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Arts
8:05 am
Thu January 10, 2013

FIU Was Literary Launchpad For Obama Poet Pick, Cuban-American Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Nico Tucci

The announcement that a Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony is causing a stir throughout South Florida.  And nowhere more than in our region's literary community.

In 1993, a young civil engineer named Richard Blanco wanted to try his hand at writing poetry.  So he took a class at Florida International University, led by English Professor Campbell McGrath.

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Haiti Three Years Later: Part IV
6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

After The Haiti Earthquake, Fabienne Jean Dances Again

Fabienne Jean sits at home with her prosthetic leg propped up.
Credit Nick Kozak

 

All this week we've been bringing you the story of Fabienne Jean, a dancer who lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti three years ago. A prosthetic technician from Boston helped Fabienne get a replacement leg.

He hoped to help her recover in other ways too: to start  a business, buy a house and open up a dance studio. 

But none of these things came to pass. Late spring, Fabienne was struggling to find money to take care of her bedridden mother and adopted daughter. 

In the final installment of our series, Jacob Kushner tells us where she is now. 

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The Next Generation Of American Artists
1:09 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Talented Young Artists Flock To Miami For YoungArts Week

Credit Matthew Fang/Flickr

About 150 talented, young artists from across the country are in Miami this week to hone their skills through classes and performances.

They were chosen from a pool of 10,000 applicants to take part in the 32nd annual YoungArts Week. Twenty of the participants are from Florida.

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Little Havana
5:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

In ‘Etudes,’ The Whole House Dances

ETUDES: Performance space is everywhere at Little Havana's Red Velvet Theater.

For artburstmiami.com

When you walk into artist Pablo Cano’s Red Velvet Theater in Little Havana, you are greeted by the most elegant of ladies — Marie Antoinette herself. The larger-than-life marionette welcomes you with her tightly corseted waist, lifted bosom and fine European lips.

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We're Off To See The Wizard
3:58 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Sing-A-Long With Dorothy And The Gang Tonight

Tonight you and your kin have the chance to relive an American classic in The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long.

The Miami Shores Fine Arts Commission partnered with O Cinema to bring a lively night of costumes, contests, prizes and, of course, singing. 

Along with Dorothy, Toto, and witches of varying degrees of wickedness, be sure to say hi to WLRN's Michael Stock. He'll be emceeing for the night. 

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The Opera Wants You
7:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Extras! Extras! Palm Beach Opera Seeking (Silent) Players

Credit Palm Beach Opera

Ever wanted to be on the operatic stage?

Now’s your chance – and you don’t even have to carry a tune or know a Gotterdamerung thing about opera.

Palm Beach Opera is expanding its talent pool of supernumeraries (non-singing extras) for its 2013 Season.

The “supers,” as they’re called, perform as guards, maidservants, townsfolk, water sprites, matadors, etcetera, according to the needs of the production.

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Video Games: No Longer Child's Play
6:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Why Video Games Are Leaving The Living Room For The Art Museum

Cultural institutions, such as the Boca Raton Museum of Art and New York's Museum of Modern Art, are beginning to recognize video games as art.
Arianna Prothero

When 20-year-old Jackson Alexander Parodi got the chance to develop a show on his college radio station, he was inspired by some of the music he grew up with: video game scores.

Parodi is a music theory and composition major at the University of Miami who has been playing video games almost his entire life.

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YoungArts
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Bacardi Tower Purchase Rejuvenates The YoungArts Foundation, Marks Growth

Last month the National YoungArts Foundation celebrated the inauguration of their new national headquarters on Biscayne Boulevard at the Bacardi Tower, now known as the YoungArts Campus. The architectural landmark represents the first time YoungArts has had its own permanent home in its almost 32-year history. The iconic space will soon see an expansion under the direction of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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Arts
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Young Musicians Band Together Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Flickr/Eddie~S

The stands in front of the teenagers’ chairs hold the same sheet music – the theme to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  But each of the young musicians has a different story to tell about anti-gay bullying.

Like the bi-sexual flutist, who says she’s pretty much been bullied all her life.

And the gay saxophonist, who describes how it “really gets to you inside and sometimes you start believing what people are saying.”

Even the heterosexual clarinetist is not immune.  She feels too many of her classmates use the word “gay” to describe something bad.

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Imaginarium Life
12:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

‘Imaginarium Life’: Get Ready For A Most Unimaginable Tale

Credit Neil de la Flor

For artburstmiami.com 

Imaginarium Life is a complex, multi-media performance piece created by the brilliant dark angels at Bistoury Physical Theatre, Alexey Taran and Carla Forte. 

The performance documents -- through dance theater, sound and gorgeous cinematography -- the spiraling, chaotic world of an artist whose obsession with himself and his own imaginary world of self-inflicted wounds destroys him and the person he loves.

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Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Borscht Film Festival Begins

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp.
Credit Borscht Corp.

The homegrown Borscht Film Festival is underway and in its eighth incarnation now.

It started as a group of New World of the Arts high school students who shared a common love of film. They stayed in touch,

even as they scattered across the country to hone their skills.

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Venus Rising
11:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Venus Rising Brings On Rhythms Of Diversity, And Of Women

Venus Rising performs “Rhythms of Diversity,” mixing in world fusion into its traditional West African dance and drum work, with an emphasis on the female role, form and movement; the Children of Kuumba join in for the South African boot dance.
Credit Niki Lopez

For artburstmiami.com

If audiences feel empowered after a Venus Rising performance, then members of this globally-inspired group have accomplished their mission.

“We want to uplift and inspire,” says Founding Director Zeva Soroker, who started the all-female dance and drum group in 2003. “Music is an amazing thing,” she adds. “It helps with harmonizing and healing.”

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Essay
10:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

In Miami, An Instinctive Search For Celebrity

CLOSE TO CELEBRITY: A chair reserved for a Hollywood star is a brush with fame for Patrick McGinnis.
Photos by Florencia Jimenez-Marcos

When actor/director Adrian Grenier screened his latest film, Teenage Paparazzo, during Art Basel, it was a very Miami kind of night.

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Art Basel Lessons
12:30 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Careful What You Ask A Fortune Telling Dog

INTERACTIVE ART: The large installation by Desi Santiago also told fortunes.
Credit Arianna Prothero

“The Black Lords” installation at Lords Hotel emerged as one of the crowd favorites from Art Basel week.

Artist Desi Santiago was the man behind the epic-sized installation that featured a giant black dog wrapped around the Lords Hotel.

Called Gypsy, she breathed smoke and shot lasers from her eyes.

Gypsy also told fortunes. People wrote their questions on cards, dropped them into a box and then learned the answer as Gypsy boomed a “yes,” “no” or “maybe.”

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