Arts

Music
11:57 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How A Black, Baptist-Raised Man Became A Popular Yiddish Singer

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is not your traditional Yiddish singer in more ways than one.
Credit Courtesy of Temple Israel

This weekend in downtown Miami, Temple Israel is hosting a concert of Yiddish folk music. Nothing unusual there. Except -- the singer is black and grew up going to church.

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Photography
3:09 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

See The Beauty In Haiti With Photographer Maggie Steber's New Show In Coral Gables

Credit Maggie Steber

Picture images of developing countries in American media and you’ll likely think of a few recurring tropes — photos depicting squalid living conditions and political strife.

“We always end up looking at poor countries as being fraught with tragedy and poverty,” says documentary photographer Maggie Steber, in a video trailer for her new solo show opening in Coral Gables on Thursday. “We don’t recognize what is beautiful. We don’t equate what is beautiful.”

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Arts
6:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Public Art Project Piano Goes Missing In Himmarshee

Have you seen this piano?

Richard Vergez is one of the local artists who contributed to the Fort Lauderdale Play Your City, a public art installation project in which pianos are artfully stationed around downtown Fort Lauderdale. The idea is to invite residents to play the keyboards. Play, but, not get too carried away, is the core idea.

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Music
7:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hukilau: Where Exotica, Gold Dust And Tiki Culture Meet

Russell Mofsky fronts Gold Dust Lounge, pretty much South Florida's only act devoted to "exotica" music.

Like those of many ‘70s children, even Russell Mofsky’s earliest memories are colored by a touch of psychedelia.

“I grew up with a healthy overdose of classic TV shows, westerns, spy movies, and monster movies,” he recalls, along with the surreal cartoons and children’s shows that ruled the era. (See, for example, the entire oeuvre of Sid and Marty Krofft.) And even after doing time in the skate-punk scene as a teenager, Mofsky, now a voracious record collector, always turned back to the slightly weird.

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Arts
1:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Spanish Cultural Center Offers Look At U.S. Latin Life

CCEMiami (Centro Cultural Español en Miami), the Spanish cultural arm here, often falls of the radar when it comes to the arts. Since moving into the bustling downtown area on Biscayne Boulevard (from its sometimes forbidding building in the Gables), it may be that some people simply don’t know they are there. Time to rediscover.

The center offers up some impressive and diverse cultural events, including music and theater – the latter includes their innovative Microtheater, “small” plays of about 15 minutes, set up in the back courtyard for only about 15 spectators. 

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Techology
9:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Civic Hacking: Ways To Mine Data For Miami's Good

Miami civic hackers from various backgrounds played with government data all weekend long.

More than 200 coders, designers and onlookers hashed out ideas on how to better use open data from federal and county sources as part of Miami's National Day of Civic Hacking.

Participants can submit their projects by June 30 for the chance to share their ideas at a White House event in the fall.

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Painting
7:06 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Artist Ruben Ubiera Uses QR Codes In Mural To Tell Oral Tales Of Immigrants

Ruben Ubiera and his Sapien Experiment piece at the Young at Art Museum's Lexicon exhibition

Ruben Ubiera is one busy guy. Ask him what he's up to and prepare to hear an earful. The Broward County resident recently wrapped up the Lexicon show at Young at Art Museum in Davie, where he has also led a workshop for children artists. And his 10-by-4-foot self portrait puppet, representing Ubiera's artistic life, will remain in the museum's permanent collection.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Arts Garage Presents Summer Musical Theater with a Twist

The Summer Tune-Up series at Arts Garage in Delray Beach

Louis Tyrrell, Artistic Director of the Theatre at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, is passionate about new American plays.  This summer, a Thursday night play reading and concert series introduces us to musicals South Florida audiences wouldn't otherwise  have a chance to experience.  To hear the full interview, visit artsradionetwork.com.

  

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Arts
7:32 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Exploring the History of Vodou in Haiti from the 1804 Revolution to the 2010 Earthquake

Ramsey's book delves into the roll Vodou has played in Haiti.

University of Miami Associate Professor Kate Ramsey's The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti has been awarded the 2011-2012 Association of Caribbean Historians Elsa Goveia Prize; this book prize is awarded once every two years.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Searching For The Origin Of The Chorizo

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Most everyone knows, but I will say it for the un-baptized…chorizo is a kind of sausage. The first time I remember seeing chorizo was back in my hometown of Diamond Lake, Illinois in 1965 or so. It was around that time that many Mexican families began to immigrate to the area. They worked very hard founding a close knit neighborhood, which eventually became part of the broader patchwork quilt that epitomizes so much of North America now.

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Technology
12:42 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Civic Hacking: Mining Miami Data For The Greater Good

More than 100 people, places and things are on Miami Wiki. People can create pages and add to existing subjects.
Credit MiamiWiki.org

Hack for Change: Miami, as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, brings coders and artists together to envision creative ways government data can be more useful to the community.

Participants will dive into projects that visualize open data or improve its accessibility.

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Music
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Jacuzzi Boys Kick Off Tour At Miami Beach's Fillmore

The Jacuzzi Boys are guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Alcala, bassist Danny Gonzalez and drummer Diego Monasterios.
Credit Christiaan Lopez-Miro

The perennial proclamation, “rock ‘n’ roll is dead,” is itself a near-expired idiom. While electronic music genres may dominate – especially here in South Florida – there is still demand for the raw, body parts-to-sound tactility of a guitar, bass, drums and voice.

The Jacuzzi Boys are emblematic of this desire for a stripped-down, musical physicality, a cultural fixation traceable to Chuck Berry’s rhythmic licks and Elvis’s suggestive hips.

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Music
7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Seven Essential Tracks From Miami's Disco Heyday

"Get Off" gave Cuban-American group Foxy, as well as TK Records, a bona fide mainstream hit.

Miami boasts, of course, a reputation as a major clubbing center — but in decades past, the city is also where a big chunk of clubbing music actually got made.

Most histories of disco music focus on New York legends like DJ Larry Levan and clubs like the Paradise Garage, where funk and R&B met a new dance beat. But Miami had its own disco sound — and not just that of the Bee Gees, who did, in fact, record major material like their 1975 album Main Course here.

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Center For Creative Education Finally Gets A Space Of Its Own In Northwood Village

Students from Freedom Shores Elementary School participate in one of the CCE programs.
Credit Courtesy photo / Center for Creative Education

The road to construct a dedicated building for the Center for Creative Education (CCE) has been a long and bumpy one filled with more than a few roadblocks. But after nearly a decade of financial challenges and false starts, the South Florida non-profit children's art outreach is ready to unveil its new home in Palm Beach County.

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Cinema
7:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

How To See Indie Films In Miami Before New York Or Los Angeles

What's going on here, exactly? Find out before anyone else at O Cinema in June.
Credit thegoodsondocumentary.com

In certain intellectual and artistic circles, it’s almost a sport to complain about how Miami gets every bit of culture last among the country’s larger cities. And yet, every day a little piece of evidence appears, shining like a beacon of hope in a sun-bleached mental vacuum.

Indie film buffs, take particular note of the latest development to benefit you: GATHR, a nationwide sort of film-previewing club that’s now offered in Miami at O Cinema’s Wynwood location.

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