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Florida lawmakers are making final preparations for the 2018 legislative session, which is set to begin Tuesday,  Jan. 9. There will be a lot on the docket for both chambers, but there's no question that this session will take place under the dark cloud of sexual harassment controversies. A couple seats are empty from lawmakers who resigned after being embroiled in such cases. 

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In an empty lot near the corner of 23rd Street and North Miami Avenue in Wynwood there’s a giant statue of a man carrying a fish on his back. A few feet away there are smaller human-like sculptures arranged in a circle facing a pyramid, a sphere and a cube.

The molds for these sculptures have made the long journey from Mexico hoping that, as they are created, these pieces of art ignite conversations about how to deal with sea level rise. 

Music has long been used as a vehicle to drive social awareness forward. Artists like Bob Marley and Gil Scott-Heron tackled political issues head-on in their lyrics and used their voices to speak for the forgotten, marginalized people. Such artists are found in all corners of the world.

In Haiti, Joseph Emmanuel “Manno” Charlemagne followed this tradition fervently, writing songs about Haitian politics and the circumstances of his countrymen. Charlemagne died Sunday, Dec. 10, in a Miami Beach hospital where he was being treated for cancer.      

Last Friday, Florida International University President Mark B. Rosenberg announced the suspension of Greek life activity for at least one month starting in January.

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Among lovers of literature, if the name Itzik Manger doesn't ring the same bells as Sholem Aleichem or Isaac Bashevis Singer, Avi Hoffman wants to change that.

Another year of Art Basel and Art Week is history, but will the growing number of art museums in South Florida experience a Basel bump?

 

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It’s one of those things that’s best not noticed. It’s also the difference between seeing subtle shades of reds and whites and not. And it hangs above almost all gallery installations at art fairs this Miami Art Week.

Did you guess what is it? 

Lights.

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If Spotify or Apple Music’s goal is to have all the world's music in one place, what would be the equivalent for visual art?

That’s the space Carter Cleveland wants to fill with his website Artsy.net, the largest online database of contemporary art. It also partners with galleries to sell art.

Cleveland spoke with WLRN’s Wilson Sayre about Artsy.net's aspirations of making art much easier to discover and enjoy. Below is an edited excerpt of their conversation: 

WLRN: Explain what Artsy.net is.

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In Syria, gardens have been transformed into graveyards where protesters killed during the uprising against the Assad regime are buried. Lebanese-British artist Tania El Khoury imagined that "if we press our ear to the ground, we are able to hear these stories." 

The mystery over who paid a record-breaking $450 million for Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi at an auction last month appears to have been solved. It turns out it's Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

That's according to U.S. intelligence officials who keep a close eye on the kingdom's young and powerful crown prince, says the Wall Street Journal.

Fair

Gender equality is one of the issues at the forefront of the national conversation right now, and that’s what an art show at Brickell City Centre is exploring as part of Miami Art Week.

The show is called  “Fair.”

How well does the first amendment protect government employees? This is the question on trial right now at a West Palm Beach court.

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Former Metallica bassist and Jupiter resident Jason Newsted is used to electrifying crowds with his rib-rattling bass lines.

Now he’s sending that vibe though a new instrument: a paint brush.

A new exhibit of his painting and sculpture, Rawk - The Art of Jason Newsted, runs through Feb. 3rd at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in downtown Lake Worth.

Listen to Newsted drive his energy:

“The paintings look like the music sounds,” said Newsted.

The art carries the same energy that conjured Newsted’s metal sound.

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Clad in abstract angled siding swaddling 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, Miami’s newest art museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (ICA), is now open to the public.

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