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12:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Matzoh Luck! Film Bids Farewell To NYC's Streit's Matzoh Factory

Streit's signature pink boxes of matzoh.
Credit Matzofilm.com

Jewish families celebrating Passover this year might want to take a good look at that box of matzoh in the kitchen. If it says "Streit's" on it, they're looking at the end of an era.

For almost a century, the Streit's company has been making 40 percent of the country's matzoh out of a factory on New York's Lower East Side.  Now, after 90 years, the factory is shutting down, and Streit's is moving to New Jersey.  But not without a cinematic send-off.

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Dance And Street Art
12:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Street Art Takes Center Stage In Miami City Ballet World Premiere

Shepard Fairey's Wynwood Walls mural in memory of developer and Wynwood visionary Tony Goldman was one of the pieces that inspired Justin Peck's new ballet, Heatscape. Fairey created the backdrop for the ballet.
Credit Courtesy of Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant Art

Justin Peck is one of the country’s most sought-after ballet choreographers. Shepard Fairey is one of the most famous street artists in the world. Peck is resident choreographer with New York City Ballet and lives in New York. Fairey lives in L.A. Their first collaboration is happening in West Palm Beach.

Miami City Ballet performs the world premiere of "Heatscape" on Friday, March 27, before taking it to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in April. To hear how it all came together listen to the story above.

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#MB100
4:10 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

10 Movies, TV Shows That Were Shot In Miami Beach

Ocean Drive Art Deco District on Miami Beach.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

Miami Beach turns 100 this month.

The city has a short history compared to others around the country, but Miami Beach has become a world-class destination. And that's thanks in part to some of the movies and TV shows that were shot on the island.

From the hilarious "Jackie Gleason Show" in the 1960s to the gritty 1980s "Scarface," here are 10 movies and TV shows that portrayed the unique Miami Beach on big and small screens.

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Culture
8:06 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Hoaxes Poke Us: Documentary Tackles Life of Master Skeptic James 'The Amazing' Randi

James Randi, the subject of "An Honest Liar"
Credit Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom

Longtime Broward County resident Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, better known to the world as “The Amazing Randi,” is a self-professed conjurer, prestidigitator, liar, cheat and fake.

Just don’t call him a “debunker.”

“That means I look at something and say ‘Oh, this is fake and I’m going to show you that it’s fake,’" says Randi.

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Sports
12:51 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Running Beyond Marathons: Obstacle Races In South Florida

The finish line, like the starting line, will greet runners with the Battle Frog.

Millions of runners are searching for a new challenge. They want something with more danger and fun than a traditional marathon event.

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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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Arts
3:21 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Key West Reclaims Its Tennessee Williams Literary Legacy

Key West's literary heritage is overwhelmingly associated with one writer: Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner's former home is a popular museum. And every summer there's a look-alike contest where white-bearded men compete to look like Papa.

But recently, the island has turned to celebrating another 20th-century writer who made Key West his home: Tennessee Williams. 

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MIFF
7:48 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Miami International Film Festival Changes Rules To Support Local Filmmakers

rakontur's "Dawg Fight" premieres with the Miami International Film Festival.
Credit MIFF / Courtesy

  One hundred and twenty-five films from 40 countries.

That's what the 32nd Edition of the Miami International Film Festival is all about. And festival organizers made a significant change this year. Previously, short films under thirty minutes made in Florida that had already premiered in the state weren't eligible to exhibit during the festival. This year, they are.

During a recent Florida Roundup, host Christine DiMattei spoke with South Florida film critic Hans Morgenstern about some homegrown filmmakers already causing a stir in the festival circuit:

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Culture
10:43 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Portrait Of A Hit Man: Film Examines Life Of Miami Music Mogul Henry Stone

Henry Stone in Miami. The legendary music exec passed away last August at the age of 93.
Credit Beacon Films

Even if the name "Henry Stone" doesn't ring a bell, if you're a music lover, you can bet you know the hit records he's responsible for.  (Including Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell.")

Here's a partial list: Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin' "; Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love"; K.C. and The Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight"; and international smash hit "Rock Your Baby" by George McRae, a 1974 tune that many believe paved the way for the disco craze that would soon take the world by storm.

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Dance
10:15 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey Dance Director, Has Miami Roots

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater director leads a masterclass with aspiring dancer at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Robert Battle is a Miami native. He grew up in Liberty City. He went to school there, and this is where he learned to dance.

Battle leads one of the nation’s premier dance companies, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.

But for him, Miami will always be home, and that always factors into his work and inspiration, he says.

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Food
12:28 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Delray Beach To Throw "Upscale" Celebration Of Bacon And Bourbon

Delray Beach's inaugural Bacon and Bourbon Fest is being held this month.
Credit Edson Hong / Flickr Creative Commons

Another unique food festival is coming to South Florida.

At the end of this month Delray Beach will be celebrating bacon and bourbon.

Why bacon and bourbon?

"We just thought it would be a great hook to come up with some creative menus with bacon and bourbon," said Nancy Stewart, the executive director of the city's inaugural Bacon & Bourbon Fest.

Her company is also behind Delray's Garlic Fest and the city's Wine and Seafood Festival.

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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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Culture
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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