Arts

Memorial Day
12:12 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Did Safety Measures Water Down Urban Beach Week?

Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Memorial Day usually means one thing in Miami Beach: Urban Beach Week.

We’ve seen the fuss about Urban Beach Week in the past. We know swarms of people populate Miami Beach clad in the latest fashions and driving the flashiest cars. The mere word “traffic” probably sends a migraine spiraling through your head, as thoughts of closed streets, congested roads and an army of police officers consume your mind.

But there doesn't seem to be as much fuss this year. 

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Arts
12:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pompano Beach Makes An Investment In The Arts With BaCA

Musicians jamming at BaCA.
Credit Amy Pasquantonio

Bailey Contemporary Arts (or BaCA) is the new kid on the cultural block in Pompano Beach.  

Caroline Breder-Watts recently paid a visit on a lively Wednesday evening. Hear an audio tour below.

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Music
11:38 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Wynwood's Second Annual III Points Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for the second annual III Points festival in Wynwood was revealed yesterday morning.

Headlining the event are electronic-music and hip-hop producer Flying Lotus and Lykki Li, who combines hip-hop and folk elements in her music. Hot Natured, a popular EDM group, will make its U.S. debut.

The festival will also include performances from Hercules and Love Affair, Jacques Green, Miami's Jacuzzi Boys and Deaf Poets, among others.

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Music
10:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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Beer
9:59 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Miami Brewers Form Alliance To "Protect The Industry"

Members of the Miami Brewers Alliance held their first meeting at Wynwood Brewing Company on May 19.
Credit Miami Brewers Alliance/Courtesy

Miami's beer makers have officially unionized. Sort of. The owners of two Miami-Dade County breweries rallied their brewer colleagues to form the Miami Brewers Alliance, a sort of advocacy and education group for local craft-beer businesses.

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Music
7:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Gramps Celebrates The Ghost Of Sun Ra, Jazz's Cosmic Renegade

Credit SunRaArkestra.com

Sun Ra, whose human name was Herman Poole Blount, was a trailblazing afro-futurist who explored the entire history of jazz throughout his many compositions. One single caveat: It was a history of jazz from another planet (in the future).

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Heritage
7:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Large Paintings And Metal Sculptures Are One Artist's Haitian Tradition

Mirrors are startegically placed into the "puzzle" to show the observer the art works behind them.

Philippe Dodard can't remember the first time he came to Miami. He lives in Haiti and has always come to visit one family member or another.

"What is interesting about Miami is every time I come back, I see something new," says Dodard. "And now I see that the culture is getting more and more alive everywhere."

By "culture," he means Miami's Haitian Heritage Museum, Haitian Compass Festival, and Haitian Heritage Month in May.

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Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)

David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.

He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers. Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too. 

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Race And Culture
2:04 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

"Melt" Play Dissects Miami's Various Ethnic Experiences

Michael McKeever will read "Melt" at the Frost Science Museum.
Credit Michael McKeever

When Michael McKeever started out as a playwright 21 years ago, he had a peculiar writing process. He would imagine his characters and say out loud what they would say. He wasn't a trained writer, but had a knack for dialogue.

"I'm sure I sounded like a loon in those first years," McKeever recalls. "But that's how I got my dialogue. It was very natural for me to write the dialogue as I would act out the scene."

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The Salt
9:32 am
Fri May 9, 2014

As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

Craft breweries now make up 98 percent of all U.S. operating breweries. Of course, overall sales are still dwarfed by traditional beers.
Courtesy of the Brewers Association

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:19 am

There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Cumbia And Punk
8:42 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:21 pm

As a teenager, I fell in love with two very different musical genres: punk rock and cumbia — that Caribbean-born music with a contagious two-beat shuffle.

To purists of either, my musical promiscuity might have seemed blasphemous, but to me, it was a logical combination. Cumbia is more punk than punk itself. And many years later, when I discovered Mexican DJ Ali Gua Gua, and her group Kumbia Queers, I was elated with their unique brand of "tropi punk." They got it.

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Alternative Transportation
7:01 am
Fri May 9, 2014

South Florida's Motorcycle Scene Is Going Vintage

Wood Tavern Vintage Bike Night
Diego Saldana-Rojas

Click through the photos above.

Rodrigo Rey del Castillo repairs and customizes mostly motorcycles that predate 1980. The machines lack on-board computers, fuel-injection engines, and anti-lock brakes. And they're the stand-out bikes of the growing South Florida vintage motorcycle scene.

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Papa Machete
7:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Deadly Grace: New Film Documents Haitian Machete Fencing

Credit Papa Machete / Courtesy

The Haitian Revolution in 1791 was the first (and only) successful slave rebellion against a crushing colonist regime. And the revolt didn’t only result in a new state, it was also achieved with the edge of a machete.

The short film “Papa Machete” opens somberly, telling how Haitians developed a martial art called Tire Machèt during that bloody, turbulent period. A versatile agricultural tool in dense tropical climates, the machete makes a valuable weapon.

When Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a local writer who developed “Papa Machete,” first read about it, he was floored.

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Arts
11:02 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Here Are 9 Knight Arts Challenge Finalists You Should Know About

Credit Bleeding Palm / Courtesy

Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.

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Sunday Arts Breakfast
8:01 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Listening To Nature: A Visit To The Palm Beach Zoo

One of the many colorful residents at the Palm Beach Zoo.

The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in West Palm Beach is home to a wide variety of animals and, as Caroline Breder-Watts found out, is a feast for the ears as well as the eyes.

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