Culture

Dance
8:18 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

A New World Grad Overcomes The Odds

Damion Bradbury is on his way to the Garth Fagan Dance Company after graduating from New World School of the Arts Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy Damion Bradbury

Before the pianist plays the final arrangement, Damion Bradbury stands in the front row of the New  World School of the Arts dance studio towering over most of his fellow dancers at 6'4".

His feet are tuned out in a “V” shape, first position. His long arms hang by his side.

The piano notes waft through the room.

Gerard Ebitz, a ballet teacher at the school, talks the students through what will be the last reverence at New World for the 2015 senior class.

There is a solemn feel to this dance sequence performed at the end of every ballet class. 

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Latin America Report
11:28 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Don Quixote At 400: Why The Spanish Loon Flies Higher Than Ever

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Credit Gustave Dore / Wikimedia Commons

En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme...

Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...

-opening to "Don Quixote"

Anyone who’s grown up under communism can appreciate Cuban émigré Erisbel Tavio’s taste in books.

To survive totalitarian governments, and occasionally stand up to them, it helps to be a little insane. And there’s no more heroic nut in all of literature than Don Quixote, the protagonist of the classic novel of the same name by Spanish author Miguel Cervantes.

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Culture
6:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Director John Boorman Continues His Unique Vision of Filmmaking

Director John Boorman doing what he loves best.

Director John Boorman may be 82 years old, but his work and his singular cinematic vision have not diminished.  The director of "Deliverance" and "Hope and Glory" spoke with Caroline Breder-Watts at the opening of his latest film, "Queen and Country."

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Culture
6:40 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

FGO's Susan Danis Sees Challenges, Promise for the Future

Florida Grand Opera's Susan Danis

Susan Danis, General Director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera, speaks with Caroline Breder-Watts about her background, the challenges of of FGO's past season, and the excitement looking ahead to the company's 75th Anniversary season. 

  

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O, Miami
2:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Liberty City Elementary Kids Explore Poetry With A Poet

The third grade students at Orchard Villa Elementary during their poetry lesson with poet Laurel Nakanishi.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Elementary students in Liberty City are getting lessons from a professional poet through the O, Miami poetry festival.

For four weeks students at Orchard Villa Elementary are getting a crash course in poetry from an actual poet.

“This is my first time knowing about poetry, and it is fun. And I get to write my own poetry stories and we could talk about our family,” said Kindra Oriental, a third grader.

Oriental is one of the students in the third grade class learning from poet Laurel Nakanishi.

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Culture
9:52 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Filmmaker Rediscovers Haitian Roots In Quest For 'The Good Life'

Credit SoulFood Films

Like many cinematic love stories, Rachelle Salnave’s romance begins with an intense dislike bordering on hatred.

As a kid, the 40-year-old filmmaker explains in her self-narrated documentary, she didn’t want anyone knowing she was Haitian, owing to the negative media portrayals of people from the Caribbean country.

“They called us boat people!” Salnave exclaims. “The media constantly portrayed Haiti’s poverty, and the CDC even listed Haiti as the origin of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

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Theater
8:33 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Two Marines, Two Soldiers Become One Acting Troop

(Left to right) Military veterans Anthony Torres, Hipólito Arriaga, Andrew Cuthbert and Allen Minor block out a transition in "Conscience Under Fire," written by the four men and directed by Teo Castellanos (center).
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

For the last three months, four veteran servicemen have been writing and workshopping "Conscience Under Fire," a series of monologues premiering Sunday, April 19 at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach.

The production, funded by the Knight Foundation and presented by Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts, is directed by Miami actor/writer/director Teo Castellanos and performed by four veterans who also wrote the show.

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O, Miami
8:29 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Share A Poem In Braille With O, Miami

The Secret Sonnets logo.
Credit O,Miami

Secret Sonnets is an O, Miami poetry festival project that translates poems into braille.

The author sends a poem to South Plantation High School student Connor Grey. Connor uses a text-to- speech program to hear the poem and transcribe it on a braille typewriter. He also enlists the help of his school's braille club as well as volunteers from Lighthouse Miami and Lighthouse Broward. 

The braille poems are anonymously sent to a recipient of the author’s choosing in Miami-Dade County.

Connor Grey started this project to spread awareness about the blind community.

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Religion
10:53 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial Turns 25

Those observing Yom HaShoah placed candles around the pond at the memorial.
Credit Lisann Ramos

Each year the Jewish community observes Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. It also marks the 25th anniversary of Miami Beach’s Holocaust Memorial. 

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Cuba
4:21 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Miami Artist Releases 'No Propaganda' Book About Cuba

The cover of "True Cuba."

Perhaps embodying the experience of many Miami residents, Jonathan Brooks is torn between two lands. His American father and Cuban mother raised Brooks in an environment that he describes as equal parts “Que Pasa U.S.A.?” and “I Love Lucy.”

Brooks, a writer, photographer and filmmaker, recently published the book "True Cuba," partially in response to "Vamos a Cuba," which was pulled from Miami-Dade County public school libraries in 2006 for portraying what critics called an unrealistic depiction of life on the island.

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Arts
3:09 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

What Conducting A Video Game Concert Sounds Like

Scott Flaven, resident conductor at the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, is preparing for their newest show - Frost Plays Video Game Music.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

Ever wonder what Beethoven or Mozart might think if they were asked to assemble a score for the newest edition of a Playstation video game?

Scott Flaven, the visiting conductor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, says video game music is rapidly becoming the forefront of music composing.

So students got together and decided to create an ensemble of music from their favorite video games. Some of the games that inspired them include Portal, Bioshock, Super Mario Bros. and Pong.

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Culture
3:56 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

A Rock Camp For Girls Will Come To Miami This Summer

Solo artist Raffa performed at the Miami Girls Rock Camp benefit on Friday, March 6.
Junette Reyes WLRN

For those about to rock, expect girls to share the stage.

A camp that helps young girls gain confidence through music is coming to Miami this summer.

The Miami Girls Rock Camp is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. The first camp, Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls, originated in 2001 in Portland, Oregon. Several more camps soon followed with locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Despite the rapid spread, there was no Miami camp -- until local musicians Steph Taylor and Emile Milgrim decided it was time.

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Religion
10:06 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Catholics Tour South Florida Churches In Revival Of Ancient Pilgrimage

The buses took off from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Miami Shores.
Lisann Ramos

Those celebrating Easter this Sunday know the importance of Holy Week. Yesterday Roman Catholics from across South Florida went on a tour of seven churches to mark the beginning of this Holy Weekend. 

Carolyn Fetscher began this church pilgrimage eight years ago. She took the advice of a woman who organizes a tour in Boston and encouraged Fetscher to start her own tour here.

“It’s an ancient custom, goes back to the middle ages. There’s countries in Central and South America and Haiti that do these seven churches,” Fetscher said.

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Art
2:08 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Frost Museum Hosts Art Day For Kids With Special Needs

Credit Frost Museum

Art should be accessible to everyone - that is the idea being promoted by the Frost Art Museum, which is creating a space for children with special needs to explore the arts.

The museum is hosting a free community art event that will have specially designed attachments for wheelchairs and other art-making tools for children with cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, and other disabilities.

Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Museum, says museums should be accessible to everyone in the community.

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Culture
6:33 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Florida Near The Top In The Number Of Hate Groups

Southern Poverty Law Center "The Year In Hate and Extremism" Report.
Credit Southern Poverty Law Center / http://www.splcenter.org/Year-in-Hate-and-Extremism

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports there are currently 784 hate groups nationwide. Those groups can be anything from Ku Klux Klan to neo-Nazis to black separatists and anti-LGBT groups. All of them are listed in the SPLC's The Year In Hate and Extremism report.

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