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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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Centennial
11:12 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Looking For Miami Beach At 100, In Sound And Screens

New World Symphony rehearses for the world premiere of El Sol Caliente, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach. Morrison's film stretches across eight screens.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

The composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison have been fusing their visions for upwards of 17 years. Some of their work together is included in a Bill Morrison retrospective up now at the MoMA in New York. Their first piece was for Bang on a Can, the new-music collective Gordon co-founded. It was called "City Walk," and over the years, a lot of their work has been about cities.

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Culture
4:41 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Opa-Locka: A City Reenvisioned Through Art

Opa-locka's first art and recreation center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

In the city of Opa-locka, a colorful park stands where liquor bottles and trash once collected in an empty lot.

New and chic affordable housing is popping up. Bright murals decorate buildings downtown.

Three years into a citywide arts transformation, Opa-locka is challenging how outsiders perceive the north Miami-Dade enclave, once better known for its prolific drug trade and gun violence.

Much of this transformation involves collaborations with artists. Artists and their ideas infused are in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping.

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Theater
12:39 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Tony Award-Winning Actor Gary Beach Always Leaves Them Laughing

Tony award-winning actor Gary Beach

Gary Beach is known for his hilarious - and often outrageous - characters on stage and screen, from "The Producers" to "Spamalot" to "La Cage Aux Folles." This month, Beach will be on view at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center in "Celebrity Autobiography."

Listen to the interview with him below:

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Knight Cities Challenge
12:35 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Miami Forager Wants To Hand Out Free Fruit Trees

Tifanny Noe wants to share her love of fruit trees with the community.
Credit Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Recently, the Knight Foundation released the finalists for its first Knight Cities Challenge.

 

The foundation was looking for proposals to make more than two dozen communities around the country better places to live and work, and 10 of the 126 finalists come from Miami.

Tiffany Noé is one of those finalists. She owns a small urban farm in Miami called the Little River Cooperative.

Her idea is to provide the public with free fruit trees.

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Music
11:53 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Zap Mama And Antibalas Come Together In Celebration Of Afrobeat

Zap Mama will be performing alongside Antibalas on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Zap Mama Press

Saturday, Jan. 24 will see the union of two musical acts in celebration of Afrobeat music at the main stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 

Zap Mama and Antibalas will come together as one band. 

“We are merging the two bands, not [performing] one after another,” says Marie Daulne, the voice behind the female vocal ensemble Zap Mama.  

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