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Miami Book Fair International
7:54 am
Wed November 20, 2013

How To Book Fair: Nine Tips From A Longtime Fairgoer

Courtesy of Miami Book Fair International.

The book fair is my Ultra. That’s how I explain to concerned friends my almost-maniacal enthusiasm for our city’s belletristic blowout -- a party currently in full swing, having started Sunday with the inaugural ceremony and talk from cliffhanger superstar Dan Brown.

But in its 30th year, Miami Book Fair International's hundreds of thousands of attendees, more than 400 authors, and 200 national and international street-fair exhibitors make it impossible to see everything.

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Miami Book Fair International
11:25 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Here's A Peek At MBFI's 30th Year Of Events

Credit Claudia H. Munoz

The Miami Book Fair International, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, will not only host a ton of books both new and used, major and underground – there’s also extensive programming that will likely cause bibliophiles to salivate.

Throughout the week of the fair, a slew of notable authors (more than 400) will be speaking about their work, and panels will be held on a wide range of literary subjects.

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Arts Season
8:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Mozart Never Finished His 'Requiem.' Now Seraphic Fire Will

Credit courtesy of Seraphic Fire

When Mozart died, he left unfinished one of his most famous pieces of work: the "Requiem Mass in D Minor." Now, local classical-music group Seraphic Fire is completing it.

"Requiem" was commissioned by a baron who was known for buying musical works and passing them off as his own. But in December of 1791, Mozart died before making good on the buy.

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Art Deco
12:06 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Meet The Man Behind All Those South Beach Pastels

The Park Central, 640 Ocean Drive.
Credit Julia Duba

In 1976, South Beach's population was aging and so were the buildings.

Then came Leonard Horowitz.

"I'll take care of the buildings. I'll do the frosting on the cake because these look like they're going to be a lot of fun to play with," said Horowitz in a film from 1988 called "Pastel Paradise."

His love for Art Deco is why South Beach looks the way it does today.

Horowitz came from New York -- where he designed furniture, did window dressings for Bloomingdale’s and studied architecture.

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Norman Van Aken's
8:00 am
Sat November 16, 2013

A Word On Food: Garlic Sunshine

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

What do you do with a word like aïoli the first time you see it in print?  If you don’t grow up versed in languages containing umlauts, It’s confusing for sure. Maybe I resisted learning much more until I started cooking and I discovered how good a word with an umlaut could taste! The first time I made an aïoli I was in Key West, not sunny Provence from whence she likely shone first. But the sun connected us through the gypsy medium of garlic!

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Arts
7:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Yoga And Cycle Nights At New World Symphony Orchestra

Relax. Just do it. 

In our anxiety-ridden society, finding ways to unwind should be a snap -- not another thing to stress out over. Some find solace with yoga and meditation, a beer at the bar with friends, while others listen to classical music for a mental vacation away from life's stressors.

While relaxation techniques varies from individuals, one thing is certain: Clearing the mind benefits our overall well-being.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

MDC Live Arts Series, Orchestra Miami, Miami Short Film Festival, our Broward County Arts Calendar

MDC Live Arts
http://www.mdclivearts.org/

          

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Arts Season
3:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Little Opera That Could: “Mourning Becomes Electra”

The Florida Grand Opera is only one of a handful of companies to perform "Mourning Becomes Electra."
Credit Justin Namon/Florida Grand Opera

    

Even if you’re an opera fanatic, there’s a fair chance you haven’t seen "Mourning Becomes Electra." The opera, written by Broward-based composer Martin David Levy, has only been performed by four companies since its debut in the late ‘60s and never before in the Southeastern U.S.

It’s even difficult to find music samples on YouTube.

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Music
11:14 am
Thu November 7, 2013

A Musical Bridge From Bachata To The Bronx

Bronx bachata artist Prince Royce speaks to a bicultural audience that flows between Latino traditions and American life.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

In many ways, Geoffrey Royce Rojas is like millions of other young Latino Americans. He was raised by Dominican parents who came to New York looking for the American dream and struggled to keep their four children out of trouble in a South Bronx neighborhood rife with gangs and drugs.
 

  Rojas, 24, grew up listening to techno and hip-hop, the Beatles and Jay-Z — and to the sweet, bouncy lilt of Dominican bachata at home and on summer visits to the Dominican Republic. He is matter-of-fact about balancing between two cultures.

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People
12:26 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.
Denis O'Regan Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 5:59 pm

One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.

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Books
5:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

France's government has taken legal steps to protect the country's independent booksellers from behemoths like Amazon. It already prohibits discounts of more than 5 percent on books. Now it's considering a law that would not allow online retailers like Amazon to offer both a 5 percent discount and free shipping.
Christine Zenino Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:55 pm

Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.

In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.

Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.

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Business
5:48 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New Amazon Centers Will Add Sales Tax To Florida Purchases

An Amazon fulfillment center.
Credit Flickr

The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive "fulfillment" centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.

But even with Amazon eventually joining other businesses located in Florida in collecting the state's sales tax, some groups will continue pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers including eBay and Overstock to avoid the tax.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Key West Film Festival, Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Miami/Nice Jazz Festival
www.miaminicejazzfestival.com

        

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Music
2:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical

Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:19 am

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Arts Season
8:57 am
Thu October 24, 2013

South Florida Maker Movement Grows With Events, Spaces, Fair

Bibi Nin works on her project during the Cardboard Challenge at the Miami Science Museum on Oct. 5.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

It’s entirely appropriate that Makers Square is a work in progress.

The grounds surrounding the brick-red building are covered with projects under construction, including large aquaponic planters built from pallets for herbs and fruit trees.

Nine shipping containers are being repurposed as classrooms, a pottery studio, a photography studio and rentable individual workspaces. Also in the plans: The roofs of those containers will be covered with gardens.

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