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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National Water Dance Project
5:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Miami-Based Dance Project Aims To Raise Sea-Level Rise Awareness Nationally

Student dancers rehearse the Water Project Dance at the Deering Estate on Tuesday, April 7, 2014.
Credit Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

The broad lawn at the Deering Estate at Cutler runs gently downhill to meet Biscayne Bay, washing up between two massive, palm lined jetties to be greeted, on this bright afternoon, by a mass of young people. They flood across the grass, arms and bodies rippling as they surge into lines and circles and lifts in a dance that looks like both prayer and invocation.

“Keep it alive!” exhorts their director, the Miami choreographer Dale Andree, striding the grass in baseball cap and jeans. “You care about it! This is important!”

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This Is Where
9:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Get People to Read Poetry When They Don't Have Time?

Poet Robert Hass will be in Miami on Saturday, April 5.
Credit Margaretta K. Mitchell

The poet Robert Hass headlines the O, Miami Poetry Festival at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the Wallcast from the park just outside the building.

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Music
6:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Ultra's Electronic Beats, A String Quartet Plays

Credit Bernard Hacker

While the EDM and light shows were going off Sunday at Ultra, a string quartet at the Gale Hotel in South Beach played alongside a DJ and composer.

Backed by DJ Benji B and composer Grant Windsor, The Deviation String Quartet from London re-interpreted songs by artists like Drake, Sampha and Pepe Braddock.

The concept started in 2011, when Benji was asked to DJ at the London Eye, the big wheel overlooking the Thames River in London.

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National Poetry Month
7:26 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

#ThisIsWhere We Share Our First 10 Favorite Poems

#ThisIsWhere it's real, by our editorial director Alicia Zuckerman.
Credit @aliciazuck / Instagram

To honor National Poetry Month, WLRN and the O, Miami poetry festival bring you the "This Is Where" poetry project.

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Regional Awards
4:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Young South Florida Theater Companies Take Home Carbonells

Island City Stage’s ‘The Timekeepers’ won a half-dozen Carbonell Awards, including best production of a play and best actor for Michael McKeever (standing behind table).
Credit Robert Figueroa

Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosted the 38th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony Monday, March 31. The awards go to regional theater groups. And this year, young groups took home plenty of awards.

Island City Stage is less than two years old, and it took home half a dozen awards. Michael McKeever won best actor for a play called "The Timekeepers" -- an Island City Stage production. Slow Burn Theater is a 4-year-old company and it was nominated for 10 awards.

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Diversity in EDM
5:49 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Why Do Ravers Wear Their Countries' Flags To Ultra?

Diego Saldana-Rojas

At a festival dedicated to a genre of music that does not rely on lyrics, it's interesting that many attendees chose to represent their nationalities: Ultra Music Festival goers came in flying the flags of their home regions, from Northern Ireland and Catalonia to France and Australia.

Some wore them as capes over their backs, others as skirts and a few as bandanas over their heads and faces. Click through the slideshow above and see how many flags you can identify.

Did you go to Ultra? Why do you think people like to wear their flags?

Arts
3:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nationwide Ukulele Craze Takes South Florida By Strum

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

The jam session at the Penny Lane Music Emporium in Fort Lauderdale is probably one of the few musical gatherings in South Florida where senior citizens and teenagers play out of the same songbook.

About 20 people of all ages stand or sit in a circle, strumming ukuleles. Each of them has one eye on the sheet music, the other on their host, Ty Olopai.

"Beginners, when they pick it up, learn music in a minute,” says Olopai.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend

Credit Morikami Museum

Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. It does get pretty loud during Ultra, after all. But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.

During Miami Music Week, some earnest, intellect-stimulating events sneak their way through EDM's unruly buzz. Maybe it'll just be you and another bespectacled, mustachioed friend. Maybe you'll run into one of us.

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The End of the Road
11:22 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

We Want Your I-95 Ire And Art

Commuter misery turned postal art, the I-95/395 interchange was featured in the U.S. Postal Service's "EARTHSCAPES" collection of Forever Stamps in 2012.
Credit U.S. Postal Service

If you wrote a play about road rangers or made a quilt from fallen mattress, or glued together a Fabergé-style egg from pieces of shattered headlights, then for the love of highway please contact us.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Flick Coffee House 50th Anniversary Celebration of Folk Music and Fairchild Tropical New Art Center

David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) with Bobby Ingram

Download or listen to the entire program here, or hear individual segments below.

03/21/14 - Next time on a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, musician Bobby Ingram talks about the local Folk music boom in the ‘60’s and the 50th anniversary of The Flick Coffee House Folk music events, March 28th through the 30th in Coral Gables.  Tickets are $40 and $25 at the bar, with a limit of 100. Information at eventbrite.com Judith Bishop speaks with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s COO, Nannette Zapata, about their exciting, new Arts Center. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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Theater
7:44 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Micro Theater, Macro Complaints

Microtheater Miami
Credit Lisann Ramos

 

The Spanish Cultural Center in downtown Miami is turning complaints into theater.

The center hosts Micro Theater, 15-minute plays performed inside graffiti-covered shipping containers. The series goes on year round, but changes its repertoire every five weeks. 

 

In conjunction with the Wolfsonian-FIU's Power of Design festival, this season's theme is complaints. 

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Film
2:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Under The Dome With Buckminster Fuller This Saturday

Buckminster Fuller with his Montreal World Fair's Dome.
Magnum Photos

Saturday, the MDC Live Arts series will present the live documentary "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller." It's a live doc because director Sam Green will live narrate the presentation while indie-rock band Yo La Tengo will lend its musical notes to the score.

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Arts
2:05 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nilo Cruz Returns To Holocaust's 'Voyage Of The Damned' In New Play

Some of the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees aboard the St. Louis arriving in Belgium after being refused entry into Cuba and the United States.
Credit jdc.org

The fate of a German ocean liner in 1939 is one of the darkest moments in both American and Cuban history. The M.S. St. Louis was bound for Havana, carrying nearly a thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

After Cuba and the U.S. both turned the ship away and it returned to Europe -- most of those passengers perished in the Holocaust.

And now, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz has raised the specter of that doomed voyage in his latest work, titled "Sotto Voce."  

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Music
8:35 am
Wed March 19, 2014

FIU 'Complaints Choir' Shows The World Its Whine List

FIU's newly formed chorus is one of hundreds of 'complaint choirs' worldwide.
Credit Christine DiMattei

"We will run out of resources!
Miami drivers all stink!"

The young men and women are standing in a practice room in Florida International University’s School of Music, singing a whole string of gripes and lamentations.

A litany of complaints, as it were.

"People don't know to turn right on red!
They never use their turn signals either!"

They're all members of FIU’s newly formed "Complaints Choir," a group of singers whose sole purpose is taking common everyday annoyances and setting them to music.

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Homeless
7:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Britto Meters Still Confuse Drivers, Passersby

Stephen Sawitz with one of his "Britto meters" in the parking lot of Joe's Stone Crab.
Credit Wilson Sayre

It’s a cool Saturday night and Anthony Rolle pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.

Rolle starts to look a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It's not actually a parking meter at all.

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