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The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is commissioning 10 new pieces to celebrate a decade in downtown Miami.

The commissions, dubbed 10@10, will all be performed in 2016. They include a dance piece choreographed by Miami native and Alvin Ailey dance director Robert Battle.

Battle attended a press conference Tuesday at the Arsht Center and talked about his dance, “The Attention of Souls,” which will debut March 2016.

8 Chefs On What Kind Of Food Miami Is

Feb 22, 2015
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During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we asked eight renowned chefs (some local, some not) to describe greater Miami as a dish. 

They were gathered at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach to talk with Topical Currents host Linda Gassenheimer and with the Miami Herald's Evan Benn and Sara Liss.

Hear those interviews below, and read the chefs' food interpretation of Miami after that.

“You think kids want to come with their parents, take foxtrot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want! Twenty-two countries in three days.  Feels like it’s all slipping away...”

So laments resort owner Max Kellerman, in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

Walt Michot / Miami Herald

Diana Nyad’s most famous journey, her swim across the Florida Straits, started in Havana and ended in Key West. Her newest project – a one-woman stage show – is starting out on the island. 

The distance swimmer made international headlines when she came ashore in Key West on Labor Day 2013. It was her fifth attempt at the crossing. She was 64 years old.

About a year ago, the Miami Herald named business reporter Evan Benn its new food editor. He was appointed because Miami's paper of record noticed the importance of South Florida's booming culinary industry. 

That's an industry Benn is well connected with, and during this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, he's putting in the spotlight the people who make South Florida matter to the larger world of good cuisine.

NiteCap Debut

Inside his Liberty City music studio, Miami rapper Loksamillion keeps his Bible open to Songs of Solomon on a small black leather couch.

“There’s a reward for those who are diligent and listen to God,” he says.

Across the room, a small padded recording booth anchors the space next to a keyboard and computer. From the outside, this is a quaint yellow and white home on a quiet residential Liberty City block.

But this is where Loksamillion, also known as Loks, creates.

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.

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."

    

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.

The first time I ever got tipsy was during a champagne toast at a cousin's wedding reception.

All was good, until the room started spinning — and the sight of my cousin's bride dancing in her wedding dress was just a whirl of lace.

Of course, if you're an uninitiated teenager, any amount of alcohol can go straight to your head. But, decades later, bubbly wine still seems to hit me faster than, say, beer. It turns out there's a reason.

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