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8:18 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

A New World Grad Overcomes The Odds

Damion Bradbury is on his way to the Garth Fagan Dance Company after graduating from New World School of the Arts Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy Damion Bradbury

Before the pianist plays the final arrangement, Damion Bradbury stands in the front row of the New  World School of the Arts dance studio towering over most of his fellow dancers at 6'4".

His feet are tuned out in a “V” shape, first position. His long arms hang by his side.

The piano notes waft through the room.

Gerard Ebitz, a ballet teacher at the school, talks the students through what will be the last reverence at New World for the 2015 senior class.

There is a solemn feel to this dance sequence performed at the end of every ballet class. 

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Feature
8:59 am
Thu April 30, 2015

To Get More Customers, Small Businesses Bake Social Media Strategy

Brenda Shapiro sets up a LibbyLicious display table, part of a "Ladies Night Out" fundraiser for a South Florida Kosher food bank.
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

In the middle of the night, Brenda Shapiro woke up and thought: “LibbyLicious.” The prefect name for a small baking business built from a mandelbread recipe handed down by her husband’s grandmother, Grandma Libby.

Unfortunately, the South Florida baker did not wake up with a social media strategy.

“This is why I have my daughter-in-law do this for me,” Shapiro says. “I’m busy baking, delivering, packaging, going out and selling my cookies myself. I’m a one-person show.”

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Feature
11:16 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Miami Blog Helps Women Embrace Their Cancer Scars

Lori Cuellar, left, is posing with her daughter, Renee Cuellar, right.
Credit Leslie Lyn / Wear To Now

A Miami-based blog is featuring fashion shoots with women who have battled cancer. It’s called Wear To Now. The women get photo shoots with professional hair, makeup and styling for free. The blog is trying to help women embrace their scars.

Lori Cuellar posed for the camera at Matheson Hammock Park. The morning sun was hitting her. Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline were in the background.

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Culture
6:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Director John Boorman Continues His Unique Vision of Filmmaking

Director John Boorman doing what he loves best.

Director John Boorman may be 82 years old, but his work and his singular cinematic vision have not diminished.  The director of "Deliverance" and "Hope and Glory" spoke with Caroline Breder-Watts at the opening of his latest film, "Queen and Country."

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O, Miami
12:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

With Shadow Puppets, Federico Garcia Lorca's Poetry Comes To Life

Julia Miller (left) and two other puppeteers create a scene in "My Soul's Shadow."
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Behind two white screens on a concrete loading dock with no air conditioning, six overhead projectors hum away. People quietly dart around, picking up what look like small cutouts of faces and figures. They place them on the projectors and with almost imperceptible motions move then across the hot screens.

Sometimes a person stands in front of the projectors, his crisp profile forming a silhouette on the other side of a white screen. He interacts with the shadows of these various cut outs - opening a drawer, taking the bite of a giant apple or falling out of a boat.

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Culture
9:52 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Filmmaker Rediscovers Haitian Roots In Quest For 'The Good Life'

Credit SoulFood Films

Like many cinematic love stories, Rachelle Salnave’s romance begins with an intense dislike bordering on hatred.

As a kid, the 40-year-old filmmaker explains in her self-narrated documentary, she didn’t want anyone knowing she was Haitian, owing to the negative media portrayals of people from the Caribbean country.

“They called us boat people!” Salnave exclaims. “The media constantly portrayed Haiti’s poverty, and the CDC even listed Haiti as the origin of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

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StateImpact Florida
12:26 am
Mon April 20, 2015

New Broward College Program Wants To Train Young Artists And Designers

A storyboard created by Claudia Morell, a student in Broward College's Visual Arts and Design Academy.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

A new program at Broward College has just eight students and seeks to train the next generation of South Florida artists and designers.

The school hopes to earn a national certification for the Visual Arts and Design Academy this spring – becoming the first community college in the South to have that.

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News
6:55 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Music Therapy Bill Passes Senate Hurdle

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:01 am

A bill that would require music therapists in Florida to get a state license passed a State Senate committee. The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Health Policy committee Tuesday.

Music therapists with specific education and training to help patients cope and heal from a variety of illnesses are currently certified by a national board.

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Arts
3:09 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

What Conducting A Video Game Concert Sounds Like

Scott Flaven, resident conductor at the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, is preparing for their newest show - Frost Plays Video Game Music.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

Ever wonder what Beethoven or Mozart might think if they were asked to assemble a score for the newest edition of a Playstation video game?

Scott Flaven, the visiting conductor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, says video game music is rapidly becoming the forefront of music composing.

So students got together and decided to create an ensemble of music from their favorite video games. Some of the games that inspired them include Portal, Bioshock, Super Mario Bros. and Pong.

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Miami Stories
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Miami Theater Brings A Lifetime Of Inspiration

Veronica Diaz as the lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

 

This story, as told by Veronica Diaz, is part of an oral history series.

Let’s set the scene: It’s early 2004, and my mother is taking my younger sister and me to go watch Cats: The Musical at what was then known as Jackie Gleason Theater on Miami Beach.

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News
12:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Ultra Fans Faced New Barriers To Bringing Molly Into The Festival

Pressed pills and capsules of "molly," the common name for MDMA, a drug popular among festivalgoers.
Credit Source / Courtesy

During his sophomore year of high school, Topher started listening to electronic music in the vein of dubstep and drum and bass. Soon he got hooked onto the rest of the electronic musical tree.

Now he's a 21-year-old psychology student at Florida International University. He asked that we not use his full name, because during this year's Winter Music Conference, he plans on rolling. 

"Rolling" commonly refers to consuming molly, a hallucinogenic amphetamine-like drug marketed as MDMA. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be.

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Culture
12:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Matzoh Luck! Film Bids Farewell To NYC's Streit's Matzoh Factory

Streit's signature pink boxes of matzoh.
Credit Matzofilm.com

Jewish families celebrating Passover this year might want to take a good look at that box of matzoh in the kitchen. If it says "Streit's" on it, they're looking at the end of an era.

For almost a century, the Streit's company has been making 40 percent of the country's matzoh out of a factory on New York's Lower East Side.  Now, after 90 years, the factory is shutting down, and Streit's is moving to New Jersey.  But not without a cinematic send-off.

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Dance And Street Art
12:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Street Art Takes Center Stage In Miami City Ballet World Premiere

Shepard Fairey's Wynwood Walls mural in memory of developer and Wynwood visionary Tony Goldman was one of the pieces that inspired Justin Peck's new ballet, Heatscape. Fairey created the backdrop for the ballet.
Credit Courtesy of Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant Art

Justin Peck is one of the country’s most sought-after ballet choreographers. Shepard Fairey is one of the most famous street artists in the world. Peck is resident choreographer with New York City Ballet and lives in New York. Fairey lives in L.A. Their first collaboration is happening in West Palm Beach.

Miami City Ballet performs the world premiere of "Heatscape" on Friday, March 27, before taking it to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in April. To hear how it all came together listen to the story above.

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Business
8:00 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Social And Anti-Social Trends In Customer Service

Not too long ago, good customer service meant a warm welcome and personal attention. Today, great customer service can mean leaving the customer alone to fend for themselves. That shift is thanks, in part, to technology.

It’s the smartphone that allows customers to be simultaneously social and anti-social in how they relate to and interact with service staff. Websites like TripAdvisor, OpenTable and Yelp have given customers a voice, and restaurants and hotels are listening -- and responding.

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