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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Breaking Bread At Zak The Baker's Before Rosh Hashannah

Sep 24, 2014
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." 

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.

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.

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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  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.

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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At Mad Chiller, a pop-up coffee-shop-cum-art-gallery, culture is on the menu alongside locally roasted coffee and organic liege waffles.

The Mad Chiller coffee chariot – not to be mistaken for an ordinary cart – has been rolling into local arts events for nearly two years, but now the chariot will become immobile. Mad Chiller will be taking up permanent residence at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design on Sept. 12.

New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Sep 11, 2014

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

Hear The Beat Of The Coral Gables Senior Center Drum Circles

Sep 10, 2014
CW Griffin / Miami Herald staff

At the Sunday afternoon drum and sing-along class at The Palace in Coral Gables, music is the great healer. It eases niggling worries, soothes aching joints, mends grieving hearts, restores fickle memory.

“Music takes you to a good place,” says instructor Michael Cloyes, owner of Servant Response Entertainment.“It brings back happy memories, happy times. Who doesn’t like to sing?”

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