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This week, the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies hosts its 25th annual conference here in Miami. The society aims to study the history of Jewish communities persecuted during the Spanish Inquisition of the 14th and 15th centuries.

How Well Do You Know Ernest Hemingway?

Jul 20, 2015
Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Key West was home to many famous American writers, but the most well known is Ernest Hemingway.

More than 50 years after his death, hundreds flock to the writer's old hometown near the end of July for the annual Hemingway Days festival. It begins Tuesday, July 21, on the 116th anniversary of his birthday.

Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

The artwork at Locust Projects Gallery in the Design District plays with Miami stereotypes.

A palm tree smelling of coconut oil rests on a hammock. In the corner, the static of a television set resembles the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Opposite that lie deconstructed items taken from a strip club.

Twenty high school students made these and other works as part of the sixth-annual summer program, Locust Art Builders or LAB. LAB allows young artists from Miami-Dade County to create their own exhibition, which opened July 11.

Old-School Films Starring Women At The Wolfsonian This August

Jul 15, 2015
Screenshot from Netflix

The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum's newest exhibit chronicles an arts enterprise at Tulane University's former women's college. From 1895 to 1940, students sold pottery, embroidery and jewelry made in the program.

In the spirit of the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, the Wolfsonian is launching a month-long women’s film series, titled “Leading Ladies.” Each Friday in August at 7 p.m., the museum will screen classic movies starring women.

Here’s the lineup:

A French Musician Finds Niche With South Florida Audiences

Jul 8, 2015
Sonya Revell / FrenchHornCollective.com

  Vincent Raffard says “the magic of life” brought him to Miami.

The longtime musician from Paris, France, says he never expected to leave the ironclad boulevards for palm trees and sandy beaches.

“I didn’t have any desire to come to South Florida,” he says. 

After coming to the Sunshine State on tour, he decided to stay and continue his career as a musician in Miami. Eight years later, the 35-year-old has produced a solo album and formed a band called the French Horn Collective.

When Amy Winehouse, the British musician who sang memorably about her refusal to go to rehab, died due to problems related to drugs, alcohol and bulimia in July 2011, she was nearly as famous for her personal struggles as she was for her music. Just 27, Winehouse had been tabloid fodder for years.

Broward-Set Films Screening For Free At Cinema Paradiso

Jul 7, 2015
Miami.com / Courtesy

In the 1960 comedy “Where the Boys Are,” four female college students from the Midwest head to Fort Lauderdale for spring break.

Recognizable scenes, including one in the Elbo Room on Las Olas Boulevard, made Fort Lauderdale a spring break destination.

Miami Music Project Students Strike Chord In Little Havana

Jul 3, 2015
By Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” back to back. Why not?

That’s what kids participating in the Miami Music Project (MMP) said when they performed the pieces to an nearly full house at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana Thursday afternoon.

Craft Breweries Statewide Toast Repeal Of 64-oz Growler Ban

Jul 1, 2015
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Beer enthusiasts can add one more independence day to their week.

Breweries are calling July 1 Growler Independence day. This past May the Florida Legislature repealed a 50-year ban on 64-oz. refillable bottles called growlers.

At Florida SuperCon, Diversity Not Just In Characters

Jun 28, 2015
Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s longtime alter ego, is sharing the limelight with two other web-slingers: Spider-Gwen, a female character set in Spider-Man’s universe, and Miles Morales, a biracial teenager who will be the official Spider-Man in the new comic series this fall.

This diversity the “Spider-Man” comics are experiencing has become common throughout the industry.

Miami 48 Hour Film Project Tests Filmmakers' Creative Limits

Jun 16, 2015

Paul-Vincent Alexander’s first foray into filmmaking was unusual even by Hollywood standards.

In 2012, the former actor produced and directed his first film – in 48 hours.

“It puts me in a position where you’re forced to make a movie,” he says.

This past weekend, Alexander, 30, competed for the fourth time at the annual Miami 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP), where filmmakers have 48 hours to create three-to-seven-minute short films.

Broward Festival Celebrates Caribbean Culture

Jun 15, 2015
Miami Herald

Lauderhill and neighboring Broward cities celebrated Caribbean-American Heritage Month at a festival in Broward Regional Park Sunday. The Caribbean Village Music, Arts, Food, and Wellness festival featured food vendors, a parade, a talent show and a concert by Caribbean musicians.

Lindell Douglas, president of the Galleon Foundation, which sponsored the event, said a primary goal of the festival was to celebrate Caribbean American culture during its namesake month.

Pottery Exhibit Highlights Milestone In Women's History

Jun 12, 2015
Courtesy Newcomb Art Collection / Wolfsonian-FIU

A major collection in the history of pottery -- and women's rights -- has come to South Florida.

The exhibit, called “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” opens Friday at the Wolfsonian museum in Miami Beach. The works tell the story of women who attended Newcomb College, Tulane University’s former women’s college in New Orleans.

Newcomb was a decorative arts enterprise that ran from 1895 to 1940. Students learned to become financially independent by selling art made in the program.

Monroe County Public Library

Update: June 18, 3:39 p.m.: The Key West City Commission this week approved the $250,000 commitment toward repairs for the Schooner Western Union.

That commitment clears the way for the nonprofit that owns the historic schooner to apply for a state grant that would match the city's money 2-to-1.

Young Women Artists Promote Feminist Message At "#Conceptual"

Jun 10, 2015
Courtesy Kangie West

Seventeen-year-old Jade Gordon graduated from high school last week. But she’ll have another graduation of sorts.

Gordon, along with her longtime friends Nicole Zizi and Kangie West, will launch their new art collective’s first event, called #Conceptual.

The teenagers wanted to create a feminist space that empowers women artists. The collective’s name says it all: the Conceptual Vaginas.

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