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10:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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Music
7:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Gramps Celebrates The Ghost Of Sun Ra, Jazz's Cosmic Renegade

Credit SunRaArkestra.com

Sun Ra, whose human name was Herman Poole Blount, was a trailblazing afro-futurist who explored the entire history of jazz throughout his many compositions. One single caveat: It was a history of jazz from another planet (in the future).

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Cumbia And Punk
8:42 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:21 pm

As a teenager, I fell in love with two very different musical genres: punk rock and cumbia — that Caribbean-born music with a contagious two-beat shuffle.

To purists of either, my musical promiscuity might have seemed blasphemous, but to me, it was a logical combination. Cumbia is more punk than punk itself. And many years later, when I discovered Mexican DJ Ali Gua Gua, and her group Kumbia Queers, I was elated with their unique brand of "tropi punk." They got it.

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Arts
11:02 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Here Are 9 Knight Arts Challenge Finalists You Should Know About

Credit Bleeding Palm / Courtesy

Through the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, the Knight Foundation is one of the primary sources of funding for South Florida arts. The only rule a project must meet to qualify for the grant is that it be about art, benefit South Florida, and that it be matched in funding.

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Interview
3:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The "Eyes" Have It In Florida Grand Opera's "Thais"

Early Christian asceticism and pagan decadence go head to head in Barbe and Doucet's staging of Massenet's 'Thais'
Credit Jeffrey Dunn

The names Barbe and Doucet might not be as widely known as Wagner, Puccini or Verdi -- but their influence is felt in opera houses worldwide.

French director Renaud Doucet and Canadian set and costume designer André Barbe are partners in life as well as work.  And this month, they're bringing their combined talents back to the Florida Grand Opera for Jules Massenet's "Thais."

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Operatic Moonlighters
2:41 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Secret Lives Of Local Opera Singers

Here is Martin Nusspaumer as Ismaele in Nabucco for Florida Grand Opera in January.
Credit Courtesy of Martin Nusspaumer.

When you see someone singing onstage at the Florida Grand Opera or the Adrienne Arsht Center, do you think about what goes on behind the scenes -- not just the costumes or the sets, but in the singers' lives?

Believe it or not, some of South Florida's opera singers work in electrical and mechanical engineering, accounting, education and law enforcement during the day.

The Engineers

Husband and wife Martin Nusspaumer and Maria Antunez worked as engineers in their native Uruguay.

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Music
9:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lebos Says "Turn It Up," But Plays Us A Rare, Quiet Solo Tune

The new album

Miami native Aaron Lebos says his new album, "Turning Point," is meant to be played loud. 

It's a mix of rock, jazz and influences from around the world, fusing a jam-band sound with some of the sonic complexities of jazz. Lebos is a trained -- very trained -- musician, having attended an alphabet soup of South Florida's academic institutions. 

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Miami Theater Center, musician Albert Castiglia, Masterpieces of Haitian Art, Broward Arts Cal.

Albert Castiglia, Bob Weinberg and Ed Bell
SELFIE

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News World Symphony
12:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Tech And Classical Collide Harmoniously In Miami Beach

New World Symphony's real-time Wallcast has 167 speakers in the park.
Rui Dias-Aidos

From April 26 to 28, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach is looking hard at the way technology is changing music, and how the group itself is part of that equation. NWS is hosting the annual Network Performing Arts Production Workshop, which connects people from the arts, technology and education. 

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Ultra Music Festival
5:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Commission Votes To Keep Ultra In Miami

The 2014 Ultra Music Festival. Bayfront Park will continue to host the festival.
Credit youredm.com

 

Ultra's not going anywhere. On Thursday the Miami City Commission voted to retain the music festival.

After two hours of discussion, the commission ultimately showed their support for Ultra in a four-to-one vote. Opposition of the festival came from Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who no longer wants Ultra to take place in downtown Miami. 

 

He cited weaknesses in security that have allowed those without tickets to jump the fence and acts of violence as a result of drug use at the festival. 

 

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Rest In Peace
12:49 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Listen To A Remembrance Of 'Sounds Of The Caribbean' Host Rich Davis

Rich Davis as a child in Jamaica.
Credit WLRN

"Sounds of the Caribbean" host Rich Davis died in a private residence in Montego Bay, Jamaica, late Wednesday night, says funeral director Dale Delapenha.

As of Friday afternoon, cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy is pending for next week. Family members confirm Davis had a history of hypertension.

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Music
9:13 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Record Store Day Is Black Friday For Vinyl Lovers

Lines wrapped around Radio-Active Records on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
Credit Andrea Richard

Today digital music sales are a huge part of the music industry. And record stores are now a rare entity.  

But as we told you last week, there's a renewed passion for vinyl. Call it a vinyl revival, a resurgence of music with a tangible element.

This popularity stirs up once a year on Record Store Day. It's like a field day for record collectors.

Last Saturday, Radio-Active Records had a line of people since 3 a.m., waiting to get their hands on limited-edition merchandise.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

7th Annual Record Store Day, New Blues CD from Mosher Street Records, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Sweat Records
http://sweatrecordsmiami.com/

04/18/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Sweat Records’ founder, Lauren Reskin, talks about the resurgence of vinyl albums and the internationally celebrated 7th Annual Record Store Day this Saturday.

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Record Store Day
12:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Independent Record Stores Gear Up For Big Day Of Sales

Sweat Records
Diego Saldana-Rojas

South Florida's vinyl record stores will open early Saturday morning, on the seventh annual dawning of Record Store Day.

The international event promotes independent record stores and aims to boost their business. The day is highlighted by special releases only available to independent retailers, and re-issues of classic records.

Evan Chern, owner of Yesterday & Today's Records in Miami, says his store experiences a spike in sales that day.

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Music
6:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Churchill's Pub Owner Closes Sale And Local Punks Speculate

Dave Daniels has lived on-site at his Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti since it opened in 1979. This Monday, his colleague Mr. C announced Daniels finalized a deal to sell what I call Miami's local CBGB.

Last time I interviewed Dave Daniels, he made comments about his pub's kitchen renovations and the pleasantness of a young woman's company, and in between he talked about the local bands his stage helped bolster and the local journalists whose write-ups had done them justice.

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