Arts

Ultra Music Festival
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend

Credit Morikami Museum

Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. It does get pretty loud during Ultra, after all. But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.

During Miami Music Week, some earnest, intellect-stimulating events sneak their way through EDM's unruly buzz. Maybe it'll just be you and another bespectacled, mustachioed friend. Maybe you'll run into one of us.

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Living
3:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Miami's Poor Not So Segregated

Miami turns out to be one of the least segregated metro areas in the country.
Credit Illustration: Wilson Sayre, Photo: Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski

Out of 51 large metro areas examined by The Atlantic Cities, Miami ranks 46th most segregated  by poverty. In other words, the city made the study's "least segregated" list.

The Atlantic Cities looked at 2010 Census data to determine if the poor were concentrated in pockets or sprinkled around a city. The study mentioned Miami's abundance of service-industry jobs as a possible explanation for the level of segregation of the poor.

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Theater
7:44 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Micro Theater, Macro Complaints

Microtheater Miami
Credit Lisann Ramos

 

The Spanish Cultural Center in downtown Miami is turning complaints into theater.

The center hosts Micro Theater, 15-minute plays performed inside graffiti-covered shipping containers. The series goes on year round, but changes its repertoire every five weeks. 

 

In conjunction with the Wolfsonian-FIU's Power of Design festival, this season's theme is complaints. 

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Music
7:40 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Tell Miley Twerking Started In Miami

An archive photo of 2 Live Crew
Credit Getty Images

Miley Cyrus planted twerking in the national consciousness last year when she shook herself onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. But since the pop prodigy performed in Miami last weekend, at the AmericanAirlines Arena, she should know the provocative dance was born in this city.

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Arts
2:05 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nilo Cruz Returns To Holocaust's 'Voyage Of The Damned' In New Play

Some of the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees aboard the St. Louis arriving in Belgium after being refused entry into Cuba and the United States.
Credit jdc.org

The fate of a German ocean liner in 1939 is one of the darkest moments in both American and Cuban history. The M.S. St. Louis was bound for Havana, carrying nearly a thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

After Cuba and the U.S. both turned the ship away and it returned to Europe -- most of those passengers perished in the Holocaust.

And now, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz has raised the specter of that doomed voyage in his latest work, titled "Sotto Voce."  

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Power of Design
1:24 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tell Us Your Complaints About City Life! Live Chat 10 a.m. Saturday

Traffic, trash, ugliness – some of our most common complaints have to do with city life.  

WLRN will give you exclusive access to a discussion among some of the world’s foremost experts on solving the problems of urban living.

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Music
8:35 am
Wed March 19, 2014

FIU 'Complaints Choir' Shows The World Its Whine List

FIU's newly formed chorus is one of hundreds of 'complaint choirs' worldwide.
Credit Christine DiMattei

"We will run out of resources!
Miami drivers all stink!"

The young men and women are standing in a practice room in Florida International University’s School of Music, singing a whole string of gripes and lamentations.

A litany of complaints, as it were.

"People don't know to turn right on red!
They never use their turn signals either!"

They're all members of FIU’s newly formed "Complaints Choir," a group of singers whose sole purpose is taking common everyday annoyances and setting them to music.

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Storytelling
6:37 am
Fri March 14, 2014

This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, says Florida is one of the best places there is to tell stories -- and also, very 'F'd up'.
Credit Stuart Mullenberg

There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states.  In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into three separate segments, and we could have easily kept going. But still, maybe it  just seems like we're weirder because this is where we are, this is what we know. Isn't New Orleans weird? Isn't Chicago?

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Arts Preview
4:31 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Jazz In The Gardens Fest Mostly R&B, Hip-Hop -- But For A Reason

Credit Courtesy of Jazz in the Gardens

South Florida’s Jazz in the Gardens festival kicks off this weekend at SunLife Stadium. Now in its ninth year, the festival has a line-up of mostly funk, hip-hop, and R&B artists.

So the event is hardly about jazz and not in a garden. 

But the city of Miami Gardens originally launched the festival as a purely jazz event.

According to the festival’s senior operations director, Ula Zucker-Williams, that idea lasted exactly one year:

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Museums
4:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

North Miami's MOCA Possibly Merging With Bass Museum

Credit Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

Fans of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami might soon need to cross the bay to their get art fix.

In a city council meeting Tuesday, North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau said she met with museum board members and learned of their plans to move MOCA's collections and operations to the Bass Museum in Miami Beach.  

Both museums have not formally stated a plan to merge but officials have mentioned they are both in on-going conversations.  

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MIFF
7:48 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Six Films At This Year's Miami International Film Festival You Must Not Miss

Miami International Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante says the festival is distinct from others in the same way that Miami is distinct from other cities: “The collision of cultures, the sense of being in a place that is between two worlds, is part of the filter that our programmers apply to what gets on screen.”

In its 31st year, the ten-day event will consist of 93 features and 28 shorts from over 38 countries. Here are Laplante’s favorites:  

 

 

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Arts
6:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Key West Reconnects With Its Cuban Roots Via Art Exchange

Credit Christine Armario / AP

Sandra Ramos has never wanted to emigrate from Cuba, but in her more than four decades on the island, she has seen many people leave.

Their absence resonates throughout her work. The image of her as a 10-year-old is plastered behind a wall of palm trees, trapped on the island. In another piece, her school girl's body lies across a gaping space in the middle of a bridge, trying to connect two separate lands.

"It's a perspective on immigration from those who stay," Ramos said.

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Arts
6:14 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Florida Grand Opera Courts Hipsters In South Beach Bar

'Hell is other people.' Singers with the Florida Grand Opera rehearse 'No Exit,' an opera based on Jean-Paul Sartre's existential masterpiece.
Credit Florida Grand Opera

Leave your tuxedo, evening gown and lorgnette at home and come as you are.

That’s the message from Florida Grand Opera, the Sunshine State’s oldest arts organization.

“It really is an entertainment for all people, not just folks dripping in diamonds,” says Florida Grand Opera director Susan Danis. 

This is Danis’ first full season as the opera company’s CEO. And she’s working hard to disabuse people of the notion that opera is all about zaftig women with braided hair and horn helmets caterwauling onstage.

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Arts
5:18 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

In Lake Worth, Ephemeral Street Art Is The Year's Biggest Event

Lake Worth's 20th Annual Street Painting Festival
Andrea Richard

Artist Bill McCaffrey took 15 hours to complete a chalk painting of a Titanic scene on the street in Lake Worth, before the rain came and washed it away. But that's OK with him.

"The longer I do street art, I become less possessive of my work," he says. "You learn to let it go."

McCaffrey was one of the featured artists at the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, in which he has participated for 17 years.

The two-day festival drew a crowd of nearly 100,000 people to the small town over the weekend.

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Glitz And Grit
11:33 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Students Keep The Show Going At The South Beach Wine And Food Festival

Octavio Araujo is one of the FIU students keeping things under control at SOBEWFF
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival has a reputation for celebrity chef sightings and swanky food tastings.

But at its core, it’s a fundraising event.

SoBeWFF has raised more than $18 million over the last 13 years for Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. It’s also given thousands of student volunteers a chance to work behind the scenes.

We hopped on a golf cart with one of the student volunteers staffing the festival and have this audio postcard: 

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