Arts

Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Keeping The Tradition Alive: The Great American Hot Dog

Credit Norman Van Aken

You may be making plans to celebrate our day of "National Independence" from the once “Tax Mad” English by having friends and family over for a backyard party. Possibly your menu will feature one of the all-time icons of American gastronomy, "The Great American Hot Dog".

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Blogosphere
12:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Florida Blogup: Building Bridges, Everglades Art And DOMA Reactions

The Florida Everglades is considered a national treasure.
Credit Rasmus Bøgeskov Larsen/Flickr

Everglades-Inspired Art

If you just can’t get enough of Florida wildlife, or if you want to celebrate increased funding for Everglades clean-up, you might want to check out this event.

Hosted at a home on Matheson Avenue, the Summer Salon on Sunday, June 30, will feature Ana Mendez, Gustavo Matamoros and works of art from the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) collection.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Cafe Con Leche: It's The First Kiss Of The Day

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Each day begins the same. It is want mixed with laziness. Which strikes me as why a café con leche is so perfect. The ‘want’ is the café. It is strong, primal, dark and concentrated. The ‘lazy’ is the leche, (the milk)…relaxing, passive, pure-white and life-giving. In the right ratio you can find the way to enter the day and go forth!

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Arts
3:51 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Folk Artist Rod MacDonald Sings Songs of Freedom

Folk singer Rod MacDonald

South Florida based singer/songwriter Rod MacDonald is one of the most respected folk artists in the buisness, and regularly tours both nationally and internationally.  His latest album is Songs of Freedom.  To learn more about Rod, visit rodmacdonald.net.  To hear the complete interview, log onto artsradionetwork.com.

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Civil Rights
1:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film

Wil Jackson is a sergeant with the Hialeah Police Department and executive producer of The Denied.
Credit Wil Jackson

Floridians in same-sex marriages  and elsewhere hope to be indebted to Edith Windsor. She is the 84-year-old widow whose U.S. Supreme Court victory garnered equal federal rights for gay marriages this week.

Windsor nursed her ailing wife, Thea Spyer, until Spyer died of multiple sclerosis. Until recently gays and lesbians  Florida often have not had the opportunity to provide loved ones that kind of care if family or hospital staff objected.

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Technology
7:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Suburban Coral Springs Museum Looks to Become Hub of Tech Art

Karoline Sobecka's interactive storefront projection, It's You

The suburban Broward County town of Coral Springs has big plans to attract artists. In January 2014 it will open a high-tech workspace for artists and creators to work with a gamut of equipment, including 3D software tools, iPads, and the latest computers.

The 1,000-square-foot facility is part of the cities' "Tech Walk," incubator that will house a series of tech and healthcare startups located in The Walk, a public plaza off University Drive.

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Community Contributor
4:26 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Nora Chipaumire To Perform Excerpt Tonight Of “Rite Riot” At MDC Live Arts

Nora Chipaumire

For the past month, dance artist and creator Nora Chipaumire has led a group of Miami-based dancers, choreographers, performance artists and educators for the inaugural MDC Live Arts Lab, a Knight Arts Challenge Grantee. The goal of the MDC Live Arts Lab intensive is to bring nationally and internationally renowned artists like Chipaumire to Miami for the benefit of Miami artists.

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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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