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Pope Francis I
5:26 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Upon News Of Argentinian Pope, Latin Americans Are Overjoyed

Faithful react after the announcement that Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis I, at Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Pope Francis goes into history as the first pontiff from the New World.

For Latin America in particular, this is a momentous occasion: It is home to 483 million Catholics, or a little more than 40 percent of the global population.

Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Italian parents. At one point, he was the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, which The Wall Street Journal reports, has "the largest concentration of Catholics in the world."

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Pope Francis I
4:27 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Who Is Pope Francis I? Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina

Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 9:41 pm

The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

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Pope
3:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis'

Pope Francis as he waved to the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:11 am

The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.

As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.

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Ultra Music Festival
11:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Ultra Music Festival For Beginners: A Five-Step Guide

Organizers are already testing the lights for Ultra Music Festival downtown.
Credit Sammy Mack

This Friday marks the beginning of a nearly two-week sprawl of events surrounding Winter Music Conference, and what's come to be known unofficially as "Miami Music Week." It's a time when the entire world of electronic music descends on Miami in a frenzy of industry palm-greasing and parties.

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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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