gadget takes the mess out of seeding pomegranates and takes less than a minute to do the job, and much more.
12/05/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. The park will hold hearings to consider the delicate balance between public usage and protection of national resources.