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Arts And Culture
11:14 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Green Grapes And Red Underwear: A Spanish New Year's Eve

Ringing in the New Year in Spain requires eating a dozen grapes and wearing a very specific kind of undergarment.
Jeff Koehler

If the thought of watching the ball drop in Times Square again is already making you yawn, consider perking your New Year's Eve celebration with this tradition from Spain: As midnight nears on Nochevieja, or "old night," the last day of the year, the entire country gathers in front of television screens or in town squares, clutching a small bowl of green grapes and wearing red underwear. More on the underwear later.

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Arts & Life
2:13 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Picking 2012's Word Of The Year

Selfie, one of the candidates for 2012's Word of the Year, means a self-portrait photograph, usually posted to a social networking site.
textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/Original image by Diana Walker for Time

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 2:26 pm

There is a major decision coming up that will truly define the year 2012. Yes, it's almost time for the American Dialect Society to once again vote on the Word of the Year. Will it be selfie? Hate-watching? Superstorm? Double down? Fiscal cliff? Or (shudder) YOLO?

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Arts
11:23 am
Fri December 28, 2012

What Happened in ArtsYear 2012

Credit lyooa

A bustling Art Basel Miami Beach, the 1,000th Random Act of Culture, a vote of popularity for Delray Beach’s Arts Garage and major change for the Miami City Ballet.

All this and more took place in 2012.

WLRN is seriously committed to covering the arts and a lot of our staff was in the thick of the arts world.

We asked some voices you may just know to identify a few of the influential happenings.

So here are thoughts from Alicia Zuckerman, Arianna Prothero and Christine DiMattei in what we like to call “ArtsYear 2012.”

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Holiday Slideshow
9:30 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Slideshow: West Palm Beach Marks The Holidays In Florida Fashion

The company Team Sandtastic created 7 different holiday themed sand sculptures for the City of West Palm Beach.
Arianna Prothero

For the second year in a row, West Palm Beach has opted to decorate the city in a very South Florida fashion this holiday season.

Large, intricate holiday themed sand sculptures have been erected all down Clematis Street between Rosemary Avenue and the waterfront.

City of West Palm Beach spokesman Elliot Cohen said the sculptures have been more than festive, they've been good publicity. The largest sculpture is a 35-foot-tall Christmas tree made with 400 tons of sand.

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Arts
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Young Musicians Band Together Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Flickr/Eddie~S

The stands in front of the teenagers’ chairs hold the same sheet music – the theme to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  But each of the young musicians has a different story to tell about anti-gay bullying.

Like the bi-sexual flutist, who says she’s pretty much been bullied all her life.

And the gay saxophonist, who describes how it “really gets to you inside and sometimes you start believing what people are saying.”

Even the heterosexual clarinetist is not immune.  She feels too many of her classmates use the word “gay” to describe something bad.

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Holiday Music
2:36 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Jingle Jams: Curated Holiday Playlist

Someone took Santa's violin.
Credit Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

LISTEN TO THE STREAMING JINGLE JAMS MIX HERE

For the last 14 years, WXPN host and producer Robert Drake has programmed and hosted a 24-hour holiday-music marathon called The Night Before, aired from midnight to midnight on Dec. 24. We decided this year to put more jingle in the jangle and create Jingle Jams on XPN2, a 24/7 stream of holiday music.

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Best Books of 2012
12:33 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Now You're Talking! The Year's Best Book Club Reads

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 11:04 am

A young boy seeks justice. A young woman wants to stay alive. A friendship is tested. The child of a commune comes of age. A solitary man gives himself over to love. These are the bare actions underpinning the novels that I'm suggesting for book clubs this year. Some are first novels; others the work of well-known writers. Some might touch your heart; others might challenge the way you think. At least one will make you laugh — and a couple might make you cry. They are all good reads. And they are, above all, books you'll want to talk about with your friends.

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Meet Our Staff
9:30 am
Mon December 24, 2012

What Do Our Work Coffee Mugs Say About Us At WLRN?

StateImpact Florida Reporter Sarah Gonzalez is a lot like her mug of fancy island mango and peach tea. Looks all sweet and innocent on the outside, but the inside is complex and serious.
WLRN's StateImpact Florida

Before we start the new year, we want you all to get to know us a little more intimately. Turns out our work coffee mugs say a lot about us!

We've psychoanalyzed each other's coffee mugs to bring you this audio postcard from us, your WLRN reporters, editors,  anchors, bloggers, producers and social media gurus.  I would say this is one of those posts you actually want to listen to.

Check out our slideshow and tell us which one of us is your work-coffee-mug-soul-mate. 

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Nochebuena In Miami
6:35 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve In Miami: Never Look A Pig In The Eye Before Roasting It

Chef Todd Webster drives this little piggy home from Mary's Ranch in Hialeah. The pig was later roasted in a caja china at the Front Porch Cafe in December.
Credit Todd Webster / The Front Porch Cafe

Today is Nochebuena, Christmas Eve, and for many Hispanics, that means roasting a whole pig. This Christmas tradition scared journalist and author Carlos Frias as a boy. But he got through it with one piece of advice: “Never look a pig in the eye.”

Frias told a version of this story at a Lip Service event:

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Labor Dispute
11:25 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Kravis Center, Stagehands Union Settle Strike

JERSEY BOYS: The strike's over and the documentary-style musical about the 60s band The Four Seasons is on stage for 21 performances at the Kravis Center.

 

West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the union representing its stagehands have settled outstanding contract issues and ended a four-day strike that canceled four performances of the hit show "Jersey Boys."

The two sides issued a joint, positive statement on Friday and then began crash preparations to unload idled trucks to prepare for the next performance. After Saturday's 2 p. m. show,  "Jersey Boys" was scheduled for 20 more performances through Jan. 6.

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Food
10:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Hedy Goldsmith, Pastry Chef At Michael's Genuine, And Her Magical Easy-Bake Oven

A 1964 Kenner Easy-Bake oven as photographed for an eBay auction.
Credit "Titominny" / eBay

Hedy Goldsmith recalls her first efforts at baking -- with the Easy-Bake Oven, in her new cookbook -- Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors.

We spoke with Goldsmith, executive pastry chef at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, about her new Easy-Bake Oven and about holiday baking.

Goldsmith recently got a 1964 Easy Bake Oven with the original cake mixes:

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Labor Dispute
7:53 am
Fri December 21, 2012

'Jersey Boys' Canceled A Fourth Time As Stagehand Strike Darkens Kravis Center

STRIKERS: Union stagehands picket the Kravis Center. Four performances of
Credit Allen Eyestone / IATSE

A strike by stagehands at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has forced the cancelation of yet another performance of the hit show "Jersey Boys," the fourth since the union walk-out on Tuesday.

Kravis officials have stopped selling tickets for the production and they are now offering refunds to ticket holders.

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Imaginarium Life
12:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

‘Imaginarium Life’: Get Ready For A Most Unimaginable Tale

Credit Neil de la Flor

For artburstmiami.com 

Imaginarium Life is a complex, multi-media performance piece created by the brilliant dark angels at Bistoury Physical Theatre, Alexey Taran and Carla Forte. 

The performance documents -- through dance theater, sound and gorgeous cinematography -- the spiraling, chaotic world of an artist whose obsession with himself and his own imaginary world of self-inflicted wounds destroys him and the person he loves.

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Everglades
6:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Everglades Violent Past Remembered

Bird of Paradise on Hat. 1900

In the late 1800's, the Everglades was a place for Native Americans, newly-freed slaves, naturalists, poachers, settlers and expansionists.

But by the end of the century, a massive influx of settlers were flocking to the Everglades for one thing:  to kill birds for their feathers.

It has been said that Marie Antoinette started the trend of using plumes to adorn her royal head - before she lost hers.

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Ballet
12:32 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Children Still Love 'Nutcracker' And Here's Where To See It This Season In South Florida

Marie and the title character in a scene from the Miami City Ballet production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Credit Miami City Ballet

It's Nutcracker time and few South Floridians will be farther than a few miles from a stage presenting Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, first staged in 1892.

The Nutcracker's score and imagery are the framework of Christmas memory for a lot of mostly older people. They were taken to see it as children and, remembering the experience, took their own children. That's how so many family holiday traditions were born in the story of a broken nutcracker and the fantastical dream of a troubled little girl.

Is It Still For Kids?

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