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Art Basel
7:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How To Basel: Aqua Hotel Is An Art Basel Oasis

This is the eighth year Aqua Hotel has hosted an art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Credit Arianna Prothero

There is a lot to do in Miami during Art Basel so you may not want another item added to your list of “must sees.” Nevertheless, consider including this fair: Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins and 15th  Street in Miami Beach. 

The fair has a laid-back vibe, lots of art and a good-sized crowd that feels happening without being claustrophobic.

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Thu December 6, 2012

So, You Like Space Flight? Naked People? Doggies? Art Basel Has Something For All

Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum shows contemporary art works that refer to Renaissance art.
Credit Elaine Chen

Often “Art Basel” is used as shorthand for the many arts events that coincide with the Art Basel fair itself, which takes place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

But throughout Miami, galleries and artists are exhibiting their work so there really is something for everyone this week.  Below is a small sampling for various persuasions. 

You hate contemporary art: Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum.  

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News
9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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Surf Report
5:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Surfers Get Ready To Ride Hurricane Sandy's (20 Foot) Waves

Big wave surfing starts when the waves reach a height of 20 feet. Florida surfers might get a rare chance to give it a try this weekend, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
photo: Wikimedia Commons

South Florida beaches are characteristically void of big, west coast waves. Visitors and residents alike can be seen swimming in the calm water, and sipping mojitos on the shore for relaxation.

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News
7:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Ex-City Official, Alleged Cronies Charged In Miami Beach City Hall Bid-Rigging Case

Suspects: From the tip, Lopez, Landrin and Lopez's wife, Maria Pineda. Investigators say she financed a Mercedes with corrupt money.
Credit Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office

Miami-Dade prosecutors say Gus Lopez knew what others were bidding for city contracts in Miami Beach and he sold the information to help competitors submit lower and winning bids.

A former city procurement director, Lopez and business partner Pierre Landrin Jr., are accused of racketeering and unlawful compensation. Lopez' lawyer insists the charges are politically motivated.

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Debate Watch Parties
8:07 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Where To Watch The Presidential Debate In Miami (Stiff Drink In Hand, If Necessary) (Updated)

The Local Craft restaurant and bar in Coral Gables
Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

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This Miami Life
2:22 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Miami Beach Couple Desperate To Get Married Resorts To Reddit Over “Buzzkill” Florida Bureaucracy

Help Wanted: Marry Us!
Dan Grech

We spotted this touching (and slightly bizarre) plea on Reddit from "cosmicbrownies2," and couldn’t resist helping spread the word.

Can anyone PLEASE marry us this weekend!?

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Campaign Money
3:31 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Obama And Romney's Big South Florida Donors

Marc Anthony and fellow South Floridians are some of the big donors to the Obama and Romney campaign.
Facundo Gaisler/Flickr

Not only are South Florida's votes key to the upcoming presidential election, but its residents are some big donors to the presidential campaigns, as well.

South Florida Business Journal rounded up some of the biggest donors in the region to both President Obama and Mitt Romney's campaigns. 

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8:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

B-Girls, Booze And The Russian Mob

Lead in text: 
The Miami Herald's Jay Weaver raises the curtain on a federal trial opening today. Allegations: Mobsters recruited sexy Eastern European women to separate men from their money at a series of Miami Beach clubs.
Miami Beach's "B-Girls" are back. But not as the sirens who seduced men in swank hotels like the Delano, to lure them to seedy private clubs on Washington Avenue so they could be plied with liquor and swindled.
Lip Service
3:38 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

True South Florida Story: Helen And Her Three Husbands

Helen always wore a matching crochet beret, made by her hands.
Maria de los Angeles

Writer Maria de los Angeles read her story Helen and Her Three Husbands at a live event produced by Under the Sun and Lip Service at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The next Lip Service storytelling event is October 1. Tickets are on sale.

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Under the Sun
2:55 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Dear Miami

Lumierefl on Flickr

Author Diana Abu-Jaber, who teaches at Portland State University, splits her time between Portland and Miami. In her ode to Miami, she compares the city to a disheveled party girl – beautiful but not the kind you settle down with. Before she came to Miami, people warned her that the city was a vacation destination, not a place to call home. Sure, everyone sees the superficial, but few see the heart and mind beneath the flash. For this Arab-American girl who couldn’t sit still in one place, the city understood her. Those who don’t quite fit in anywhere else, somehow do in Miami.

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Under the Sun
12:52 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

A Garage That’s All Glam

It’s not often you come across a parking garage that throws glamorous parties and books fashion shoots. But the building at 1111 Lincoln Road is not your run-of-the-mill parking garage…

“Eleven-Eleven” was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architectural firm that produced the “Birds Nest” stadium in Beijing, and is also behind the new Miami Art Museum.

Developer Robert Wennett wanted to build a garage that would challenge assumptions about what a garage can be, and he wanted to make money off restaurant and retail leases. But he also wanted to create a public space.

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