Arts

Painting
7:22 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Florida's Highwaymen Painted Idealized Landscapes In Jim Crow South

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 1:26 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

And if you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.

In the winter of 2012, I came across a story on a drive through central coastal Florida in the town of Fort Pierce. Route 1 is now dominated by strip malls and fading condos, but the Florida of the 1950s and '60s was a candy-colored Eisenhower, Kennedy space-age dream of flaming red Poinciana trees and untamed beaches.

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Books
2:42 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

Actress Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in the movie version of The Hunger Games.
Murray Close Lionsgate

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:16 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Cinema
2:35 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

'Lovelace' Biopic Depicts Story Of Pornstar's 'Deep' Miami Connection

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried in the film Lovelace.

In the annals of pop culture history, the name Linda Lovelace is synonymous with the mainstream notoriety of hardcore porn.

As the 23-year-old star of the infamous 1972 XXX feature Deep Throat, she scandalized America with the first feature-length adult movie.

But Linda Lovelace was just a character for the woman born Linda Susan Boreman — and one she didn't necessarily play willingly.

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Language
1:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How I Learned To Swear In Cuban

Guillermo Álvarez Guedes, the Cuban comic who made a common Cuban expletive his trademark, died last week in Miami at age 86.
Gaston De Cardenas/El Nuevo Herald MCT via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:38 am

Editor's note: Fair warning — this essay is, in part, about Spanish profanities, and it includes several.

The man who taught me to swear in Cuban died last week.

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Music
1:17 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Natalie Cole Records Dad Nat King Cole’s Spanish-Language Classics

When she was 8 years old, Natalie Cole went to Mexico City with her father. And while Nat King Cole’s daughter was accustomed to his stardom, she was startled by the adulation he received.

“The people thronged to see him as we were walking the streets — he was like a king,” says Cole, leaning back on a sofa at a Wynwood music studio last week.

It was her first trip to Mexico, but the city’s plazas and her first piñata were less memorable than the crowds’ enthusiasm.

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Invasive Species
8:27 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Eating Iguanas In Southwest Florida With Jackson Landers

Jackson Landers, author of Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species, with a nutria.
Credit Courtesy of Jackson Landers

Jackson Landers grew up in a vegetarian household. Now he hunts and butchers much of his own meat. In the past five years, he's focused on hunting and eating invasive species.

In his book, Eating Aliens: One Man's Adventures Eating and Hunting Invasive Species, ​the 35-year-old Landers chronicles his travels around the country as he learns to hunt, butcher and eat various invasive species.

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Film
4:13 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Directors Of 'Lovelace' On America's First Porn Star

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried in the film Lovelace.

Editor's Note: This film will open at Miami's O Cinema this Friday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m. The radio version of this post and the post itself originally appears on WNYC's The Takeaway.

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Athletics
8:59 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Miami, Synchronized Swimming And The Beautiful Ladies Of Verso

If you ever had his ear, you could ask basketball star Dwyane Wade how he makes a party classier.

But since you probably don't, you should know that when he celebrated his birthday the day after the Miami Heat won its second championship ring, he invited the ladies of Verso Performance, a local synchronized swimming troupe to perform for his exclusive guests.

It was a super VIP occasion, with no pictures allowed, on the roof of a building in downtown Miami. Each girl in the troupe wore a hat with his name and the number 3 emblazoned on it.

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Entertainment
6:37 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The Return Of TV's Miami Vice As A Digital Comic Book

Miami Vice
Lion Forge Comics

The 1980s TV show Miami Vice is being resurrected this October, but this time as a digital comic book.

And it doesn’t stop there.

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The Sunshine Economy
1:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Video: How A Miami Designer Fashions His Workforce

Designer Rene Ruiz (left) instructs workers on the finer points of dress making.
Credit Tom Hudson

Designing high fashion is an art. So is making those designs into dresses.

Designer Rene Ruiz does both from a low-slung building in Hialeah. His factory is tucked in with furniture makers and hurricane shutters installers. About 50 people work there making dresses for Ruiz's well-heeled clients in South Florida and for his dresses destined for Neiman Marcus stores.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Fashion

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Business
8:23 am
Mon August 5, 2013

A High-End Pawnshop For Miami's Rich And Entrepreneurial

These Versace plates have a retail price of $2,600. At Midtown Pawn Boutique they are $1,650.

On Northwest 36th Street, between Wynwood and the Design District, there’s a wall mural depicting a highly stylized Queen Isabella, the Spanish monarch responsible for fostering Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World.

The mural is a fitting metaphor for Miami for a few reasons; it’s a city which houses the wealthiest of the world, back-dropped with the mystique of frontier land.

The mural was painted by local artist Diana Contreres and is found on the newly constructed Midtown Pawn Boutique, a high-end pawnshop that hopes to serve the rich and entrepreneurial.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Sue Scott Leaves Them Laughing on A Prairie Home Companion

Sue Scott and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors do their thing on A Prairie Home Companion.

Sue Scott is a familiar voice to fans of A Prairie Home Companion.  She is a member of the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, and is heard weekly in such skits as Guy Noir and the Lives of the Cowboys.

On a recent visit to South Florida, Sue and Caroline Breder-Watts chatted about her journey to APHC, and the challenges of doing a live radio show where the script can change in mid-performance!

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Strike Gold With The Heavenly Taste Of Avocados

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

I was out walking Bounder, the little dog our son Justin brought home from a shelter a few years ago, and was almost back home when I spotted a McArthur Dairy milk crate brimming over with a harvest of 20 or more backyard grown avocados on the edge a neighbor’s lawn.

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Film
11:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

SeaWorld Pushes Back Against Film About Killer Whales

Credit Magnolia Pictures

Imagine you’re wrenched away from your mother at two years of age, transported thousands of miles away, put in the care of strangers then kept day and night in a small, cramped, dark space. You’re forced to do tricks for food.

But eventually you've grown to a weight of about 12,000 pounds, and finally see your chance to get even. So you take it.

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Public Services
6:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Can This Social Media Campaign Save More Miami-Dade Public Libraries?

Demonstrators during last Saturday's library rally near the Concord branch.
Credit Mercy / Facebook/ Save the Miami-Dade Public Libraries
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