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6:38 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Renovations To Lyric Theater, Symbol Of Overtown’s Cultural History, Unveiled

Credit CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The historic Lyric Theater, Miami’s oldest entertainment venue, symbolizes a time when Overtown was a bustling cultural hub: Jazz icon Duke Ellington thrilled audiences on its stage; poet Langston Hughes recited there; soul songstress Aretha Franklin charmed concert-goers with her gospel tunes.

Over the decades the theater, built in 1913 by black tycoon Geder Walker, was either treasured or neglected.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, Opera For Kids, Riverwalk Blues Fest, Florida Keys Calendar

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival
http://virginiakeygrassroots.com

02/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts of the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival previews the world music, dance and art festivities for all ages.

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Maybe Not The Final Act
7:53 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Can The Curtain Rise Again At Coconut Grove Playhouse?

The Coconut Grove Playhouse: Will The Famous Facade Get To Stay?
Credit Miami Herald

You didn’t even have to live in South Florida to know about the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

It began life as a movie theater – the Player’s State Theater.

And when it opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1927, it was part of the Paramount chain.

Designed by architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, it came back in a time when theaters were meant to be as grand as the productions they would show.

Local realtors Irving J. Thomas and Fin L. Pierce were the builders. And another well known Grove name was the contractor – Albert Peacock.

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Commentary
12:28 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Wynwood Is Dead. Long Live Wynwood.

Seen in Wynwood during Art Basel 2013.
Credit Mark Hedden / WLRN

There are an exasperating amount of think pieces on the Internet about Wynwood. Its rise, fall, flourish and continued economic growth have all been continually documented both locally and across the world. There has been change recently and people have noticed.  Businesses never thought possible are moving in while most of the serious, professional artists have physically moved their studios downtown, to Little Haiti and even Opa-Locka.

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Art and Money
11:16 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wynwood Now Banking -- In Style

C1's bathroom wallpaper has literally got some eyes on it.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

 A bank probably is not among the places you'd think of to see contemporary art. The traditional brick-and-mortar corner bank is more of a generic space with the usual teller windows, cubicles and offices. But St. Petersburg-based C1 Bank has turned the established bank space inside out for its first branch in South Florida.

It's the first financial institution to open the Wynwood Arts District of Miami -- the neighborhood better known for its street art than safety-deposit boxes.

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Arts
10:29 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Exhibit Gets On The Factory Floor With Warhol's 'Baby Jane'

Jane Holzer stands in front of her portrait by Warhol
Jacek Gancarz

What ever happened to Baby Jane?

Not Bette Davis' Baby Jane, that horrifying child star turned cosmetically challenged psychopath, but the young model known throughout the 1960s as 'Baby Jane' Holzer.  The Palm Beach native -- and her role as artist Andy Warhol's friend, confidante and collaborator -- is the focus of an exhibit now showing at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

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DJ Mark Leventhal
8:26 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Popular Miami DJ's Family Pushes To Raise Healthcare Funds

Miami's Mark Leventhal is something of a legend in the local DJ community.

“He was the first guy to go from rock to hip-hop, from hip-hop to old school to a dance record," says Miami's DJ Affect. "He was actually one of the only DJs who was able to cross over from being a nightclub guy to the corporate side.”

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Coral Gables Museum, Singer/songwriter Mickey Carroll, Miami Arts Cal

Liza Minnelli
www.officiallizaminnelli.com

01/24/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop continues her South Florida museum series with Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum featuring ArtCycle, free Jazz concerts and so much more.

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Bikes As Art
6:30 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Show Commemorates Dead Cyclists With Reconstructed Bikes

Diego Saldaña-Rojas WLRN

Covered in white, synthetic hair, dollar bills, paint or disassembled and wrapped in wire. Those are a few of the ways in which bicycles have been transformed into art pieces for ARTcycle: Bikes Become Art, a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum starting Jan. 23. The creator, cyclist and graphic designer Tachi Llamas, designed the show to commemorate riders who have died on the road.

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Big Bird
8:00 am
Sat January 11, 2014

A Word On Food: Turkey

Click the play button above to the hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.

The first time we rolled down Highway 1 in the Florida Keys was 1971. Sometimes you would not see an oncoming car for 10 to 15 minutes. The darkness on those narrow bridges we crossed was nearly overwhelming.

But above us the constellations came through. The starlight was an explosion of skyward imagery that guided us forth. Now we drive across these islands on the same highway and struggle to find a gap where you hope to find the darkness once again and the attendant miracle of the stars. Returning here, I am reminded of the words of ancient Heraclitus, “No man ever steps in the same river twice for its not the same river and hes not the same man.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Art Deco Weekend, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Dranoff Piano Foundation, Florida Keys Calendar

Art Deco Weekend
www.facebook.com/ArtDecoWeekend

01/10/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush with the Miami Design Preservation League brings us details about the 37th Art Deco Weekend. Film critic, Dan Hudak, speaks with the new director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival about their exciting offerings starting January 23rd.

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Palm Beach Symphony
7:55 am
Fri January 10, 2014

'Four Seasons' Remix At Henry Flagler's Gilded-Age Mansion

Whitehall is Henry Flagler's Gilded Age mansion in Palm Beach.
Credit Courtesy of Palm Beach Symphony

The Palm Beach Symphony’s performance on Thursday, Jan. 9, promises to be an evening of both rich music and architecture.

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Arts Preview
11:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Miami City Ballet Kicks Off New Year With Catalán Folk Music And Bare Feet

Miami City Ballet dancers Jeanette Delgado in Jardí Tancat.
Gio Alma/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music.

Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities.

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Electric Lard
8:00 am
Sat January 4, 2014

A Word On Food: Mojos

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.

Many North Americans would look at the word "mojo" in its printed form and pronounce it “mo-joe." In Spanish of course, it's pronounced "mo-ho" because the letter “j” is pronounced as an "h," as in jalapeño.

The word mojo comes from the word “mojar,” which means, "to wetten” so the usage of mojo can actually be pretty broad in that there are many ways to ‘wetten’ food. Years ago, I took a rather radical departure from the traditions of mojo and made tropical fruit mojos! If mojo meant a thing that would get something wet, I wanted to demonstrate that food that I’d added spices to, especially fish, would be happy swimming in a puree of mango and another dimensional ingredient or so.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Johnny Rodgers, Coral Gables Blues Fest, Key Largo/Islamorada Food & Wine Fest, Broward Arts Cal

Liza Minnelli and Johnny Rodgers circa 2006
http://johnnyrodgers.com

01/03/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, hometown singer/songwriter, Johnny Rodgers, returns to South Florida in concert this weekend at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. We’ll catch up with this busy talent.

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