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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Ceviches: A Raw Deal, But So Good

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Controversies over the birthplace of certain dishes are part of the spice of life and landscape of any cuisine. A spirited discussion revolves around the origin of ceviches. This seafood favorite, made of raw fish and/or barely blanched shellfish marinated in citrus juices and laced with various adornments, many maintain, was bestowed upon the world at large via ancient Peru.

Or not.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Antonio Adolfo Quartet Performs Live

In the WLRN studios warming up.
Paul Leary/WLRN

09/13/13 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy a live studio performance by the Antonio Adolfo Quartet. With an A-list rhythm section of Jamie Ousley on bass, Claudio Spiewak on guitar and Carlomagno Araya on drums, they’ll perform Brazilian Jazz standards and original compositions from Mr. Adolfo’s latest recording, Fine Mixtures.” Catch South Florida’s finest Brazilian Jazz sounds with the Antonio Adolfo Quartet Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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Music
8:01 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Estefan Sings The American Songbook — With A Latin Twist

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 9:10 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Gloria Estefan, the poster girl of the Latin music scene in the 1980s and '90s, the frontwoman for the Miami Sound Machine and the singer who made Middle America get up and conga...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG MEDLEY)

GLORIA ESTEFAN: (Singing) Doctor, I've got this feeling inside of me, deep inside of me...come, shake your body, baby, do that conga. No, you can't control yourself any longer. Come on, shake your body, baby...the rhythm is gonna get you tonight.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Welcome To Ham Country

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We were in Atlanta for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival not long ago. The folks who started this up have hit the sweet spot on all manner of Southern cooking and drinking with this fest.

My son Justin and I were busy as bees over the 3 days and nights with various events---a dinner at the “Optimist’s Club,” a “nose-to-tail” demo on whole fish grilling at The Loews Hotel and finally a farewell party Sunday evening called “A Chorus of Greens” hosted by Atlanta star chefs, Annie Quatrano and Linton Hopkins. We did attend a few classes as well. One was on making Country Hams.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

Kanye West reportedly performed at a wedding last Saturday for the grandson of Kazakhstan's authoritarian President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Francois Mori AP

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 1:04 pm

Rapper Kanye West got paid a reported $3 million to perform at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Video of last Saturday's performance was posted on Instagram — and resulted in a flood of criticism.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Getting Your Head Around Climate Change Through Music

"Year of the Reef" is the last of four movements in Carson Kievman's symphony "Biodiversity."
Credit Peter J. Maerz/WLRN

It’s often said that life influences art. And for composer Carson Kievman, life in low-lying South Florida led to a symphony about climate change.

Kievman was composer-in-residence for the Florida Philharmonic during the 1990s, and he now runs the SoBe Institute of the Arts in Miami Beach. But the idea for his symphony, titled “Biodiversity,” came from a scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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Arts
12:13 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Family Of Teen Who Died In Miami Beach Taser Incident To Sue Police

Relatives of Israel Hernandez-Llach, the teen who died after being shot by a Taser stun gun, are suing the Miami Beach Police Department.
Credit MIAMI HERALD / file

Relatives of Israel Hernández-Llach, the teen who died after being shot by a Taser stun gun, will announce Tuesday that they are suing the Miami Beach Police Department.

RELATED: Israel Hernández: The Life Of A Local Artist Cut Short

The death of the 18-year-old street artist has drawn widespread headlines and reignited debate over the use stun guns by law enforcement.

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History
8:05 am
Tue August 27, 2013

How Posters Stolen By The Nazis Resurfaced At A Jewish Museum In South Florida

Hans Sachs in his Berlin home cerca 1930s

Hans Sachs left this earth without knowing what happened to his beloved poster collection.

In 1898, when Sachs was a teenager, he began collecting posters in Berlin of advertisements, political propaganda and rare pieces by famed artists such as Cheret, Kandinsky and Lucian Bernhard.

His passion for graphic art was so serious he amassed 12,500 posters and a separate collection of 18,000 tins, postcards and theater programs reflective of this art form.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Arsht Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Chef Norman Van Aken and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Joshua Bell - Part of the Arsht Center's new season
Mendbeeth

08/23/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO, John Richard, brings us news about the incredible new season coming up for the Arsht Center. Charles Greenfield, speaks with Michael Ellert about the exciting fall performance dates for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.

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The Cuban Kitchen
7:48 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Cuban Kitchen: Miami Blogger Cooks Her Way Through Nitza Villapol Book

Christina Gomez-Pina (second from left) with her daughter, mother (left), grandmother (second from right) and mother-in-law (right). Gomez-Pina's grandmother holds the copy of Cocina al Minuto that she brought from Cuba.

Nitza Villapol was basically the Julia Child of Cuba. She wrote dozens of editions of her cookbook, Cocina al Minuto, and she hosted a Cuban TV show of the same name for 45 years. In many Cuban kitchens, there's a well-worn copy of one of her cookbooks tucked in a kitchen drawer.

Christina Gomez-Pina, in Kendall, had a copy of the cookbook on her bookshelf. Her mother-in-law gave her Cocina al Minuto on Gomez-Pina's wedding day: "It sat on the shelf for nine years except for one time when I used it to make a dulce de leche cortadito."

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Music
3:01 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie perform.
Concord Music Group

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 4:17 pm

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People
10:47 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies

Writer Elmore Leonard died Tuesday at the age of 87.
Dermot Cleary Chasen

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:03 pm

Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist whose best-sellers included Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Maximum Bob, died Tuesday morning at his Detroit-area home, according to statements from his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter on Twitter and to The Detroit News

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People
8:24 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Israel Hernández: The Life Of A Local Artist Cut Short

Israel Hernández aka Reefa
Credit Heather Bozzone

Israel Hernández-Llach was an 18-year-old award-winning artist when he was chased by Miami Beach police officers and tasered for tagging a shuttered McDonald’s. He died soon after the electric probes delivered tens of thousands of volts into his chest.

The taser, a supposedly non-lethal tool of the police, has caused over 500 deaths since 2001 across the United States, according to Amnesty International. Hernandez’s tools of choice: paints, pens, cameras, and objects he found.

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The Cuban Kitchen
6:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ropa Vieja: The Cuban Dish That Tastes Like Home

Isabel Echarte looks at a photo of Cuca, the woman who taught her mother how to cook ropa vieja.
Credit Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Ropa vieja literally means “old clothes.” It’s not the most appetizing name for food, but it fits the dish, a type of beef stew, pretty well. For me, ropa vieja really IS like old clothes—familiar and used endlessly, and comfortable for those very two reasons. It is the dish I grew up with, being the meal my mom best knows how to cook.

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Redevelopment
7:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

How Hollywood Is Cultivating Its Own Emerging Arts Scene

The digital Mona Lisa mural in downtown Hollywood.
Credit Robin Hill

Since last summer's launch of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, in which a talented crew of commissioned artists began painting walls along a three-block stretch of the city, downtown Hollywood has garnered a lot of buzz as a rising cultural district.

So far the mural project, led by the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), has unveiled a new and fresh mural each month by a different artist during the city's artwalk, held on the third Saturday of every month.

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