Arts

Arts
8:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

The Broward Center - Past and Present

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has become an important part of South Florida's cultural landscape.  Here's some memories from two people who have long  histories with this organization.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

The Real Deal Story Behind The Cuban Boniato

Credit enenutricio.wordpress.com/

Back in the late 1990‘s at the original NORMAN’S restaurant in Coral Gables we had a young man who became our Lunch Chef named Eliecer Garcia. Like many young chefs he was very interested in cuisines from all over and when we talked about what to put on our lunch menu his ideas ranged from France to Hong Kong. I loved that but sometimes I’d say, “Eliecer. I want you to show me flavors your Cuban Grandmother would make and then we can twist them a little. Okay? Why don’t you show me how she would cook with … oh… boniato for instance? And then we’ll go from there.” 

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Arts
6:54 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Performance Art Piece Questions Human Desire With Abnormal Way To Eat Cake

Wood's performance art piece involves an orifice, a cake, and a bowl of popcorn.

The All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition opening reception recently at the Boca Museum of Art drew in a packed, frenzied crowd to its 62nd-annual showcase featuring 149 multimedia works. But it was the overheard exclamations of “That’s disgusting!” and “I can’t even watch this!” that stood out during the evening’s discourse.

 What was so gross? A throng of well-heeled attendees swarmed about, cringing midway through the gallery.  There it was, two flat screens surmounted on a wall playing artist Gabrielle Wood’s video installations Displaced Pleasure.

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Performance Art
4:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Miami Artist Turns Body Fat Into Soap After Liposuction

Orestes De La Paz stands by his exhibit, Making Soap, at the Frost Art Museum.
Credit Marva Hinton

Miami artist Orestes De La Paz has an unusual piece of performance art on display at the Frost Art Museum on the campus of Florida International University.

Last December, FIU grad De La Paz had liposuction surgery. His plastic surgeon removed about three liters of fat from his body.

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Film
2:54 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

48 Hour Film Project Showcases Local Talent From Miami To Palm Beach

For those in film school, the project is like a crash course and a final exam, jam packed into one restless weekend.

This is the Miami edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, an international event that gets play from local filmmakers from Israel and Johannesburg to Las Vegas, Nevada.  The one constant -- you  get 48 hours to complete a short film from scratch.

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Arts
2:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Hits All the Right Notes

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is a community choir celebrating its tenth anniversary.  Here's a few minutes with Executive Director Beth Clark and Artistic Director D. Shawn Berry about the choir and its mission in the community.  For more information, visit yspb.org.

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Publishing
8:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Why Bookstores Don't Reflect Miami's Literary Health

The recently closed Barnes & Noble in Aventura.
Credit Broward Palm Beach New Times

Many have taken the recent closing of Barnes and Noble in Aventura and the general dearth of bookstores in Miami as an omen, a portentous sign that the city is somehow culturally headed in the wrong direction.

And the easy takedown of South Florida, both nationally and from locals, is that a lack of bookstores is representative of a stupid populace, or an uncultured mass mostly focused on booze and partying.

But bemoaning the death of the bookstore is missing the point. It’s happening everywhere. And it’s not just a South Florida issue.

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Community Contributor
8:02 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Jewish Museum Of Florida Shares Stories Of Struggles

Housed in a former synagogue, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU features the original 1936 stained glass windows and marble platform, or bimah, from which sacred scripture was read.

 

In 1887 Marcus Weinkle’s loving parents buried him alive. That act likely saved the 13-year-old’s life and certainly set in motion an odyssey that took him from his native Russia to, eventually, Central Florida.

  His story – and that of countless other Jewish immigrants with a Florida connection – comes alive in the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on Miami Beach.

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Miami Art Museum
6:46 am
Wed May 15, 2013

How A Miami Billionaire's $100 Print Became A $20 Million Collection

How it all began: The $100 Joan Miro lithograph that launched Perez's collection in the late 1960's. It still hangs in his office.
The Related Group

"It was ages ago," says Jorge Perez with a laugh, recalling the first artwork he ever invested in.

It was purchased when Perez was still a young student in New York, years before he became a billionaire developer and the man Time Magazine dubbed the "Donald Trump of the tropics.”

"It was a Miró.  A Miró lithograph.  It cost me $100,” says Perez, with another chuckle.  “I still have it in my office.”

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Arts
6:30 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Boynton Beach's Growing Arts Scene Keeps Things "Fresh And Green"

Artists will work to repaint the bay doors in the Boynton Beach Art District with colorful murals as part of an ongoing public exhibition.
Credit ActivistArtistA / Boynton Beach Art District

As one of the key players behind the up-and-coming Boynton Beach Art District (BBAD), artist and gallery owner Rolando Chang Barrero is getting no down time during South Florida's "off season." Barrero is among the region's year-round residents who stick it out during the slow, sultry months to ensure his pet projects make it through to grow another season.

"It's time to get the community to really step it up if we're going to become a year-round arts scene," said Barrero, who owns ActivistArtistA, which serves as something of a launching pad for many of the BBAD projects. 

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Community Contributor
8:46 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Miami Theater Center Redefines Itself With "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree"

Miami Theater Center spreads its wings with a performance of “Inanna and the Huluppu Tree."
Credit Pavel Antonov

The Miami Theater Center is growing. IFrom the annual contemporary performance SandBox Series to being the new home for Mad Cat Theater Company, MTC has redefined itself as a vibrant center of culture in sleepy Miami Shores.

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Community Contributor
8:04 am
Mon May 13, 2013

South Beach’s “Colorful Mélange” Inspires Poem, Green Sequins Included

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.

Green sequin bikini.

Purple hair and skinny.

Red lipped.

Boob equipped.

Blue high heeled kid.

I saw it, I did.

Thats so Miami.

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Arts
7:01 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Yes, Art Abounds North Of Wynwood

Galleries now occupy former warehouses north of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Photo courtesy FAT Village Facebook page

Last week's satirical Fort Lauderdale slam by The Onion claimed the city “lacks any kind of cultural depth," something hotly disputed by locals.

So, where are the cultural gems in Broward and Palm Beach counties? Don’t get fooled by the wealth of strip malls, high-rises, and balmy palm tree landscape.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
12:24 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Hobo Packs: A Culinary Treat For Old Time's Sake

Janet's 'hobo pack' designer beans
Credit Norman Van Aken

We flew up to join the family to celebrate my Mother-in-Law’s 90th (!) Birthday Celebration. When our family gets together we, like many families, get straight to the heart of the matter. What are we cooking?! What are we eating?!

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Arts
2:39 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

New Broward Center Lounge Offers Taste Of High Life

A theater patron enjoys a drink inside Club Level at the Broward Center while a Miami Heat game plays on one of the lounge's two flat-screen TVs.
Credit C. DiMattei

At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, it's intermission during a production of "War Horse."

Eric Chirinsky stands at the bar of the Broward Center's new lounge Club Level, drink in hand, watching the Miami Heat battle the Chicago Bulls on a flat-screen TV.

"I just figured I'd check it out and see how our home team was doing tonight," he says.

But his wife, Katarina, isn't focused on pro basketball right now.  She's sitting alone, enjoying a plate of hors d'oeuvres and a glass of bubbly.

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