Arts & Culture

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).

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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.

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After actor Tom Wahl first read the script for “I Am My Own Wife,” he had to lie down.

“It was a little overwhelming,” Wahl says.  “But from the first page, I was just blown away by the story.”

Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite, who survived first the Nazis and then the Communists -- as a woman.

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10/18/12 -   Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview executive pastry chef  Hedy Goldsmith, of Miami’s “Michael’s Genuine.”  She’s written BAKING OUT LOUD.

Excerpt: Tom Wolfe and Art Basel on Miami Beach

Oct 15, 2012

Can you feel that change in the air?  Never mind the fact that the seasons in Miami are mostly a social construct, the art season is upon us.

While we remain hopeful for a significant temperature drop in mid-October, novelist Tom Wolfe is forecasted to drop his latest work Back to Blood on October 23rd.  Set in Miami, the novel explores the multi-ethnic urban jungle of South Florida - and all the perceived class struggles that entails.

Alicia Zuckerman

The bassoonist Luciano Magnanini has been a fixture of South Florida's classical music scene for the past four decades. He has played around the world and performed under the conductors Leonard Bertstein and Zubin Mehta. In 1972, after arriving from Italy via Peru and Mexico, Magnanini began a 40-year teaching career at the University of Miami. He’s retiring in May, and this Sunday he performs a chamber concert celebrating his career.

The Nine Best Blocks In South Florida

Oct 10, 2012
Albert Harum-Alvarez

For the first time since the 1920’s, young people across the United States are migrating back to the urban cores, and leaving the suburbs behind, according to U.S. Census data.

Tom Wolfe Documentary Premieres In Miami

Oct 9, 2012
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Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, Back to Blood, takes place in Miami. It won’t be out until later in the month, but a new documentary about the years Wolfe spent here researching the book premieres Tuesday, October 9 at O Cinema in Wynwood.

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Fancy Food” Edition

Oct 4, 2012
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10/04/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents features chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and her annual report from the food industry’s biggest event, The Fancy Food Show.  Linda reports that Ethiopian cuisine is popular. And we’ll sample an easy-to-use bottled “simmer sauce.”  Low-sodium, tasty crisp chips are in vogue. One ounce equals a full-servings of veggies.  Of course, Fred Tasker is on hand with his weekly wine report. 

Coconut Grove Playhouse Set For State Takeover

Oct 4, 2012
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The nonprofit board of the Coconut Grove Playhouse has decided not to try to block the state from coming in and taking back the historic 1926 theater. 

That means the state could be in charge of the facility by next week. 

The theater has been closed for six years because of financial problems and there are still unresolved claims against it.

However, Miami-Dade County has set aside $20 million designated for the theater and there is a strong possibility the Playhouse could be deeded to the county by the state.

Interview: Radioboxer

Oct 1, 2012
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Under the Sun likes to feature some of the local talent that provide the soundtracks to our stories of life in South Florida.  We worked with Radioboxer to use their songs, “Cat’s Meow,” and “While You Wait,” in an Under the Sun piece, “Loyalty Oath.” We also got to chat with Jota Dazza on everything from the band’s inception to how Miami influences thei

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09/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs old favorites and best values. Critics Jen Karetnik, Rochelle Koff and Jan Norris will take calls.  Plus Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.  That’s Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman 09/20/12 at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

09/13/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with Miami-Herald obituary writer Elinor Brecher.  It takes singular skill and diplomacy to interview family and friends and craft a polished, posthumous profile. Brecher has made it an art.  And more: The Jewish New Year begins this weekend and Linda Gassenheimer gets holiday food tips from Chef Hector Morales, of the famed Miami Beach Epicure Market and Café.

09/10/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Jenny Brown, the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. She’s a former television documentary producer who once flipped burgers at McDonald’s but now operates the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.  She became devoted to the cause of farm animals after working undercover documenting abuse in Texas.  Brown promotes a vegan diet.  

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