Art Basel

Holiday spirit in South Florida has been punctuated by art-world buzz since Switzerland's mammoth fair planted itself here. Art Basel Miami Beach has grown, since its 2002 inception at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from elitist trade show to ubiquitous art party. 

All the gallery openings, launch parties and live art installations spurred during what's become Miami Art Week are impossible to keep track of. But we're trying:

See our feature stories for this year's fair and its surroundings in our Basel Stories category, and catch a bit of the pre-Basel happenings in the Before The Fair tab. Anything related to the Perez Art Museum Miami is easy to find under PAMM.

And to see how we recommend you spend this week, check out Basel Like Us. For live coverage of the art shows and street happenings we're witnessing, head to the Live From Basel stream.

But if you'd just like to see it all, scroll below.

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StateImpact Florida
9:43 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Testing, School Choice, Phys. Ed.: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville." Florida public media stations will air the movie this month. Check local listings.
Credit Clevis Harrison / PBS

This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series, "180 Days."

One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rated school districts, according to South Carolina's ranking.

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Arts
3:21 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Key West Reclaims Its Tennessee Williams Literary Legacy

Key West's literary heritage is overwhelmingly associated with one writer: Ernest Hemingway. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner's former home is a popular museum. And every summer there's a look-alike contest where white-bearded men compete to look like Papa.

But recently, the island has turned to celebrating another 20th-century writer who made Key West his home: Tennessee Williams. 

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MIFF
7:48 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Miami International Film Festival Changes Rules To Support Local Filmmakers

rakontur's "Dawg Fight" premieres with the Miami International Film Festival.
Credit MIFF / Courtesy

  One hundred and twenty-five films from 40 countries.

That's what the 32nd Edition of the Miami International Film Festival is all about. And festival organizers made a significant change this year. Previously, short films under thirty minutes made in Florida that had already premiered in the state weren't eligible to exhibit during the festival. This year, they are.

During a recent Florida Roundup, host Christine DiMattei spoke with South Florida film critic Hans Morgenstern about some homegrown filmmakers already causing a stir in the festival circuit:

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Culture
5:32 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Festival Of The Arts Boca Director Has Deep Roots In South Florida

Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story.

Festival of the Arts Boca celebrates its ninth season with an eclectic lineup of events, and a new director.  Joanna Marie Kaye returns to South Florida to helm the Festival, which kicks off on March 6 with a special screening of the film "West Side Story."  

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Rolling Loud
5:03 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Shouldn’t Miami Hip-Hop Hit Harder?

Local Miami rapper Denzel Curry.
Credit Mark Maturah

The lineup for Dope Entertainment's Rolling Loud Festival set South Florida hip-hop heads abuzz: the headliners are current favorites Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson and Juicy J. 

But on Feb. 28 at Wynwood's Soho Studios, those big alternative-hip-hop acts will share the stage with underground South Florida rappers.

One of those locals is 19-year-old Denzel Curry from Carol City. 

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Culture
1:46 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Arsht Center Announces 10 New Commissions To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Robert Battle talks about his new piece commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is commissioning 10 new pieces to celebrate a decade in downtown Miami.

The commissions, dubbed 10@10, will all be performed in 2016. They include a dance piece choreographed by Miami native and Alvin Ailey dance director Robert Battle.

Battle attended a press conference Tuesday at the Arsht Center and talked about his dance, “The Attention of Souls,” which will debut March 2016.

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Culture
5:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Film Revives Memories Of Kutsher’s And New York’s Bygone "Borscht Belt"

“You think kids want to come with their parents, take foxtrot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want! Twenty-two countries in three days.  Feels like it’s all slipping away...”

So laments resort owner Max Kellerman, in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

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#CGAF2015
3:50 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Artists Say Coconut Grove Arts Festival Brings Largest Commission Of The Year

Michael Kuseske from Royal Palm Beach, Fla. has exhibited at Coconut Grove Arts Festival for about eight years.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Coconut Grove Arts Festival ended its three-day event Monday. The 52nd annual festival drew an estimated 100,000 people-- offering international art, plants and music. Some Florida artists say their displays here generate the top sales of the year for them. 

"So in Coconut Grove you're going to get a lot of artists who are going to congregate here during the winter because they cannot show anywhere else," said Michael Kuseske, a painter exhibiting from Royal Palm Beach. He's participated for about eight years. 

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Highway Graffiti
2:34 am
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida's Graffiti Problem In The '90s Had An Emblem: "Crook Crome"

Crook and Crome's mural in 1999 done about two weeks before Crook's arrest.
CW Griffin Miami Herald

South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Culture
3:06 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Community Meetings Underway For Knight Arts Challenge

FATVillage Arts District received a Knight grant last year to promote contemporary art in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit fatvillage.com

Applications are open for the Knight Arts Challenge.

The challenge provides funds from the Knight Foundation for art projects that work to bring the community together.

When the challenge began back in 2008, the foundation had one big community meeting to tell the public about it. But over the past four years, Knight has been hosting a series of meetings throughout communities in South Florida.

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Centennial
11:12 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Looking For Miami Beach At 100, In Sound And Screens

New World Symphony rehearses for the world premiere of El Sol Caliente, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach. Morrison's film stretches across eight screens.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

The composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison have been fusing their visions for upwards of 17 years. Some of their work together is included in a Bill Morrison retrospective up now at the MoMA in New York. Their first piece was for Bang on a Can, the new-music collective Gordon co-founded. It was called "City Walk," and over the years, a lot of their work has been about cities.

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Culture
4:41 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Opa-Locka: A City Reenvisioned Through Art

Opa-locka's first art and recreation center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

In the city of Opa-locka, a colorful park stands where liquor bottles and trash once collected in an empty lot.

New and chic affordable housing is popping up. Bright murals decorate buildings downtown.

Three years into a citywide arts transformation, Opa-locka is challenging how outsiders perceive the north Miami-Dade enclave, once better known for its prolific drug trade and gun violence.

Much of this transformation involves collaborations with artists. Artists and their ideas infused are in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping.

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Theater
12:39 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Tony Award-Winning Actor Gary Beach Always Leaves Them Laughing

Tony award-winning actor Gary Beach

Gary Beach is known for his hilarious - and often outrageous - characters on stage and screen, from "The Producers" to "Spamalot" to "La Cage Aux Folles." This month, Beach will be on view at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center in "Celebrity Autobiography."

Listen to the interview with him below:

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Music
11:53 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Zap Mama And Antibalas Come Together In Celebration Of Afrobeat

Zap Mama will be performing alongside Antibalas on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Zap Mama Press

Saturday, Jan. 24 will see the union of two musical acts in celebration of Afrobeat music at the main stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 

Zap Mama and Antibalas will come together as one band. 

“We are merging the two bands, not [performing] one after another,” says Marie Daulne, the voice behind the female vocal ensemble Zap Mama.  

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Florida Grand Opera
5:08 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Anonymous Donor Steps Forward To Save Opera In Broward County

Credit Broward Center for the Performing Arts

It looks like the greatest operatic hero in South Florida this season comes armed with a checkbook instead of a broadsword.

Weeks after the Florida Grand Opera announced that a funding shortfall might force the company to pull out of its Fort Lauderdale performance dates next season, FGO general director Susan Danis says an anonymous donor has stepped forward to help.

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