Arts

Urban Development
1:37 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Miami Beach Approves New Convention Center Plans; A Public Vote Is Next

An artist's rendering of South Beach ACE's approved plans for renovations to the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Credit ACE

After months of deliberation, a winner has emerged.

Company South Beach ACE has won a contentious City Commission bid to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center, in what they have termed as the most important development in the history of Miami Beach.

The winning firm came as a surprise to many, but the Miami Herald reports that the firm was chosen because the "team's plan costs the public less and construction done quicker."

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Community Contributor
7:46 am
Thu July 18, 2013

"Sleeping Beauty" Reawakens In Traditional Indian Dance Adaptation

Ranjana Warier

Nearly everyone knows the story behind the famed children’s fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” but an energetic new adaption of the classic story could help promote a new level of cultural understanding. The Rhythms School of Dance will present two performances August 31 and September 1 that will use the beloved story to help showcase the beauty of traditional Indian classical dance.

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Opinion
7:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Why Libraries Are More Important Than Your Hard Drive

The terrace of Miami Beach's Books & Books
Credit Miami Beach 411

What happens when you delete or block a web page?

It gets deleted. Or blocked.

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Miami Dish
6:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food

This photo of a restaurant in Hialeah was taken just after it was constructed in 1922.
Credit William A. Fishbaugh (State Archives of Florida)

In Miami, everything has to do with migration, especially our food.

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Opinion
6:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Why Closing Half Of Miami-Dade's Libraries Is Dumb

Credit mdpls.org

“Who says that we get to kill all the books,” asked District 10 City Commissioner Javier Soto.

Miami, apparently, does. 

The decision yesterday was made to theoretically close 22 libraries (10 storefronts and 12 branches) as well as lay off 251 employees. This number is presented as the worst-case scenario. While it could be less, the closings are nearly half of the libraries in Miami-Dade.

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Blogosphere
2:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Florida Blogup: Scuba Diving And Waldo In The Gables

Credit Elaine de Valle / Political Cortadito

Francis Suarez’s Mayoral Race: There’s An App For That

Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez has a new iPhone app for his supporters to get direct news about his run for mayor.

Suarez said he created it because it fits in with his “high-tech campaign,” according to the blogger Elaine de Valle on Political Cortatido.

The app is called “Suarez 4 Mayor,” and if you tweet a screenshot and mention the commissioner’s account, you get a free t-shirt!

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Television
11:11 am
Fri July 12, 2013

'Sharknado' Dares To Ask: Is It Going To Rain Giant Man-Eating Sharks?

Aubrey Peeples as Fin's daughter in Sharknado. Which really happened.
Syfy

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:27 am

If you have a Twitter account, there's an excellent chance you already know about Sharknado, SyFy's meteorological-marine horror movie that premiered last night. When I tell you that a lot of people were tweeting about Sharknado, I'm not lying.

Not to mention ... well, you know. Possibly NPR personalities.

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Literature
6:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Contemplating The End Of Books (As We Know Them)

Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares
Credit Antonia Wright/Ruben Millares/Spinello Projects Miami

With budget cuts impacting public libraries all over the country, this summer is not only your traditional reading season – it’s also a time for thinking about reading.

The State of the Book at Spinello Projects will exhibit physical books as precious, engaging objects – works of art you can touch – and will encourage people to sit, read and ruminate on the future of printed matter.

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Tourism
6:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Florida's Newest Roadside Attraction: A Nine-Foot-Tall Robot Named REX

An unfinished REX
Isabel Echarte WLRN

Meet REX, Florida’s newest roadside attraction. Set to be unveiled in September, the nine-foot-tall robot will have the friendly look of a massive children’s toy once local artist Mike Rivamonte finishes it.

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Miami Dish
7:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

International Mango Festival Provides Fix For The Mango Obsessed

Display of mangoes from around the world at 2011 International Mango Festival. Watch a video from the festival (below).
Credit David Samayoa

Summer here is hot and humid--kind of gross. It's the start of hurricane season (groan). However, it's also tropical fruit season. Right in our back yard grows a Seuss-ian wonderland of fruits like monstera deliciosa and white sapote. Perhaps none of these fruits inspires as much obsession as the mango.

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Arts
9:01 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Inspiring Cancer Survivors Of City Of Tamarac Featured In New Photogallery

by Susan Buzzi

The suburban city of Tamarac is about to celebrate its 50th year on July 19th, and to coincide with the city's anniversary, resident and photographer Susan Buzzi decided to put together an exhibition profiling some of the area's cancer survivors.

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Preservation
6:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Why Miami's Abandoned National Treasure, The Marine Stadium, Might Be Coming Back

The man-made basin that the stadium sits on is the length of the National Mall
Michael Stephen McFarland via National Trust For Historic Preservation

This story was originally posted in July. Shortly after, the Miami City Commission voted to allow efforts to save the stadium and designate the surrounding area a park. But the clock's ticking. 

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Arts
8:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

No Rent, No Problem For A New Crop Of Miami Vintage Clothing Shops

Eclectic finds from pop-up vintage shop Nic Fit Vintage

The rising costs of commercial real estate throughout Miami-Dade County means fewer choices for would-be independent retailers. See, for instance, the full mall-ification of Lincoln Road, and the sweep of new high-end luxury retail through the Design District. Small-business proprietors are even starting to move out of Wynwood’s main drag; punky street fashion boutique the Kult, to name one, recently closed up shop off NW 2nd Ave.

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Painting
8:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Work Of Florida's 'Highwaymen' Gets A New Life

Phillip Estlund, "Stygian Sunrise"

Florida’s natural world, like its social world, is of many minds: serene, clear, or bright one minute, then dark, indignant, or utterly furious the next. And sometimes it’s a quixotic mix. 

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Florida Supercon
8:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Some of The Best Costumes From This Weekend's Bigger-Than-Ever Florida Supercon

Cristine Peña from Tampa dresses as Sailor Venus from the manga series Sailor Moon. She won Best Craftsmanship in the costume contest at last year's Supercon. Kevin Walker from Orlando dresses as Kai Leng from the video game Mass Effect 3.
Credit Patience Haggin

At this weekend's FLORIDA SUPERCON, more comic and sci-fi fans than Miami's ever seen gathered to meet, greet, and costume play-- 'cosplay' for short.

The event at the Miami Airport Convention Center drew an estimated 20,000 fans and cosplayers from Thursday to Sunday. Attendance rose sharply from last year's crowd of 15,000.

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