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Religion
2:26 am
Fri July 25, 2014

As Ramadan Comes To A Close, Local Muslims Come Together To Break Fast

Volunteers at a local mosque prepare plates for iftar, the breaking of the fast at sundown.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day -- no food or drink. They break the fast with a meal after sundown called iftar. (See our Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition.)

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Restaurants
11:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Shucker's Waterfront Grill Reopens More Than A Year After Deck Collapse

The new deck at Shuckers is made of both wood and concrete. The old deck, which collapsed in June 2013, was made of wood.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

More than a year after its deck collapsed during a Miami Heat game, Shucker's Waterfront Grill is reopening with a new deck.

The restaurant, also known as Shucker's Bar & Grill before closing last summer, is located in North Bay Village. 

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Liberty City
10:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Pioneering Integration, Jumbo's Did Not Survive

Jumbo's owner has decided to fry his last shrimp after almost six decades.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Jumbo’s, a fixture of Miami's Liberty City, will serve its last batch of fried shrimp Wednesday. The diner has been open almost every hour since its first shift in 1955.

The restaurant gained a reputation for its bold move to integrate its staff in 1967, and owner Bobby Flam once saw a bustling dining room filled with black and white patrons. But the past decade has seen slowing business and crumbling décor.

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Arts
5:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Coral Gables Museum Celebrates History, Architecture And Community

The Coral Gables Museum celebrates history, architecture and the local community.

The mission of the Coral Gables Museum is multifaceted, with a focus on community as well as art.  Caroline Breder-Watts recently spoke with Executive Director Christine Rupp.

Hear the interview here:

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Culture
7:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti

Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti.
Credit Miamigov.com

After being shut down for a little over a decade, the newly renovated Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti will bring life back into this tight-knit enclave.

The Marketplace opened in 1990 and closed just nine years later due to structural and financial problems. The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership was involved in the building’s renovation.

Executive director Joann Milord says one of the reasons the Marketplace shut down was the building's lack of air conditioning. That contributed to its physical breakdown --  mold grew and the building started to decay.

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Preview
6:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Renew Your Drivers License At The Overtown Music And Arts Festival

Credit Miami.com

For the first time, the Overtown Music and Arts Festival won't only have live musical performances, art exhibits and free food; you can also get your drivers license renewed. 

Yvette Harris, a spokesperson for the event, says the service is being offered because going to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a license renewal is sometimes a challenge for some locals.

"It's a really good way for the community to tap into resources," she says. "It's something to offer to those who need it." 

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What's the Story?
7:01 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

PHOTOS: "What's The Story?" Trivia At Gramps Bar

Thirteen teams participated in our trivia night.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

The WLRN-Miami Herald News team hosted its third trivia night at Gramps in Wynwood on Thursday, July 10.  

As part of our project What’s the Story? — where we answer your questions about South Florida — why not play some trivia?

Thirteen teams competed during three rounds of questions about South Florida. The winning team received a $75 bar tab. But don't feel bad for the losing team -- they took home freeze-dried ice cream for being so spacey they got few questions right.  

Click on the photo above to look at our photos from the trivia night! 

Arts
1:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site

Credit Erick Johnson / The Miami Times

For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the 1950s and '60s, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities. 

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Religion And Culture
6:04 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition

Florida International University hosted an open iftar event yesterday, July 3, where Muslims and non-Muslims could experience breaking fast. The event was hosted by the school's Muslim Student Association and PakSA.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, beach gatherings and plenty of food -- so last week, much of America feasted on sizzling hotdogs, watermelon and maybe potato salad.

But South Florida's Muslim community celebrated with fresh fruits, exotic cuisine and prayer.

This year, Independence Day fell on the sixth day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

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PAMM
4:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pérez Art Museum Miami Asks For $2.5 Million In Additional Funding From Government

Art lovers gather around the piece "Mojo Jojo" in the Pérez Art Museum Miami in December.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Pérez Art Museum Miami says it needs help. The museum, which opened in December of last year, has not received enough private dollars to meet its $14 million annual operating costs.

So, it is asking for more public money. PAMM wants the county to assist with a 60-percent increase in the museum's subsidy. That money would come from hotel taxes, the Miami Herald reports. 

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Preservation
1:14 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Marine Stadium Embraces Street Art To Raise Funds For Restoration

Miami Marine Stadium sits on Biscayne Bay. The outdoor stadium originally served as a boat racing and concert venue.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

On Saturday, the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium and the National Trust for Historic Preservation teamed up to host the ART History Mural Project.

The event featured local and international street artists invited to paint the historic, outdoor stadium.

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Public Radio
3:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

StoryCorps Comes To The University Of Miami

James Garcia sits with StoryCorps facilitator Christina Stanton and Warmamas member Carolina Camps as he shares his military story.
Credit Selima Hussain

StoryCorps, the nonprofit radio program that broadcasts stories from everyday Americans, came to the University of Miami this week to record stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's part of the program's special military voices initiative. 

StoryCorps collaborated with UM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a nonprofit group called Warmamas to document the stories of 16 war veterans. 

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Miami's CBGB
7:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Little Haiti Rock City" Raising Funds For 34 Years Of Churchill's History

Credit Little Haiti Rock City

Filmmaker Franco Parente first went to Churchill’s Pub in 1991. He was 17. He snuck in to see Young Turk, a Hialeah band just signed to Geffen Records.

“I remember being scared out of my mind from the car to the front door,” Parente recalls. “I knew to avoid that neighborhood and I couldn’t believe that they were doing a show there. [But] I had the time of my life and came back the following week.”

Now, Parente is documenting the 34-year history of the iconic Miami pub in “Little Haiti Rock City.”

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Books
6:47 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"Viaje One Way," Anthology Of Miami's Latin Cultures, At The Betsy Hotel

Hernan Vera Alvarez is one of the authors and editors for "Viaje One Way." He moved from Argentina when he was 23 years old.

“Viaje One Way” is a Spanish-language anthology of authors from Latin America and Spain. Hernan Vera Alvarez, one of the editors, says the book is "a mirror of the 21st-Century Miami."

"Before there were anthologies of Cuban writers in Miami," he says, "but this book is the first one that unites Latin American, Spanish and Cuban writers."

Alvarez moved to the U.S. from Argentina when he was 23 years old. Below, he talks about the new "Viaje One Way."

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Music
12:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

DJ Le Spam Tries To "Preserve The Art Of Analog"

Andrew Yeomanson, a.k.a. DJ Le Spam, works the tape machine at his studio.

  Andrew Yeomanson, also known as DJ Le Spam of the Spam Allstars, is looking to preserve the art of analog recording at his studio in North Miami. At City of Progress Studios, Yeomanson not only records bands on vintage equipment -- like Hammond B-3 organs and MCI tape machines -- but transfers digitizes all the audio.

His project earned him a spot as a finalist for this year's Knight Arts Challenge.

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