Art Basel
7:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How To Basel: Aqua Hotel Is An Art Basel Oasis

This is the eighth year Aqua Hotel has hosted an art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Credit Arianna Prothero

There is a lot to do in Miami during Art Basel so you may not want another item added to your list of “must sees.” Nevertheless, consider including this fair: Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins and 15th  Street in Miami Beach. 

The fair has a laid-back vibe, lots of art and a good-sized crowd that feels happening without being claustrophobic.

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Public Insight Network
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Dade Commission's Polarizing Call To Prayer

The Miami-Dade Commission has brought back the spoken prayer to hold before their official hearings.
Credit wilson.cheong

The Miami-Dade County Commission’s 8-3 decision to reinstate spoken prayer before its official meetings is sparking passionate responses on both sides of the issue. 

A sponsor of the bill to bring back spoken prayer, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, called it a matter of "freedom of speech," while Commissioner Sally Heyman, part of the trio opposed to the measure, said it was "unfair to members of the community to be subjected to a religious point of view."  Since 2004, the commission has opened its meetings with a moment of silence during which commissioners and the public could do as they pleased. 

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Art Basel
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How Fine Art Meets Internet Culture In Wynwood During Art Basel

Mallikarjuna and Ritter wanted a GIF of President Obama dancing to Beyoncé's Single Ladies but couldn't find one. So they made it themselves. It went viral.
Credit Krutika Mallikarjuna and Chris Ritter / Buzzfeed.com
  • Moving the Still festival organizers and artists tell us what's so great about the GIF.

Remember those unsettling dancing babies? The ones that got passed around the Internet in the days before social media and eventually made their way onto the Fox TV show, Ally McBeal? Those were GIFs.  

GIF stands for graphics interchange format. It's a series of still images, looped --  and last month, after 25 years of existence, it was named the Oxford English Dictionary 2012 American word of the year.

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Composer/Architect Discusses Airport Installation At Art Basel

Travelers arrive at MIA to the sounds and sights of Christopher Janney's Harmonic Convergence.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Christopher Janney's sound and light installation for Miami International Airport was unveiled during last year's Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, he's back to discuss the piece on a panel during Design Miami, today (Friday, Dec. 7) at noon. 

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Holiday Flash Mob
5:59 am
Fri December 7, 2012

WLRN Wants You To Be Part Of A Radio Flash Mob

Credit WLRN

Get ready to tune into 91.3 and take part in WLRN's very first holiday flash mob.

If you are at your office, grab lunch, and tune to 91.3 FM for an hour of beautiful holiday music guaranteed to stem the stress of the day and clear your head. If you are in your car, roll down your windows and turn up the volume and let the world around you share in the incredible harmonies of the Grammy nominated Seraphic Fire.

  • What: Radio Flash Mob!
  • When: Friday, December 7th at 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Where: 91.3 FM
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Alex Blumberg is a contributing editor for NPR's Planet Money. He is also a producer for the public radio program This American Life, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. He has done radio documentaries on the U.S. Navy, people who do impersonations of their mothers and teenage Steve Forbes supporters. He won first place at the 2002 Third Coast International Audio Festival for his story "Yes, There is a Baby." His story on clinical medical ethicists won the 1999 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) award for best radio documentary.

Arts
4:22 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Basel Leaves Brushstrokes On Broward Art World

Pompano Beach gallery owner Tom Rossetti.
Credit C. DiMattei

While Art Basel takes Miami by storm, the feeder bands have already reached the fine arts community in Broward County.

Pompano Beach gallery owner Tom Rossetti says he is readily jumping aboard the Art Basel bandwagon by launching his second annual "Basel Broward" event this week.

Rossetti started calling for artist entries for Basel Broward about six weeks ago.

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Art Basel
2:44 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

A Male Blogger Considers The Amazingly Awesome Shoes To Be Seen At Art Basel

I know why I got the assignment to write about the shoes. It's because I'm an older, generally well-meaning white guy whose cluelessness, tinged with naive sexism, would be more hilarious than these actual shoes from Art Basel.

Let me be clear, I see nothing funny about this. And I am a little offended by the idea that men are not capable of forming reasonable opinions of women's shoes.

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Art Basel Traffic
1:09 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Art Basel Brings On Some Gnarly Traffic

Art Basel is bringing some art... as well as some traffic.
Credit Todd Metcalfe /Flickr

For all you art aficionados, Art Basel is an amazing time. For commuters in Miami, however, this is pretty grueling. 

Even though Art Basel officially starts today, last night's launch parties pretty much jammed up the downtown area.

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