Arts

Bear and Bird Boutique Girls vs. Boys
4:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bear And Bird Boutique Gives Budding Collectors An Easy (And Affordable) Entry Point

Danielle Estefan's 'Need Some Space' is included in the Girls vs. Boys show currently at Bear + Bird Boutique + Gallery in Lauderhill.
Credit Courtesy photo

Between Art Basel, Art Palm Beach, and the American International Fine Art Fair -- plus dozens of galleries from West Palm to Wynwood --  South Florida's well-heeled art collectors are pretty well covered. That leaves room for niche galleries like Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery in Lauderhill to cater to fledgling art buyers and up-and-coming artists. 

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Salome at Palm Beach Opera
4:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'Horrifically Beautiful' And Bloody 'Salome' Comes To Palm Beach Opera

Blood, lust, incest, and revenge are on the bill at Salome at Palm Beach Opera.
Credit Courtesy photo

Incest. Psychosis. Sexual taboo. Murder. A make-out session involving a severed head. Salome isn't the typical night at the opera. Likewise, the production at Palm Beach Opera this weekend is something of a departure for the South Florida cultural institution. 

"For us, German repertoire is not so often done," said Scott Guzielek, Palm Beach Opera director of artistic operations. "It's a great way for our audience to be exposed to a different style of music."

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Arts
11:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Miami "Downtown Soul" Act Ketchy Shuby Aims To Conquer SXSW

Miami act Ketchy Shuby is heading to Austin for its first SXSW showcase.
Credit via facebook.com/KetchyShuby

Six-piece "downtown soul" collective Ketchy Shuby is a rare local act that easily crosses genres and crowds. There are dashes of grinding psych for the garage kids, touches of reggae for the rootsy hippies, plenty of soul for the crate-diggers -- and basically everyone gets down to funk, right? "We generally play soul music," explains Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez, the band's singer and guitarist. "But we draw inspiration from other genres like Ethiopian jazz, psychedelic rock, and '70s music."

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Transit Station In The Design District? The Pop-Up Purple Line Miami Makes It So

Credit Via @LeahSwanky on Twitter

If you're friends with any civic-minded folks on Facebook -- or people who just like to get around without a car -- you've probably come across this lovely little meme this week. We've known for quite a while that Miami public transit is lacking. But this handy web graphic, by Leah Weston via her Twitter account, @LeahSwanky, sure throws it into stark relief, doesn't it?

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Film Festivals
11:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Seven Lesser-Known Film Festivals Already Happening in Miami This Month

The Miami Wildlife Conservation Film Festival returns this April.
Credit via wcff.org

The Miami International Film Festival started last week on March 1, bringing scads of film and megawatts of international star power. And while it may be the biggest celebration of film this month in town, it's not the only one. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has, for the second time, dubbed March Miami Film Month in an effort to promote the city's art cinemas.

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Subtropics Festival
6:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Architecture Is Alive: Some Reasons Why You Should Go to Subtropics Experimental Music Festival

An amplified triangle.
Credit Nathaniel Sandler / WLRN

It’s hard to explain to someone what “sound art” is. These are encounters that bend our traditional definition of music, and the truth is CDs and MP3s simply cannot reproduce the experience. 

Luckily, the Subtropics music festival is literally your sounding board—both an introduction and advanced course—and a navigational chart for becoming conquistador of sound.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Sons Of Mexican Music Royalty Look To Miami Booty Bass For Inspiration

In the world of norteño music, a boisterous, accordion-driven genre of Mexican music, there is no bigger act than Los Tigres Del Norte. Think of the Rolling Stones in English-language rock and roll, and you'll get an idea. The band boasts the same kind of longevity (some 45 years since its inception) and stadium-filling power across the world.

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Subtropics Festival
10:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Subtropics Festival Will Explore 'How Sound Speaks About What’s Around You'

The Subtropics festival's events, which span across two weeks, will feature improvisation, custom electronic instruments, or unusual acoustic techniques. 'The music functions as a way to help you understand how sound speaks about what’s around you, help you connect with your environment, in ways that we don’t when we’re simply being intellectual or visual,' said Gustavo Matamoros, festival director. 'The ear is our gate towards connecting with things.'
Credit Russell Frehling

For ArtburstMiami.com.

Since its launch in 1989, the Subtropics festival has offered South Florida a multi-day event focused squarely on experimental music and sound art. This year the two-week Miami Beach festival starts with a symposium on sound and architecture, then relaxes into a series of concerts.

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Miami Dish
11:51 am
Mon March 4, 2013

'Vegan Before 6' Creator Mark Bittman On His Diet Philosophy

Journalist, New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman
Credit Fred R. Conrad / New York Times

New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman adopted a diet of eating plant-based foods before 6 after his doctor gave him a wakeup call about his poor health. The author still eats the cheeses and meats he can't bear to give up, if he desires, but only after 6,  and in moderation.

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Theater And Twitter
6:14 am
Fri March 1, 2013

'Tweet Seats' In Theaters Spark Battle Between Technology And Tradition

A Palm Beach Opera performer gets in on the act for one of the company's special "Tweet Seat" events
Credit Storify.com/Julian Restrep

Christine DiMattei tells us why some South Florida theaters are experimenting with "Tweet Seats."

On stage at the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Opera is performing Rossini's Cenerentola, the Italian version of Cinderella.  In the second to last row of the house, 27-year-old Jennifer Pfaff's thumbs are going a mile a minute on her smartphone:

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Banksy Controversy In Miami
12:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Banksy in Miami: Behind The Scenes At The Questionable Graffiti Auction

Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) 2012 by Banksy
Credit via mirror.co.uk

It seemed general consensus that no one really knew the facts about the auction last Saturday of a piece by graffiti artist Banksy. Certain parties weren't talking. In retrospect, the answer may have been simply that Fine Arts Auctions Miami knew what may be coming, that it would have to withdraw the piece over questions about who actually owns it. 

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Who Will Be The Next Pope?
11:56 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Picking A Pope? Try The 'Sweet Sistine' Bracket Challenge

The "sweet sistine" brackets.
Religion News Service

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:53 am

Next month brings "March madness" for fans of college basketball.

It's also going to bring Roman Catholic cardinals together to choose a new pope.

Which means, according to Religion News Service, it's time to "make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets!"

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Does Little Haiti's Cultural Scene Need To "Reintroduce" Itself?

Credit CC by ND-2.0 / Photo by Bob B. Brown via Flickr

Last week, Jordan Melnick of Beached Miami posted an interesting interview with the organizers of a new event in Little Haiti dubbed "Sunday Stroll." The monthly event starts this Sunday, March 3, organized by the underground art studio and gallery Yo Space, and supported by Sweat Records and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Melnick interviewed Yo Space's founder, Yuval Ofir, who wants to introduce a wider audience to small, creative businesses established in the area:

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Arts
11:01 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Searching For Sugarman' Has Connection To South Florida's Radio-Active Records

This year's Oscar for best documentary went to Searching For Sugar Man, a film that follows two South African fans of the cult musician Sixto Rodriguez as they attempt to figure out if, as rumors have it, he died, or if he's still toiling in obscurity. The film explores how Rodriguez went from an almost-was folk star of the early '70s to a largely forgotten cult icon, to a favorite once again of the clued-in.

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Historic Movie Palaces
10:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

An Endangered Architectural Species: South Florida's Historic Movie Palaces

This photo is of the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables during a film premeire in 1950.
HistoryMiami

Now that the Oscars are over, let’s take a look back at how people used to watch movies in South Florida: in ornate theaters with lit marquees and plush seats.

These historic movie palaces have become an endangered species in the region.

The Miami Herald’s Howard Cohen grew up watching movies in many of these iconic theaters and writes about them in the Miami Herald.

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