A year ago, the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami unveiled a 19-story-tall LED display of a shapely, female silhouette, dancing suggestively, often called "the dancing lady." The hotel recently held auditions to find new dancers. Hopefuls had one minute to dance to Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” to prove they had the right moves for a 200-foot LED display.
WLRN-TV presents the sensational holiday special Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven and Nature Sing performed by the Fort Lauderdale-based Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida.
Under the skillful baton of Julliard-graduate, arranger and composer Gordon Roberts, the 150-voice chorus produces a rich, blended sound from Baroque and classical scores to popular standards that will be sure to put South Floridians in the holiday spirit.
Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven and Nature Sing was taped at the Sunshine Cathedral MCC in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, December 13.
When Rodney Jones and Tremain McCreary walked to school on Tuesday morning, the brothers were headed to the same classrooms, to sit next to the same students, in a building with the same façade it had on Monday.
But it was not the same school they had gone to the day before.
“It’s a relief to me to know the school name had changed. I was thinking about it: How do we have a KKK leader’s name for our school?” Jones says.
“Things are changing around this school,” says McCreary.
Wynwood is Miami’s gritty art safari. On the edge of Overtown and downtown, this neighborhood beckons crews of artists – local and international -- who come here to paint wild and stunning designs on decrepit walls.
With each spray can and paint roller, street artists spawned a new life to the district’s 30 or so blocks.
But if these walls could talk, no wall would speak to 305 pride better than the Boombox.
The Art Basel afterglow is still upon us in South Florida, and that's evident in what you've been reading this past week.
But amid stories of Basel and it implications for Miami and its surroundings, the Keys' efforts to save a landmark bridge were popular on our site, as was one of our many stories on Nelson Mandela's passing.
Scroll on to see and hear this week's most popular stories.
It is college-application season, which means high-school seniors across the country are scrambling to write personal statements, list all their extracurricular activities and take the SATs.
Sierra DuBose is one of those seniors, enrolled at Miami Edison Senior High, but she is also one of almost 7,000 kids in the Miami-Dade public-school system who are homeless. That's about 2 percent of the student population.
Sierra currently lives in a shelter for women called Lotus House, on the edge of Overtown.
When Allison Rojas looks at a painting by Alice Neel, the high-school junior sees more than a seated woman in a purple sari.
“She uses very bold lines as you can see,” says Rojas. “Very fleshy paintings.”
Rojas has an eye that’s been trained in fine-arts classes at Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High. DASH is an arts magnet — consistently ranked among the country’s top public schools — and every year, Rojas and her classmates take a field trip with the school to Art Basel, where she gets to see works like Neel’s "Woman."
Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by Norman Van Aken.
I learn words in many ways, but the best may be in eating. The words on the menus and in the cookbooks I have from around the world have helped me conquer at least ‘parts’ of foreign languages.
I have a good knowledge of French, Italian and even some Japanese, if you allow that food is the central most important aspect of understanding a people’s tongue. My vocabulary was broadened by at least seven new words in Little Havana just the other day at a place blandly named, “Viva Mexico.”
12/13/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, iconic Pop artist, Peter Max, talks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about his long and varied career. His "cosmic '60s" style brought him a worldwide audience that continues to grow to this day. A contemporary of Andy Warhol, Max’s work is on exhibition in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton this Saturday. He comes to South Florida in a whirl-wind tour.