Arts

Memories Of An Inaugural Poet
8:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken

2013 Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
Credit Richard_Blanco.com

Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.

He could only have one guest. But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.

“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”

So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.

Read more
Holidays
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me

Maria Murriel WLRN

Despite Miami's widespread Nochebuena culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans."

During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Señora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.

Read more
Food
2:57 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Forget The Caja China – Give Hallacas A Try This Nochebuena

The Venezuelan hallaca
Credit madrid.olx.es

Gringos like me don’t forget their first hallaca.

Mine was lying on a simple white plate, in the coastal town of Lecherías, Venezuela, on the patio of my future in-laws’ home. It was a soft Caribbean Christmas Eve in 1985.

The tawny tamal was swaddled in smoked banana leaves that reminded me of the lush, exotic foliage of an Henri Rousseau painting. I unwrapped it, cut into it, took a bite – and rediscovered Christmas.

Read more
Music
5:04 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

SUN SENTINEL: FAU's Vinyl Giveaway Starts Jan. 6

Credit Matthias Rhomberg / Flickr CC

Florida Atlantic University's Recorded Sound Archives at the Wimberly Library will be purged this January. Well, sort of.

The library's sound archive is digitized, and duplicate records or those that don't fit with the school's collection will be given away Jan. 6-10, the Sun Sentinel reports. Possible finds include Glenn Miller, Barbra Streisand, Broadway, Christmas and Jewish albums.

The Nielsen Soundscan reported vinyl to be 2 percent of all albums sold. FAU archivist Ben Roth says the medium has a "warmer sound" than digitally reproduced music.

Read more
Books
6:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers

Dylan's story, Alaska, in the book published by the Miami-Dade Public Library. Listen to him read from his story, above.
Richard Etienne

Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "Yeahhhh," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.

The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the Miami-Dade Public Library's young adult writers-in-residence program. 

Read more
Arts
6:02 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Artists Need Healthcare Too -- And This Is How They Learn To Get It

Credit Lisbett Castillo / WLRN

While most artists were preparing for Art Week this month, Pamela Palma, a textile designer and fabric artist, attended an Affordable Care Act seminar.

“You have to have a Master’s Degree in insurance lingo to understand how this works,” said Palma, 63, adding that the new healthcare act is just another quagmire we have to figure out.

Read more
Public Art
5:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

InterContinental Replaces Its Dancing Lady, The Modern-Day Coppertone Girl

The original dancing lady on the side of the InterContinental Hotel was first introduced in 2012 during Art Basel.
Courtesy of the InterContinental Hotel Miami

A year ago, the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami unveiled a 19-story-tall LED display of a shapely, female silhouette, dancing suggestively, often called "the dancing lady." The hotel recently held auditions to find new dancers. Hopefuls had one minute to dance to Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” to prove they had the right moves for a 200-foot LED display.

Read more
Miami Dish
11:14 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

How South Florida Jews Shaped The State's Food History

A couple chats after ordering stone crab in Key West, 1963.
Credit Credit Francis P. Johnson, Florida State Archives

Food is a lens. It's not all about chefs and buzzy restaurants. It's a lens through which we can learn about our culture, history and environment, among other things.

Read more
Street Art
6:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Wynwood Blares Miami's Booty-Bass Past From The Boombox Building Near I-95

Check It: Chor Boogie and Trek 6 revamped the boom box mural for Basel 2013.
Credit Lizzie Easton

 Wynwood is Miami’s gritty art safari. On the edge of Overtown and downtown, this neighborhood beckons crews of artists – local and international -- who come here to paint wild and stunning designs on decrepit walls.

With each spray can and paint roller, street artists spawned a new life to the district’s 30 or so blocks.

But if these walls could talk, no wall would speak to 305 pride better than the Boombox.

Read more
PAMM
6:59 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

PAMM's 'First Beat' Is To A Female Drum

Female drummers will perform "First Beat" at PAMM this Saturday.
Credit Brad Heck Photography / Tom Tom Magazine

The new Perez Art Museum Miami opened Dec. 4 and wrapped up its first week alongside Art Basel. And now that the museum is settling in, it's kicking off its free monthly programs. 

PAMM's monthly events will happen every second Saturday of the month and is free and open to the public. They'll include family exhibition tours, performances and art-making events.

This Saturday, Dec. 14, 12 female drummers from Miami and New York will perform in "First Beat."

Read more
Street Performers
2:13 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

How Pandhandling Laws Are A Bust For Buskers In Downtown Miami

Left to right: Maitejosune Urrechaga and Tony Kapel, performers at Buskerfest Miami
Credit Pocket of Lollipops

Miami's crackdown on homelessness may have negatively impacted the artist community. Street performers, also called buskers, travel to metropolitan areas to strum songs in front of an open guitar case left for passersby to toss in money if they desire. But in Miami, they can't.

Read more
Miami Dish
8:39 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Welcome Oakland Park's Culinary-Arts District

Funky Buddha, a brewery and taproom, is part of the new Oakland Park Culinary-Arts District.
Credit David Samayoa

When you think "culinary district," does Oakland Park come to mind? Do you think about Oakland Park at all? Maybe you should, as the community seems to be on its way to developing a downtown area based on food culture.

Read more
Perez Art Museum
6:12 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Perez to PAMM Critics: Maybe Name Doesn't Sound As Familiar

PAMM donor Jorge Perez.
Credit The Related Group

  History was made this week on the shore of Biscayne Bay. The Perez Art Museum Miami enters the world stage with the aim of being among those known by one name: Tate, Whitney, Guggenheim, Smithsonian. The museum gets its name from Jorge Perez, founder, chairman and CEO of real estate development company The Related Group.

Read more
Pérez Art Museum
5:05 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

An Interview With PAMM Director Thom Collins

The Perez Art Museum opened to the public Wednesday. Take a short, virtual tour by clicking through these photos.
Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The museum's director doesn't expect you to love everything in the museum. He doesn't even really want to you to.

Here's an edited version of the interview with Thom Collins, but we do recommend listening -- he has a really good voice.

AZ: What does it mean to create a museum for this community?

Read more
Perez Art Museum
11:26 am
Thu December 5, 2013

WLRN TV At PAMM's Opening Day

The Perez Art Museum Miami is a public-private partnership, part of a $220 million overall project funded by community donors and $100 million in voter-approved bonds.
Credit Daniel Hicks

It's been a race against time to open the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in time for South Florida's annual Art Basel extravaganza.

PAMM is the latest cultural landmark to appear on the shores of Biscayne Bay, and it replaces the old Center for Fine Arts just a few blocks away in downtown Miami.

Read more

Pages