It’s been a watering hole that has seen Miami grow from an insect-infested swamp town to a city of millions, gateway to Latin America. It’s weathered the worst of Miami and the best – all to the beat of South Florida’s music scene. No pretensions in this joint. It’s real, it’s genuine – it’s Tobacco Road. South Florida Arts Beat contributor, Chris DeAngelis, reveals the life of Miami’s booze and blues legend.
Written by Chris DeAngelis, produced and hosted by Ed Bell for WLRN’s South Florida Arts Beat.
For those of you who just don't want to let this election season go, then we have the story for you. Congressman Allen West has one last chance to pull out a win in the 18th congressional district. The race still hasn't been certified. Lawyers for West are scheduled to be in court in St. Lucie County on
Friday to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is so convinced he's won the seat that he's already gone to Congressional freshman orientation.
Daniel Smith, a professor at the University of Florida and expert on election data, says that Florida's new voting law, which cut early voting days from 14 to 8 days, limited voter participation among minorities.
Smith had long warned legislators that last year's voting law would disproportionately affect minority voters, who use early voting significantly more than other groups.
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 KeyWest: On The Edge, Inventing the Conch Republic. And this weekend, Kerstein will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International.
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.
Things are a little different when Tom Wolfe comes to the Book Fair. For example, the stand-by line in the back alley, where they take the people who think they can just walk in without securing a ticket first, fills up. I know, because I ducked down that alley to have a private moment with my press pass. As soon as the Book Fair employees walked away, a shadowy man appeared and began to scalp tickets to the event. Think about that for a second--scalpers at a book fair. Who could have imagined?