South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Virginia Key Grassroots Fest, pianist Valentine Lisitsa, Oscar Preview and Friends of Chamber Music

(l-r) Donna The Buffalo, Inner Circele, Keith Frank, MC Yogi, Rusted Root

02/22/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts describes music, art, dance and workshops coming to the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival this weekend. Classical pianist and YouTube sensation, Valentina Lisitsa, talks about her long career and her upcoming Festival of the Arts Boca performance.

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Aired 2/24/13 on WLRN Channel 17
12:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory

Sunday 8pm on WLRN Channel 17

Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory is a WLRN Original Production highlighting the legend of Hialeah Speedway in Dade County, Florida and the lives it touched for over 50 years.  It airs Sunday night at 8pm on WLRN, Channel 17.

The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Is Gov. Rick Scott Headed Toward Sequestration From State GOP? Join The Conversation

Governor Rick Scott reverses his opposition to Obamacare and supports expanding Medicaid. But is this a genuine change of heart or a calculated re-election move?
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On the Florida Roundup, we have on the slate:

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11:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival: Bands, Yoga, And Sustainability, Too

As of this morning, the second annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival is already easy-grooving on Virginia Key Beach. The four-day event, which started last night, features bands, camping, yoga, and the usual array of slightly crunchy entertainment. But still, it's not just another run-of-the-mill hippie jam-down.

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival
10:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Why Miami Food Lovers Should Know Who Gaston Acurio Is

Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio headlines an event at this weekend's South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Credit Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

  If you don't know who Gaston Acurio is, chances are you will soon. The Peruvian chef, who is arguably the face of Peruvian cuisine both in his home country and around the world, visits Miami this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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Miami Sea Level Rise
8:01 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Miami Among "Most At Risk" For Sea Level Rise, Federal Climate Change Report Says

Coastal flooding will worsen in Miami if climate change patterns continue, according to a federal draft report.
Credit maxstrz / Flickr Creative Commons

Florida -- and Miami in particular -- should prepare for habitat destruction, loss of cropland, increased salt-water intrusion, worsening coastal flooding, and a host of related disasters if climate change and sea level rise patterns continue, according to findings in a federal "draft climate report."

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7:08 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Where To Hear Live Music: More Than 40 Bands Play Grassroots Festival At Key Biscayne

Jeb Puryear, guitarist for Donna the Buffalo. Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, Miami 2012.
Credit Courtesy Mathew Coburn Photography

This weekend, music lovers have a special treat with the second annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance at Key Biscayne. This four-day event of live music,  includes camping, a sustainability fair, along with great food, meditation and yoga.

Reporter Patricia Sagastume tells us why the event is coming back despite last year’s rough start:

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6:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami

Richard Blanco says this handshake gave him a lot of confidence on inauguration day.

When Richard Blanco got the call that he'd been chosen to write a poem for President Obama's second inauguration, at first he thought it was a prank. He still has no idea how he ended up on the President's radar.

"I would dream actually that the President has actually read my work and was so moved by it," says Blanco, laughing, "that he said, 'I want this guy to read a poem at the inaugural.'"

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Sounds of the Caribbean

Whether you're just dabbling or a die hard fan, be sure to tune in for the best of Caribbean music on Sounds of the Caribbean.

You can take a vacation in the islands overnight, courtesy of Sounds of the Caribbean.  Our knowledgeable and engaging host, Rich Davis will guide you on your journey from Jamaica to Trinidad.

You'll hear every variety of Caribbean music from Reggae and Calypso to Soca, Dance Hall, Steel Pan and more. From its earliest roots to the most contemporary hits.

7:49 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Sounds of the Caribbean Host David Reuter Passes Away

David Reuter

David "Ras D" Reuter began at WLRN in 1986 as a volunteer for WLRN's Radio Reading Service. In February 1988 he became a regular staff member of the Reading Service. Before coming to WLRN, David worked a variety of radio jobs including working on "Caribbean Rendezvous," a Caribbean music show that aired on a variety of radio stations in the South Florida market. It was there that David was exposed to not only a variety of music from the Caribbean, but its various cultures as well. David was also a musician and vocalist, performing throughout the Keys and South Florida.

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