arts

Veterans
3:35 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Museum Helps War Veterans Reach Their Inner Artists

Vietnam veteran Howard Sweitzer, 78, works on a sketch during an Art of War session for veterans, hosted by the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Once their tours of duty are over, war veterans sometimes have trouble readjusting to civilian life. But a program in Broward County uses art as a way to help vets cope with the trauma.

For the past few weeks, the Coral Springs Museum of Art has been hosting free sessions for veterans of all ages. They’re encouraged to express themselves however they choose -- with paints, colored pencils, collage or even poetry.

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Culture
5:09 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

PAMM Hosts Miami Broward Carnival Kick-Off Where It All Started

Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

On a rainy and humid afternoon, a steel drum band played on the outer terrace of the Perez Art Museum Miami. The distinct Caribbean sounds celebrated the launching of the 30th Miami Broward Carnival.

South Florida's version of Carnival takes place in October, whereas Brazil and the Caribbean celebrate in February and March.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Culture Shock Miami, Festival Miami, and Florida Keys Calendar

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10/03/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Culture Shock Miami celebrates its 10th season providing inexpensive tickets to students 13 to 22 years old to events all over Miami-Dade County. Gerry Landreth with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs brings us the details.

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Film
5:57 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Latin American Icon Simon Bolivar Gets Biopic Treatment In 'Liberator'

Unlike actor Edgar Ramirez, the real Simon Bolivar was a physically slight man.
Courtesy of Cohen Media Group

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 1:09 pm

The new film The Liberator is an attempt to bring the epic story of Simon Bolivar, the George Washington of Latin America, to international audiences. Directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, it's one of the most expensive Latin American productions to date and features epic battle scenes, rousing speeches and stunning landscapes in the spirit of historical epics like Braveheart.

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Arts
5:46 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Norton Museum Plays Up A History Of Toys

A look through Barbie commercials over the decades.
Credit Norton Museum Wheels and Heels Exhibit

The Norton Museum owns masterpieces from Picasso to Jackson Pollock to Paul Gauguin. But throughout October the Norton will also exhibit works by many unknown artists.

Although these artists may forever remain nameless, their works won't. The Norton will exhibit toys like Barbie, Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.

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Arts
6:32 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

A Miami Theater Group Hosts A Play ... On Bikes

Actors potraying Julia Tuttle and Nikola Tesla in a scene outside HistoryMiami.
Julia Duba

Over the last few years, bicycle culture has been picking up speed around South Florida.

The Front Yard Theater Collective has combined bicycles and culture.

In its latest play, the troupe performed its scenes at different locations in downtown Miami, and the audience rode on bicycles from one spot to another. It was called “History On Wheels.”

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Miami History
5:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Thirty Years Later, Miami Vice's Impact Still Resonates

A Miami Herald clip from Miami Vice's debut year.
Credit Miami Herald

In the 1980s, Miami was a crime capital. Dade County -- that’s what it was called then -- had the highest murder rate in the country, and nearly three quarters of all the cocaine and marijuana that made it into the U.S. passed through South Florida.

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Public Resources
6:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Miami-Dade Considers The Future of Its Libraries

Seven-year-old Joseph Gonzalez looks for a book at the West Kendall library in this file photo from March 17, 2014.
Credit Miami Herald Staff

  Libraries are no longer just about the books. On Monday afternoon, that was the main point at a Knight Foundation-sponsored discussion about the future of libraries.

Libraries are exploratory labs for potential startups, spaces for interactive education and in some states, home to community gardens. These were among some of the examples at a luncheon in downtown Miami on how libraries across the nation are looking toward the future.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Broward County’s 100th, New Theatre's New Season, and Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

09/26/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, on October 16th Broward County will start a year of celebrations for its 100th anniversary. Jody Horne-Leshinsky and Dawn Robinson-Patrick with the Broward Cultural Division bring us the exciting details. Judith Bishop highlights a new season presented by New Theatre with Artistic Director, Ricky J. Martinez.

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Wynwood
12:54 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Breaking Bread At Zak The Baker's Before Rosh Hashannah

Jewish Rye on display at Zak The Baker In Wynwood
Photos by Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Between colorful murals and art galleries, the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the air in Wynwood. And though the sign on the building simply reads "Bakery," inside Zak the Baker's Wynwood café, a lot more is going on than at your average corner bake shop.  

"Sometimes I take a step back and look on what we've done and I'm quite proud. I'm pleased with the direction," says Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker. "I'm grateful for the way the community has supported this project, just seeing it grow from the garage to where it is today." 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Miami Light Project, Deep City Records Documentary on WLRN TV, and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Deep City Records was founded in the back room of Pearsall’s Johnny’s Records, a shop at NW 60th Street and 22nd Avenue in Liberty City.

09/19/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Beth Boone of the Miami Light Project  runs down their new season of exciting, cutting-edge events. Film makers, Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson talk about their latest documentary, Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound, premiering on WLRN TV, Sept. 23rd. Norman Van Aken stirs up A Word On Food and our Palm Beach arts calendar features Marilyn Bauer. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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Arts
3:22 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Exhibit Celebrates Key West Hand Print Fabrics

Suzie dePoo's colorful fabrics for Key West Hand Print caught the eye of Lilly Pulitzer, whose resort wear was popular with socialites.
Credit Key West Art & Historical Society

In 1961, two New Yorkers who had worked in the theater moved to Key West and opened a screenprint fabric shop.

In short order they met two women who assured their success. One was Lilly Pulitzer, the Palm Beach socialite who had started selling brightly colored garments a few years before. The other was a Key West resident named Agnez Zuzek dePoo, better known as Suzie.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

LadyFest Miami Celebrates Womanhood And Promotes Activism

Credit LadyFest

A collective of local artists and activists is encouraging unity among South Florida’s women through an event called LadyFest.

“As women, we are fragmented,” says Charo Valero, one of the event’s organizers. “The mothers, the straight women, women of faith, women of color, immigrants, women that only speak Spanish, we exist as fragmented pieces.”

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Arts
1:42 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Iconic Rock Photographer's Work Comes To South Florida

The Beastie Boys through the lens of Sunny Bak.
Credit Courtesy

  California-based photographer Sunny Bak is best known for her work with musicians such as the Beastie Boys. Her iconic images are now on display at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines.

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News
3:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

How South Florida Modeling Agencies Could Help Stamp Out Human Trafficking

A 2008 United Nations conference on human trafficking inspired former Ford Modeling Agency CEO Katie Ford to join in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Youth sells.

Both in the glamorous world of high-fashion modeling and, sadly, in the dark underworld of human trafficking.

A fake promise of modeling or acting jobs is just one way human traffickers lure young victims -- female and male -- into lives of prostitution or domestic slavery. And now one of the most famous names in the fashion world says South Florida modeling agencies and talent scouts can play a part in the fight against the modern-day slave trade.

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