Art Basel
4:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

As Basel Expanded Beyond The Beach, Miami Became Its Muse

A peek at the city from inside the Perez Art Museum Miami.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

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.

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Music
2:08 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Ethan Bortnick Live In Concert On WLRN TV

Ethan Bortnick
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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.” 

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Politics
1:58 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NEW TIMES: Should Miami Beach Institute Informal Ethnic Quotas?

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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?

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2013

Linda Gassenheimer
http://www.dinnerinminutes.com/

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. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Public Usage And Protection Of National Park Resources

Biscayne National Park
www.nps.gov/bisc National Park Service

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.

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Perez Art Museum
11:26 am
Thu December 5, 2013

WLRN TV At PAMM's Opening Day

The Perez Art Museum Miami is a public-private partnership, part of a $220 million overall project funded by community donors and $100 million in voter-approved bonds.
Credit Daniel Hicks

It's been a race against time to open the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in time for South Florida's annual Art Basel extravaganza.

PAMM is the latest cultural landmark to appear on the shores of Biscayne Bay, and it replaces the old Center for Fine Arts just a few blocks away in downtown Miami.

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Art Basel
6:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

A Gun-Toting Mother Teresa Heralds Art Week In Downtown Miami

This large bronze statue of Mother Teresa is one of nine works in Bayfront Park for Art Basel. The exhibit titled WAR to WAR features historical figures, known for their humanitarian, work holding guns.
Arianna Prothero WLRN

What if Mother Teresa had been a war-maker instead of a missionary? What if Gandhi employed violence instead of civil disobedience? Those are some of the questions begged by the exhibit WAR to WAR in Bayfront Park.

The exhibit features not only historical figures known for their humanitarian work, but also artists, entertainers and sports stars. All the figures stand at an imposing, larger-than-life height, and all are flaunting massive firearms.

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The Internet
6:39 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Can Google Safety Tips Cancel Net's Threats?

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Google's new Internet-safety program for school kids made its Florida debut recently in Cooper City. A lunchroom full of Pioneer Middle School students were shown the sometimes-complicated guide to going online and coming back in one piece.

The Internet is as much a part of school life today as three-ring binders and Dewey Decimal card catalogs were in an earlier time. The only difference: Old-time school artifacts did not moonlight as entertainment and communication media and certainly carried no risk of ruining, or even ending, young lives.

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Art Basel
6:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

#WhatIsArt? Project: These Are Our First Creative Memories

Recall the days when you made art almost every day? Tell us the first creative thing you can remember by tweeting us with #Whatisart.
Credit Tom Hudson

As Art Basel Miami Beach gets underway, we’re thinking about what it means to be an artist. Though many would deny being an artist, we have all probably experienced a time when we embraced the title: childhood.

We asked our staff, “What’s the first creative thing you can remember doing?” The answers prompted lots of fun conversations about early aspirations to be the next big animator, choreographer or roller coaster designer. Try it with your friends.

And let us know on Twitter @WLRN using #whatisart.

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Americas
3:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

With Miami's Help, Colombia Trades Battle Lines For Zip Lines

Cartagena, Colombia, at sunset
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When I interviewed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos last year in Bogotá, he crowed about foreign investment pouring into his country. A nation considered a failed, civil war-torn narco-state less than a decade ago was now one of South America’s hottest money magnets, doubling its take from the previous year.

“This is completely out of anyone’s imagination,” Santos said.

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