Arts

Arts Season
9:00 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Music By Colors: Miami Symphony Orchestra Turns Paintings Into Sheet Music

Credit courtesy of Miami Symphony Orchestra

The Miami Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year with its season opener Oct. 20 at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall.

Maestro Eduardo Marturet has been leading the orchestra for the past eight years and points out that the longevity of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) puts it in select company with the New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet.

“Well to me it means a great deal, because, you know, 25 years in South Florida is not a little thing,” said Marturet.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Leg Man

I have a leg in my luggage and its coming home with me.

It's a short leg. It's a pink leg. It's a salt sweet leg. It's a leg I was not going to leave behind in Orlando—that’s for sure! This leg once belonged to Chef Sean Brock of "Husk" restaurant fame, up in Charleston. I hope he's not missing it and hopping mad.

But that can't be. He gave it to me. Sent it actually. The leg.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Miami City Ballet Opens With Fast, Furious, Toe-Breaker: Ballo della Regina

Mary Carmen Catoya in Ballo della Regina
Steven Caras/Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet’s season opens the evening of Oct. 18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Ballo della Regina, a technical feat of precision and speed, with lots of fast turns, hops on point and at times a combination of the two. The ballet, set to music from Verdi's Don Carlo, is so difficult that it’s not widely performed because many companies don’t have the dancers to pull it off. 

"Like Champagne"

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Film
3:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

'12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor play Patsey and Solomon, two slaves on a Louisiana plantation, in 12 Years a Slave.
Francois Duhamel Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:09 pm

Solomon Northup was born free in early-19th-century upstate New York. He lived the life of a respected and elegant musician until 1841, when he was lured South by the promise of a lucrative stint playing his fiddle in a traveling circus.

In Washington, D.C. — in the shadow of the Capitol — Northup was drugged. When he came to, he was in chains: a slave headed for the hellish world of plantation life. Only the hope of being reunited with his beloved wife and children kept him going.

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Architecture
8:13 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Now Sold, Will The Former Versace Mansion In South Beach Be Preserved?

The swimming pool at Casa Casuarina.
Credit Miami Design Agenda

On July 15, 1997 Gianni Versace left for the morning paper at just before 9 a.m. Nearly everyone in Miami and a great deal of people across the world know the story.

The mentally unhinged Andrew Cunanan then tragically shot Versace to death on the doorsteps of his world famous mansion. Cunanan, who had already killed four other people, set off a manhunt and houseboat siege that captivated the morbid attention of the world.

Thus the unknown fate of those world famous doorsteps and the building behind it was set in motion.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Speed Boat Racing, Jimmy Buffett, Graffiti Art: A Half Century At The Miami Marine Stadium

Click through the slidshow to see how the Miami Marine Stadium has changed over the last 50 years. Here, boats are being lowered into the basin for a race in the 1960s.
courtesy Friends of Miami Marine Stadium

The Miami Marine Stadium has been through several incarnations over the past five decades, and the latest is the subject of a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum.

Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium, opening Oct. 17, traces the building’s distinctive history, from its early days as a speed boat racing venue to today as a giant, graffiti canvas and parkour playground.

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Arts Season
3:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

New Drive-In Theater Is A Blast From The Past For Miami's Wynwood

The Blue Starlite Theater attracted a small lot full of cars to watch classic film, Back to the Future.
Credit Chloe Herring

Twenty-one cars gathered on Oct. 11 for the grand opening of the new Blue Starlite drive-in theater in Wynwood, and to catch a new spin on the blast-from-the-past movie classic “Back to the Future.”

Guests to the Blue Starlite were greeted by owner Josh Frank’s staff, and cars were personally escorted. As night fell, children made their way to the hoods of their parents’ cars and affectionate lovers held hands. Movie-goers were encouraged to bring their own snacks, but concession was provided accompanied by sounds of vintage concession advertisements.

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Culture
3:11 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Holding Onto The Other Half Of 'Mixed-Race'

Wilma Stordahl with her sons (from left) Kevin, Kazon and Kenneth at Kazon's high school graduation. "We think of Norwegians as being tall and blond and blue-eyed," Stordahl says. "My sons are tall — but they're not blond and blue-eyed."
Courtesy of Wilma Stordahl

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 12:14 pm

NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

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Business
6:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Why The End May Be Near For The Fashion District Koreans Built In Miami

Woo Ho Lee, a Fashion District founder, would like his son Joshua to inherit the business but Joshua wants to play pro golf.
Credit Katia Savchuk

For five blocks along Interstate 95 on the western edge of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, you can buy women's clothing, jewelry and handbags in practically every store.

Not everybody knows about Miami's "Fashion District." But 20 years ago, it existed almost exactly the same as it does today in the mind's eye of Korean entrepreneurs.

Woo Ho Lee walked the block on a recent weekday afternoon, pointing out landmarks and remembering one of his mentors, Mr. Park.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Souse In The House!

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post.

I’ve been making Souse.

Right? Got that? Know what I’m talkin’ bout

You might be confused. You might stay that way. Let me unravel a bit.

Here's souse as defined by the Wikipedia geniuses:

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Culture
6:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Carnival Will Close Out With Parade In Sun Life Stadium On Sunday

Dana Matthews (left) and Tarakaye Clunis, participated in Miami Broward One Carnival in Miami Gardens in 2011. This week's parade is Sunday.
Credit Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The walk up of parties for the Miami Broward Carnival weekend has officially begun.

Still, the big parade at Sun Life Stadium with all the bands isn’t until Sunday and that means plenty of people are still hustling on the last minute preps, such as finishing the bright shiny costumes. 

Inside one garage in Miramar the sewing crew hums to soca beats as they glue yet another rhinestone onto another skirt of a Carnival costume. Music plays from the computer.

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Arts Season
6:06 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Diavolo's 'Transit Spaces' Merges Skateboarding, Dance

L.A. based Diavolo is known for is its acrobatic choreography executed on large, moving props.
courtesy of Diavolo

Diavolo Dance Theater is performing this weekend at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. The company is also holding auditions. And to give you a sense of what kind of performance you can expect from Diavolo, here’s a list of skills they’re looking for in prospective dancers:

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Arts Season
4:22 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

How Rookies, Veterans Breathed New Life Into Palm Beach County Theater

'The Sound Of Music' was the debut show at The Wick Theatre, a new player on the theater scene in Palm Beach County.
Credit Amy Pasquantonio

It was a recession-era wallop that left South Florida theater circles reeling: the 2011 shuttering of Manalapan’s Florida Stage, followed almost immediately by the closing of Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre Company.

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Arts Season
6:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Here's What Not To Miss On Broward County's Arts Calendar

Cultural happenings are cropping up in full force this season in Broward County. The forthcoming arts calendar is brimming with so much to do and see you'd wish you were in two places at one time. 

We've compiled this series of events-- small and large, prestigious and homegrown--so you can plan ahead and not miss out on what intrigues you. From thought-provoking lectures with renowned artists to massive puppets on parade in downtown Fort Lauderdale, an array of cultural offerings exist in Broward County.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Symphonies To Sopranos: What To See, Hear In Classical Music

American Violinist Joshua Bell performs in both Miami and West Palm in March.
Credit Courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

Between South Florida’s companies and performing arts centers, the classical music calendar can fill up fast.

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