Arts

Arts
8:15 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Remembering Jaco Pastorius, Part One: A Walk in the Park

One of two murals of Jaco Pastorius, overlooking Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park.
Credit C. DiMattei

Forty-five-year-old Tammy Goss is sitting on a park bench in a small patch of green wedged between Dixie Highway and the FEC railroad tracks. Staring down from the southeast wall of the corner community center is a huge blue-toned mural of a man's face, his fingers curled around an electric bass guitar.  She knows his name.

“Jaco Pastorius, I think,” says Goss.

But that's all she really knows about John Francis Pastorius III.

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Historic Open House
8:10 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Local Group Goes To Great Lengths To Preserve Historic Broward County Home

William and Sarah McDougald standing in front of the house, ca. 1960s.
Courtesy of the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society

Broward residents are reclaiming a little bit of county history. The nearly 100-year-old Sample-McDougald House is opening to the public this weekend.

The house has 17 rooms and a two-story wrap-around porch. It's considered a colonial revival-- an architectural style that became popular following the United States' centennial.

The newly minted museum has had a long journey to its new home in Pompano Beach.

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Navigating Art Basel
8:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Lost In The Art? Here Are Links, Guides And A Smartphone App To Make Basel A Breeze

Art Basel, Miami Beach, 2007.
Credit ImageMD /Flickr

As you all know, Art Basel is a few days jam-packed with a ton of events, galleries and parties.

In short, it gets difficult to wade through everything that is happening starting next week.

No fears, though! We have a roundup here of some of the more helpful Art Basel guides. Some even point you to free events!

You can click through the links below:

Miami.com

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Art Basel 2012
11:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Overtown Participates In Art Basel On A Grand Scale

Credit "F053" by Olalekan Jeyifous (Art Africa Miami Arts Fair)

Overtown artists have participated in Art Basel with showings and events in the neighborhood in past years. However, this is the second year that the neighborhood participates on a grander scale.

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Airport Art
10:23 am
Thu November 29, 2012

How Your Art Can Really Take Off

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal
Credit hanneorla

Lots of us would rather steer clear of construction, but Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is actually embracing it. 

The new runway and terminal expansion project will not only allow for more flights, it also creates more space for art.

So, the Broward County Public Art and Design Committee is looking for an artist, or perhaps artists, in residence.

And the art is supposed to be about the airport construction project itself.

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Sounds of Basel
2:15 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

What Does Fania Records Have To Do With Art Basel Miami?

The musicians of Fania Records include Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Ismael Miranda.
Credit Fania Records

The legendary salsa label hosts a free music and art event at PAX in Little Havana during Art Basel Wednesday, Dec.5 through Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Art Basel 2012
12:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Seven Signs That Art Basel Miami Is Almost Here

A geodesic dome under construction in the Design District before Art Basel Miami 2011.
Credit Trina Sargalski

You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.

Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.

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Architecture
7:15 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Historic? Atrocious? Herald's Home Is Divisive

Like A K-Mart? The Miami Herald's 1960s headquarters has staunch admirers and fierce critics.

The Miami Herald's  headquarters on Biscayne Bay has been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami Modern architecture from the 50's and 60's. NPR interviewed demolition proponents — including  some prominent architects — who say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving:

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Sculptures
1:36 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

You Can Spot Bigfoot In the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

Bigfoot will be unveiled this Tuesday at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
Credit Photo via Hill+Knowlton Strategies

This week, you can find Bigfoot at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens... that is, a large sculpture of a man with unusually large feet.

Idan Zareski's "Bigfoot" will be unveiled on Tuesday at the Gardens. The sculpture, "Bigfoot," has already been featured in other countries all over the world. 

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Arts
3:20 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

Tony Bennett.
Jo Hale Getty Images Entertainment

Originally published on Sun December 2, 2012 12:01 pm

On this Piano Jazz session from 2004, Tony Bennett brings his effortlessly swinging singing to an impeccable set of tunes from the Great American Songbook, including music from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ted Koehler, Alec Wilder and more.

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Events
2:28 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Things To Do This Weekend (Besides Shop)

You can catch some music and movies this weekend-- instead of shopping.
Credit Marco Tedaldi /Flickr

Everyone knows that the some of the busiest shopping days of year are in full force. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so much of South Florida will spend their next few days buying things.

For those who would prefer doing something other than shopping, fear not! 

Here are some things you can do this weekend:

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Miami Book Fair International
12:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Tweet Us A Story Remix: We Have A Winner

Daniel Toy commemorated the Miami Book Fair International with us on the opposite side of the East Coast as the winner of our Tweet Us a Story Remix.
Credit Daniel Toy

Two weeks ago, we asked you to co-author a story with Junot Diaz.

Last week, we asked you to remix that story with submissions that may or may not have made the final narrative.

This week, we have a winner.

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StoryCorps
6:48 am
Thu November 22, 2012

An Unusual Friendship, Forged Over Thanksgiving

Larry Rolf (left) and Denny Daniels are best friends who were both married to the same woman — though at different times. After she died, the two helped each other cope.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:04 pm

Larry Rolf and Denny Daniels know their relationship is an unlikely one. They're best friends, and they were both married to the same woman — her name was Sharon — though not at the same time.

They met on Thanksgiving, in 1990, just outside of Minneapolis. Denny and Sharon were dating. Larry and Sharon had broken up, and Larry had re-married 13 years prior.

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Live Music During Basel Week
12:08 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

UR1 Festival Is Postponed: So Where To See Live Music During Art Basel?

http://ur1festival.com/

UR1 Music & Arts Festival is following in line with the newest trend for South Florida music festivals.  

It goes like this: announce a huge show with a killer line up.  The people get hyped, and buy tickets.  Then, with the festival just a few days away, make a big announcement.

The show has been canceled.

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Miami Book Fair International
1:20 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Florida Book Awards Winners Aren't Just Accomplished Writers

The Florida Book Awards panel included four of the 2011 winners.
Credit Sammy Mack

The Florida Book Awards (FBA) panel had it all—brilliant readings, thought-provoking discussion, and a harmonica solo. It featured four of the 2011 award winners. Leonard Nash, himself an FBA winner and then judge, introduced the writers with a combination of standard credentials and lesser known facts.

Lynne Barrett (general fiction award) read from her story collection Magpies. In "One Hippopotamus," a story comes to light and a romance unfolds thanks to a so-Florida event—a thunderstorm-induced power outage.

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