Arts

Arts
7:10 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Rejecting The Megaplex Trend, Downtown Hollywood Adopts An Arthouse Theater

An artist's rendering of Cinema Paradiso Hollywood.

Downtown Hollywood hasn’t had a movie theater since 1996.

But that will all change when Fort Lauderdale art house Cinema Paradiso opens a second location later this year on Hollywood Boulevard.

While downtown Hollywood is home to a bustling entertainment scene along Young Circle and neighboring streets, the area hasn’t offered a proper cinema in 17 years. 

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Blogosphere
6:30 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Blog Roundup: Coconut Grove Waterfront And Meat Market Dinners

An artist rendering of the proposed Coconut Grove Waterfront.
Credit Coconut Grove Grapevine

A weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:

Plans For New Coconut Grove Waterfront Are In

Grove Bay Investment Group has submitted a proposal for what may become "The Harbour" in historic Coconut Grove.

The city manager, city commission and Miami voters still have to approve plans for the area, which include a tree park, retail space and a monument or exhibit of South Florida aviation history.

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Performing Arts
6:01 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kravis Center Board Chair: Palm Beach County No Longer A Retirement Community

Tweet seats -- offered last season during select Palm Beach Opera performances at Kravis Center -- are an example of how the cultural institution is evolving.
Credit Storify.com/Julian Restrep

Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up. 

"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution. 

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Music
7:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

How Latin Superstar Juanes Balances Family And The Singing Career He Loves

Juanes at Books & Books in Coral Gables for a signing of his memoir "Chasing the Sun."
Credit Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald Staff

The only instrument you notice walking into Juanes' sun-dappled home on Key Biscayne is an upright piano, covered with lesson books for his daughter Paloma, 7, who on this weekday morning is sprawled on a sofa, along with siblings Luna, 9, and Dante, 3, in pajama-clad, spring-break bliss.

The 19 Grammy Awards, racks of guitars and other trappings of the 40-year-old Colombian rock star's career are in his recording studio upstairs.

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Literature
8:34 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Has South Florida Displaced Los Angeles In The World Of American Crime Fiction?

Credit newyorker.com

Everyone knows that South Florida has a seedy underbelly. The American fascination with crime-sex-and-violence-laden stories about South Florida has been going strong for quite some time, particularly on the silver screen.

Miami Vice, paved the way for today’s Magic City, CSI: Miami, The Glades, and Burn Notice. You don’t have to dig deep into contemporary pop cultural output to see that people are intrigued by South Florida’s lure. We’re a rap star mecca, and there’s a party-banging mention of the 305 in a lot of catchy club tracks.

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Arts
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Miami Performance International Festival Aims To Make Working Artists Accessible

“Mezclilla/Denim”
Credit Photo by Neil de la Flor

The 2013 Miami Performance International Festival obliterates the line between viewers and mid-career and emerging artists from Miami and around the world. In its second year, the festival, curated by Charo Oquet, takes place in Miami’s Design District and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and runs through the month of June.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Slow Burn Theatre Heats Up the Summer with The Wedding Singer

Slow Burn Theatre Company presents The Wedding Singer June 21 - 30.

Slow Burn Theatre Compnay has grown by leaps and bounds in just a few short years.  As they get ready for their summer musical presentation The Wedding Singer, Co-Artistic Directors Matthew Korinko and Patrick Fitzwater talk about the history of Slow Burn and what it takes to run a successful company.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
1:21 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

How To Make Killer Fried Green Tomatoes

Credit Norman Van Aken

Have you seen that now classic commercial where a bunch of cowboys get all freaked out about a salsa that is produced in New York City?!

Well, I found it similarly amusing to be in an elegant restaurant in New York City! recently where they were offering me a menu which included caviar service, foie gras and a Fried Green Tomato Salad. I had to have that salad! It was pretty good but it couldn't match many I've had in some mighty funky places in the South and… at the $14 price tag, I could have had a Catfish Dinner with hush puppies, cole slaw and a pitcher of cold beer!

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Music
3:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Egyptian Lover's Bass-Heavy Miami Musical Influence: Five Artists You Should Know

Credit CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via jeroen020 on Flickr

Egyptian Lover, a 49-year-old electronic musician born Greg Broussard, is a rare West Coast artist whose imprint looms large on the Miami underground music world.

In the ‘80s, when he first emerged from the fringes of the Los Angeles breakdancing scene, there was something of a bicoastal rivalry among similarly minded producers.

Miami had its own flourishing bass-music scene, with producers like the elusive Maggotron and the Beat Club churning out robotic jams hinging on the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

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Blogosphere
7:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Blog Roundup: Politics, Politics, and Classical Music Politics

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has taken heat from both sides for his English proficiency proposal.

The Blog Roundup is a weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:

Rubio's Immigration Reform Amendment Flops

Sen. Marco Rubio's amendment  to the immigration reform bill, which mandates English proficiency for those seeking citizenship, is getting attacked from all sides, even his conservative base.

Javier Manjarro at The Shark Tank has more.

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Theater
11:25 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Rare Radio Recording Of Tennessee Williams In Key West Released

Tennessee Williams speaking at the dedication of the auditorium in the Key West Library named for him in March 1975. From the Ida Woodward Barron Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was perhaps the most influential playwright of the twentieth century.

During the 1940s and 1950s, his work took the American theater by storm, achieving enormous popular success and the sort of feverish criticism only accorded writers of groundbreaking genius.

His best-known works include A Streetcar Named Desire, whose 1947 Broadway production launched the careers of Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy, and the 1955 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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Film
6:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami Filmmaker Opens The Screening Room To Promote Video As An Art Form

Carola Bravo at the newly opened The Screening Room.

Video as an art form has come a long way. Although artists started seriously working with the medium at least a half century ago (some will pinpoint Nam June Paik’s German exhibition in 1963 as its official arrival on the scene), it remained somewhat the stepchild, not getting a lot of respect until the last couple decades. And in Miami, video art – good video art – was late in taking hold with local artists and in shows. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, and yet there have been few outlets dedicated to highlighting the form.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Miami Musician Karina Iglesias Talks About Life During, After 'The Voice'

Credit 2013 NBC Universal Media, LLC

To many serious musicians, reality TV singing competitions — American Idol and all the variants trailing in its wake — don't rank highly.

And Miami's Karina Iglesias considered herself very much a serious artist, gigging around town since 2002 with as many as eight different bands, hustling both the covers and original circuits to support herself as a professional musician.

By night, she performed with as few as two and as many as 20 people backing her up, lighting up both clubs and corporate events with her bold, soulful voice.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Master of Music Series - Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, 2003

Caroline Breder-Watts and Scott Eyman discuss the work of Jerry Goldsmith, one of the most prolific and influential film composers of the 20th Century.  To hear the complete conversation, visit artsradionetwork.com.

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Miami Dish
11:24 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Hukilau: 500 Years of Tropical Cocktails In Fort Lauderdale

The Beachcomber Club in Miami Beach, 1947
Credit Florida State Archives

This weekend, a devoted national and international crowd of devoted tiki-philes descends on Fort Lauderdale for The Hukilau. The annual gathering celebrates the music, history, and, of course, cocktails, associated with American midcentury tiki culture.

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