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As the year winds down, some of us find ourselves with some extra time off and maybe a little more time to read over the next few days. So we asked Miami Herald book editor Connie Ogle to tell us about some of her favorite books of 2014.

The Herald put together a top 10 list. Click here to see it.

Exclusive Borscht Premiere: "Waiting For Berta"

Dec 16, 2014
Borscht Film Festival / Courtesy

If your feet still haven't recovered from all that walking during Art Basel and Miami Art Week, we have the perfect suggestion for you: sit down, relax and enjoy a film.

And you don't even need to wait until the Borscht Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 17 to do that. For the first time at WLRN, we're premiering a movie right here on our website.

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Large, colorful, fanciful glass works now dot the lush landscape of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. The pieces are Dale Chihuly’s encore to his 2005 installation at the gardens.

For this year’s show — the largest-ever for the internationally renowned artist — thousands of pieces of glass were installed at 24 sites in, among and even hanging from trees and plants. Other pieces appear to float in ponds around the gardens.

A Guide To The Most Miami Film Festival: Borscht's Ninth Edition

Dec 10, 2014
Filmmakers Bleeding Palm and Borscht Corp.

Organizers of the Borscht Film Festival say it's about telling the stories of the region by people who are from the area.

"We tell unique Florida stories, unique Miami stories," says Borscht veteran Jillian Mayer. "Miami and Florida is often portrayed a certain way in the media, and that's most likely a result of previous cinematic work that's come out of here."

Mayer says it's those Miami stereotypes that they want to avoid.

Tom Hudson

    

There are plenty of ways to measure the meaning of art: aesthetic value, emotion resonance, ticket sales, auction price, jobs. South Florida's art economy is young but growing.

Communities have invested hundreds of millions of public dollars in performing arts centers and museums, cultural programs and outreach efforts. The arts are embedded in the promise of South Florida marketed to visitors.

And increasingly, South Florida artists are appearing on the world's stage. 

Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

  On Thursday night in  Overtown, artist Doba Afolabi was showing his work at the Art Africa show.

Afolabi is from Nigeria. He used to live in Miami, but left for Brooklyn a while ago.

Up close, his paintings look like abstracts in brightly-colored oil paint. But stand a few feet back, and a cellist in a top hat emerges. Or two saxophone players against a fiery background. One painting is called “Ride the Storm.” That’s the piece he did after his house burned down. Painting, he says, is what keeps him happy and centered.

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Nora Chipaumire is in the middle of a dance workshop at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College.

She asks about 12 dance students of different races to define what it means to be a black man in America -- an especially weighty topic right now.

Many of the students are hesitant to try to describe the black male experience.

"I’m saying, let's go into places of inquiries," she says.

Maria Murriel / WLRN

Don and Mera Rubell, founding couple of the Rubell Family Collection, spoon-fed people little bites of cake Thursday in Wynwood, assisted by 48 servers dressed all in black.

Yes. Like Marie Antoinette.

It was a celebration of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and also a performance-art piece by daughter Jennifer at her annual Art Basel breakfast. Every year Rubell puts on a food-related installation. Her breakfast itself is the piece of art.

    

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Amidst all the new and cutting-edge art on display at Art Basel and surrounding fairs, an exhibition of late painter Purvis Young’s work is a well-deserved resurrection.

“A Man Amongst the People: A Purvis Homecoming” is the first art show in the newly renovated Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The exhibition represents a homecoming for work made by the former Overtown resident.

WLRN Twitter Robot Explores: What Is Art?

Dec 2, 2014
Nadege Green / WLRN

Every December, South Florida welcomes artists and becomes a canvas for Art Basel. And with so much art surrounding us this week, we want to know how you distinguish masterpieces from mounds of junk.

We made a Twitter robot @WhatIsArtWLRN that shares photos of art taken during Miami Art Week and asks you: What is art? Does this count as art to you? Join the game by sharing interesting pieces you see on Instagram or Twitter. Tell us what you think of these works and we'll share your impressions.

The WLRN Guide To Miami Art Week 2014

Dec 1, 2014
Art Basel

If you're in Miami for the first week of December, you're about to be inundated with a tsunami of art as thousands flock to the sights and fairs of Miami Art Week. To help you parse out a schedule of must-sees from the myriad of events to choose from, we've compiled the (nearly) all-inclusive WLRN Guide to Miami Art Week 2014.

Take a gander:

BEST ART FAIRS

BEST MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Miami Art Week Guide 2014: Best Music Events

Dec 1, 2014
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Music is the heartbeat of Art Basel week. From South Beach to Wynwood, the city streets exude soul-pounding bass, crescendos of funk, the juke-joint stomp of rhythm and blues and everything in between.

That aural mixture fuses with the energy of hundreds of thousands of awestruck participants, the art that surrounds them and the huge amounts of money that make it all happen.

The result is a one-of-a-kind milieu of technology, art, commerce, tourism and the cathartic release of everyone’s appreciation of it all. Especially locals.

Faena Forum To Open In Miami Beach In December 2015

Nov 28, 2014
Faena/Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Faena Art has announced it plans to build a new arts and cultural center in Miami Beach. 

The 50,000 square-foot building, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Netherlands-based architectural firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be located on Collins Avenue and 33rd Street.

It won't be built with a typical square design, though. Instead, one half of the building will be shaped like a cylinder, with a 40-foot high ceiling similar to a dome. The second half will be shaped like a cube. 

MiamiStories: Up In Smoke

Nov 24, 2014

This story, as told by Oscar Fuentes, is part of an oral history series.

It was the summer of 2003; I was living in a very old and ugly apartment building between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 2nd Avenue, off of 33rd Street. I had a bitter, mentally unstable landlord that walked around with a concealed weapon. I had a part-time gig at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, now HistoryMiami. I would give guided tours of the permanent galleries and write historical theater scripts for their summer camp program.

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