Arts

Deceptive Cadence
5:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents

The 85 musicians in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios.
Courtesy of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 9:53 am

Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. She heard about the orchestra when some of the musicians visited her school.

"I brought my dad, my stepmom," she says, "my sister, my brother and my sister's cousin ..."

That's the thing about this orchestra, says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega: The children are bringing the parents.

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Obituary
11:02 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Pinup Photographer Bunny Yeager Dies At 85

Bunny Yeager poses for a self-portrait. On display at Dezer Schauhalle.
Credit courtesy of Bunny Yeager

  Bunny Yeager, the 1950s pinup model from Miami who became a groundbreaking photographer, has died. Yeager used the natural beauty of South Florida as a backdrop for many of her photo sessions. 

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Photography
10:56 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Pinup Photographer Bunny Yeager Makes a Comeback With Two South Florida Shows

Bunny Yeager strikes a pose.

This story originally ran on June 28, 2013.

One day back in 1954, photographer Bunny Yeager snapped photographs of the then unknown Bettie Page posing in front of a Christmas tree. Those images, featuring the now-renowned naughty-but-nice appeal of Page, were sold to Playboy. Almost overnight, those photos catapulted both women's careers.

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Music
12:48 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Farewell, Dave Daniels. Churchill's Will Miss You.

Dave Daniels, Churchill's former owner, will officially retire May 26.
Credit Mindy Hertzon

Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti has been sold, and Dave Daniels -- the owner and founder -- will officially retire on Monday, May 26.

The dive bar and music institution will still be called Churchill's, but will have new owners. Daniels says nearly 20,000 shows have graced the bar's stages during his 35-year-long legacy.

He opened Churchill's Pub in 1979. He came from England, where he'd already been an entertainment agent, booker and bar owner for quite some time.

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Memorial Day
12:12 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Did Safety Measures Water Down Urban Beach Week?

Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Memorial Day usually means one thing in Miami Beach: Urban Beach Week.

We’ve seen the fuss about Urban Beach Week in the past. We know swarms of people populate Miami Beach clad in the latest fashions and driving the flashiest cars. The mere word “traffic” probably sends a migraine spiraling through your head, as thoughts of closed streets, congested roads and an army of police officers consume your mind.

But there doesn't seem to be as much fuss this year. 

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Arts
12:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Pompano Beach Makes An Investment In The Arts With BaCA

Musicians jamming at BaCA.
Credit Amy Pasquantonio

Bailey Contemporary Arts (or BaCA) is the new kid on the cultural block in Pompano Beach.  

Caroline Breder-Watts recently paid a visit on a lively Wednesday evening. Hear an audio tour below.

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Music
11:38 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Wynwood's Second Annual III Points Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for the second annual III Points festival in Wynwood was revealed yesterday morning.

Headlining the event are electronic-music and hip-hop producer Flying Lotus and Lykki Li, who combines hip-hop and folk elements in her music. Hot Natured, a popular EDM group, will make its U.S. debut.

The festival will also include performances from Hercules and Love Affair, Jacques Green, Miami's Jacuzzi Boys and Deaf Poets, among others.

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Music
10:33 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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Beer
9:59 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Miami Brewers Form Alliance To "Protect The Industry"

Members of the Miami Brewers Alliance held their first meeting at Wynwood Brewing Company on May 19.
Credit Miami Brewers Alliance/Courtesy

Miami's beer makers have officially unionized. Sort of. The owners of two Miami-Dade County breweries rallied their brewer colleagues to form the Miami Brewers Alliance, a sort of advocacy and education group for local craft-beer businesses.

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Music
7:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Gramps Celebrates The Ghost Of Sun Ra, Jazz's Cosmic Renegade

Credit SunRaArkestra.com

Sun Ra, whose human name was Herman Poole Blount, was a trailblazing afro-futurist who explored the entire history of jazz throughout his many compositions. One single caveat: It was a history of jazz from another planet (in the future).

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Heritage
7:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Large Paintings And Metal Sculptures Are One Artist's Haitian Tradition

Mirrors are startegically placed into the "puzzle" to show the observer the art works behind them.

Philippe Dodard can't remember the first time he came to Miami. He lives in Haiti and has always come to visit one family member or another.

"What is interesting about Miami is every time I come back, I see something new," says Dodard. "And now I see that the culture is getting more and more alive everywhere."

By "culture," he means Miami's Haitian Heritage Museum, Haitian Compass Festival, and Haitian Heritage Month in May.

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Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)

David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.

He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers. Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too. 

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Race And Culture
2:04 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

"Melt" Play Dissects Miami's Various Ethnic Experiences

Michael McKeever will read "Melt" at the Frost Science Museum.
Credit Michael McKeever

When Michael McKeever started out as a playwright 21 years ago, he had a peculiar writing process. He would imagine his characters and say out loud what they would say. He wasn't a trained writer, but had a knack for dialogue.

"I'm sure I sounded like a loon in those first years," McKeever recalls. "But that's how I got my dialogue. It was very natural for me to write the dialogue as I would act out the scene."

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The Salt
9:32 am
Fri May 9, 2014

As Craft Beer Starts Gushing, Its Essence Gets Watered Down

Craft breweries now make up 98 percent of all U.S. operating breweries. Of course, overall sales are still dwarfed by traditional beers.
Courtesy of the Brewers Association

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:19 am

There was once a time when it was easy to throw around the term "craft beer" and know exactly what you were talking about. For decades, craft was the way to differentiate small, independently owned breweries – and the beer they make – from the brewing giants like Coors, Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Cumbia And Punk
8:42 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:21 pm

As a teenager, I fell in love with two very different musical genres: punk rock and cumbia — that Caribbean-born music with a contagious two-beat shuffle.

To purists of either, my musical promiscuity might have seemed blasphemous, but to me, it was a logical combination. Cumbia is more punk than punk itself. And many years later, when I discovered Mexican DJ Ali Gua Gua, and her group Kumbia Queers, I was elated with their unique brand of "tropi punk." They got it.

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