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Navigating Art Basel
8:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Lost In The Art? Here Are Links, Guides And A Smartphone App To Make Basel A Breeze

Art Basel, Miami Beach, 2007.
Credit ImageMD /Flickr

As you all know, Art Basel is a few days jam-packed with a ton of events, galleries and parties.

In short, it gets difficult to wade through everything that is happening starting next week.

No fears, though! We have a roundup here of some of the more helpful Art Basel guides. Some even point you to free events!

You can click through the links below:

Miami.com

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Art Basel
2:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

How To Get Around With Public Transit During Basel

igougo.com

At a roundtable arts engagement event at Locust Projects recently, the conversation inevitably turned to Art Basel and its effect on Miami both as a city and as developer of the arts scene. The chat touched on the blossoming street-art hub of Wynwood, and how there is a tangible sense that Miami is starting to matter in the arts world.

It would have been a positive, maybe even an uplifting conversation, if it was not filled with undertones of frustration.

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Art Basel 2012
11:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Overtown Participates In Art Basel On A Grand Scale

Credit "F053" by Olalekan Jeyifous (Art Africa Miami Arts Fair)

Overtown artists have participated in Art Basel with showings and events in the neighborhood in past years. However, this is the second year that the neighborhood participates on a grander scale.

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Airport Art
10:23 am
Thu November 29, 2012

How Your Art Can Really Take Off

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal
Credit hanneorla

Lots of us would rather steer clear of construction, but Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is actually embracing it. 

The new runway and terminal expansion project will not only allow for more flights, it also creates more space for art.

So, the Broward County Public Art and Design Committee is looking for an artist, or perhaps artists, in residence.

And the art is supposed to be about the airport construction project itself.

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Sounds of Basel
2:15 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

What Does Fania Records Have To Do With Art Basel Miami?

The musicians of Fania Records include Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Ismael Miranda.
Credit Fania Records

The legendary salsa label hosts a free music and art event at PAX in Little Havana during Art Basel Wednesday, Dec.5 through Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Art Basel 2012
12:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Seven Signs That Art Basel Miami Is Almost Here

A geodesic dome under construction in the Design District before Art Basel Miami 2011.
Credit Trina Sargalski

You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.

Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.

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Sculptures
1:36 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

You Can Spot Bigfoot In the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

Bigfoot will be unveiled this Tuesday at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
Credit Photo via Hill+Knowlton Strategies

This week, you can find Bigfoot at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens... that is, a large sculpture of a man with unusually large feet.

Idan Zareski's "Bigfoot" will be unveiled on Tuesday at the Gardens. The sculpture, "Bigfoot," has already been featured in other countries all over the world. 

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Live Music During Basel Week
12:08 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

UR1 Festival Is Postponed: So Where To See Live Music During Art Basel?

http://ur1festival.com/

UR1 Music & Arts Festival is following in line with the newest trend for South Florida music festivals.  

It goes like this: announce a huge show with a killer line up.  The people get hyped, and buy tickets.  Then, with the festival just a few days away, make a big announcement.

The show has been canceled.

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The Picture Show
1:39 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

African-American Faces Of The Civil War

This rare portrait shows an identified Confederate noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Andrew Martin Chandler (left), and his named slave, Silas Chandler (right). It is the only Confederate photograph in the book by Rod Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War. Born into slavery, Silas "was one of thousands of slaves who served as [body servants] during the war," writes Coddington.
Collection of Andrew Chandler Battaile

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:02 pm

The impulses to collect and to doodle have always been in Ron Coddington's blood. As a kid, it was baseball cards. As a teen, he took an interest in old flea market photos — and simultaneously became "obsessed," he says, "with learning to draw the human face."

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Author explores Key West History
6:11 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Key West Stays Quirky

Author Robert Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Credit Robin Jones

A conversation with author Robert Kerstein

Robert Kerstein is a government professor at the University of Tampa. But when he's not teaching on the other coast, he likes hanging out in Key West. His frequent trips there have translated into a new book about how the little city at the bottom of the peninsula has managed to maintain its unique character while becoming a major tourist town. The book is called Key West: On The Edge, Inventing the Conch Republic. And this weekend, Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International

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MOCA
6:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Museum in North Miami Receives Highest Award

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art becomes one of just 69 museums to ever receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Credit Museum of Contemporary Art

In a White House ceremony Wednesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami joined an elite group of just 69 museums to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service - one the nation's top seals of approval for museums and libraries.

"Well, I guess you could compare it to the Emmy's or Oscars,"  said  Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute for Museum and Library Service.

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

How Ghosts Of Legendary Miami Family Fire Poet's Imagination

Credit miamidade.gov

Christine DiMattei interviews poet C.M. Clark.
 "This is a work of fiction," cautions the introduction to poet C.M. Clark's latest book, "Charles Deering Forecasts the Weather & Other Poems."

Whatever would Charles Deering say?
 If there's one person who can at least guess, it's Clark.   She was the very first Literary Artist-in-Residence for the Deering Estate, which stands alongside the Biltmore Hotel and Vizcaya as one of Miami-Dade's historical gems.   The estate was built in 1916 by Deering, a wealthy industrialist, and once housed one of the most extensive art collections in our region. 

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Arts
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

What Goes On Behind The Scenes During Art Basel Miami Beach

Filmmaker Andrew Hevia
Credit Andrew Hevia

A new documentary filmed during last year's  Art Basel Miami Beach features seven young artists who live and work in Miami.

It's called Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, andn it's the work of Andrew Hevia, 28, a graduate of New World School of the Arts.

Hevia produced, directed and edited the documentary which is a production of WLRN and made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Along with the artists, the film also features gallery owner Brook Dorsch.

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Miami Book Fair International
2:50 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Junot Díaz

Tweet us a story!
Sammy Mack WLRN

Here at WLRN, we get excited about book fairs the way some people get excited about Fourth of July parades or Christmas pageants.

So this week, as the Miami Book Fair International descends upon our region and makes South Florida the center of the literary universe, we’re doing something special.  We want you to help us tweet a story.

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The Art of Politics
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Postcards From America And Electile Dysfunction In South Florida

Hialeah, Florida. Nadia at Obama for America office on election night.
Susan Meiselas http://postcardsfromamerica.tumblr.com/

Us Floridians know what it's like to be in the political spotlight, and not in a positive way.

Nationwide we have become a laughingstock, with people from all over asking the obvious question: "Why can't you guys get your elections together?"  

That, however, is a question easier asked than answered.

The Tumblr blog called Postcards From America, which popped up this last week, tries to tackle the question indirectly. Featuring photos and commentaries from across the country, as well as photos from right here in South Florida, one can see a portrait of the individuals who this election has affected.  The mood of South Florida on and before election day is perfectly captured.

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