Arts

Nakatani Gong Orchestra
2:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Tatsuya Nakatani Brings Gong Music To South Florida

If you are percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, you take ten gongs, make your own bows, truck them around the country, and assemble an ad-hoc ensemble in each city to magnify that experience into something acoustically mind-blowing.
Makoto Takeuchi

For artburstmiami.com

A gong hangs suspended from its stand, light dancing across its bronzed surface, each hammered dent hinting at some mysterious overtone waiting to be released. If you grab the right mallet and strike it, that light turns into sound, the complex interplay of indentations drives the air, caresses your eardrums, and vibrates your body. The sound swells, fills the room, and gradually dissipates.

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Dry Tortugas
12:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Dry Tortugas Dispatch: Beckoning Birds, a Lighthouse, and No Ghost

A seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park
Nathaniel Sandler

In two nights sleeping under the arches at Fort Jefferson, I never saw the ghost. It is legend, or hearsay, but the myth persists. I trawled the halls regularly, even audibly coaxing at times to Dr. Samuel Mudd, the villainous co-conspirator against Lincoln, or any other poor soul who may have lived a life unfulfilled and made a specter amongst the fortified brick. There were plenty of candidates.

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Arts
11:01 am
Wed February 20, 2013

'The Magic Flute' At The Broward Center: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Andrew Bidlack as Tamino in the Florida Grand Opera's production of 'The Magic Flute'
Credit Gaston de Cardenas

For opera newbies, there's a lot that's surprising about the Florida Grand Opera's production of The Magic Flute, which arrives this week at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Director Jeffrey Buchman's conception of the 1791 Mozart work turns the whole thing into a trippy pop-culture anachronism, with costumes, scenery, and a little stage patter that's somewhere between the rockabilly '50s and all-out fantasy-land.

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Then & Now

Stock photo of 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Credit Trina Sargalski

Thursday is the first day of the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. In our interactive timeline (below), we take a look back at the indulgent and now-famous South Beach Wine & Food Festival last year, in 2005 and back in 2001, when it was still known as the "Florida Extravaganza."

How have ticket prices, visiting chefs, food trends and popular events changed (or not changed) over the years?

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Miami Fashion
10:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Are You Wearing The Miami Art Scene? A New Clothing Line Is Designed To Bolster Local Artists

Credit Photo by Joshua Weaver

There are a few nearly inarguable aspects about the "new Miami" -- the young, smart version of the city spreading through its central core:

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All Florida Boca Raton Museum of Art
7:57 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Artists Have An Edge In This Year's "All Florida" Competition

The Boca Raton Museum of Art's 'All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition' is open to emerging and established Florida artists.
Credit Boca Raton Museum of Art

Changes in the Boca Raton Museum of Art's 62nd annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition will give a leg up to artists who submit their works by the competition's Feb. 28 deadline.

The cutoff date for the show is earlier than in previous years, and submissions were at about "one-third" their usual level, said assistant curator Kelli Bodle. 

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Hip Hop Symphony
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

VIDEO: A Hip Hop Symphony? Pablo Malco Shows South Florida Kids They Can Fulfill Their Visions

Dancer/actor/producer/teacher Pablo Malco is staging a Hip Hop Symphony in April in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Pablo Malco Foundation Inc. Facebook

Pablo Malco, born in Brooklyn and raised just outside of  Houston, always felt like something of "a misfit" in his youth. His parents are from the West Indies/Trinidad and even when he moved to southern California at the age of 16, he struggled to find a community with the diversity he craved.

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Morikami Museum Curator Retires
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Morikami To Say Sayonara To Long-time Curator, Promises Public Won't Feel Any Pain

Tom Gregersen will retire at the end of the year from his 35-year post at Morikami Museum in Delray Beach.
Credit Morikami Museum

Changes are ahead for one of the country's largest museums dedicated to showcasing and preserving Japanese culture and history. Tom Gregersen, senior curator of the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, is leaving his post after 35 years with the institution. Gregersen came to the museum about six months after its initial launch in 1977, meaning he's been there "pretty much from the beginning." 

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Arts
10:52 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Delray Beach Postpones Vote on 'Garage' Sale

Michelle Lynn of West Palm Beach joins a group rallying in support of Arts Garage.
Credit C. DiMattei

A crowd of about one hundred supporters of the Arts Garage gathered outside the venue Tuesday  and marched the few blocks to Delray Beach City Hall.  They were prepared to speak out against a bid by the law firm of Kanner and Pintaluga to buy the city-owned space that houses Arts Garage.

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Boynton Beach Arts District
4:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

KeroWACKED Multimedia Festival Is Sunday In Palm Beach County's "Art Mecca"

Rolando Chang Barrero (third from right) helped create the Boynton Beach Arts District.
Credit ActivistArtistA's Facebook

Rolando Chang Barrero is floored by what is happening in the Boynton Beach Arts District, and that's a good thing.

"There is a lot going on," Barrero said.

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Architectural Photography
12:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Did This Architectural Photographer Capture Miami's First Hip Parking Garage?

The Eden Roc has had a few lives, but Ezra Stoller documented the original vintage-fab interior along with Miami's first hip parking garage.
Credit CC by 2.0, by atl10trader via Flickr

Last week, the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman reviewed a gallery exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an influential architectural photographer who died in 2004 at age 89. His images of landmark mid-century modernist buildings often became as iconic as the buildings themselves, Kimmelman writes:

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The Art of Science
8:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: J.P. Friez’s Electrical Sunshine Recorder

The Electrical Sunshine Recorder
Credit Dogan Arslanoglu


“I manufacture but one type of these Registers: THE BEST.” -Julien P. Friez

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Miami's Tech Scene
7:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Start Up Cities: Event Looks At How Miami Can Get More Talent, Tolerance And Technology

During its inaugural program, Start-Up City: Miami will look at how tech hubs are taking root in Cities like Miami.
Credit Joe Mazzola/Flickr

A conference looking at how Miami can become a nebula for technology start-ups is taking place Wednesday at the New World Center on Miami Beach.

Called Start-Up City: Miami, the conference is in part the brain-child of urban studies expert Richard Florida who lives part-time in Miami Beach.

Florida is a senior editor at the Atlantic and runs an institute for the study of economic prosperity at the University of Toronto.

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Eco-Art Therapy
5:25 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Eco-Art Therapy By ArtServe And Sunset School: "It's Not A Partnership, It's A Love Affair"

Eco-Art Therapy merges lessons in art and the environment in one therapeutic package.
Credit ArtServe.org

When Donald Cottrell, principal at Sunset School in Fort Lauderdale, first heard about the concept of Eco-Art Therapy -- which fuses education on environmental issues with art in a therapeutic context -- he was hooked.

It was more than seven years ago, and at the time, he was principal of Broadview Elementary School. He heard Byron Swart, an active force in Broward County's arts scene, present the idea at a City of Tamarac meeting.  

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Community Contributor
7:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Artist Rachel Piering: "If You Don’t Know How To Market Yourself, No One Will See You"

Artist Rachel Piering combined her love of painting with her background in marketing.
Credit Photo provided

Since Rachel Piering was a kid, she had a penchant for drawing. First it was the colorful Disney cartoons she watched and Sunday comic strips she read that inspired her drawings. The love of drawing stayed with her as she grew up, and she nurtured her talent through studio art classes in high school.

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