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Books
1:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Botany Tour For The Book Fair: Stories From Michael Largo

Michael Largo in front of a Blue Agave, which is used to make tequila. The agave blooms once, for three days just before it dies.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Say you walk into an office building. On the reception desk is a nice, lush, green-leafed plant with white dots on it. You think, “how nice and outdoorsy.”

Chances are it's a deathly, toxic plant called a "dumb cane."

That's one of the tidbits included in Michael Largo's most recent publication, "The Big, Bad Book of Botany." It’s an encyclopedia-style book about botany sprinkled with surprising, funny and historical tales of plants.

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Arts
6:03 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

"Culture Concrete": A Dance Film Set In Miami Marine Stadium

In 2013, Hattie Mae Williams, a contemporary dance choreographer, won a grant from the Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge.

Now, the New World School of the Arts graduate is having her film debut with “Culture Concrete,” premiering at The LAB Miami in Wynwood this Saturday, Nov. 15.

It’s set within the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key. Since the stadium's abandonment in 1992, it has become a hub for graffiti artists, both local and international.

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Culture
4:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Book News: PBS Promises 'Olympic-Style' Coverage Of Miami Book Fair

Festivalgoers browse for books during the Miami Book Fair International. PBS will provide live coverage of the fair's events over the course of three days this year.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:08 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Arts
9:56 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Florida Grand Opera Ain't Over 'Till The Community Speaks

A 2010 Grand Florida Opera performance of “The Barber of Seville”.
Credit livedesignonline

The Florida Grand Opera is trying to stay afloat after years of decline. It hosted a series of town hall meetings this past weekend to reach out to the community for help.   

Since 2006, the opera has spent $19.4 million more than it has taken in. 

Susan Danis, general director of FGO, has been working for two years to implement a new strategy for the company.

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Food
4:41 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Burger Profiles From Coral Gables' Burgerliscious Fest

Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Some of South Florida's best restaurants gathered on Thursday night in Coral Gables for a night of beer, burgers and friendly competition. 

At the fourth annual Coral Gables Burgerlicious fest, the battle was on to find what eatery would reign supreme.

Behind the burgers are some of the city's most talented chefs and with their creations came a certain inspiration. We asked some of the chefs what it took to create their competition sliders. 

Chef: Rafael Fonseca

Restaurant: Prieto @ Regency Miami

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Arts
8:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Exhibit Explores Bonds Between Jewish Refugee Professors, Black Students

Professor Ernst Borinski teaching in the Social Science Lab, Tougaloo College, MS, circa 1960.
Credit Coral Gables Museum

Imagine you’re a college professor driven from your home country on a wave of prejudice and bigotry. You seek refuge in a new country, where you find yourself teaching a group of people subjected to similar intolerance. This nearly forgotten part of 20th-Century history is being revisited now at a Coral Gables Museum exhibit.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Broward Arts Cal

10/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the partnership between sister cities – Nice, France and Miami, Florida, present the Third Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of the diversity of Jazz. Founder and CEO, Phillipe Pautesta-Herder brings us the details.

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Arts
6:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Chris Brown Paints Mural For Overtown Children

Entertainer Chris Brown and local visual artist Ron Bass unveiled Monday a mural near the entrance of Overtown's House of Wings restaurant.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Singer Chris Brown and local artist Ron Bass have collaborated on a mural painted in Overtown on the wall of a restaurant called House of Wings.

It was unveiled Monday -- thanks to the help of Headliner Market Group -- to a crowd of schoolchildren eager to meet Brown, said Nikki Williams, the restaurant owner's sister. City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was also in attendance.

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Latin America Report
6:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

In "The Cuban Spring," Vanessa Garcia Confronts The "Familial Embargo"

From left: Nick Duckart, Carlos Orizondo, Ethan Henry, Evelyn Perez and Tanya Bravo (as Siomara) in "The Cuban Spring."
Credit Eileen Suarez / New Theatre

“Taste this, Siomara, and tell me that this doesn’t taste like Cuba.”

“Mom, I don’t know what Cuba tastes like.”

-- from “The Cuban Spring” by Vanessa Garcia

The national media are heavy at the moment with The Cuban Debate. This month The New York Times called on President Obama to end the failed, 52-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and try engaging the repressive communist regime for a change as a way to reform it.

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Culture
4:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Miami Theatre Center Engages the South Florida Community

Miami Theatre Center creates, develops and produces programming for audiences of all ages and abilities. 

    

  For staff member Judy Litt, it's a labor of love.  

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Culture
3:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

First "Outside The Box" Performance To Highlight Emerging Talent

YoungArts Plaza in Miami
Credit Image Courtesy of YoungArts.Org

Under the stained glass of the Jewel Box building at the YoungArts Plaza, the National YoungArts Foundation will hold its first "Outside The Box" performance on Oct. 25.

Spokesperson Vanessa Leitman says the show will play off the building itself, using light and interpretive dance along with crowd interactivity. Leitman says the crowd will be able to suggest what happens as the show goes along. 

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Culture
3:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Broward College Arts Program Seeks Audience Of "Artivists"

BSOCA Cultural Director Lamar Lovelace, left, working with performance artist Roberto 'Simply Rob' Vassilarakis.
Credit Christine DiMattei / WLRN

Until about 18 months ago, the auditorium at Broward College’s Pembroke Pines campus was largely unused.

“They’ve done graduations for kindergarten through fifth grade,” laughs Lamar Lovelace, director of the Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs. “A few film festivals here and there, but no concerted effort to program around arts and culture.”

But now, the 352-seat theater has been re-branded as BSOCA. And Lovelace is hoping its audiences get fired up enough to change the world. 

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Southern Seasons
6:29 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Five Reasons To Love Fall In South Florida

Art Festival in Coconut Grove courtesy of Bob B. Brown
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Leaves change colors up north but for South Floridians, fall is full of other colorful treats to relish.

1. Sauna time switches to indoor venues as humidity and temperatures fall out of the summer stratosphere. This means the full outdoor scene revs up with fall festivals and art shows, boating, biking and other activities.

Plus, the end of both election and hurricane season is fast approaching. Soon, those omnipresent campaign ads and ominous circulation patterns will fall off our radar.

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Culture
4:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Aspiring Photojournalists Showcase Works At "Carnival Of Color"

Credit Image Courtesy of Jenny Romney / IPC Visual Lab

For over 25 years, Carl Juste has frozen time.   

With the shutter of his lens, the veteran Miami Herald photojournalist has documented the days and lives of those who live in and around South Florida. But now, Juste is changing things, putting the cameras in the hands of a new generation and showing them how visual stories are told.

A group 10 advanced photojournalism students will show off 10 weeks' worth of work, illustrating the vibrant colors that make up life in South Florida.

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Arts
4:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

In Miami, Panhandling Ban Extends To Street Performers

Patrick Rogers Sr. plays trumpet on the sidewalks of downtown Miami, but sometimes he's told he can't play because of the area's anti panhandling zone.
Credit Wilson Sayre

A few days a week, Patrick Rogers, Sr., goes to downtown Miami to play trumpet on the sidewalk. But often enough, police stop him because they see street performance as a violation of Miami’s panhandling ban.

A couple musicians and lawyers are trying to figure out how to change that. Attorney Justin Wales and a few friends are drafting an ordinance whereby the city would allow street performers like Rogers to play unfettered.

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