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4:15 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Five Miami Restaurants To Compete On New Bravo Show

Colicchio
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Looking for the country's best new restaurant, Bravo, the reality TV network behind Top Chef, will give five Miami dining spots a shot at glory. 

Hosted by current Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Best New Restaurant will premiere in January. The show, featuring 16 restaurants from across the nation, pits eateries against each other in everything from food to decor and hospitality. 

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News
3:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

How South Florida Modeling Agencies Could Help Stamp Out Human Trafficking

A 2008 United Nations conference on human trafficking inspired former Ford Modeling Agency CEO Katie Ford to join in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Youth sells.

Both in the glamorous world of high-fashion modeling and, sadly, in the dark underworld of human trafficking.

A fake promise of modeling or acting jobs is just one way human traffickers lure young victims -- female and male -- into lives of prostitution or domestic slavery. And now one of the most famous names in the fashion world says South Florida modeling agencies and talent scouts can play a part in the fight against the modern-day slave trade.

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Food And Drink
5:34 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Miami's Newest Coffee Shop Serves Art With Your Java

Mad Chiller uses "brew walls," here displayed at the Bakehouse Art Complex, to display local art while staff serves coffee, so patrons can add a piece to their order.
Credit Mad Chiller / Courtesy

At Mad Chiller, a pop-up coffee-shop-cum-art-gallery, culture is on the menu alongside locally roasted coffee and organic liege waffles.

The Mad Chiller coffee chariot – not to be mistaken for an ordinary cart – has been rolling into local arts events for nearly two years, but now the chariot will become immobile. Mad Chiller will be taking up permanent residence at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design on Sept. 12.

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Arts
5:16 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Helene Smith - Sings Sweet Soul! An original Deep City record.

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

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Culture
6:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Hear The Beat Of The Coral Gables Senior Center Drum Circles

Susan Corrigan and Essie Friedman keep to the beat with other residents of The Palace in Coral Gables as they participate in a drum circle.
Credit CW Griffin / Miami Herald staff

At the Sunday afternoon drum and sing-along class at The Palace in Coral Gables, music is the great healer. It eases niggling worries, soothes aching joints, mends grieving hearts, restores fickle memory.

“Music takes you to a good place,” says instructor Michael Cloyes, owner of Servant Response Entertainment.“It brings back happy memories, happy times. Who doesn’t like to sing?”

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Movies
3:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

O Cinema To Take Over Miami Beach's Byron-Carlyle Theater

The Wynwood location of O Cinema was the first location of the independent movie theater.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Joe Anzalone

The Miami-based independent movie theater O Cinema will open its third location this fall, in Miami Beach. The City of Miami Beach commission anonymously approved an agreement Wednesday allowing O Cinema to take over management of the Byron-Carlyle Theater.

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Arts
10:44 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Morikami Museum Celebrates Japanese Culture in South Florida

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located in Delray Beach,  is a unique South Florida destination that sprang from the Yamato colony more than 100 years ago.  Today, it's one of the few places in the Southeast where you can learn about, and become immersed in, Japanese culture.

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Latin America Report
5:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Can Juan Valdez – And Colombia's Mighty Coffee Corps – Challenge Starbucks?

Customers sipping samples this summer at the opening of Miami's first Juan Valdez coffee cafe.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Juan Valdez and his burro aren’t just symbols of Colombia’s world-famous coffee.

They’re the faces of what is arguably the most effective and democratic institution in Colombia: the National Coffee Growers Federation. The federation – which owns the Juan Valdez brand – offers a glimpse of what the war-torn South American country might be more like if it ever achieves peace.

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Property Development
5:45 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

When Nearly 60-Year-Old Broward Church Is Gone, Its Garden Might Still Bloom

One of the six plots at the Church of the Intercession's community garden.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Episcopal Church of the Intercession first opened its doors in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1950s. But churchgoers dwindled over recent years and the church couldn't afford to stay open. Its members celebrated mass for the last time this past Sunday.

Reverend Fred H. Johnson Jr. was called to the church three years ago as a supply priest, something a little like a substitute teacher.

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Safety
3:52 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Minors Banned From Miami's Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami

Organizers of Ultra Music Festival, held at Miami's Bayfront Park, announced a big change for future events: no minors allowed.

Event officials say this decision is not solely based on incidents from the last festival. Back in March, security guard Erika Mack was trampled when a crowd knocked down a chain link fence. Also, patron Pena Escoto died from an accidental overdose.

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History Of Equality
3:36 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Local Photographer's Work Exhibited In New Smithsonian LGBT Collection

Protesters handcuff themselves to the White House fence in 2010 tin protest of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
Credit Silvia Ros

For the last few years, photographing some of the biggest events in the LGBT community was more than just a job for Silvia Ros. It's personal.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Nova Southeastern University/Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FIU School of Music, Broward Arts Cal

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08/29/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop catches up with Executive Director and Chief Curator extraordinaire, Bonnie Clearwater, of the Nova Southeastern University - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Contributor Charles Greenfield speaks with the new, interim dean of the FIU School of Music, Dr. William Hipp. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Assistant Director of the Broward Cultural Division.

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