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Food
5:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NY Times Tells Us What A Florida Thanksgiving Tastes Like

Bored with the same old cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes? How about Mojo Turkey, black beans and plantains?
Credit Andrew Scrivani for the New York Times

Mango? How about Key lime? If you want this year's Thanksgiving Day table to include the tastes and aromas that practically scream "Florida," which would you choose?

NY Times Food Editor Sam Sifton and his team wanted to see how Thanksgiving dishes varied from state to state across the country. 

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Oral History
4:45 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

MiamiStories: Up In Smoke

Oscar Fuentes as The Biscayne Poet

This story, as told by Oscar Fuentes, is part of an oral history series.

It was the summer of 2003; I was living in a very old and ugly apartment building between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 2nd Avenue, off of 33rd Street. I had a bitter, mentally unstable landlord that walked around with a concealed weapon. I had a part-time gig at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, now HistoryMiami. I would give guided tours of the permanent galleries and write historical theater scripts for their summer camp program.

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

Broward Center Educational Events, Miami Short Film Festival, Florida Keys Calendar

Rose Miniaci Education Center Classes
www.browardcenter.org

11/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Broward Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO, Kelley Shanley, brings us the details about their exciting arts and educational events. Film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the 13th Annual Miami Short Film Festival with founder and director, William Vela.

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Books
7:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour With Judy Blume

Judy in Miami Beach in the late 1940s
Copyright by Judy Blume and used only with her written permission. Not to be further reproduced or distributed except with her permission.

When I was in elementary school, I wrote an "autobiography" called "I Want to Be Like Judy." It had a pink construction paper cover and came in second in the school library contest. I never imagined that  30-something years later, Judy would say to me, "Let's take a selfie!" (See our virtual tour - link below.) I loved all her books, but "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" was one of my very favorites. I read it over and over. Ten times? Fifteen?  

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South Florida BrewFest
1:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How FIU Is An Incubator For Brewers, Even Without A Beer Program

Matthew Weintraub teaches classes at FIU's beer academy.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

The Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University doesn't offer a degree in beer brewing. There isn't even a degree in beverage management (although there's a minor).

But earlier this year, FIU became the only school in South Florida with a brewing lab.

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Useful Facts
1:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

How Much Do You Know About Florida Beer History?

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Mark DeNote doesn't teach his middle school history students about beer. But he did write Florida's history of "the drink of the working class" in his book, "The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide."

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Miami Book Fair International
5:55 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Richard Blanco's New Miami Memoir Explores 'Becoming' Cuban-American

Richard Blanco reading from a book of his poetry
Credit Joyce Tenneson / RichardBlanco.com

From the opening pages of poet Richard Blanco’s refreshing memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” it’s clear that you’re not wandering Calle Ocho in one of those nostalgic, Little Havana paradises that so many Cuban-American chronicles try to recreate.

Instead, you’re wandering a Winn Dixie in Westchester.

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Books
1:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Botany Tour For The Book Fair: Stories From Michael Largo

Michael Largo in front of a Blue Agave, which is used to make tequila. The agave blooms once, for three days just before it dies.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Say you walk into an office building. On the reception desk is a nice, lush, green-leafed plant with white dots on it. You think, “how nice and outdoorsy.”

Chances are it's a deathly, toxic plant called a "dumb cane."

That's one of the tidbits included in Michael Largo's most recent publication, "The Big, Bad Book of Botany." It’s an encyclopedia-style book about botany sprinkled with surprising, funny and historical tales of plants.

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Arts
6:03 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

"Culture Concrete": A Dance Film Set In Miami Marine Stadium

In 2013, Hattie Mae Williams, a contemporary dance choreographer, won a grant from the Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge.

Now, the New World School of the Arts graduate is having her film debut with “Culture Concrete,” premiering at The LAB Miami in Wynwood this Saturday, Nov. 15.

It’s set within the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key. Since the stadium's abandonment in 1992, it has become a hub for graffiti artists, both local and international.

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Culture
4:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Book News: PBS Promises 'Olympic-Style' Coverage Of Miami Book Fair

Festivalgoers browse for books during the Miami Book Fair International. PBS will provide live coverage of the fair's events over the course of three days this year.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:08 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Arts
9:56 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Florida Grand Opera Ain't Over 'Till The Community Speaks

A 2010 Grand Florida Opera performance of “The Barber of Seville”.
Credit livedesignonline

The Florida Grand Opera is trying to stay afloat after years of decline. It hosted a series of town hall meetings this past weekend to reach out to the community for help.   

Since 2006, the opera has spent $19.4 million more than it has taken in. 

Susan Danis, general director of FGO, has been working for two years to implement a new strategy for the company.

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Produce
3:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Pinatas are among the new generation of club apples — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.
Stemilt Growers LLC

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:56 am

There's an apple renaissance underway, an ever-expanding array of colors and tastes in the apple section of supermarkets and farmers markets.

Less visible is the economic machinery that's helping to drive this revolution. An increasing number of these new apples are "club apples" — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.

To understand the new trend, start with the hottest apple variety of recent years: Honeycrisp.

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