Arts & Culture

David Bornfriend

A number of distinguished filmmakers, screenwriters and dancers have graduated from Miami’s New World School of the Arts. That list includes Tarell Alvin McCraney, who's play was adapted into the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight." 

But the high school's unique programs are now in jeopardy after the Florida Legislature this past session slashed all of the school's supplemental state funding by $500,000, according to The Miami Herald

In the balcony of the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, Jimmy Buffett watches the final rehearsal for his new musical, Escape to Margaritaville. Down below, technicians inflate beach balls, which, in true Buffett fashion, are to be dropped on theater-goers' heads at the end of the show.

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Guests for Sundial on Monday, March 12 2018:

Jeff Goodell is a climate reporter and author. He recently wrote  "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World." Goodell  joined the program from WAMC in Albany, New York, to discuss what the future of living with rising seas will look like. 

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has a new film, "Godard Mon Amour," showing at this year's Miami Film Festival. Hazanavicius spoke about the film, his career and the French cinema industry. 

Junot Díaz wanted to write a children's book for more than 20 years. In the meantime, he wrote several grown-up books, including The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. He also won a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, among other accolades.

Now he has finished that children's book. Islandborn is about a curious, Afro-Caribbean girl named Lola.

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Guests for Sundial on Wednesday, Feb. 28:

City of Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli discussed the city commission vote that banned assault weapons even though state law forbids local governments to pass gun laws.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened its doors to students today for the first time since the Feb. 14 mass shooting.  WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski spoke to us about how students, parents and faculty handled being back in the school. Also, MSD student David Hogg told us how he felt on his first day attending class after the shooting. 

The Library of Congress hosted a very special guest at story time this week:

Dolly Parton.

The country music legend is also a champion of early childhood literacy, through her Imagination Library. Every month, the nonprofit program mails a free book to more than a million children — from infants to preschoolers.

Zadie Smith is justly celebrated for her chameleon-like gifts as a writer. In novels like White Teeth and On Beauty she's ventured deeply into the lives of a multi-racial assortment of immigrants to Great Britain and the United States. Her characters run the gamut from aspirational working-class kids, self-important academics, pensioners, young dancers and, to date, one Chinese-Jewish Londoner with a fixation on Golden Age Hollywood.

The first Bible I ever purchased was a New International Version Student Life Bible; it was black with neon pink and green lettering. I picked it up from the bookstore of a church I was invited to in my late teens. This "expanded" version featured maps, reading plans, and questionnaires geared toward teenagers who wanted to learn how to effectively apply biblical principles to their daily lives. In other words, how to learn to be the "salt of the earth."

You don't need me to tell you how exciting or important Marvel Studio's Black Panther has become. It's one of the most anticipated films of the year — and broke records for pre-release ticket sales.

Apocryphal stories about our nation's first president abound.

Wooden dentures? Experts say disabusing the public of this myth is like ... well, pulling teeth. (And George Washington did have several pulled, having suffered mightily from dental problems.)

Finland has a tendency to beguile. Saunas are so important that both the president and prime minister keep official ones. The country has the most heavy metal bands per capita. It's experimenting with a basic income.