For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the 1950s and '60s, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities.
Local leaders want to brainstorm with the public about the future of the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. The long-shuttered theater’s fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the past months, as an effort to revitalize the playhouse has solidified. Nick Madigan wrote for the Miami Herald that Grove residents will have three chances to share their ideas with members of the village council and the playhouse’s advisory committee:
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03/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview Buns and Buns Chef Reuven Sugarman and Tony Albelo organizer of Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival. It's all about beer-friendly food and craft beer but how do we pairing food with beer? Find out on Topical Currents and Food and Dining Thursday at 1:30pm.
The city of Coral Gables has a short-term solution to the battle over a trolley garage it has built in West Coconut Grove. The solution is to move the garage to Coral Gables, the community the trolleys serve. The only problem is that the new facility won't be ready for another two to three years.
Residents in the West Grove aren't too pleased with the solution.
Williams Armbrister is a community activist fighting against the garage since the project was first announced.
In public forums on Common Core this week, the education standards were labeled things like “Obama-Ed” and “Communist Core.” We’ll dissect the biggest misconceptions and look at why the standards are prompting such vitriol.
Sunrise police bring an end to their strategy of luring cocaine dealers to the city and then busting them after a Sun-Sentinel newspaper investigation. But there have been only a few reprimands from city leaders.
And a poisonous park in Coconut Grove exposes Miami’s neglect of other contaminated parks.
Due to the live press conference at 1pm this segment did not air live on South Florida Arts Beat. Hear it now:
The Coconut Grove Cultural Arts Program presents: “A Labor of Love Concert” – WHOLESOME, FAMILY-FRIENDLY RHYTHM & BLUES, AND SOUL MUSIC sung by Soul Man Bobby Stringer, with The Special Touch Band; along with friends, The Ladies of Soul performing a Motown Review, and Mr. Jazz Pizzazz – Mel Dancy performing on the baby grand piano. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., “with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”
One of Miami's leading theaters was shuttered in 2006, but an effort to revive the Coconut Grove Playhouse has now cleared an important hurdle with the state.
On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet approved a plan from Miami-Dade County and Florida International University to rebuild and reopen the historic Miami theater pending resolution of some outstanding financial debts and claims on the property.
The county's Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring addressed the Cabinet during a meeting at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus.
In 1955, a 21-year-old Swiss woman, Margrith Lübke, traveled to North America to satisfy a childhood fantasy of living and working in New York City. She loved the glamor and enjoyed every moment. After a few months in the Big Apple, however, a fateful turn of events led her to Nassau. Fantasy became a new life in the tropics.
One particular evening will always stick with me. I was commuting home from work and at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue, which is a pretty intense during evening rush hour.
As I crossed the intersection, I was cut off by a driver who was clearly unaware of my presence, despite the bike lane. The car came within inches of my bike. Being familiar with this intersection, I know when and where I need to be watching. Had I not known where to look, I would not have been able to break in time.
The Miami Herald says the funding represents approximately 17 percent of the center’s operating budget. The center will continue to provide services but laid off several support staff due to the reduction.