Arts

Miami Dish
11:51 am
Mon March 4, 2013

'Vegan Before 6' Creator Mark Bittman On His Diet Philosophy

Journalist, New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman
Credit Fred R. Conrad / New York Times

New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman adopted a diet of eating plant-based foods before 6 after his doctor gave him a wakeup call about his poor health. The author still eats the cheeses and meats he can't bear to give up, if he desires, but only after 6,  and in moderation.

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Theater And Twitter
6:14 am
Fri March 1, 2013

'Tweet Seats' In Theaters Spark Battle Between Technology And Tradition

A Palm Beach Opera performer gets in on the act for one of the company's special "Tweet Seat" events
Credit Storify.com/Julian Restrep

Christine DiMattei tells us why some South Florida theaters are experimenting with "Tweet Seats."

On stage at the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Opera is performing Rossini's Cenerentola, the Italian version of Cinderella.  In the second to last row of the house, 27-year-old Jennifer Pfaff's thumbs are going a mile a minute on her smartphone:

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Banksy Controversy In Miami
12:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Banksy in Miami: Behind The Scenes At The Questionable Graffiti Auction

Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) 2012 by Banksy
Credit via mirror.co.uk

It seemed general consensus that no one really knew the facts about the auction last Saturday of a piece by graffiti artist Banksy. Certain parties weren't talking. In retrospect, the answer may have been simply that Fine Arts Auctions Miami knew what may be coming, that it would have to withdraw the piece over questions about who actually owns it. 

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Who Will Be The Next Pope?
11:56 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Picking A Pope? Try The 'Sweet Sistine' Bracket Challenge

The "sweet sistine" brackets.
Religion News Service

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:53 am

Next month brings "March madness" for fans of college basketball.

It's also going to bring Roman Catholic cardinals together to choose a new pope.

Which means, according to Religion News Service, it's time to "make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets!"

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Does Little Haiti's Cultural Scene Need To "Reintroduce" Itself?

Credit CC by ND-2.0 / Photo by Bob B. Brown via Flickr

Last week, Jordan Melnick of Beached Miami posted an interesting interview with the organizers of a new event in Little Haiti dubbed "Sunday Stroll." The monthly event starts this Sunday, March 3, organized by the underground art studio and gallery Yo Space, and supported by Sweat Records and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Melnick interviewed Yo Space's founder, Yuval Ofir, who wants to introduce a wider audience to small, creative businesses established in the area:

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Arts
11:01 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Searching For Sugarman' Has Connection To South Florida's Radio-Active Records

This year's Oscar for best documentary went to Searching For Sugar Man, a film that follows two South African fans of the cult musician Sixto Rodriguez as they attempt to figure out if, as rumors have it, he died, or if he's still toiling in obscurity. The film explores how Rodriguez went from an almost-was folk star of the early '70s to a largely forgotten cult icon, to a favorite once again of the clued-in.

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Historic Movie Palaces
10:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

An Endangered Architectural Species: South Florida's Historic Movie Palaces

This photo is of the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables during a film premeire in 1950.
HistoryMiami

Now that the Oscars are over, let’s take a look back at how people used to watch movies in South Florida: in ornate theaters with lit marquees and plush seats.

These historic movie palaces have become an endangered species in the region.

The Miami Herald’s Howard Cohen grew up watching movies in many of these iconic theaters and writes about them in the Miami Herald.

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Power2give in Broward
7:02 am
Tue February 26, 2013

ArtServe And Other Broward Arts Groups Go Digital For Fundraising

The auditorium at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale is about due for an AV upgrade and they're turning to online donations to help get there.

The audio/visual set-up at ArtServe, an "arts incubator" in Fort Lauderdale, could use an upgrade. To get there, the organization needs equipment like XLR cables and a 12-channel mixer, plus permits and the manpower to install the gear. In total, it's expected to require nearly $7,500 in funds. 

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Slideshow
10:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Unlikely Pairings: Photos from South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2013

Marlins Park and hungry fans who paid a lot of money to get in: In this case, the fans were foodies hungry for kielbasa hotdogs with giardineria (by April Bloomfield, pictured) or popcorn, peanut and caramel ice cream.
Trina Sargalski

The wine-soaked, bacon-infused, foie-gras-stuffed long weekend that was the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up yesterday. There were celebrity chef appearances, parties, tastings, chef demos, and wine pairing sessions, among other things.

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Banksy Controversy
12:04 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Auction Halted Of Banksy Mural Removed In London

A man inspects a plastic cover placed over an artwork attributed to Banksy in London. The stencilled image depicts a poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine and is located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 2:18 pm

Last week we told you about the uproar surrounding the auction of a piece of art by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that disappeared from its home on a wall in north London.

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival
3:21 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Save This List: Where Famous Chefs Eat When They Visit The South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Chef and former Top Chef contestant, Fabio Vivani, in his role as spokesman for Bertolli at the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Credit David Samayoa

 Chefs and food personalities flock to  Miami this week to take part in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which starts this Thursday. We asked some of the out-of-town chefs which Miami restaurants they want to check out while they are here:  

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Grassroots
11:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival: Bands, Yoga, And Sustainability, Too

As of this morning, the second annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival is already easy-grooving on Virginia Key Beach. The four-day event, which started last night, features bands, camping, yoga, and the usual array of slightly crunchy entertainment. But still, it's not just another run-of-the-mill hippie jam-down.

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival
10:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Why Miami Food Lovers Should Know Who Gaston Acurio Is

Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio headlines an event at this weekend's South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Credit Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

  If you don't know who Gaston Acurio is, chances are you will soon. The Peruvian chef, who is arguably the face of Peruvian cuisine both in his home country and around the world, visits Miami this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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Arts
7:08 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Where To Hear Live Music: More Than 40 Bands Play Grassroots Festival At Key Biscayne

Jeb Puryear, guitarist for Donna the Buffalo. Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, Miami 2012.
Credit Courtesy Mathew Coburn Photography

This weekend, music lovers have a special treat with the second annual Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance at Key Biscayne. This four-day event of live music,  includes camping, a sustainability fair, along with great food, meditation and yoga.

Reporter Patricia Sagastume tells us why the event is coming back despite last year’s rough start:

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami

Richard Blanco says this handshake gave him a lot of confidence on inauguration day.
Credit richard-blanco.com

When Richard Blanco got the call that he'd been chosen to write a poem for President Obama's second inauguration, at first he thought it was a prank. He still has no idea how he ended up on the President's radar.

"I would dream actually that the President has actually read my work and was so moved by it," says Blanco, laughing, "that he said, 'I want this guy to read a poem at the inaugural.'"

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