Arts

Arts
6:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Vonnegut Takes Miami

Dan Wakefield discusses a new book of Kurt Vonnegut's letters at the Miami Book Fair International
Credit Jacket design: Lynn Buckley / Random House, Inc.

Kurt Vonnegut fans have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of weekends. First, a performance of a chamber music piece with a libretto by the iconoclastic author, and then a discussion of a new book of his letters at the Miami Book Fair International.

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Rising Tide
10:55 am
Thu November 8, 2012

VIDEO: Giant Slingshots, 2x4's, And Funner Projects

Funner Projects gets ready to shoot
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Ladies and gentlemen: we introduce you to the Funner Projects.  With a unique take on blending art, entertainment, and interactivity, this Miami duo is definitely in a class of their own.

The following segment is taken from the upcoming WLRN documentary Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, premiering Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00pm on WLRN channel 17.

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The Art of Politics
6:21 am
Mon November 5, 2012

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:36 pm

Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008.

But these maps lie — visually speaking.

Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. For example, Montana (three electoral votes) dwarfs Massachusetts (which had 12 electoral votes in 2008).

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Books & Books To Hold A Party Saturday
9:42 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Books & Books Celebrates 30 Years

Mitchell Kaplan says he set out to create a literary culture in South Florida when he opened Books & Books.
Credit Books & Books


It's been 30 years since the independent bookstore, Books & Books, first opened its doors in Coral Gables, and this week, they're celebrating.
 

Today there are stores throughout the region and beyond. There are three South Florida stores, as well as outposts at the Miami International Airport and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale,  and stores in Grand Cayman and Westhampton Beach, New York, too.

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Opera Gone Digital
1:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Florida Grand Opera Goes Digital For National Opera Week

image: Florida Grand Opera

The Florida Grand Opera has gone digital for National Opera Week.

The week celebrates the vibrance and culture of the art form in America today.  But as the FGO's approach to participating in the week illustrates, there is a marked difference in how they are working to reach new audiences, as compared to the past.

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Arts
6:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Why Florida Is So Scary

Business Report By Day; Author By Night
Brian Bandell

Florida is the setting for many mystery novels, detective novels and crime novels. 

It turns out it's also a particularly good place to set a horror novel. 

Author Brian Bandell draws on the "creepiness from the swamp" that is Florida in his new book, Mute.

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The Art Of Science
12:06 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Computers, Pinch Of Art Aid Hurricane Forecasters

These are some of the "spaghetti map" models used to generate a forecast for Hurricane Sandy's track. The models have grown increasingly sophisticated over the years.
PCWeather Products Inc.

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 7:07 pm

If you've ever found yourself anxiously wondering where a hurricane might make landfall, then you're probably familiar with "spaghetti charts" — the intertwined web of possible storm tracks put out by many forecasters.

Those lines represent hundreds of millions of observations from satellites, aircraft, balloons and buoys, all crunched from complex forecasting equations on some of the world's most powerful computers.

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Food
11:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Slideshow: A Kendall Lawn Becomes An Edible Garden

Frank Macaluso pulls up a turmeric root from the front yard of his East Kendall home. He has more traditional raised-bed gardens of greens, carrots, leeks, zucchini and other vegetables in the backyard.
Trina Sargalski

Earth Learning, a Miami-based sustainability group which focuses on food and agriculture, hosted the third annual Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, which ended last week. The summit included a tour of local farms and gardens.

The farm tour visited Frank Macaluso's Kendall home. Macaluso has turned his lawn, which sits on an approximately ¾-acre lot, into an edible garden.

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Smash and Grab Fundraiser
12:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

'Smash and Grab' Fundraiser Attracts Artists and Collectors Alike

artwork by Farley Aguilar

Surviving fifteen years as an art space in Miami unofficially grants you the status of cultural institution.  Starting your fifteenth year in a new location with twice the space only cements it.  

Locust Projects of Miami is well poised for longevity as it prepares for both its 15th anniversary, and the 10th edition of it’s ‘Smash and Grab’ signature fundraising event.

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Dance For Democracy
11:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

How To Dance To The Preamble Of The United States Constitution

Urban Bush Women dance company rehearsal for Saturday's performance
Jordan Levin

The endless election season is enough to turn anyone cynical about politics. But for a group of female South Dade migrant workers, the idea of democracy is still a wonder.

They've been exploring it at a dance workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade College and the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. It’s part of the “Are We Democracy” workshop in Cutler Bay. The program was created by the New York dance troupe Urban Bush Women. The idea is to make democracy personal and concrete for everyone.

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Author Interviews
3:09 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe's books include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons, among others.
Jim Cooper AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:37 am

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities also says that wasn't entirely by choice — he'd rather have used a typewriter.

"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today — you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

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New Documentary
4:21 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists

"The Whole Detail" by artist Jen Stark

Premiering November 14 at 8:00pm on WLRN channel 17

Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists is a documentary about seven young exceptionally talented visual artists who live and work in Miami, a city that is in the middle of a cultural explosion. The program takes viewers inside the working worlds of these uniquely creative people, at the same time giving insight into the history and trajectory of Miami’s own recent creative development.

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A Local Film Maker Highlights Urban Challenges
3:05 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Film: Why You Can't Just Live In Cities Anymore, Now You Have To Think About Them

University of Miami professor Sanjeev Chatterjee is profiling some of the world's major cities as they rapidly change to keep up with an evolving world.
By Georgia Popplewell (caribbeanfreephoto)/flickr

According to the World Health Organization, as of 2010, over half the world’s population lived in cities.

By 2050, that percentage is expected to increase to 70 percent.

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