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7:38 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Cuban-American Jazz Legend Receives Presidential Honor

Arturo Sandoval (left) and his hero and mentor, jazz great Dizzy Gillespie.
Credit arturosandoval.com

This week, President Obama bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on 16 celebrated Americans, one of them a Cuban-American widely considered one of the world's greatest living jazz artists.

The cover of Arturo Sandoval's 1991 album "Flight to Freedom" features a photo of the musician wearing a smart suit and a radiant smile, his right hand gripping his trumpet, his left curled into a triumphant fist.  Just one year before the release of that album,  Sandoval was living in Cuba under the Castro regime. 

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Miami Book Fair International
6:21 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

What It's Like To Be Related To A President

President Woodrow Wilson and his great-great-granddaughter, reporter Wilson Sayre.
Credit Wilson Sayre

  I don’t remember being told Woodrow Wilson was my great-great-grandfather. It was a fact I grew up with. A picture of my newborn grandfather, the last child ever born in the White House, being gazed at by mighty Woodrow, hung in the staircase of my parents’ home.

Beside it was a Wilson campaign poster from which he looked through his iconic pince-nez glasses and over his long, angular nose at me. But the person I was named after was, in many ways, a mystery.

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Miami Book Fair International
7:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

PHOTOS: After 30 Years, Miami Is A Literary Land

1984
Miami Book Fair International

There was, perhaps, a notion 30 years ago that any reading done by anyone in Miami mainly consisted of a paperback on a beach, some suntan oil and very little else. But a small group of people felt differently.

So when the Miami-Dade County Public Library system wanted to celebrate its newest building, the idea of a book fair was born. "Books By The Bay," it was first called, conceived in 1984 as a few displays of books, tablecloths flapping in the breeze at Bayfront Park. 

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Miami Book Fair International
7:56 am
Wed November 20, 2013

A Foodie's Guide to Miami Book Fair: Where to Eat

Spaghetti alla chitarra alla bolognese at Soya e Pomodoro
Credit Trina Sargalski

All of the conversation about food at Miami Book Fair International inspires the appetite. Unfortunately, if the past is a guide, the food at the Book Fair is not curated with the same care as the authors. It's basically overpriced carnival fare. 

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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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Benefit Concert
11:27 am
Mon November 18, 2013

A Miami Goth-Scene Pioneer's Battle With Cancer

Scott Putesky and his new mustache.

Scott Mitchell Putesky grew from '90s green-haired goth rocker to clean-shaven musician, but he recently let his mustache grow. It's a symbol of his fight against stage-four colon cancer.

“It represents my personal crusade," he says, two months into his six-month chemo treatment. "Cancer: Take my hair. Take my mustache. I challenge you. I still have my hair and mustache. So I’m winning.”

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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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Miami Dish
7:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Despite All The Latin Flare, Asian Food Thrives In Miami

Hakkasan chefs served grilled chicken dumplings and mini truffles with chicken buns at last year's Lucky Rice festival.
Credit David Samayoa

Although less than 2 percent of Miami-Dade County's population is Asian-American, Danielle Chang, founder of the Lucky Rice Festival, decided her party had enough appeal last year to come back to Miami Beach for a second round.

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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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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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Culture
2:43 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Undead Cyclists Storm Key West for the Zombie Bike Ride

Key West Zombie Bike Ride
Mark Hedden WLRN

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post by WLRN contributor Mark Hedden.

An estimated 8,000 zombies invaded Key West the night of Oct. 20, pedaling on bicycles across the Cow Key Bridge and muttering about brains. But the takeover was not unexpected and had a police escort.

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Language
11:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Talk To The Head Honcho; He Speaks Japanese

The Japanese army presses forward in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Keystone Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:47 pm

Picture the "head honcho" of an organization and what comes to mind are boardrooms, power and wealth, an individual at the top of his or her game.

But where did the word "honcho" originate? While the word is often mistakenly believed to have Spanish origins, it actually traces its roots to American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.

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