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Sections of Biscayne Boulevard will be closed starting Friday morning in anticipation of the Miami ePrix, a 39-lap race that will send high-speed electric cars zipping along US-1, under I-395 and around American Airlines Arena.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held its first ever “State of Downtown” event Friday evening to showcase the growth of Miami’s urban core. Miami Commissioner and DDA Chairman Marc Sarnoff says downtown is on the upswing. 

"We’re about to make leaps and bounds, progress that we haven’t made in years and years," Sarnoff said. "Miami is putting the pieces together that it needs for a vibrant economic engine."

Paul Leary/WLRN

01/08/15 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Allen Susser; he discusses his new café at the Books and Books Café in the Sears Tower; and Chef Hector Torres discusses Brava, his new restaurant replacing Prelude at the Artsh Center.  They bring food for us to taste on the air.

Miami Will Have A New Film, TV Studio In 2015

Dec 12, 2014
Pattrik Simmons

A filmmaking company from North Carolina will be building a new state-of-the-art production studio near downtown Miami. It’s an effort by the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to revitalize 14th Street and provide filmmakers incentives to shoot in South Florida.

The construction of the 70,000-square-foot production studio, called Florida Film and Television Center, is already underway. It will be located on Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.

Miami River Art Fair

If you want to dip a timid toe in the sexy international art scene without getting sucked into the whirlpool Art Basel creates, the solution is right here in river city.

The Miami River Art Fair is in its third year and beginning to make a splash. Organizers must have been thinking big when they dubbed their Art Basel satellite location “the Manhattan of Miami”. The hubris is understandable: see the resemblance in the photo - big buildings with pretty lights on the water? Symbolism. Perspective. 

How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown

May 16, 2014
The Miami Herald

Imagine sipping an iced cappuccino on Flagler Street beneath a lush shade tree, next to the very road that really kicked off Miami. Or meandering through a long, lazy park inserted in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard, just north of the InterContinental Miami Hotel and Resort.

Not possible, you say?

Quite possible, says Javier Betancourt, the Deputy Directory of the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

Drinking, singing and Scottish theater will all take hold of Miami's BAR 337, formerly the PAX space, during the production of "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart."

The National Theatre of Scotland will interpret the play as part of Miami Dade College's "Live Arts" series. 

The play is performed in "immersive style." Unlike in traditional theater, there is no stage. The actors use the locale and whatever props are present to move the story forward.

Courtesy of the InterContinental Hotel Miami

A year ago, the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami unveiled a 19-story-tall LED display of a shapely, female silhouette, dancing suggestively, often called "the dancing lady." The hotel recently held auditions to find new dancers. Hopefuls had one minute to dance to Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” to prove they had the right moves for a 200-foot LED display.

Pocket of Lollipops

Miami's crackdown on homelessness may have negatively impacted the artist community. Street performers, also called buskers, travel to metropolitan areas to strum songs in front of an open guitar case left for passersby to toss in money if they desire. But in Miami, they can't.

Arianna Prothero / WLRN

What if Mother Teresa had been a war-maker instead of a missionary? What if Gandhi employed violence instead of civil disobedience? Those are some of the questions begged by the exhibit WAR to WAR in Bayfront Park.

The exhibit features not only historical figures known for their humanitarian work, but also artists, entertainers and sports stars. All the figures stand at an imposing, larger-than-life height, and all are flaunting massive firearms.

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