Arts

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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Community Contributor
8:25 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Live Arts Lab Seeks To Help Mid-Career Artists Advance

Nora Chipaumire will lead the inaugural artists' lab.

Longevity in the arts, like any field, requires constant learning. Performance labs provide this space. It’s where artists can experiment, research and refine their skills. In these labs, sometimes new ideas emerge and old ideas are fleshed out. It’s where artists—dancers, choreographers, directors, composers—innovate and hone their craft.

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Americas
8:24 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Hollywood Readies Story Of Trapped Chilean Miners

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera (third from right) watches as the rescue capsule descends during a test run on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
Credit Government of Chile

You could call it Latin America’s Apollo 13 moment. In October 2010, 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet below Chile’s Atacama Desert for 70 days were rescued one by one in a small steel capsule. I’ll never forget being there to witness that operation, which was watched on television by more than a billion people around the world.

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Flawed But Fabulous
8:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

After Urban Beach Weekend, What Was The Big Deal?

The Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach was under a tent on Friday and Saturday nights as a security measure during Memorial Day weekend.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

On Friday evening the Standard Hotel and Spa was completely tented for the weekend, to reopen Sunday, while countless other businesses were closed up on Miami Beach.

Spiga Restaurant on 12th and Collins had a sign stating they were observing Memorial Day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Ostensibly, businesses like Spiga really love the troops, but no one is fooled.

It seems like Miami Beach abstracted Memorial Day in more ways than one.

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Automobiles
9:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

A Field Guide To Miami Cars Cruising On South Beach

A Miami Impala painted with a skyline of Miami Beach.
Credit Anthony Segovia

South Florida has serious car culture and Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of year to see it in its full splendor. As Urban Beach Week draws car enthusiasts from all over the country to South Beach, there’s no mistaking a local car if you know what to look for.

“I can just look at cars and tell which one is from Miami,” says Isaac Hernandez, a Miami car enthusiast and owner of Ride Kreations.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Extreme Makeover: South Florida Science Museum

Students look at Science on a Sphere, one of the new exhibitions at the South Florida Science Museum.

The South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach was built in 1961, and stayed essentially the same for more than 50 years.  All that changes this summer, as we learn from SFSM President Lew Crampton.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Caesar Salad: The Most Unconquerable Of History's Salads

Credit domesticdaddy.net

Without a doubt this is history’s most unconquerable of all Caesars!

Go anywhere in the U.S. and, from truck stops to swank spots, this is the one salad you are most likely to encounter.

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Dance
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ballet Provides Cuban Defectors A New Start In Miami

Annie Ruiz Diaz says she left Cuba because she wanted to try out more styles of dance beyond what the National Ballet of Cuba performs.
Credit Gregory Castillo/Miami Herald

The Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami operates out of an old, white mansion in Little Havana. Just like any company, the dancers start their day with ballet class.

But what makes this company different is that it’s a holding station for dancers who defect from Cuba, a place where they can stay in shape and get help finding permanent jobs.

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Community Contributor
7:46 am
Thu May 23, 2013

INKarnation Weaves Two Artists Together At Bridge Red Studios

Karen Rifas and Kerry Phillips have more in common than the first letter of their first names, although at first it might not seem so. Rifas’s work should be familiar to many – in particular her linear, site-specific installations that involve optical illusion and delicate interventions. Her pieces can be found at MAM, MOCA and, until recently, at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (which closed last year). Phillips is on the early end of her career, but has also had a lot of recent exposure, at the ArtCenter/South Florida and the Hollywood Arts and Cultural Center, to name a few outlets.

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Community Contributor
8:37 am
Wed May 22, 2013

A Miami Native Who Remained Local Pens A Poem On Her Dying Breed

We’ve asked a few of the authors of standout poems for our That’s So Miami project to explain the inspiration behind their work. Find the winners of our contest and more entries here.

  I’m from Miami

Can you say that?

Not many can

Some came by raft

The water’s warm

The people mostly cold

By wearing limited clothes

They can be very bold

English often coming

after Spanish, spoken first

Even Creole is common

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Americas
11:50 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Why TV's 'Modern Family' Is A Setback For Latinas

Actress Sofia Vergara (right) in a scene from the upcoming season finale of the hit ABC show, Modern Family.
Credit abc.go.com

I am not a Latina. I am a middle-aged white guy whose salsa dancing embarrasses my Venezuelan-born wife. But because she is a Latina, and because my teen-aged daughter is half Latina, I take more than passing interest in how popular culture portrays Latinas. And these days I’m annoyed, because the most popular Latina image out there is, well, almost as embarrassing as my salsa dancing.

It’s an image, in fact, that represents a setback for Latinas.

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Community Contributor
9:11 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Miami's Acceptance Of Syrian Immigrant Inspires Verse

We’ve asked a few of the authors of standout poems for our That’s So Miami project to explain the inspiration behind their work. Find the winners of our contest and more entries here.

Black and white

Chinese and Cuban

Who would’ve thought

My bestfriend would be Russian?

That’s so Miami.

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