Arts

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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Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Borscht Film Festival Begins

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp.
Credit Borscht Corp.

The homegrown Borscht Film Festival is underway and in its eighth incarnation now.

It started as a group of New World of the Arts high school students who shared a common love of film. They stayed in touch,

even as they scattered across the country to hone their skills.

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Tom Wolfe in Miami
11:46 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Seven Observations About Miami From Author Tom Wolfe

Credit Mark Seliger

More than a quarter of a century after Tom Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities looked at race relations, class divisions, greed and ambition in New York City, the influential writer has shifted his focus to the Magic City.

On his recent trip to Miami, Wolfe sat down to chat with WLRN-Miami Herald News features editor Alicia Zuckerman about his new novel, Back to Blood.

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Venus Rising
11:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Venus Rising Brings On Rhythms Of Diversity, And Of Women

Venus Rising performs “Rhythms of Diversity,” mixing in world fusion into its traditional West African dance and drum work, with an emphasis on the female role, form and movement; the Children of Kuumba join in for the South African boot dance.
Credit Niki Lopez

For artburstmiami.com

If audiences feel empowered after a Venus Rising performance, then members of this globally-inspired group have accomplished their mission.

“We want to uplift and inspire,” says Founding Director Zeva Soroker, who started the all-female dance and drum group in 2003. “Music is an amazing thing,” she adds. “It helps with harmonizing and healing.”

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Essay
10:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

In Miami, An Instinctive Search For Celebrity

CLOSE TO CELEBRITY: A chair reserved for a Hollywood star is a brush with fame for Patrick McGinnis.
Photos by Florencia Jimenez-Marcos

When actor/director Adrian Grenier screened his latest film, Teenage Paparazzo, during Art Basel, it was a very Miami kind of night.

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Art Basel Lessons
12:30 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Careful What You Ask A Fortune Telling Dog

INTERACTIVE ART: The large installation by Desi Santiago also told fortunes.
Credit Arianna Prothero

“The Black Lords” installation at Lords Hotel emerged as one of the crowd favorites from Art Basel week.

Artist Desi Santiago was the man behind the epic-sized installation that featured a giant black dog wrapped around the Lords Hotel.

Called Gypsy, she breathed smoke and shot lasers from her eyes.

Gypsy also told fortunes. People wrote their questions on cards, dropped them into a box and then learned the answer as Gypsy boomed a “yes,” “no” or “maybe.”

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Art Basel
6:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Shopping With The VIPs At Art Basel

'YOUR BELIEFS': Altered cereal boxes by Jani Leinonen

 

There are two things that drive Art Basel Miami Beach: passion for art and financial wheeling and dealing. The   organizers of one of the world's top art fairs cater to VIP's in ways that range from party invitations to private tours.  Retired attorney Frank Herzog led a group of potential buyers through the fair, taking them from abstract expressionism to minimalism, pop art, and what he thinks could be the next big thing. 

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