Arts

Music
3:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Egyptian Lover's Bass-Heavy Miami Musical Influence: Five Artists You Should Know

Credit CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via jeroen020 on Flickr

Egyptian Lover, a 49-year-old electronic musician born Greg Broussard, is a rare West Coast artist whose imprint looms large on the Miami underground music world.

In the ‘80s, when he first emerged from the fringes of the Los Angeles breakdancing scene, there was something of a bicoastal rivalry among similarly minded producers.

Miami had its own flourishing bass-music scene, with producers like the elusive Maggotron and the Beat Club churning out robotic jams hinging on the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

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Blogosphere
7:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Blog Roundup: Politics, Politics, and Classical Music Politics

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has taken heat from both sides for his English proficiency proposal.

The Blog Roundup is a weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:

Rubio's Immigration Reform Amendment Flops

Sen. Marco Rubio's amendment  to the immigration reform bill, which mandates English proficiency for those seeking citizenship, is getting attacked from all sides, even his conservative base.

Javier Manjarro at The Shark Tank has more.

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Theater
11:25 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Rare Radio Recording Of Tennessee Williams In Key West Released

Tennessee Williams speaking at the dedication of the auditorium in the Key West Library named for him in March 1975. From the Ida Woodward Barron Collection, Monroe County Public Library.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was perhaps the most influential playwright of the twentieth century.

During the 1940s and 1950s, his work took the American theater by storm, achieving enormous popular success and the sort of feverish criticism only accorded writers of groundbreaking genius.

His best-known works include A Streetcar Named Desire, whose 1947 Broadway production launched the careers of Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy, and the 1955 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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Film
6:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami Filmmaker Opens The Screening Room To Promote Video As An Art Form

Carola Bravo at the newly opened The Screening Room.

Video as an art form has come a long way. Although artists started seriously working with the medium at least a half century ago (some will pinpoint Nam June Paik’s German exhibition in 1963 as its official arrival on the scene), it remained somewhat the stepchild, not getting a lot of respect until the last couple decades. And in Miami, video art – good video art – was late in taking hold with local artists and in shows. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, and yet there have been few outlets dedicated to highlighting the form.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Miami Musician Karina Iglesias Talks About Life During, After 'The Voice'

Credit 2013 NBC Universal Media, LLC

To many serious musicians, reality TV singing competitions — American Idol and all the variants trailing in its wake — don't rank highly.

And Miami's Karina Iglesias considered herself very much a serious artist, gigging around town since 2002 with as many as eight different bands, hustling both the covers and original circuits to support herself as a professional musician.

By night, she performed with as few as two and as many as 20 people backing her up, lighting up both clubs and corporate events with her bold, soulful voice.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Master of Music Series - Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, 2003

Caroline Breder-Watts and Scott Eyman discuss the work of Jerry Goldsmith, one of the most prolific and influential film composers of the 20th Century.  To hear the complete conversation, visit artsradionetwork.com.

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Miami Dish
11:24 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Hukilau: 500 Years of Tropical Cocktails In Fort Lauderdale

The Beachcomber Club in Miami Beach, 1947
Credit Florida State Archives

This weekend, a devoted national and international crowd of devoted tiki-philes descends on Fort Lauderdale for The Hukilau. The annual gathering celebrates the music, history, and, of course, cocktails, associated with American midcentury tiki culture.

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

Big Steaks: Argentinian 'Matambre' Will Kill Your Hunger

Credit Norman Van Aken

Feeling carnal? Do you need to gnaw? Got a bone to chew on?

Here in the water wonderland of South Florida many of us are stampeding to steak houses like, well, like cattle.

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Comics
7:30 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Why South Florida Is Becoming A Mecca For Comics

Reading comic strips is one of those American pastimes that has touched many generations. But it is the late Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts, who is arguably the most influential cartoonist.

With his array of characters American readers and beyond fell in love with the gang, the insecure Charlie Brown, stubborn Lucy, and typewriting dog, Snoopy.

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Blogosphere
7:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

South Florida’s Blog Roundup: Beer Lessons, Foreign Movies And Local Artists

Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale is home to the new Beer Academy.
Credit Photo via Riverside Market's Facebook page

This roundup of local blogs shows that South Florida’s art scene isn’t just Art Basel. Locals get the chance to learn about craft beer while politics make a small appearance -- without scandal.

First Riverside Market Beer Academy Begins June 25

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Music
11:57 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How A Black, Baptist-Raised Man Became A Popular Yiddish Singer

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is not your traditional Yiddish singer in more ways than one.
Credit Courtesy of Temple Israel

This weekend in downtown Miami, Temple Israel is hosting a concert of Yiddish folk music. Nothing unusual there. Except -- the singer is black and grew up going to church.

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Photography
3:09 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

See The Beauty In Haiti With Photographer Maggie Steber's New Show In Coral Gables

Credit Maggie Steber

Picture images of developing countries in American media and you’ll likely think of a few recurring tropes — photos depicting squalid living conditions and political strife.

“We always end up looking at poor countries as being fraught with tragedy and poverty,” says documentary photographer Maggie Steber, in a video trailer for her new solo show opening in Coral Gables on Thursday. “We don’t recognize what is beautiful. We don’t equate what is beautiful.”

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Arts
6:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Public Art Project Piano Goes Missing In Himmarshee

Have you seen this piano?

Richard Vergez is one of the local artists who contributed to the Fort Lauderdale Play Your City, a public art installation project in which pianos are artfully stationed around downtown Fort Lauderdale. The idea is to invite residents to play the keyboards. Play, but, not get too carried away, is the core idea.

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Music
7:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hukilau: Where Exotica, Gold Dust And Tiki Culture Meet

Russell Mofsky fronts Gold Dust Lounge, pretty much South Florida's only act devoted to "exotica" music.

Like those of many ‘70s children, even Russell Mofsky’s earliest memories are colored by a touch of psychedelia.

“I grew up with a healthy overdose of classic TV shows, westerns, spy movies, and monster movies,” he recalls, along with the surreal cartoons and children’s shows that ruled the era. (See, for example, the entire oeuvre of Sid and Marty Krofft.) And even after doing time in the skate-punk scene as a teenager, Mofsky, now a voracious record collector, always turned back to the slightly weird.

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Arts
1:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Spanish Cultural Center Offers Look At U.S. Latin Life

CCEMiami (Centro Cultural Español en Miami), the Spanish cultural arm here, often falls of the radar when it comes to the arts. Since moving into the bustling downtown area on Biscayne Boulevard (from its sometimes forbidding building in the Gables), it may be that some people simply don’t know they are there. Time to rediscover.

The center offers up some impressive and diverse cultural events, including music and theater – the latter includes their innovative Microtheater, “small” plays of about 15 minutes, set up in the back courtyard for only about 15 spectators. 

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