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3:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

MIAMI HERALD: Miami Beach Church Seeks Financial Salvation

The front courtyard where store fronts are going to be built for commercial use at the United Church of Christ on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
Credit CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

In dire financial straits, the church that has stood on the corner of Lincoln Road and Drexel Avenue for almost a century is considering leasing out a chunk of its historic property for $100 million.

Early plans call for Tristar Capital to build a multistory building on the Miami Beach Community Church’s small courtyard fronting the Lincoln Road Mall.

As a historic property in a historic district, it could be difficult to get city approval for development on the site. As a congregational church, its members also have to approve the deal.

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Art Basel
8:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

#WhatIsArt Project: Do You Know It When You See It?

Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917) prompted lots of debate about what was considered art, although it is now generally considered an icon of 20th-Century art. Can you identify which one is the masterpiece? Hint: It's not the goth one.
Credit Elaine Chen / WLRN

Art Basel
11:59 am
Fri December 6, 2013

By Sculpting Through His Grief, Local Artist Finds Spotlight

Credit Charles Soto / Instagram

Charles Soto started tattooing four years ago, after his mother died following a long illness.

“[It] was a moment in my life of desperation. I hit rock bottom," he says. "I was dead broke."

Three years later, Soto reconnected with his estranged older brother, just months before the latter died of HIV complications. His grief influenced his art with dark overtones, but also put him in the sightline of a company now displaying his work during Art Basel.

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Art Basel
4:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

As Basel Expanded Beyond The Beach, Miami Became Its Muse

A peek at the city from inside the Perez Art Museum Miami.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Basel is back in town and the annual artistic spotlight is swiveling around Miami, highlighting nooks and crannies the city normally passes by with nonchalance. Now in its 12th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has not only grown, but changed the landscape of the city and South Florida.

It’s easy to be cynical about the general milieu. I have been snarky about the crowds and traffic before and I most likely will be again. But taking a step back and appreciating what Basel has changed can be boiled down to a few simple questions.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NEW TIMES: Should Miami Beach Institute Informal Ethnic Quotas?

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After last month's election, Miami Beach was left without having a Latino on the city commission. This got the city, which is 53 percent Hispanic, talking. In an editorial, the Miami Herald called on newly elected mayor Phillip Levine to institute what sounds like an ethnic quota when it comes to making appointments. Then Miami Today came out strongly against that proposal.  The Miami New Times explores an interesting issue: Do our commissions look like our communities?

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Art Basel
6:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

#WhatIsArt? Project: These Are Our First Creative Memories

Recall the days when you made art almost every day? Tell us the first creative thing you can remember by tweeting us with #Whatisart.
Credit Tom Hudson

As Art Basel Miami Beach gets underway, we’re thinking about what it means to be an artist. Though many would deny being an artist, we have all probably experienced a time when we embraced the title: childhood.

We asked our staff, “What’s the first creative thing you can remember doing?” The answers prompted lots of fun conversations about early aspirations to be the next big animator, choreographer or roller coaster designer. Try it with your friends.

And let us know on Twitter @WLRN using #whatisart.

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Art Basel
8:08 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Basel Recap: What You Missed Over The Weekend

Share your thoughts on what you see (use the hashtag #ArtOrJunk) and what you hear (#OverheardAtBasel). Above is a section from an installation made of painted wood scraps. #WhatIsArt?
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

WLRN-Miami Herald News brings Art Basel to you through our digital coverage -- and our community of listeners.

Art Basel goes beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center. In the next few days, we want to know what you think about the art, people, and events you're seeing throughout South Florida during Basel.   Here are two things we're looking for:

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If I Were Mayor
4:58 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Responds To Your Ideas

Philip Levine, the new mayor of Miami Beach and a cruise ship media CEO, spent about $2 million on his campaign. A little over 11,000 people voted in the election.

For our If I Were Mayor project, we asked what you would do if you were in charge of your town. Now, after the elections, we’re taking your ideas to the mayors. I spoke to Philip Levine, who was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami Beach Monday, Nov. 25.

This is Levine's first time in elected office; he is the CEO of a multi-million dollar cruise ship media business. 

Here are highlights from that interview:

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Miami Dish
7:41 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Key Facts Of Miami's Delis Of Yore, From Deli Historian Ted Merwin

Postcard from Wolfie's
Credit Florida State Archives

If you missed our Twitter chat about Jewish cuisine and Jewish delis, catch the recap here.

Ted Merwin didn't set out to become a deli historian. About ten years ago, Merwin was working on his Ph.D. dissertation about the popular culture of second generation Eastern European Jews -- such as vaudeville and silent comedy -- in 1920s New York.

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Local Elections
1:08 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Miami-Dade County Runoff Election Results

Credit MiamiDade.gov

The seats for Miami's District 5 commission and Miami Beach's commissioners were filled in a runoff election Tuesday, Nov. 19. Look below for the results.

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Art Deco
12:06 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Meet The Man Behind All Those South Beach Pastels

The Park Central, 640 Ocean Drive.
Credit Julia Duba

In 1976, South Beach's population was aging and so were the buildings.

Then came Leonard Horowitz.

"I'll take care of the buildings. I'll do the frosting on the cake because these look like they're going to be a lot of fun to play with," said Horowitz in a film from 1988 called "Pastel Paradise."

His love for Art Deco is why South Beach looks the way it does today.

Horowitz came from New York -- where he designed furniture, did window dressings for Bloomingdale’s and studied architecture.

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Mid-day Links
7:33 am
Tue November 12, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 4-8

Here's a shot from the Key West Zombie Bike Ride.
Credit Mark Hedden / WLRN

You might not have time to sift through a week's worth of public-radio color in the form of feature stories and curated audience commentary. So we've rounded up the best of WLRN's content this week in an easily digestible feed, all for your viewing convenience.

Click on the stories to read their full versions, or plug in your headphones and listen in right from this page.

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Miami Beach
3:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

If I Were Mayor: Fixing Miami Beach's Four Biggest Problems

Three candidates, Philip Levine, Michael Gongora and Steve Berke (clockwise from bottom left) are vying for the seat vacated by Matti Herrera Bower (bottom right).

Although the position of Miami Beach mayor pays only $10,000 a year and carries no veto power -- or any executive power, really -- the race is one of the few competitive elections in South Florida. It's been an active battle among candidates Steve Berke, Michael Gongora and Philip Levine, even garnering unofficial endorsements from national influencers.

Former president Bill Clinton, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, billionaire Norman Braman and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have weighed in on who they think should win.

Why all the attention?

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

What The UM Scandal Says About College Athletics

On The Florida Roundup: we look at the University of Miami’s punishment by the NCAA and the role of student athletes in the big money game of college sports with guests Billy Corben of Rakontur Films and Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald.

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Arts Season
10:58 am
Mon October 7, 2013

State Of The Arts: How Miami's Community Is Coming Of Age

Credit Claudia H. Munoz

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series on the Arts Season in South Florida that begins in late September and October and runs through the spring. The series will highlight some of the various venues and must-see events and attractions this year. This post is an overview of where the Miami arts scene has been and where it is going. 

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