Arts

Food
3:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

The Kogi BBQ truck near the campus of UCLA in 2009.
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:46 am

What do restaurant chefs dream of? Most would be satisfied with a great review, a full house every night, maybe a restaurant or three of their own, a television show.

Not Roy Choi.

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Arts Season
10:58 am
Mon October 7, 2013

State Of The Arts: How Miami's Community Is Coming Of Age

Credit Claudia H. Munoz

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series on the Arts Season in South Florida that begins in late September and October and runs through the spring. The series will highlight some of the various venues and must-see events and attractions this year. This post is an overview of where the Miami arts scene has been and where it is going. 

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Sports
7:56 am
Mon October 7, 2013

When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial'

Dave Duerson (right), in 1988. Duerson committed suicide in 2011 and wrote a note that included this request: "Please see that my brain is given to the NFL's brain bank."
AP

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:41 pm

When the Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, you could argue that no one played a bigger role than Mike Webster. Webster was the Steelers' center, snapping the ball to the quarterback, then waging war in the trenches, slamming his body and helmet into defensive players to halt their rush.

He was a local hero, which is why the city was stunned when his life fell apart. He lost all his money, and his marriage, and ended up spending nights in the bus terminal in Pittsburgh. Webster died of a heart attack, and on Sept. 28, 2002, came the autopsy.

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Museums
2:05 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

PAMM Gets Grant To Acquire More Works From Black Artists

Faith Ringgold’s Black Light Series #1: Big Black (1967) was recently acquired by Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Credit PAMM / Miami Herald

A new donation to Pérez Art Museum Miami will allow the museum, already known for its art from Latin America, to add more works by African-American artists.

The $1 million donation is funded in equal parts by developer Jorge Pérez, whose $40 million gift of cash and art put his name on the new museum, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In the last phase of construction, PAMM is scheduled to open in its new waterfront location in early December.

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MacArthur Fellows
10:16 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Miami 'Genius' Draws Connections Between Shakespeare, Liberty City

Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows.
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Miami-raised playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.

The fellowship, announced Wednesday, is better known as the “genius grant” and comes with a $625,000 prize. Past winners with Miami ties include writer Edwidge Danticat and poet Campbell McGrath.

McCraney’s award-winning plays draw on his experiences growing up in Liberty City. He’s an alumnus of the New World School of the Arts.

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Theater
8:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Wick Theatre Brings Music, Grandeur To Boca Raton

Boca Raton is alive with the Sound of Music - courtesy of the Wick Theatre.

A new theater has risen out of the ashes of an old one in Boca Raton.

The Wick Theatre opens this weekend in the former Caldwell Theatre space.

To hear the complete interview, visit artsradionetwork.com.

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Americas
5:22 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting

A couple review the work of Brazilian artist Victor Arruda during ArtRio, the International Art Fair of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 5.
Yasuyoshi Chiba AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:15 pm

Brazil is known for its music and distinctive dances, not necessarily for its paintings or photography. But that is changing. Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.

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Urban Culture
8:11 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Lots Of Wine, Graffiti And Opera At Miami's Art Days

Nina Hlava is a mime artist from Vienna who is participating in DWNTWN Art Days.
Credit Nina Hlava

DWNTWN Art Days kicks off Friday in Miami. The second annual celebration of arts and culture features more than 130 events with something for everyone, from wine lovers to graffiti art enthusiasts and fans of the opera. 

Art Days is sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority

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Food
7:58 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Beyond Cuba: Foods Of Latino-Caribbean Cuisine

Tom Gilbert for NPR

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 12:24 pm

Looking back on my history with Latino and Caribbean food, I can see that Cuban was a gateway cuisine. Powerless in my youth before moro rice (black beans and rice cooked together) and ropa vieja (shredded flank steak slow-cooked in a tomato-based sauce), in middle age I became hooked on the spicy and soulful cooking of the wider Caribbean, which led to eating adventures even farther south of Key West. All of these have left their mark on my backyard grilling style.

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Movies
6:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

How A UM Film Graduate Coaxed Writer David Sedaris Onto The Big Screen

Jonathan Groff stars in 'C.O.G.,' directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez.
Credit Screen Media / Focus Features

    

Most writers are thrilled to get attention from Hollywood. But not David Sedaris.

For years, the humorist and frequent NPR contributor has fended off advances from movie producers eager to turn his mordant essays into blockbusters.

So how did a young filmmaker who cut his teeth in Miami -- and who has only one other movie to his credit -- become the first to get a Sedaris story to the big screen?

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

The Short Game - A New Documentary About Golf, Kids and Competition

Kids rule in the new documentary The Short Game.

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post.

A new documentary profiles several of the greatest golfers in the worlds  - all of whom are under the age of ten. Two of them live right here in South Florida. 

For more information, visit theshortgamemovie.com.

Music
8:01 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Estefan Sings The American Songbook — With A Latin Twist

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 9:10 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Gloria Estefan, the poster girl of the Latin music scene in the 1980s and '90s, the frontwoman for the Miami Sound Machine and the singer who made Middle America get up and conga...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG MEDLEY)

GLORIA ESTEFAN: (Singing) Doctor, I've got this feeling inside of me, deep inside of me...come, shake your body, baby, do that conga. No, you can't control yourself any longer. Come on, shake your body, baby...the rhythm is gonna get you tonight.

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History
8:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Little Red Schoolhouse in Palm Beach Takes Students on a Trip to the Past

Students spend a day learning about Florida's history at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The Little Red Schoolhouse is home to the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach's "living history" program, where students literally experience a blast from Florida's past.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

Kanye West reportedly performed at a wedding last Saturday for the grandson of Kazakhstan's authoritarian President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Francois Mori AP

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 1:04 pm

Rapper Kanye West got paid a reported $3 million to perform at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Video of last Saturday's performance was posted on Instagram — and resulted in a flood of criticism.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Getting Your Head Around Climate Change Through Music

"Year of the Reef" is the last of four movements in Carson Kievman's symphony "Biodiversity."
Credit Peter J. Maerz/WLRN

It’s often said that life influences art. And for composer Carson Kievman, life in low-lying South Florida led to a symphony about climate change.

Kievman was composer-in-residence for the Florida Philharmonic during the 1990s, and he now runs the SoBe Institute of the Arts in Miami Beach. But the idea for his symphony, titled “Biodiversity,” came from a scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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