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Music
10:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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Heritage
7:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Large Paintings And Metal Sculptures Are One Artist's Haitian Tradition

Mirrors are startegically placed into the "puzzle" to show the observer the art works behind them.

Philippe Dodard can't remember the first time he came to Miami. He lives in Haiti and has always come to visit one family member or another.

"What is interesting about Miami is every time I come back, I see something new," says Dodard. "And now I see that the culture is getting more and more alive everywhere."

By "culture," he means Miami's Haitian Heritage Museum, Haitian Compass Festival, and Haitian Heritage Month in May.

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Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)

David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.

He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers. Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too. 

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Race And Culture
2:04 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

"Melt" Play Dissects Miami's Various Ethnic Experiences

Michael McKeever will read "Melt" at the Frost Science Museum.
Credit Michael McKeever

When Michael McKeever started out as a playwright 21 years ago, he had a peculiar writing process. He would imagine his characters and say out loud what they would say. He wasn't a trained writer, but had a knack for dialogue.

"I'm sure I sounded like a loon in those first years," McKeever recalls. "But that's how I got my dialogue. It was very natural for me to write the dialogue as I would act out the scene."

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Libreri Mapou in Little Haiti, Sunday Afternoons of Music, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Libreri Mapou in Little Haiti

05/09/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll get to know Jan Mapou, owner and manager of Libreri Mapou, the first mini-cultural center in Little Haiti. Classical music presenters Doreen Marx and Byron Krulewitch talk about their 33 years of bringing the greatest talent to Miami with Sunday Afternoons of Music.

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Alternative Transportation
7:01 am
Fri May 9, 2014

South Florida's Motorcycle Scene Is Going Vintage

Wood Tavern Vintage Bike Night
Diego Saldana-Rojas

Click through the photos above.

Rodrigo Rey del Castillo repairs and customizes mostly motorcycles that predate 1980. The machines lack on-board computers, fuel-injection engines, and anti-lock brakes. And they're the stand-out bikes of the growing South Florida vintage motorcycle scene.

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Papa Machete
7:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Deadly Grace: New Film Documents Haitian Machete Fencing

Credit Papa Machete / Courtesy

The Haitian Revolution in 1791 was the first (and only) successful slave rebellion against a crushing colonist regime. And the revolt didn’t only result in a new state, it was also achieved with the edge of a machete.

The short film “Papa Machete” opens somberly, telling how Haitians developed a martial art called Tire Machèt during that bloody, turbulent period. A versatile agricultural tool in dense tropical climates, the machete makes a valuable weapon.

When Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a local writer who developed “Papa Machete,” first read about it, he was floored.

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Arts
11:02 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Here Are 9 Knight Arts Challenge Finalists You Should Know About

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Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.

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Sunshine Economy
8:26 am
Tue May 6, 2014

How Video Game Designers Make A Living In Miami

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Miami is a magnet for entrepreneurs in fashion, film, and visual arts. So it makes sense then that a creative technology sector could and would grow from the intersection of those disciplines. In the last couple of years, a small video-game industry has developed in South Florida.

Some of the players include Dark Side Studios in Sunrise, Magic Leap in Hollywood, Shiver Entertainment, whose bosses just leased space in South Miami’s Sunset Place, and Skyjoy Interactive on Brickell Avenue.

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Sunday Arts Breakfast
8:01 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Listening To Nature: A Visit To The Palm Beach Zoo

One of the many colorful residents at the Palm Beach Zoo.

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach is home to a wide variety of animals and, as Caroline Breder-Watts found out, is a feast for the ears as well as the eyes.

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National Poetry Month
3:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

#ThisIsWhere Poetry Contest Winners

Here's a shot from our poetry night event at Miami Club Rum. April 30, 2014
Credit Elaine Chen / WLRN

We announced our contest winners at the #ThisIsWhere finale at Miami Club Rum on Wednesday, April 30. This is where we share them with you.

Read the winning poems below and watch three of our winners recite their poems above. Then stick around for an extra poem about one of South Floridians' favorite experiences.

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Music
9:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lebos Says "Turn It Up," But Plays Us A Rare, Quiet Solo Tune

The new album

Miami native Aaron Lebos says his new album, "Turning Point," is meant to be played loud. 

It's a mix of rock, jazz and influences from around the world, fusing a jam-band sound with some of the sonic complexities of jazz. Lebos is a trained -- very trained -- musician, having attended an alphabet soup of South Florida's academic institutions. 

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National Poetry Month
11:27 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

#ThisIsWhere Last Edition: Urinals, Crypts And Mr. Can Man

Credit Mark Hedden

This is where the end of the #ThisIsWhere poetry submissions snuck up on us. For weeks we've been awash in a sea of words, poetic descriptions of everything from sunrises to lizards to — in this week's selection — a blessed urinal. And now we've suddenly found ourselves at the far shore, maybe a little wiser, but definitely more compelled to think of things in extended metaphors.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

7th Annual Record Store Day, New Blues CD from Mosher Street Records, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

04/18/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ founder, Lauren Reskin, talks about the resurgence of vinyl albums and the internationally celebrated 7th Annual Record Store Day this Saturday.

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