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4:41 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Opa-Locka: A City Reenvisioned Through Art

Opa-locka's first art and recreation center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

In the city of Opa-locka, a colorful park stands where liquor bottles and trash once collected in an empty lot.

New and chic affordable housing is popping up. Bright murals decorate buildings downtown.

Three years into a citywide arts transformation, Opa-locka is challenging how outsiders perceive the north Miami-Dade enclave, once better known for its prolific drug trade and gun violence.

Much of this transformation involves collaborations with artists. Artists and their ideas infused in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping.

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Pageants
6:42 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Miss Colombia Wins Pageant; Miss Jamaica Wins Twitter?

Miss Universe contestants congratulate fifth-place-finisher, Kaci Fennell of Jamaica. Many pageant watchers on social media argued that Fennell should have won.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 7:25 am

After Miss Colombia's Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, she was greeted with a scepter, tiara and a kiss from the first runner-up, Miss U.S.A. But even as Vega took her first steps as Miss Universe, something that was happening elsewhere on stage caught a lot of attention.

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Sports
2:51 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Baseball: America's Pas--Cuba's Pastime

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig was one of the Cuban players smuggled into the U.S. to play baseball. His story has become famous.
Credit Jae C. Hong / AP Photo

Cuban baseball players live a great life compared to other Cuban residents. They make approximately $40 to $200 a month with a few extra bonus incentives, a much better salary than the average Cuban's. They also get better housing, an annual bonus and the coveted privilege of traveling.

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Theater
12:39 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Tony Award-Winning Actor Gary Beach Always Leaves Them Laughing

Tony award-winning actor Gary Beach

Gary Beach is known for his hilarious - and often outrageous - characters on stage and screen, from "The Producers" to "Spamalot" to "La Cage Aux Folles." This month, Beach will be on view at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center in "Celebrity Autobiography."

Listen to the interview with him below:

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Culture
12:38 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WLRN Partners With MDC For Veterans Project

Credit MDC Live Arts

This March, Miami Dade College's MDC Live Arts program is bringing a multimedia performance to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Basetrack Live is an exploration of the lives of people who served in the U.S.' longest war, conducted through the words of Marines and their families.

In partnership with MDC's Basetrack Live, WLRN is asking veterans and their families to submit two photos of themselves: one taken during a tour of duty, and one taken in the present day.

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Music
11:53 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Zap Mama And Antibalas Come Together In Celebration Of Afrobeat

Zap Mama will be performing alongside Antibalas on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Zap Mama Press

Saturday, Jan. 24 will see the union of two musical acts in celebration of Afrobeat music at the main stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 

Zap Mama and Antibalas will come together as one band. 

“We are merging the two bands, not [performing] one after another,” says Marie Daulne, the voice behind the female vocal ensemble Zap Mama.  

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Theater
7:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The 2015 Carbonell Nominations Are In

Credit Broward Center for the Performing Arts

 

The nominees for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards for South Florida theater have been announced.

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Florida Grand Opera
5:08 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Anonymous Donor Steps Forward To Save Opera In Broward County

Credit Broward Center for the Performing Arts

It looks like the greatest operatic hero in South Florida this season comes armed with a checkbook instead of a broadsword.

Weeks after the Florida Grand Opera announced that a funding shortfall might force the company to pull out of its Fort Lauderdale performance dates next season, FGO general director Susan Danis says an anonymous donor has stepped forward to help.

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Culture
11:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Photos: The Characters Of Magic City Comic Con

There was a little bit of everything at the Magic City Comic Con for fans, collectors and those just looking.

An hour before the opening of the inaugural Magic City Comic Con, hundreds of comic fans and cosplay enthusiasts were lined up around the Miami Airport Convention Center to find the latest deals on comic books, show off their costumes and meet their favorite artists.

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Rainbow Circle
2:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rainbow Circle Meetings Provide Safe Spaces For LGBT Youth

The Rainbow Circle meetings at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay take place every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

Tayson Defas had difficulty growing up in Ecuador where it wasn't easy for him to find his identity as an LGBT youth.

"I was born here, but I was raised there. And in Ecuador, the LGBT community is not very strong. It's even ridiculed on TV, so you can understand how I felt when I was trying to come out," he said. "At the time, I had no idea what the gay community was. I had no connection. I had no idea how to talk to gay people. I didn’t even know how other gay people looked like -- that's how much of a problem I had."

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Arts
2:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

National Endowment For The Arts Chair Found A Language In Music

NEA chair Jane Chu says she turned to music to express herself after the death of her father.
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When Jane Chu was growing up in Arkansas, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, she remembers that her parents liked bok choy while she liked corn dogs. They spoke Mandarin and "book English," and that, she says, could only go so far when her father died when she was nine-years-old. But she played piano, and she says music is where she found a way to express emotions where words fell short.

Chu believes strongly in the ability of the arts to transform individuals, communities and the overall economy. 

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Books
10:10 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

South Florida Author Examines Miami Race Relations And The "Yiddish N-Word"

A scene from the McDuffie riots of 1980. Lipinsky Cochran's book links fictional stories with historical accounts from Miami's civil rights past.
Credit John Walther / Miami Herald staff

Much has been written about the close bonds forged between Jews and African-Americans in Miami in the 1950s at the start of the civil rights movement.  But a more complex, conflicted side of that relationship has fired the imagination of local novelist Joan Lipinsky Cochran.  

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Culture
4:23 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

South Florida Fandoms: Florida SuperCon And Magic City ComicCon

All sorts of characters showed up for the inaugural Magic City Comic Con.

    

There are more than 60 different conventions for comic book collectors, anime and Cosplay enthusiasts, toy collectors and science fiction fans in the state of Florida every year. They are relatively small affairs, nothing close to the mega-events such as Comic-Con International in San Diego, which attracts more than 100,000 fans annually.

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Economy
3:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire

Dave Tobelmann worked for 33 years at General Mills before retiring five years ago. Not long after, he returned to the company, this time through a staffing firm specializing in retiree placement.
Courtesy of Dave Tobelmann

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:02 pm

In the U.S., roughly 10,000 people reach retirement age every day. And though not everyone who turns 62 or 65 retires right away, enough do that some companies are trying to head off the problem.

Dave Tobelmann, who for 33 years developed new products for General Mills, retired five years ago at age 57 — around the same time as a number of other colleagues. "Yeah, I went to a lot of retirement parties," Tobelmann says.

Losing veteran workers is a challenge, even for big companies like General Mills.

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Cuba
5:05 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Miami Rejects Hosting Cuban Consulate, But Tampa Wants It

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:48 am

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