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5:32 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Festival Of The Arts Boca Director Has Deep Roots In South Florida

Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story.

Festival of the Arts Boca celebrates its ninth season with an eclectic lineup of events, and a new director.  Joanna Marie Kaye returns to South Florida to helm the Festival, which kicks off on March 6 with a special screening of the film "West Side Story."  

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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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Latin America Report
1:49 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Painting And Passion: Frida And Diego Come To The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Frida Kahlo's self-portrait "Diego En Mis Pensamientos" (Diego On My Mind)
Credit NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale/Gelman Collection

In my interview this week with Fort Lauderdale philanthropist Stanley Goodman, he made a simple but salient observation about Latin American art:

“Latin America is more than Cuba.”

That fact still surprises some people in Miami-Dade County. But in Broward County – where Goodman and his wife Pearl are two of South Florida’s most prominent art collectors – it’s a less shocking idea.

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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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Culture
4:52 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table."
Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

It's said that every writer spends his or her entire life working on a single poem or one story. Figuratively, of course, this means that writers are each possessed by a certain obsession. As such, their entire body of work, in one way or another, is generally an attempt to dimension some part of that obsession, ask questions about it, answer them and then ask many new questions.

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SoBeWFF
10:52 am
Mon February 23, 2015

The Healthier Side Of The South Beach Wine And Food Festival

Some of the attendees of South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Buddhas and Bellinis event.
Credit Lisann Ramos

There’s no doubt the South Beach Wine and Food Festival includes many mouth-watering events. The Amstel Light Burger Bash and the Death By Chocolate Dessert Party certainly paint images of dietary free-falls.

But the festival is also starting to reflect growing health trends that are sweeping the nation.  

In only two years, the Buddhas and Bellinis event has become a huge hit. On both Saturday and Sunday of the festival, 200 people gathered by the pool of the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach for a yoga class.

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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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Florida Winter
1:08 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Weather Essay: When Florida Turns Pink

Florida temperatures have dipped into chilly numbers this week.
Credit National Weather Service

“Why is the sky turning pink?”

That’s what my 6-year-old asked me as we watched one of the TV weather forecasts this week. We were on the couch in shorts and T-shirts, just back from the zoo with Grandma who was visiting.

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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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Art
11:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Miami Artist Captures Concerts In Drawings

Brian Butler attended and sketched the 2015 International Noise Conference performances at Churchill's Pub.
Photo Courtesy of Brian Butler

In a crowd of concertgoers hidden in the shadows of a dimly lit venue, one man can’t help but stand out. Equipped with a pen and sketchbook, Brian Butler regularly claims a post near the many stages he comes across, ready to capture the diverse environments around him. 

Butler, originally a Massachusetts native and a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate, moved down to Miami about five years ago. He cites having seen rock legend Iggy Pop perform on the beach during Art Basel as part of the motivation for this move.

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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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Bloodline
4:59 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

New TV Series Gets Blood Racing in the Keys

"Bloodline" was filmed in and is set in the Florida Keys. It starts streaming on Netflix March 20.
Credit IMDB

South Florida got its first look this week at the latest TV show to film in the area.

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Television
8:35 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Miniseries Explores The Ugly Fallout Of A Disciplinary 'Slap'

Rosie (Melissa George) and barbecue hostess Aisha (Thandie Newton) comfort Rosie's 5-year-old son (Dylan Schombing) after another parent hit him.
Virginia Sherwood NBC

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:09 am

For a lot of parents, spanking your kids isn't an option. But not too long ago, many a child's bottom met the occasional switch. And while attitudes about corporal punishment have changed, it's still a provocative issue — one NBC is taking on in The Slap, a new miniseries that premiers Thursday.

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