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Arts
10:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Coconut Grove Playhouse Set For State Takeover

The Coconut Grove Playhouse has been closed since 2006.
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The nonprofit board of the Coconut Grove Playhouse has decided not to try to block the state from coming in and taking back the historic 1926 theater. 

That means the state could be in charge of the facility by next week. 

The theater has been closed for six years because of financial problems and there are still unresolved claims against it.

However, Miami-Dade County has set aside $20 million designated for the theater and there is a strong possibility the Playhouse could be deeded to the county by the state.

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Arts
7:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Bacardi Buildings To Become New Arts Headquarters

Bacardi Tower.

The iconic Bacardi Tower and Museum located north of downtown Miami has been sold.

And in keeping with its artistic exterior, its interior will serve as a new home to the arts.

National YoungArts, Foundation,  created by Ted and Lin Arison in 1981, will set up shop in the blue-and-white-tiled building, which was designated historic in 2009.

The tower and the nearby smaller stained-glass building complex will be revamped in part by Frank Gehry, who designed the New World Symphony's home on Miami Beach.

The purchase price is $10 million.

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10:22 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Bogged Down: Miami Politics Weighs Down Finances

Lead in text: 
We discovered a fresh take of what's really happening down in Coconut Grove—City Hall is trapped in a death spiral of inertia and bad mistakes and some are pointing to worker compensation.
  • Source: Miamiherald
  • | Via: The Miami Herald, Kat McGrory
Pension costs, meanwhile, are up significantly, in large part because investments by the city’s two pension boards have underperformed expecta- tions.Experts have raised red flags about the city pension program before.In a stinging report last month, Moody’s blasted Miami for ballooning pension and healthcare spending. The rating service warned that the combined costs could account for one-third of total spending by 2017 unless leaders make sweeping changes.
Magic City
8:13 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Starz TV Show To Miami: Show Us Your (Real) Boobs!

Steven Strait and Elena Satine in "Magic City."
Photo by Greg Williams/Starz
  • Listen to the radio story here.

A version of this story first ran in The Miami Herald on April 28, 2012.

When Starz network’s Magic City came to town last year to shoot their 1959 Miami Beach drama, producers were obsessive.

“God is in the details,” said Magic City’s executive producer, writer and Miami Beach native Mitch Glazer. “We were rigorous about everything across the board from music to architecture down to that.”

That meaning breast augmentation.

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Beer and Baseball
8:10 am
Wed October 3, 2012

$8 Beers Put Marlins Park In The Middle Of The Ballpark Pack

Miami Marlins play while crowd quaffs beer

Ordering beer at a baseball game is as American as apple pie. So is forking over a small fortune for beer at a baseball game. Eight dollars for a Bud Light draft at Miami Marlins Park.

“It’s kind of weird,” says Shane Marinelli on his first visit to the new stadium. “I’m used to, like, $3 pitcher nights and like dollar beers and stuff. But I have no choice, you know, this is — this is expensive.”

Marinelli, a student at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, works part time at a sporting goods store. An $8 dollar beer soaks up a nice sized swig of his paycheck.

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Transportation
3:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

How Miami Is Climbing The List Of Top Bike-Friendly Cities

Cyclists ride through the streets of Miami as part of a monthly bike ride called Critical Mass.
Tropical Pedicabs/flickr.com

Miami recently jumped ten spots on Bicycling magazine’s list of the country’s top, bike-friendly cities. It’s the fastest rising city on the list.

But just four years ago, Miami was put on a list of the worst cities to bike in according to Bicycling magazine senior editor Emily Furia.

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Under the Sun
12:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Loyalty Oath

Postcard image
Florida State Archives

Journalist and  professor Madeleine Blais contemplates a move back to South Florida for a job teaching as a visiting professor at Florida International University.   As part of her employment paperwork, she’s asked to sign an oath of loyalty to the state of Florida.  As a journalist, this kind of thing makes her suspicious.  She reflects on her previous years in Miami as she contemplates signing the oath and moving back:

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Miami Herald
8:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Inertia And Politics Keep Miami In Constant Financial Crisis

Miami City Hall in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.
Dtobias Wikipedia

Experts say the city of Miami will face ‘a battle every year’ unless its leaders address structural problems with the budget. Hobbled by unimaginative leadership, passive management and petty political gamesmanship , the city careens from one budget shortfall to the next without fixing its fundamental fiscal problems.

Among the city’s chief issues, according to experts: spending beyond its means, ballooning pension costs and failing to generate new revenue.  Policy analysts say politics and poor decisions have made matters worse.

Romney in Miami
9:09 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

In Miami, Romney Connects With His Segment Of Latinos

Hundreds braved punishing heat and humidity at El Palacio de los Jugos for a glimpse of Mitt Romney.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

Mitt Romey made a stop at El Palacio de los Jugos, or the Palace of Juice, to reach out to Republican Latinos.

El Palacio is a popular Latino spot located on Coral Way in Miami.

Romney was met with an excited crowd at the event. However, experts will probably tell you that this isn't exactly a sign that Romney has a lock on the Hispanic vote.

In fact, polling shows that he doesn’t. With Latinos as a whole, Romney is doing best with South Florida's Cuban Republicans.

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Linda Villella Leaves The School She Founded
9:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

What Edward Villella's Wife Will Always Carry With Her

These days, Miami City Ballet and its school have slick, professional brochures and world-renowned performers. Linda Villella started the Miami City Ballet School because she wanted a convenient place for her daughter to dance.
Miami City Ballet

An era is ending at Miami City Ballet. In addition to the resignation of its founding director Edward Villella, his wife Linda is stepping down from her post at the helm of Miami City Ballet School on August 31st. 

A former professional ice skater, she never intended to immerse herself in the ballet world and follow her husband’s artistic pursuits. The idea sprung from her desire to create a ballet school for her daughter, Crista. She wanted a ballet school closer to her husband's Miami Beach company. 

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Fla. 24th District
9:20 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Two Candidates, Two Presidential Endorsements And One Cultural Battleground

Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, Fla. 17th Congressional District and candidate for 24th District seat.
Credit Courtesy of wilson.house.gov/
  • Luc Cohen's story on the Moise/Wilson race for the 24th District seat.

The upcoming Democratic primary for Florida’s 24th Congressional District pits relative political newcomer Dr. Rudolph Moise against longtime politician and current 17th Congressional District Rep. Frederica Wilson.

The 24th District – new, from the 2012 redistricting – stretches from downtown Miami through Overtown and Little Haiti all the way to Miramar. It’s roughly the same stretch that Wilson currently represents as the 17th  District.

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Arts
6:36 am
Fri July 13, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Disco Comes To Miami

A scene from "The Donkey Show" at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Christine DiMattei

The disco craze that took the world by storm nearly 40 years ago was born in New York City, right?

Maybe not.

A theatrical experience celebrating 1970's disco comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center tonight.  And while it’s hundreds of miles away from the streets John Travolta struts down in “Saturday Night Fever,” it turns out Miami played a major role in the disco craze.

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Under the Sun
4:23 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

The Miami Heat And Their City: Up To The Challenge To Redefine

The Miami Heat and the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena during the NBA playoffs in April.
Jacqueline Reyna

The NBA Finals have turned the nation’s attention–and cameras– toward Miami and Miami Beach. As the Miami Heat try to clinch the finals, Jordan Melnick wants to remind us all that there’s more to Miami than South Beach. It all started with these words by LeBron James: “In this fall–this is very tough–in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”

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Under the Sun
4:20 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Fiction: Dolphins, Oysters And Crabs

Claudio Baglietto

Jeremy Glazer writes about that weird liminal space between high school graduation and supposed adulthood. It’s set against the backdrop of Key Biscayne. Glazer is a Miami native who lives and writes on Miami Beach. He can be reached at jeremyglazer@yahoo.com.

Click on the player above to listen to Glazer’s latest work of original fiction.

The songs you heard in this piece were “Aurora” and “Comienzos” by Miami band Arboles Libres.

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Under the Sun
4:00 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Taking The Plunge

The pool at the National Hotel in Miami Beach
Alicia Zuckerman

UPDATE  June 6, 2013 14:43 p.m.: (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.

Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.

Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.

 

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