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Miami Stories
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Miami Theater Brings A Lifetime Of Inspiration

Veronica Diaz as the lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

 

This story, as told by Veronica Diaz, is part of an oral history series.

Let’s set the scene: It’s early 2004, and my mother is taking my younger sister and me to go watch Cats: The Musical at what was then known as Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami Beach.

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Opinion
7:38 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Latest Univision Race Gaffe Shows Culture Gap

Rodner Figueroa
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

It happened again.

Spanish-language, Miami-area-based Univision -- the nation's fifth-largest television network -- has another racial insensitivity mess to clean up.

On Wednesday, Univision talk show host and fashion commentator Rodner Figueroa said first lady Michelle Obama -- America's first African-American first lady -- looks like an apocalyptic ape.

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Tres Lindas Cubanas
1:39 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Miami Twins Use Cigar Line To Talk About Afro-Cuban Experience

Twin sisters, Yvonne Rodriguez,left, and Yvette Rodriguez, right, explore race in Cuban Culture with their cigar line Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Yvette Rodriguez is enjoying one of her cigars with a glass of bourbon inside Brickell Cigar Co. just on the edge of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood where she grew up.

Brickell Cigar was the first store to carry the boutique cigar line she started with her twin sister, Yvonne, two years ago, Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars.

Yvette runs down the names of the company’s three signature smokes.

“La Negrita, La Mulata and our Clarita,” she says pointing to the boxes along a brick-red wall.  

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Rolling Loud
5:03 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Shouldn’t Miami Hip-Hop Hit Harder?

Local Miami rapper Denzel Curry.
Credit Mark Maturah

The lineup for Dope Entertainment's Rolling Loud Festival set South Florida hip-hop heads abuzz: the headliners are current favorites Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson and Juicy J. 

But on Feb. 28 at Wynwood's Soho Studios, those big alternative-hip-hop acts will share the stage with underground South Florida rappers.

One of those locals is 19-year-old Denzel Curry from Carol City. 

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Culture
1:46 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Arsht Center Announces 10 New Commissions To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Robert Battle talks about his new piece commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is commissioning 10 new pieces to celebrate a decade in downtown Miami.

The commissions, dubbed 10@10, will all be performed in 2016. They include a dance piece choreographed by Miami native and Alvin Ailey dance director Robert Battle.

Battle attended a press conference Tuesday at the Arsht Center and talked about his dance, “The Attention of Souls,” which will debut March 2016.

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South Beach Wine and Food Festival
5:30 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

8 Chefs On What Kind Of Food Miami Is

Host of The Kitchen and Sandwich King on The Food Network.
Credit Lisann Ramos / WLRN

During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we asked eight renowned chefs (some local, some not) to describe greater Miami as a dish. 

They were gathered at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach to talk with Topical Currents host Linda Gassenheimer and with the Miami Herald's Evan Benn and Sara Liss.

Hear those interviews below, and read the chefs' food interpretation of Miami after that.

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Culture
5:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Film Revives Memories Of Kutsher’s And New York’s Bygone "Borscht Belt"

“You think kids want to come with their parents, take foxtrot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want! Twenty-two countries in three days.  Feels like it’s all slipping away...”

So laments resort owner Max Kellerman, in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

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Culture
10:04 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Diana Nyad Returns To Key West With One-Woman Stage Show

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits, from Cuba to Key West. Now she's returned to Key West for the debut of her one-woman stage show, "Onward!"
Credit Walt Michot / Miami Herald

Diana Nyad’s most famous journey, her swim across the Florida Straits, started in Havana and ended in Key West. Her newest project – a one-woman stage show – is starting out on the island. 

The distance swimmer made international headlines when she came ashore in Key West on Labor Day 2013. It was her fifth attempt at the crossing. She was 64 years old.

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Food Culture
3:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Why Honoring Locals At The South Beach Wine And Food Festival Matters

Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar and Mignonette, South Florida Food 50 honoree.

About a year ago, the Miami Herald named business reporter Evan Benn its new food editor. He was appointed because Miami's paper of record noticed the importance of South Florida's booming culinary industry. 

That's an industry Benn is well connected with, and during this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, he's putting in the spotlight the people who make South Florida matter to the larger world of good cuisine.

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Music
8:07 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

NiteCap Debut Show To Showcase Independent Miami Rappers

Liberty City rapper Loksamillion was the first artist featured on NiteCap Debut, a new YouTube show to introduce rising stars in Miami.
Credit NiteCap Debut

Inside his Liberty City music studio, Miami rapper Loksamillion keeps his Bible open to Songs of Solomon on a small black leather couch.

“There’s a reward for those who are diligent and listen to God,” he says.

Across the room, a small padded recording booth anchors the space next to a keyboard and computer. From the outside, this is a quaint yellow and white home on a quiet residential Liberty City block.

But this is where Loksamillion, also known as Loks, creates.

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Culture
11:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Photos: The Characters Of Magic City Comic Con

There was a little bit of everything at the Magic City Comic Con for fans, collectors and those just looking.

An hour before the opening of the inaugural Magic City Comic Con, hundreds of comic fans and cosplay enthusiasts were lined up around the Miami Airport Convention Center to find the latest deals on comic books, show off their costumes and meet their favorite artists.

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Rainbow Circle
2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rainbow Circle Meetings Provide Safe Spaces For LGBT Youth

The Rainbow Circle meetings at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay take place every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Tayson Defas had difficulty growing up in Ecuador where it wasn't easy for him to find his identity as an LGBT youth.

"I was born here, but I was raised there. And in Ecuador, the LGBT community is not very strong. It's even ridiculed on TV, so you can understand how I felt when I was trying to come out," he said. "At the time, I had no idea what the gay community was. I had no connection. I had no idea how to talk to gay people. I didn’t even know how other gay people looked like -- that's how much of a problem I had."

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Culture
4:23 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

South Florida Fandoms: Florida SuperCon And Magic City ComicCon

All sorts of characters showed up for the inaugural Magic City Comic Con.

    

There are more than 60 different conventions for comic book collectors, anime and Cosplay enthusiasts, toy collectors and science fiction fans in the state of Florida every year. They are relatively small affairs, nothing close to the mega-events such as Comic-Con International in San Diego, which attracts more than 100,000 fans annually.

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The Salt
4:50 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Hangover Helper: Tips To Prevent A Horrible Headache

Seeing double after toasting? Just wait for the hangover that's coming, thanks in part to those bubbles in sparkling wine.
Chris Nickels for NPR

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 6:45 pm

The first time I ever got tipsy was during a champagne toast at a cousin's wedding reception.

All was good, until the room started spinning — and the sight of my cousin's bride dancing in her wedding dress was just a whirl of lace.

Of course, if you're an uninitiated teenager, any amount of alcohol can go straight to your head. But, decades later, bubbly wine still seems to hit me faster than, say, beer. It turns out there's a reason.

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Christmas
5:47 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Searching For Home In South Florida Eggnog (Variants)

The Sayre Family eggnog recipe.
Credit Joan-Ellen Deck

For the rest of this year, we're bringing you holiday scenes from South Florida homes during the holidays. The snippets of international culture are little homages to our hometowns' diverse ways of celebrating the end of another year and all the holidays that heralds.

As I write this, there are just two shopping days left before Christmas. That is plenty of time to grab armfuls of Publix-brand eggnog, if that happens to be the tradition in your house.

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