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"Marcus Gavius Apicius purchased me on a day hot enough to fry sausage on the market stones."

So begins the tale of Thrasius, the fictional narrator of Feast of Sorrow. Released this week, the novel is based on the real life of ancient Roman noble Marcus Gavius Apicius, who is thought to have inspired and contributed to the world's oldest surviving cookbook, a ten-volume collection titled Apicius.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is one of a handful of dystopian novels that have seen a boost in sales since the 2016 election. The book tells the story of what happens when a theocratic dictatorship takes over the government and gets rid of women's rights.

For the first time in its roughly two decades of existence, a South Florida LGBT film festival will not use the words gay or lesbian in the title of its event.

The former MiFo LGBT Film Festival starts Friday under a new name: OUTshine Film Festival, with 65  movies over 10 days.

Mark Gilbert, chairman of the festival, spoke recently with WLRN about the rebranding of the event. He started by taking us back a bit to understand how we got to this point.

Amanda Rabines

There was some old mixing with the new at this year's first Supercon Retro event in Miami, a smaller version of Florida’s Supercon that celebrates comic books, cosplay, fantasy-lands and Japanese culture.

Six-year-old Cooper Burford was playing “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” on the classic 80’s SEGA Genesis game console at the Miami Airport Convention Center, where Supercon debuted in Florida about a decade ago.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The island at the end of the road has been the subject of a lot of different works of art in its time — paintings, poems, songs and novels. Now different forms of art are coming together in a site-specific performance piece called Key West Reverie.

Miami Beach Gay Pride Holds Its Largest Celebration Yet

Apr 10, 2017
Amanda Rabines

Pride weekend events began Thursday night, when Pulse nightclub survivor Mario Perez “flipped the switch,” turning The Freedom Tower, The Miami Tower, The AmericanAirlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts into illuminating tributes with rainbow colored lights embellished on the buildings.

By Friday, people were spilling onto Ocean Drive from 11th to 14th streets to celebrate the ninth annual Gay Pride Festival in Miami Beach all the way through Sunday night.

Peter Gallagher

Cinefiles are zooming in to South Florida for the 22nd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival.

The five-day event features films from around the globe. But festival president Jeff Davis says there is a South Florida focus.

“We showcase and highlight local filmmakers and stories,” said Davis. 

The festival gives scholarships and technical support to local filmmakers, according to Davis.

“Whether that be financial aid, technical support, or sometimes just giving students a hug and saying, 'You guys are doing a great job!' ” he said.

Daniel Azoulay / Miami City Ballet

Patricia Delgado was 11 years old the first time she walked into the Miami City Ballet studios to take class. Her sister Jeanette was nine.

Courtesy of Doug Mack

One century ago — on March 31, 1917 — on the Caribbean islands of Saint Thomas and Saint Croix, Danish flags were lowered and the Stars and Stripes were raised. The U.S. had bought three of the Virgin Islands and they eventually became a territory. But what does it mean to be part of America — but not one of the 50 states?

Pat Farrell for Knight Foundation

 

 


Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Mar 28, 2017

On Saturday mornings, the most popular item Minto Island Growers sells at its farmers market booth is not the certified organic carrots, kale or blueberries. It's tea.

The farm grows Camellia sinensis, tea plants, on a half-acre plot in Salem, Ore. The tender leaves are hand picked and hand processed to make 100 pounds of organic, small batch tea.

Courtesy Dance Now! Miami

Dance Now! Miami’s latest dance piece is a direct response to President Donald Trump.

“Bridges Not Walls” was conceived during the presidential race when the then-presidential candidate Trump repeatedly declared that he would build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“When Donald Trump came up and made those comments about immigrants, specifically coming from Mexico, we were at that time in the process of creating a collaboration with a Mexican [dance] company and so we thought that that was the moment to respond,” said Dance Now Co-Director  Diego Salterini.

Chris Kakol

Over 17 years ago, the tortured life of a Cuban dissident artist was the subject of a critically acclaimed film.

“Before Night Falls,” directed by Julian Schnabel, examines the life of Reinaldo Arenas, the poet and novelist oppressed by the Castro regime for his outspokenness and his homosexuality. 

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Art in Islamorada tends to focus on the subjects you might expect from a Florida Keys village that bills itself as "the sportfishing capital of the world." Popular subjects include the game fish that people pay thousands to pursue in Florida Bay and the deep Atlantic, as well as the palm trees and subtropical sunsets.

Instagram Dee Conchman

Derrick Prater is "Dee Conchman." Every day he sets up in various parts of Miami hawking his specialty: conch.

 

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