Sandra Ramos has never wanted to emigrate from Cuba, but in her more than four decades on the island, she has seen many people leave.
Their absence resonates throughout her work. The image of her as a 10-year-old is plastered behind a wall of palm trees, trapped on the island. In another piece, her school girl's body lies across a gaping space in the middle of a bridge, trying to connect two separate lands.
"It's a perspective on immigration from those who stay," Ramos said.
Leave your tuxedo, evening gown and lorgnette at home and come as you are.
That’s the message from Florida Grand Opera, the Sunshine State’s oldest arts organization.
“It really is an entertainment for all people, not just folks dripping in diamonds,” says Florida Grand Opera director Susan Danis.
This is Danis’ first full season as the opera company’s CEO. And she’s working hard to disabuse people of the notion that opera is all about zaftig women with braided hair and horn helmets caterwauling onstage.
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival has a reputation for celebrity chef sightings and swanky food tastings.
But at its core, it’s a fundraising event.
SoBeWFF has raised more than $18 million over the last 13 years for Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. It’s also given thousands of student volunteers a chance to work behind the scenes.
We hopped on a golf cart with one of the student volunteers staffing the festival and have this audio postcard:
Julio Iglesias spends much of his time in the air these days, crisscrossing the globe in his private plane to sing in concerts from Singapore to Transylvania. But for the several months of the year he is at his home in Indian Creek, an exclusive island enclave just off Surfside, his circle is much smaller.
Once a year the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town to perform at the Arsht Center. Wednesday night the rehearsal director of the company taught a free master class for any dancers interested. The only requirements were that dancers had to be at intermediate level and 16 or older.
Matthew Rushing dances and choreographs around the world. While traveling with Alvin Ailey, he also takes part in outreach programs such as this one.
Over the last year, the small, two-house compound in Old Town Key West where John Martini lives has been robbed at least four times.
“We've kind of lost count, as a matter of fact,” he said. “The first time or two, maybe he hit us and we didn't even know ... because he only stole cash, and he stole it out of our wallets and put our wallets back in the same place.”
Once Martini realized they were being robbed, he installed locks on his doors, something he hadn't done since he moved in in 1978. When the compound was robbed again, they installed a security-camera system.
This weekend, 70 galleries from all over the world -- including 17 galleries from South Florida -- will feature modern works from emerging street artists in the third annual Art Wynwood.
The event celebrates the legitimacy and rising popularity of street art and graffiti -- Art Wynwood also claims to be the only street art fair in the world. Organizers intend to give street artists a platform to show their works to an international audience.
This is a story about a song. So you really kind of have to hear it. Check it out:
Just before Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County in 1992, Zach Ziskin had left South Florida for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His cousin, Bruce Berman, rode out the storm in a closet in Country Walk, while the house he was in blew apart all around him.
Thought-provoking cultural experiences have made their way to Pembroke Pines.
In September of 2013, Broward College launched an arts and cultural initiative on its Pembroke Pines campus, which operates as one of three campuses functioning as separate entities. This young program is also referred to as "B.SOCA," or Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs.