Arts & Culture

Carol Tedesco / Key West Art & Historical Society

On Michael Gieda's first day at work with the Key West Art & Historical Society , he checked out one of the society's three museums, Fort East Martello . There he found a couple of local artists working on some pieces that had been in the society's collection for almost 30 years. "I remember walking up to the second floor of the citadel where all these pieces were being treated and just being utterly and completely blown away by this collection of sculpture," Gieda said. The pieces were...

Why Is Food So Beautiful?

May 11, 2016
Donna Muccio

At around 10 a.m. on any weekend morning, a line will start to form outside the popular Wynwood pop-up donut shop the Salty Donut. The shop has gained momentum through social media photos of its eclectic donuts . The woman behind many of those photos is Donna Muccio , who also photographs for another Miami restaurant, DIRT . I talked to her about professional food photography. So you shoot a lot of food. I do. Lots of different types of food and all of it's beautiful. And it's like an art to...

the Miami Herald

In some circles, instagramming pictures of your food is grounds for ridicule. But for food bloggers, it’s what brings home the bacon (all pun intended). I spoke to local food blogger Sef Gonzalez, better known as the Burger Beast, about what it’s like to run a food blog in a now foodie South Florida. How has the South Florida food scene evolved since you began blogging? The scene itself is totally different. I mean, when I started blogging eight years ago it was kind of a struggle to really...

Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Judy Blume's latest book, “ In the Unlikely Event,” came out in paperback this week. So we're bringing back this hour, which we produced when the book first came out last year. During an interview back then, she said this is her last big book project. "I'm 78," she said, "and there's a lot to do away from the computer." So she's now taken on another big project -- a whole bookstore. She and her husband George Cooper opened a Books & Books in Key West. They work there most days, doing...

Courtesy of the artist

In a studio above a pizza place in Miami’s Design District, a film projects onto a screen. Scenes of life flicker past. The graininess and clothing style give away the time - late 1960s. But, the activities are familiar today: eating burgers, playing music with friends, taking a walk in the woods. For a brief moment a page with typewriter script flashes the name “Walden” on the screen. This is Jonas Mekas’ seminal avant-garde film from 1969. Ninety-three-year old Mekas is showing his work for...

Saeed Adyani/Netflix

For the fourth year in a row, the Florida Legislature has adjourned and left the state without a tax incentive plan for the film and television industry. During Session 2016, there was more urgency from film industry advocates than in previous years -- because the state's incentive program sunsets on July 1 . Incentive funds that were supposed to have lasted until this year were drained quickly by many high-budget film and TV projects. Michele Hillery, president of nonprofit entertainment...

DeWolfe and Wood Collection / Monroe County Public Library

Sixty years ago, a film partially shot in Key West won three Academy Awards — including Best Actress. Anna Magnani was the first Italian actress to win an Oscar. She won for her role in "The Rose Tattoo," a movie based on the play by her close friend Tennessee Williams. The house where Magnani's character lived has recently been restored by an Italian couple. Carla Agostini Gay is a major movie buff and Magnani is her favorite actress. She and her husband, Robin, have been visiting Key West...

Art For Your Ears: Subtropics Marathon Airs Experimental Music

Mar 4, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

On Saturday, 20 sound art pieces will be performed and displayed at the 24th annual Subtropics Marathon , a six-hour sound art and experimental music event. "We don't try to pin down exactly the kinds of things these are. We're interested in experimental music, meaning music that is being made today, no matter what it is," said Gustavo Matamoros. Matamoros, a composer and sound artist living in Miami since 1979, helped organize this year's marathon and is the artistic director of Audiotheque ...

Mike Stocker

About 21 minutes into the documentary “Sweet Dillard,” the camera captures a moment of high drama in the band room of Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School. Christopher Dorsey, the school’s music teacher, checks his cell phone and says calmly, “We’ve been invited back to Ellington.” A cheer goes up from the kids in the band. Because “Ellington” is the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition , an annual high school jazz festival and competition that takes place at New York City...

Pieology Makes Its Move To South Florida

Feb 29, 2016
John Power / WLRN

Remember that idea Cosmo Kramer of “Seinfeld” had to start a business where you make your own pizza pie? Twenty-two years later the idea is now in South Florida.
Pieology is part of a growing food trend in America: making your own pizza and having it baked in a brick oven. "You don't see this in Miami," said Natalie Stuart, a customer at the new restaurant. "That’s actually what brought me here.” Floridians clearly have an appetite for pizza. When Trip Advisor ranked the top 10 pizza...

Netflix

The Netflix TV series "Bloodline" has added millions of dollars to the local economy and employed hundreds of people in the Florida Keys. But a study commissioned by the region's tourism agency says the bigger benefit is in tourism. "We found in the first six months since the show was released, which was March of 2015, we already had a huge impact in visitation," said Jessica Bennett, director of market research for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council . That's the agency that...

Marsha Halper / Miami Herald

“In Haiti, you always have the feeling it’s the first day. Every day is like Monday morning,” said Jean Guy Saintus , founder and director of Haitian dance company Ayikodans . Whenever a dance performance is getting close, Saintus warns his dancers that this might be the only rehearsal they get. “The piece needs to be ready tonight to be able to perform tomorrow. You never know what can happen tomorrow in Haiti,” he tells them. In recent months, political turmoil in Haiti has led to...

Lionsgate Films

Advice to Florida 's recent film school graduates: if you want to make a living, pack up and move to another state. Two Florida film schools are on The Hollywood Reporter's list of 25 best in the country: the film programs at Florida State University and the Ringling College of Art and Design. But film industry advocates warn that if any more big-budget movies leave Florida , the negative impact on the state's film industry will be, well, epic . Part of the problem is that the state's...

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