Rally Urges Miami-Dade Minorities To Vote Early

Oct 27, 2014
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To encourage early voting among South Floridians, “Souls to the Polls” held a gospel concert and rally Sunday at South Dade Regional Library in Cutler Bay.

The event didn’t just happen in Miami-Dade. Faith in Florida leaders hosted the rally in Tallahassee, Belle Glade, Lauderhill and Daytona Beach. “Souls to the Polls” urged black and Latino voters to vote early.

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Broward County will increase its bus with about half of those hikes starting in November and the rest kicking off in October 2015.

The challenge in changing public transportation fares is that increases tend to disproportionately affect minorities and the poor.

09/26/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, on October 16th Broward County will start a year of celebrations for its 100th anniversary. Jody Horne-Leshinsky and Dawn Robinson-Patrick with the Broward Cultural Division bring us the exciting details. Judith Bishop highlights a new season presented by New Theatre with Artistic Director, Ricky J. Martinez.

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The new theater at Miramar Regional Park is being built on the hopes that it will bring national events and major concerts to the venue. Filling 5,000 seats is a big undertaking.

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is smaller -- 3,400 seats. When it opened in 2002, it had trouble booking events. The non-profit that ran the theater then moved its operations to the City of Boca Raton.

The City of Miramar is running the new theater and trying to fill seats by working with the ticket vendor Live Nation.

08/29/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop catches up with Executive Director and Chief Curator extraordinaire, Bonnie Clearwater, of the Nova Southeastern University - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Contributor Charles Greenfield speaks with the new, interim dean of the FIU School of Music, Dr. William Hipp. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Assistant Director of the Broward Cultural Division.

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Most of the plaintiffs in this year's same-sex marriage cases have been people who just wanted to get married.

But Heather Brassner was different -- she wanted a same-sex divorce. 

Brassner, a West Palm Beach art dealer, wants to marry her partner, Jennifer Feagins, but she's still in a civil union that she entered in Vermont with her ex 14 years ago.

07/25/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Eric Fliss, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, describes an exciting new season on tap at the beautiful arts center in Cutler Bay. Charles Greenfield runs down some reading and classical music suggestions for your summer enjoyment.

Remember That Proposed City Center For Pembroke Pines?

Jul 10, 2014
Pembroke Pines

City Center was supposed to be the start of a new way of life for residents of Pembroke Pines.

A downtown of sorts with shopping, restaurants and even a new civic center. A way to reign in the urban sprawl that defines so much of West Broward and make it feel more like a cohesive community.

Also, maybe a bit of a money-maker for the city.

Broward Prepares To Launch Centennial Celebrations

May 30, 2014
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In 1915 parts of Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County -- then Dade County -- joined to create Broward County.

The county’s year-long centennial celebration, Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community, will play host to art and performance events with the hopes of bringing in more visitors.   

Celebration details of Broward 100, and its official logo, were released at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex on Wednesday. Presenters included Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley.

05/23/14- On the next South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Alyona Ushe describes the major success that is the ArtsGarage’s first three years of presentations and their new expansion into Pompano Beach. Mark Hart, Executive and Artistic Director of the Coral Gables Congregational Church’s Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series has the details about their exciting events.