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6:36 am
Fri July 13, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Disco Comes To Miami

A scene from "The Donkey Show" at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Christine DiMattei

The disco craze that took the world by storm nearly 40 years ago was born in New York City, right?

Maybe not.

A theatrical experience celebrating 1970's disco comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center tonight.  And while it’s hundreds of miles away from the streets John Travolta struts down in “Saturday Night Fever,” it turns out Miami played a major role in the disco craze.

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This Miami Life
1:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Salsa Lessons

Salsa trumpeter and music teacher, Mario Ortiz, demonstrates salsa steps to his class at Hialeah Gardens Middle School.
Laura Isensee

Music teacher Mario Ortiz has been teaching classic salsa tunes to elementary and middle school students for 14 years.  Outside the classroom, Mario plays trumpet in a salsa group. He learned music from his father, who was also named Mario Ortiz.

The elder Ortiz was a well known salsa bandleader (for the Mario Ortiz All Star Band)  in Puerto Rico in the 1960s.  He died in 1999.

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Under the Sun
4:00 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Taking The Plunge

The pool at the National Hotel in Miami Beach
Alicia Zuckerman

UPDATE  June 6, 2013 14:43 p.m.: (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.

Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.

Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.

 

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Arts
11:09 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

The Cuban Sandwich War Is Over, Miami Concedes Defeat

This looks seriously delicious. The question is: Where was it made, Miami or Tampa?

After an incursion by the upstart Miami Cuban community, the people have spoken – Tampa is the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

More than 7,200 people voted at the NPR food blog, “The Salt,” and the results speak for themselves: 57 percent for Tampa, 43 percent for Miami as the true home of the Cuban sandwich.

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Civil Rights And Arts
1:03 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

"Her Own Little Paris In Miami"

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband. Greenfield, a musical prodigy herself, started Miami’s first interracial arts school in the 50s, angering some whites when she taught black students. She lives in
Marice Cohn Band The Miami Herald

Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

 

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Civil Rights And Arts
1:03 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

"Her Own Little Paris In Miami"

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband. Greenfield, a musical prodigy herself, started Miami’s first interracial arts school in the 50s, angering some whites when she taught black students. She lives in
Marice Cohn Band The Miami Herald

 Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

 

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Arts And Civil Rights
1:03 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

"Her Own Little Paris In Miami"

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband. Greenfield, a musical prodigy herself, started Miami’s first interracial arts school in the 50s, angering some whites when she taught black students.
Marice Cohn Band The Miami Herald

Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  

She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

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Arts
12:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Alvin Ailey Dance Director Comes Home To Miami

Robert Battle comes home to Miami
Carl Juste Miami Herald

On an icy night in late December, Miami native Robert Battle, the new artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, saw his past and future come together in the heart of New York City.

After a year and a half of public grooming, of working alongside his towering predecessor, Judith Jamison, Battle was finally at the head of modern dance's most famous company, and in programming the troupe's annual five-week season at City Center Theatre, a major event in the New York dance world, he had made his real debut as director.

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Under the Sun
12:44 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Diana Abu-Jaber's Recipes For Baklava And Tabbouleh

Baklava
Yucel Tellici/stock.xchang

Diana Abu-Jaber read her essay for Under the Sun about her family’s heritage of hosting guests during the holidays.  Here are a few recipes you might want to add to your holiday table.  One is more elaborate–perhaps for a host to serve.  The other is super simple–perhaps something a guest can contribute to a party.  These recipes are from Abu-Jaber’s memoir, The Language of Baklava (Pantheon Books).

POETIC BAKLAVA

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Under the Sun
12:43 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Diana Abu-Jaber On Sharing The Table During The Holidays

Diana Abu-Jaber serves herself stuffed grape leaves. Her father, Gus, joins her at the table.
Diana Abu-Jaber

For many of us, cooking for a holiday feast or making preparations for a party are well worn and beloved holiday routines.  All of that hosting can also be exhausting!  Listen to author Diana Abu-Jaber read her essay on her family’s heritage of hosting guests during the holidays.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:45 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Muralist Makes His Mark In Little Haiti

Miami muralist Serge Toussaint paints a mural in a North Miami backyard.
Trina Sargalski

If you’ve ever visited Little Haiti, you’ve probably seen Miami muralist Serge Toussaint’s work, which is sprinkled throughout the city. How can you tell it’s his work? His signature is a dollar sign instead of an “S” in Serge. He spends most of his time in Little Haiti, but his work can be seen in Liberty City, Little River, Allapattah, the Miami River and all the way to Fort Lauderdale.

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Under the Sun
4:56 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

The World According To Sound

A cruise ship sails by in the distance of South Pointe Park in South Beach.
Alicia Zuckerman

When you stop and listen to your surroundings, what do you hear? We take sound for granted because it’s around us all the time. But when you are forced to listen in a different way, you hear a different story.

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Under the Sun
3:11 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

All In A Day’s Work: A Man And His Mangos

Mangoes featured at the 2010 International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Trina Sargalski / WLRN

It’s mango season in South Florida. Thanks to our humid climate and poor soil, this region excels at mango growing – only rivaled by Hawaii. The man who knows most about mangoes in Miami is Dr. Richard Campbell, the senior curator of tropical fruit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.

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Under the Sun
1:18 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

American Fare At “La Vaquita”

Store manager Yoselin at the Palmetto Bay Farm Store.
Julia Longoria

Farm Stores have been a staple of South Florida since the 1950s, when the chain opened its first drive-through store in South Beach. Generations have taken advantage of its convenience, picking up necessities such as milk and eggs and treats such as ice cream. Today, there are 100 stores across South Florida.
 

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Haiti Earthquake
12:52 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

A Journalist Turns His Mic On Haiti's Grievances

One of the aftereffects of the earthquake in Haiti is that local journalists have found new freedom. Many are now airing the kinds of political commentary and criticism that used to invite violence and censure– even death.

The shift comes across loud and clear on Haiti’s airwaves, where most people get their news.

Jennifer Maloney brings us the story of Haitian radio host and reporter Makenson Remy, known to listeners as “Four-by-Four” because of his rugged brand of go-anywhere reporting.

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