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.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 4:53 pm
When it comes to teenage drinking, the typical venue is a party — where some teens play drinking games and binge. It may surprise you to learn that the majority of parents are aware that alcohol is flowing at these events.
On any given weekend, some teenagers receive three to four text messages about parties, says Bettina Friese, a public health researcher at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.
Large, colorful, fanciful glass works now dot the lush landscape of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. The pieces are Dale Chihuly’s encore to his 2005 installation at the gardens.
For this year’s show — the largest-ever for the internationally renowned artist — thousands of pieces of glass were installed at 24 sites in, among and even hanging from trees and plants. Other pieces appear to float in ponds around the gardens.
Organizers of the Borscht Film Festival say it's about telling the stories of the region by people who are from the area.
"We tell unique Florida stories, unique Miami stories," says Borscht veteran Jillian Mayer. "Miami and Florida is often portrayed a certain way in the media, and that's most likely a result of previous cinematic work that's come out of here."
Mayer says it's those Miami stereotypes that they want to avoid.
Almost 50 South Florida artists and arts organizations received $2.29 million in grants on Monday to help them build everything from a Stiltsville artist-in-residency program to a Homestead mariachi academy.
Faena Art has announced it plans to build a new arts and cultural center in Miami Beach.
The 50,000 square-foot building, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Netherlands-based architectural firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be located on Collins Avenue and 33rd Street.
It won't be built with a typical square design, though. Instead, one half of the building will be shaped like a cylinder, with a 40-foot high ceiling similar to a dome. The second half will be shaped like a cube.
The bobcat will miss his traditional feast as will the eagle and hawk. All six of the remaining chickens at Cross Creek in North Central Florida are penned up for safety. The chickens are not for eating. Not at Thanksgiving. Not at any time.
The National Day of Listening was created by StoryCorps in 2008 as a way for family and friends to come together to share stories as an alternative to the frenzy of Black Friday. Here's a conversation between two long-time friends - Caroline Breder-Watts and Scott Eyman, author of the best-selling biography John Wayne: The Life and Legend.