Arts

Books
5:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

France's government has taken legal steps to protect the country's independent booksellers from behemoths like Amazon. It already prohibits discounts of more than 5 percent on books. Now it's considering a law that would not allow online retailers like Amazon to offer both a 5 percent discount and free shipping.
Christine Zenino Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:55 pm

Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.

In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.

Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.

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Business
5:48 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New Amazon Centers Will Add Sales Tax To Florida Purchases

An Amazon fulfillment center.
Credit Flickr

The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive "fulfillment" centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.

But even with Amazon eventually joining other businesses located in Florida in collecting the state's sales tax, some groups will continue pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers including eBay and Overstock to avoid the tax.

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Miami Dish
11:50 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Learn to Cook Conch, Beignets And Other Haitian Dishes

In 2006, Liliane Nerette-Louis, teacher of Haitian cooking and folkore, received a Florida Folk Heritage Award.
Credit Florida Folklife Program

It's a common story: Kid grows up in an immigrant household eating delicious food. Kid becomes adult. Adult still enjoys that delicious food whenever she returns home.

Then, for some reason or another (maybe because a grandmother or mom is always eager to cook), that adult never learns to prepare the food of her heritage.

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History
2:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

10 Amazing Photos From Key West's Tourist-Free Past

Postcard view looking northwest from the Key West Lighthouse, ca. 1870.
Credit DeWolfe Collection / Monroe County Public Library

The Monroe County Public Library recently received a donation of more than 15,000 photographs from the early days of Key West. The remarkable gift includes documents and memorabilia illustrating the island’s history with images few had seen before.

Keep reading for a look into Key West before the Parrotheads took over.

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Music
2:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical

Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:19 am

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Arts Season
8:57 am
Thu October 24, 2013

South Florida Maker Movement Grows With Events, Spaces, Fair

Bibi Nin works on her project during the Cardboard Challenge at the Miami Science Museum on Oct. 5.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

It’s entirely appropriate that Makers Square is a work in progress.

The grounds surrounding the brick-red building are covered with projects under construction, including large aquaponic planters built from pallets for herbs and fruit trees.

Nine shipping containers are being repurposed as classrooms, a pottery studio, a photography studio and rentable individual workspaces. Also in the plans: The roofs of those containers will be covered with gardens.

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Americas
8:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Sony Explains Why Its PlayStation 4 Costs $1,845 In Brazil

Sony announced U.S. and European prices for its new PlayStation 4 at a news conference this summer. The game system will cost some $1,845 in Brazil, angering fans.
Eric Thayer Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 6:05 pm

Sony's new PlayStation 4 won't be on store shelves until next month, but the gaming console has already raised eyebrows in Brazil, after reports that it would cost 3,999 Brazilian real — or about $1,845 at today's exchange rate.

The company says the steep cost isn't a case of price gouging, but instead a sign of Brazil's heavy taxes and fees on imported electronics.

The game system will be released in the United States on Nov. 15 and in countries including Brazil later that month. Large retailers in the U.S. will offer the PS4 at a base price of around $400.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Plaza Theatre in Manalapan Takes Two Young Actors on a Nostalgic trip to the Past

Brighton Beach Memoirs runs now through October 27 at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan.

The production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan is a trip back in time for its two young stars.

Ryan Mahannah and Noah Jacobson talk about playing characters living in a very different world.

For more information, visit theplazatheatre.net.

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Arts Season
9:00 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Music By Colors: Miami Symphony Orchestra Turns Paintings Into Sheet Music

Credit courtesy of Miami Symphony Orchestra

The Miami Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year with its season opener Oct. 20 at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.

Maestro Eduardo Marturet has been leading the orchestra for the past eight years and points out that the longevity of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) puts it in select company with the New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet.

“Well to me it means a great deal, because, you know, 25 years in South Florida is not a little thing,” said Marturet.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Leg Man

I have a leg in my luggage and its coming home with me.

It's a short leg. It's a pink leg. It's a salt sweet leg. It's a leg I was not going to leave behind in Orlando—that’s for sure! This leg once belonged to Chef Sean Brock of "Husk" restaurant fame, up in Charleston. I hope he's not missing it and hopping mad.

But that can't be. He gave it to me. Sent it actually. The leg.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Miami City Ballet Opens With Fast, Furious, Toe-Breaker: Ballo della Regina

Mary Carmen Catoya in Ballo della Regina
Steven Caras/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet’s season opens the evening of Oct. 18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Ballo della Regina, a technical feat of precision and speed, with lots of fast turns, hops on point and at times a combination of the two. The ballet, set to music from Verdi's Don Carlo, is so difficult that it’s not widely performed because many companies don’t have the dancers to pull it off. 

"Like Champagne"

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Film
3:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor play Patsey and Solomon, two slaves on a Louisiana plantation, in 12 Years a Slave.
Francois Duhamel Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:09 pm

Solomon Northup was born free in early-19th-century upstate New York. He lived the life of a respected and elegant musician until 1841, when he was lured South by the promise of a lucrative stint playing his fiddle in a traveling circus.

In Washington, D.C. — in the shadow of the Capitol — Northup was drugged. When he came to, he was in chains: a slave headed for the hellish world of plantation life. Only the hope of being reunited with his beloved wife and children kept him going.

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Architecture
8:13 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Now Sold, Will The Former Versace Mansion In South Beach Be Preserved?

The swimming pool at Casa Casuarina.
Credit Miami Design Agenda

On July 15, 1997 Gianni Versace left for the morning paper at just before 9 a.m. Nearly everyone in Miami and a great deal of people across the world know the story.

The mentally unhinged Andrew Cunanan then tragically shot Versace to death on the doorsteps of his world famous mansion. Cunanan, who had already killed four other people, set off a manhunt and houseboat siege that captivated the morbid attention of the world.

Thus the unknown fate of those world famous doorsteps and the building behind it was set in motion.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Speed Boat Racing, Jimmy Buffett, Graffiti Art: A Half Century At The Miami Marine Stadium

Click through the slidshow to see how the Miami Marine Stadium has changed over the last 50 years. Here, boats are being lowered into the basin for a race in the 1960s.
courtesy Friends of Miami Marine Stadium

The Miami Marine Stadium has been through several incarnations over the past five decades, and the latest is the subject of a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum.

Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium, opening Oct. 17, traces the building’s distinctive history, from its early days as a speed boat racing venue to today as a giant, graffiti canvas and parkour playground.

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Arts Season
3:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

New Drive-In Theater Is A Blast From The Past For Miami's Wynwood

The Blue Starlite Theater attracted a small lot full of cars to watch classic film, Back to the Future.
Credit Chloe Herring

Twenty-one cars gathered on Oct. 11 for the grand opening of the new Blue Starlite drive-in theater in Wynwood, and to catch a new spin on the blast-from-the-past movie classic “Back to the Future.”

Guests to the Blue Starlite were greeted by owner Josh Frank’s staff, and cars were personally escorted. As night fell, children made their way to the hoods of their parents’ cars and affectionate lovers held hands. Movie-goers were encouraged to bring their own snacks, but concession was provided accompanied by sounds of vintage concession advertisements.

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