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Food
5:52 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Jewish Cuisine — It's Not Just Chopped Liver

Chocolate-Cinnamon Babka (Daniel Lailah)

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 2:33 pm

You may think Jewish cooking can be summed up with a few dishes like chicken soup, knishes, chopped liver and gefilte fish.

But there once were Jewish communities all over the world — most of which no longer exist and all of which had a distinctive cuisine.

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Borscht Film Festival
1:16 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Exclusive Borscht Premiere: "Waiting For Berta"

Magali Biox, lead actress in "Waiting for Berta" by Laimir Fano.
Credit Borscht Film Festival / Courtesy

If your feet still haven't recovered from all that walking during Art Basel and Miami Art Week, we have the perfect suggestion for you: sit down, relax and enjoy a film.

And you don't even need to wait until the Borscht Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 17 to do that. For the first time at WLRN, we're premiering a movie right here on our website.

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Film
5:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Guide To The Most Miami Film Festival: Borscht's Ninth Edition

This is a screen grab from Scarface Redux, a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic. The film is being shown as part of the festival.
Credit Filmmakers Bleeding Palm and Borscht Corp.

Organizers of the Borscht Film Festival say it's about telling the stories of the region by people who are from the area.

"We tell unique Florida stories, unique Miami stories," says Borscht veteran Jillian Mayer. "Miami and Florida is often portrayed a certain way in the media, and that's most likely a result of previous cinematic work that's come out of here."

Mayer says it's those Miami stereotypes that they want to avoid.

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Latin America Report
10:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Free From A Dark Past, Peruvian Entrepreneurs Embrace Their Roots

Chef Gaston Acurio, second from left, and his Leche de Tigre Gang prepare seafood dishes at La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Superstar chef Gastón Acurio is a trend-setter.

For the past four years, Astrid y Gastón, his flagship restaurant in Lima, Peru, has made the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

His fusion of traditional Peruvian foods and French cooking techniques has earned him fame on gastronomy’s global stage. And it’s helped put Peruvian cuisine on the map, especially in South Florida.

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Faena Forum
2:49 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Faena Forum To Open In Miami Beach In December 2015

The Faena Forum will open in December 2015.
Credit Faena/Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Faena Art has announced it plans to build a new arts and cultural center in Miami Beach. 

The 50,000 square-foot building, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Netherlands-based architectural firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be located on Collins Avenue and 33rd Street.

It won't be built with a typical square design, though. Instead, one half of the building will be shaped like a cylinder, with a 40-foot high ceiling similar to a dome. The second half will be shaped like a cube. 

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Arts
6:03 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

"Culture Concrete": A Dance Film Set In Miami Marine Stadium

In 2013, Hattie Mae Williams, a contemporary dance choreographer, won a grant from the Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge.

Now, the New World School of the Arts graduate is having her film debut with “Culture Concrete,” premiering at The LAB Miami in Wynwood this Saturday, Nov. 15.

It’s set within the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key. Since the stadium's abandonment in 1992, it has become a hub for graffiti artists, both local and international.

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Arts
8:13 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Exhibit Explores Bonds Between Jewish Refugee Professors, Black Students

Professor Ernst Borinski teaching in the Social Science Lab, Tougaloo College, MS, circa 1960.
Credit Coral Gables Museum

Imagine you’re a college professor driven from your home country on a wave of prejudice and bigotry. You seek refuge in a new country, where you find yourself teaching a group of people subjected to similar intolerance. This nearly forgotten part of 20th-Century history is being revisited now at a Coral Gables Museum exhibit.

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Election 2014
1:16 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Miami Story: What Voting For The First Time Taught Me About My Parents

Credit Miami Herald / Courtesy

When I crouched over my ballot at the Lemon City public library last Friday, I had to keep telling myself "OK, you can do this." I don't know why I was so nervous. I guess I realized I had been waiting for that moment for seven years.

I'm 25-years-old, and this midterm election was the first one I've ever voted in.

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Latin America
5:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Newsflash: Honduras Is Not A Completely Terrible Place

Valle de Angeles, a town outside Hondura's capital, is a quaint tourist haven nestled in green mountains.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

I admit I was scared the first time I went to Honduras, which was just last month. All I really knew of the place, aside from a little about the food, were this year's painful stories of Honduran children escaping to the United States because crippling poverty and gang violence have made their country the world's deadliest.

But my good friend was getting married, and I'd found a cheap plane ticket.

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Halloween
6:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A History Of The Biltmore, Miami's Best Known Creepy Hotel

Looking east over the golf course at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/24482

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables wasn't always a hotel. 

It was built in 1926 by a young developer named George Merrick, who's known as the founder of Coral Gables. 

The hotel became a place to host glamorous fashion shows, galas, golf tournaments and water shows in what was then the largest pool in the world.

At a loud party on the 13th floor of the hotel, a gangster named Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed by another gangster. That murder yielded a lot of ghost rumors over the years.

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Miami History
4:18 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Saying Goodbye To Tobacco Road, Miami's Oldest Liquor License

The iconic neon sign above the entrance reads, "Tobacco Road Liquor Bar 'til 5 AM"
Credit Michael Scott Sheerin

This past Saturday, close to 4,000 people flocked to Tobacco Road, the bar and restaurant with the oldest liquor license in Miami. The venue hosted its "Last Call" party, closing its doors after 102 years. 

A line formed outside of the front door. You had to get your ID past Eugene Remy, bouncer there for the last 22 years, who calls this place his "house."

Standing in line the view was a glowing neon sign above the entrance that read, "Tobacco Road Liquor Bar 'Til 5 A.M."

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Arts
6:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Chris Brown Paints Mural For Overtown Children

Entertainer Chris Brown and local visual artist Ron Bass unveiled Monday a mural near the entrance of Overtown's House of Wings restaurant.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Singer Chris Brown and local artist Ron Bass have collaborated on a mural painted in Overtown on the wall of a restaurant called House of Wings.

It was unveiled Monday -- thanks to the help of Headliner Market Group -- to a crowd of schoolchildren eager to meet Brown, said Nikki Williams, the restaurant owner's sister. City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was also in attendance.

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Culture
3:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Broward College Arts Program Seeks Audience Of "Artivists"

BSOCA Cultural Director Lamar Lovelace, left, working with performance artist Roberto 'Simply Rob' Vassilarakis.
Credit Christine DiMattei / WLRN

Until about 18 months ago, the auditorium at Broward College’s Pembroke Pines campus was largely unused.

“They’ve done graduations for kindergarten through fifth grade,” laughs Lamar Lovelace, director of the Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs. “A few film festivals here and there, but no concerted effort to program around arts and culture.”

But now, the 352-seat theater has been re-branded as BSOCA. And Lovelace is hoping its audiences get fired up enough to change the world. 

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#LastCall
12:23 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Tobacco Road Announces New Location

Tobacco Road's outdoor bar.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Tobacco Road, the bar with the oldest liquor license in Miami, is closing this week after 102 years of live music, food and drinks.

But don’t despair just yet -- at a press conference Thursday, representatives of the company announced a new location is in the works.

Patrick Gleber is the president of Tobacco Road. He’s been with the company for 32 years. He says five years ago, developers approached him offering to buy the property.

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Southern Seasons
6:29 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Five Reasons To Love Fall In South Florida

Art Festival in Coconut Grove courtesy of Bob B. Brown
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Leaves change colors up north but for South Floridians, fall is full of other colorful treats to relish.

1. Sauna time switches to indoor venues as humidity and temperatures fall out of the summer stratosphere. This means the full outdoor scene revs up with fall festivals and art shows, boating, biking and other activities.

Plus, the end of both election and hurricane season is fast approaching. Soon, those omnipresent campaign ads and ominous circulation patterns will fall off our radar.

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