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11/01/12 at 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Maricel Presilla author of Gran Cocina Latina – The food of Latin America. It’

The Florida Grand Opera has gone digital for National Opera Week.

The week celebrates the vibrance and culture of the art form in America today.  But as the FGO's approach to participating in the week illustrates, there is a marked difference in how they are working to reach new audiences, as compared to the past.

Why Florida Is So Scary

Oct 31, 2012
Brian Bandell

Florida is the setting for many mystery novels, detective novels and crime novels. 

It turns out it's also a particularly good place to set a horror novel. 

Author Brian Bandell draws on the "creepiness from the swamp" that is Florida in his new book, Mute.

If you've ever found yourself anxiously wondering where a hurricane might make landfall, then you're probably familiar with "spaghetti charts" — the intertwined web of possible storm tracks put out by many forecasters.

Those lines represent hundreds of millions of observations from satellites, aircraft, balloons and buoys, all crunched from complex forecasting equations on some of the world's most powerful computers.

Slideshow: A Kendall Lawn Becomes An Edible Garden

Oct 29, 2012
Trina Sargalski

Earth Learning, a Miami-based sustainability group which focuses on food and agriculture, hosted the third annual Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, which ended last week. The summit included a tour of local farms and gardens.

The farm tour visited Frank Macaluso's Kendall home. Macaluso has turned his lawn, which sits on an approximately ¾-acre lot, into an edible garden.

10/26/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll talk with the new Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year.  We’ll also find out about a new, five year commitment that brings the Miami-Nice Jazz Festival to downtown Miami’s Olympia Theatre this weekend. Judith Bishop interviews Lissette Mendez, a co-producer of the 29th Annual Miami Book Fair International. Bill Nix delivers our arts calendar featuring enticing events in Palm Beach County. Catch the conversation and information  Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

VIDEO: How A Miami Arts Lover Becomes An Artist

Oct 26, 2012

Surviving fifteen years as an art space in Miami unofficially grants you the status of cultural institution.  Starting your fifteenth year in a new location with twice the space only cements it.  

Locust Projects of Miami is well poised for longevity as it prepares for both its 15th anniversary, and the 10th edition of it’s ‘Smash and Grab’ signature fundraising event.

Jordan Levin

The endless election season is enough to turn anyone cynical about politics. But for a group of female South Dade migrant workers, the idea of democracy is still a wonder.

They've been exploring it at a dance workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade College and the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. It’s part of the “Are We Democracy” workshop in Cutler Bay. The program was created by the New York dance troupe Urban Bush Women. The idea is to make democracy personal and concrete for everyone.

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities also says that wasn't entirely by choice — he'd rather have used a typewriter.

"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today — you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists

Oct 23, 2012

Premiering November 14 at 8:00pm on WLRN channel 17

Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists is a documentary about seven young exceptionally talented visual artists who live and work in Miami, a city that is in the middle of a cultural explosion. The program takes viewers inside the working worlds of these uniquely creative people, at the same time giving insight into the history and trajectory of Miami’s own recent creative development.

By Georgia Popplewell (caribbeanfreephoto)/flickr

According to the World Health Organization, as of 2010, over half the world’s population lived in cities.

By 2050, that percentage is expected to increase to 70 percent.

Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

Steve Newborn/WUSF

The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla., is a national historic landmark. The tower has one of the world's finest carillons-- an instrument made up of 60 bells.