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South Beach Wine and Food Festival
5:30 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

8 Chefs On What Kind Of Food Miami Is

Host of The Kitchen and Sandwich King on The Food Network.
Credit Lisann Ramos / WLRN

During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we asked eight renowned chefs (some local, some not) to describe greater Miami as a dish. 

They were gathered at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach to talk with Topical Currents host Linda Gassenheimer and with the Miami Herald's Evan Benn and Sara Liss.

Hear those interviews below, and read the chefs' food interpretation of Miami after that.

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Culture
5:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Film Revives Memories Of Kutsher’s And New York’s Bygone "Borscht Belt"

“You think kids want to come with their parents, take foxtrot lessons? Trips to Europe, that’s what the kids want! Twenty-two countries in three days.  Feels like it’s all slipping away...”

So laments resort owner Max Kellerman, in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

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Film Industry
3:56 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Omni CRA Hosts Job Fair To Build Miami Film Studio

Applicants stand in line at the Omni CRA job fair on Thursday.
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

About 250 people lined up for a job fair hosted by The Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Thursday near downtown Miami to hire workers for the construction of the Florida Film and Television Center.

North Carolina film company EUE/Screen Gems Studios has partnered with the Omni CRA to build the 82,000-square-foot studio at Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.

Pieter Bockweg is the executive director of the Omni CRA. He says not only will the studio create jobs in the community but it will revitalize the area.

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Culture
10:04 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Diana Nyad Returns To Key West With One-Woman Stage Show

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits, from Cuba to Key West. Now she's returned to Key West for the debut of her one-woman stage show, "Onward!"
Credit Walt Michot / Miami Herald

Diana Nyad’s most famous journey, her swim across the Florida Straits, started in Havana and ended in Key West. Her newest project – a one-woman stage show – is starting out on the island. 

The distance swimmer made international headlines when she came ashore in Key West on Labor Day 2013. It was her fifth attempt at the crossing. She was 64 years old.

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Food Culture
3:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Why Honoring Locals At The South Beach Wine And Food Festival Matters

Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar and Mignonette, South Florida Food 50 honoree.

About a year ago, the Miami Herald named business reporter Evan Benn its new food editor. He was appointed because Miami's paper of record noticed the importance of South Florida's booming culinary industry. 

That's an industry Benn is well connected with, and during this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, he's putting in the spotlight the people who make South Florida matter to the larger world of good cuisine.

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#CGAF2015
3:50 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Artists Say Coconut Grove Arts Festival Brings Largest Commission Of The Year

Michael Kuseske from Royal Palm Beach, Fla. has exhibited at Coconut Grove Arts Festival for about eight years.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Coconut Grove Arts Festival ended its three-day event Monday. The 52nd annual festival drew an estimated 100,000 people-- offering international art, plants and music. Some Florida artists say their displays here generate the top sales of the year for them. 

"So in Coconut Grove you're going to get a lot of artists who are going to congregate here during the winter because they cannot show anywhere else," said Michael Kuseske, a painter exhibiting from Royal Palm Beach. He's participated for about eight years. 

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Highway Graffiti
2:34 am
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida's Graffiti Problem In The '90s Had An Emblem: "Crook Crome"

Crook and Crome's mural in 1999 done about two weeks before Crook's arrest.
CW Griffin Miami Herald

South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Music
8:07 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

NiteCap Debut Show To Showcase Independent Miami Rappers

Liberty City rapper Loksamillion was the first artist featured on NiteCap Debut, a new YouTube show to introduce rising stars in Miami.
Credit NiteCap Debut

Inside his Liberty City music studio, Miami rapper Loksamillion keeps his Bible open to Songs of Solomon on a small black leather couch.

“There’s a reward for those who are diligent and listen to God,” he says.

Across the room, a small padded recording booth anchors the space next to a keyboard and computer. From the outside, this is a quaint yellow and white home on a quiet residential Liberty City block.

But this is where Loksamillion, also known as Loks, creates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

02/09/15 - On the next Topical Currents we discuss the future of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and how the common lentil can help.

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Food
7:47 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

World's Largest Key Lime Pie Travels To Its Northernmost Point

David Sloan, left, and Marky Pierson, right, put the finishing touches on the world's largest Key lime pie Thursday. The pie was served to commuters in Boston's South Station Thursday afternoon as part of a Florida Keys tourism promotion.
Credit Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

  Commuters in Boston’s South Station, coping with temperatures in the 20s and light snow, on Thursday got a taste of the Florida Keys. 

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council this week took over the station with ads and promotions for the Florida Keys. On Thursday, they provided samples of the islands’ signature dessert: Key lime pie.

And not just any Key lime pie. This is billed as “the world’s largest Key lime pie.” It’s 9 feet in diameter.

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Culture
3:06 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Community Meetings Underway For Knight Arts Challenge

FATVillage Arts District received a Knight grant last year to promote contemporary art in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit fatvillage.com

Applications are open for the Knight Arts Challenge.

The challenge provides funds from the Knight Foundation for art projects that work to bring the community together.

When the challenge began back in 2008, the foundation had one big community meeting to tell the public about it. But over the past four years, Knight has been hosting a series of meetings throughout communities in South Florida.

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